Human Resource Management

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Human Resource Management

Associate Degree

61 Credits | 2 Year

Multiple Start Dates | Financial Aid-Eligible

Ashland*, New Richmond*, Rice Lake*, Superior*, Online

Outreach Centers: Balsam Lake*, Hayward*, Ladysmith*

*Combination of Online, Your Choice or On Site instruction

Career Cluster: Business Management

The Human Resource Management program will provide you with a broad overview of the functions typically experienced in dealing with employees in the workplace of today. In the program you will learn about and gain the skills to work with job evaluations and analysis, staffing, compensation, benefits, training, safety and employee relations.  

Program Overview

The Human Resources program prepares you to assist organizations in effectively recruiting, developing, training, managing and compensating their employees. You will also learn how the EEOC and OSHA will impact a workplace and how you can help your organization meet compliance regulations.  

Program Outcomes

Human Resource Management graduates will be able to:

  • Create an organizational workforce plan
  • Develop training programs
  • Examine organizational total rewards programs
  • Incorporate employment law into business practices
  • Facilitate effective employee relations
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This program will help individuals to be responsible for HR functions in smaller organizations. You will learn the fundamentals that will prepare you for the work place in such roles as HR Assistant, Employment Specialist, Human Resources Coordinator or Specialist or Recruitment Specialist. 

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Understand the fundamentals. 

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Prepares you for the workforce. 

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The coursework for this program is relevant and current. All classes are taught by individuals experienced in the field in a variety of areas. All major projects are individually focused, providing students with the ability to complete necessary work responsibilities as part of their academic requirements. 

Human Resource Management classes are offered on all campuses (Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior) and outreach centers Balsam Lake, Hayward, Ladysmith. Conveniently take classes in a way that fits your lifestyle: Online, Your Choice or On Site. 

Current and Relevant

Instructors apply current and relevant materials commonly used within the human resources sector.  

Real-World Assignments

In many projects you may get to use real-life work duties as part of understanding and applying academic concepts. 

Fit My Life Program

Fit My Life programs accommodate your life by providing an option of a part-time, evening and/or weekend core course schedule throughout your entire education, making it easier to work around childcare, work and other responsibilities.


Core course work is focused on obtaining the most current, legal, and necessary skills to be able to perform Human Resource Management functions effectively.   

Explore the Curriculum

Featured Human Resource Management Courses

| 3 CR
Getting the right employees in the right job is really an art. Learn the methods of recruitment used to attract employees to your organization. Once recruitment takes place, then selection of the most suitable candidate for an opening takes place. This process is highly governed by state and federal law which must be learned and used as the basis for lawful selection of employees. PREREQUISITE: 10116100 Human Resource Management.
| 1 CR
In Conflict Resolution and Confrontation Skills the learner applies the skills and tools necessary to deal with conflict and confrontation in the workplace. The learner will identify the major causes of conflict, develop a working plan of action to confront difficult situations, and establish guidelines for gaining resolution to difficult situations. The learner will build greater personal skill and confidence in their ability to deal with conflict in their personal and professional life.
| 3 CR
With the ever changing health care laws, this benefits course will address the evolution of benefit offerings in health insurance as well as the other benefit areas. Taking the total reward approach, other topics to be covered include dental insurance, disability insurance, paid time off, government mandated benefits and optional work arrangements. PREREQUISITE: 10116100 Human Resource Management.

Human Resource Management is Part of a Career Pathway

As a Human Resource Management student at Northwood Tech, you can earn credentials each step of the way! 

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You could take this first and get a credential.

Technical Diploma
27 Credits / 1 Year Full Time
Potential Careers
Human Resources Administrative Assistant, Human Resources Associate, Human Resources Coordinator, Human Resources Generalist, Human Resources Technician, Personnel Assistant, Payroll Administrator, Payroll Assistant, Payroll Coordinator,Payroll Technician
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Associate Degree
61 Credits / 2 Years Full Time
Potential Careers
Compensation and Benefits Specialist, Employment Specialist, Human Resources Coordinator, Human Resources Specialist, Recruitment Specialist, Training and Development Specialist, Payroll Analyst, Human Resources Generalist, Human Resources Assistant
Range of Yearly Salary
$30,158 - $52,000 annually
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Continue your education to obtain your bachelor's degree. 

Admissions and Tuition

Northwood Tech has a simple admission process that can be completed in one visit. To start the process, simply fill out an application form along with a $30 application fee. After you’ve successfully submitted your application, your next step is to schedule an admissions meeting with a Northwood Tech counselor to discuss your goals and expectations. That’s it!

Tuition and Fees

Northwood Tech breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost. 

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits and scholarships. 

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Estimated Total Program Costs 2021-22*

Human Resource Management

61 Credits | 2 Years


*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 

After the Northwood Tech Human Resource Management Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain an associate degree in Human Resource Management. 

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Transfer Options

Transfer your Northwood Tech credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

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Career Outlooks

Northwood Tech's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.

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Choose a campus to view contact information, or for general assistance, please contact us.

Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Tia Dietz

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 5220


Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 3195


New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 4339


Superior Admissions Contact

Mary Glad

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243


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