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OCC Introduces New Human Resource Assistant Degree

Olney Central College is offering a new Human Resource Assistant Associate’s Degree.

The two-year program will prepare students for entry-level jobs in the HR field performing tasks such as maintaining employee files and managing worker compensation and benefits, as well as providing employee training and managing staff.

Through their coursework, students will explore how HR professionals develop and attract employees, handle disputes, conduct discipline and interact with a variety of people in various work settings.

Instructor Amie Mayhall noted the program can benefit small business owners and those already working in the field who wish to develop and enhance their HR skills.

“We see a real need for this type of program in the community,” Mayhall said. “With the increasing ethical and legal demands, even entry-level HR employees require training in the field. We have instructors who are passionate in the field of HR. We are very excited that Tara Buerster, the Director of Human Resources for Illinois Eastern Community Colleges, will be teaching the legal aspects of HR.”

Other instructors include Shasta Bennett, who holds a master’s degree in Global Human Resource Management from the University of Illinois, and Mayhall, who has a Master of Business Administration degree.

During the course of the program, Mayhall said students will utilize HR software programs which provide real-life scenarios.

“We also have established internship opportunities for the students which will give them the hands-on experience they need,” she said.

A majority of the classes will be available online to meet students’ scheduling needs and many courses are transferable if students wish to continue their education at a four-year institution.

For more information about the HR Degree, contact Mayhall at To register for the program, contact 618-395-7777. Fall classes start Aug. 21.

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