Human resources students continue free consulting work

Students from Western Carolina University’s master’s degree program in human resources are continuing their tradition of providing free online human resources consultation services for organizations around the eastern U.S.

Last semester, about 30 students were involved in the consulting work, including internship students, program alumni and graduate students taking courses taught by Marie-Line Germain, associate professor of human resources and leadership. The client organizations included Habitat for Humanity of Gwinnett County, Georgia; the Arden Theater in Philadelphia; the Western North Carolina AIDS Project in Asheville; and the Community Table of Sylva. The fall projects varied from the revision of several employee policy manuals and creation of formal onboarding procedures to writing emergency response plans, Germain said.

Brent Bohanan, executive director of the Habitat for Humanity group, said the WCU students “provided high-quality work in a very professional manner.”

“The work of the students has allowed us to address important HR issues now that would have had to wait due to lack of resources,” he said.

Amy Grimes Sims, the Community Table’s executive director, said the students’ professionalism and attention to every detail made the process go smoothly, while Courtney Martin from the Arden Theater said she was impressed with the consulting work.

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