News Release

Published on Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Students in Western Technical College’s Human Resource Administration program recently took first place in the Wisconsin State Human Resources Games, defeating 11 participating four-year colleges and universities.

The competition was held in February at Alverno College, near Milwaukee. The other participating teams included UW colleges from Eau Claire, Madison, Oshkosh, Platteville, Whitewater, as well as Marquette University and St. Norbert College. Western was the only technical college in the contest.

Western established the first and only technical college student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in the world in 1996. Since then, the students have attended every Wisconsin State Conference and Annual International SHRM Conference.

This year’s team members included Cindy Clark from Humbird, Wis., Carmen Hatfield from Sparta, Wis., and Kelly Scheel from West Salem, Wis. Team advisors/coaches were Western HR instructors, Daniel Wilson, SPHR, and Constance Hoveland-Belden, MA, SPHR.

Teams of three students from each college competed in a Jeopardy-style format, with the questions and answers coming from all areas of human resource management, including topics from management theory to recruiting and selection procedures, to HR-related Supreme Court rulings.

During the initial rounds, the team standings are determined by the points earned in each round and the number of rounds won. The top four teams then competed in two final rounds to determine the first through fourth place winners.

“The Western team won every round played by a large margin,” said Wilson. “When the competition began, the judges and other participants were asking where Western Technical College was located. By the time the competition ended, we definitely had a prominent place on the Wisconsin State SHRM map! Not only did our students win the competition, but they displayed a level of sportsmanship and professionalism of which our college and the communities it serves can be truly proud.”

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