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APSU offering certification classes for local HR professionals

           CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Last fall, Kim Doll, human resources manager for Furniture Connection, decided to get her Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) certification—considered one of the top credentials for that profession—so she enrolled in a 3-month preparation class through Austin Peay State University’s Center for Extended and Distance Education. On Dec. 10, she successfully passed her certification exam, allowing her to now put the SHRM credentials at the end of her name.

           CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Last fall, Kim Doll, human resources manager for Furniture Connection, decided to get her Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) certification—considered one of the top credentials for that profession—so she enrolled in a 3-month preparation class through Austin Peay State University’s Center for Extended and Distance Education. On Dec. 10, she successfully passed her certification exam, allowing her to now put the SHRM credentials at the end of her name.

            “Since receiving my SHRM-CP credentials, I gained the confidence to audit payroll records and discovered discrepancies within our company that we were immediately able to address,” Doll said. “I also plan to implement several strategies and processes to improve our overall company’s operations that I would not have attempted before taking the certification class.” 

            The APSU Center for Extended and Distance Education is set to begin a new SHRM certification class this spring, with the class meeting from 6-9 p.m. every Thursday from Feb. 2-May 4. The class, which meets in room 219 of the McReynolds Building, is taught by two industry professionals—Privott Stroman, director of Human Resources for CDE Lightband, and Dale Jackson, director of Human Resources for Progressive Directions.

            “I always tell people, I akin this to a CPA,” Stroman said. “I’ve always felt that having these certifications has been what has opened doors for me.”

            Tyray Daniels signed up for the SHRM class last semester through the Hiring our Heroes military transition program, and he said the certification helped him recently get a job as an HR manager for the State of Tennessee.

            “My class makeup encompassed HR professionals from many different backgrounds, such as the military, financial, logistics, manufacturing and healthcare,” he said. “By having so much diversity in the classroom in the HR field, the class matured into a think tank. By the end of the course, the class had evolved into a networking group of HR professionals in the Clarksville area.”

            For more information on the class, or to sign up, visit http://signmeup.apsu.edu/CourseStatus.awp?&course=171B51601