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Human Resources Overview

Human Resource professionals take care of the most important part of a business, it’s people! If you are a driven, detail oriented, people-person, then a career in Human Resources might be right for you. CVTC’s Human Resource’s degree program gives you the tools that you’ll need to take on this very important role in any business.

Learn to recruit and hire qualified employees, conduct employee orientation, implement compensation and wellness programs, and so much more! Exciting hands-on classes in HR law, Employee Relations and Recruitment and Selection will prepare you for the variety of day to day tasks that HR professionals encounter. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience with an internship. The network of local employers and knowledge that CVTC arms you with, puts you steps ahead of the competition.

And best of all, going to college fits into your schedule with online and face-to-face class options! Classes start in January and August, and our friendly, knowledgeable staff can help you apply, enroll, and get you the information you need to get started. Need financial aid? No problem! We can help with that too! If you are ready to take on a rewarding career that is full of variety, then apply today!

You will learn how to:

  • Create an organizational workforce plan
  • Develop training programs
  • Examine organizational total rewards programs
  • Incorporate employment law into business practices
  • Facilitate effective employee relations
  • Model leadership skills to promote effective workplace relationships
  • Apply risk and safety programs to protect an organization from potential liability

Career Opportunities

Area Recruiter

Employment Specialist

Human Resources Manager

Payroll & Benefit Specialist

Recruitment & Retention Specialist

Staffing Consultant

Graduate Employers

Eau Claire Academy

Global Finishing Solutions

Nordic Transportation

Scoop Commercial Cleaning LLC

State of Wisconsin

Workforce Resource, Inc.

Just the Facts

Human Resources
60 Credit Associate Degree

Length of Program //
Two Years

Delivery Method //

Program Location //
Eau Claire

Program Location //
August and January

Start Months //
August and January

Start Dates //
August and January


Financial Aid Eligible

Estimated Program Cost 

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 Estimated Total: $11,408

  Earn credit for prior learning! Do you have previous educational or work experience in the field? You could be eligible to receive credit for prior learning. Explore your options today!

Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you can take in the Human Resources program.

Employee Relations
Learn customer service techniques, professional etiquette, confidentiality requirements, working with different cultures and generational attitudes, and career paths in the human resource field.

Human Resource Law
Topics include legalities in hiring practices, discrimination and harassment issues, wage and hour matters, family and medical leave, employment-at-will and wrongful discharge, privacy rights, and a basic introduction to state employment laws.

Recruitment & Selection
Learn about recruitment, selection, career development, legal issues associated with selecting employees, and roles in the selection process.

Human Resources Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking where they are working, whether it is in their degree field, and several other questions related to employment. Below are the program outcomes and job data.

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76% of our recent Human Resources graduates got a job in the industry.


Yearly Salary

Our recent Human Resources graduates reported an average starting salary of $47,006.


Regional Jobs

There are 149 job openings in the CVTC district for the Human Resources industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Transfer your CVTC credits to another institution to continue your education. Explore transfer agreements.


Focus On Student Success

At CVTC, we do a lot of application-based activities. You aren’t just talking about something and taking a test on it. We had exercises like mock interviews and scenarios in which you had to fire people. I feel I’m well-prepared to work in an HR office.

Hailey, Human Resources Student

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

Degrees & Diplomas

Accounting, Associate Degree

Administrative Professional, Associate Degree

Business Management, Associate Degree

Individualized Technical Studies, Associate Degree

Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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Program Accreditation

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