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Make connections and get ongoing education about the HR world through the WGU SHRM virtual student chapter.

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Be prepared for a successful career in human resources.

Working with other people, helping resolve conflicts, building teams, and finding new employees perfect for your organization. Human resources is an exciting and rewarding career that combines technical know-how with crucial people skills to help you find success. When pursuing a career in HR, there are many elements that can help you be more successful. From the specific skills you'll obtain as you earn a degree, to the networking opportunities that can help you stay up-to-date on techniques and make important connections, WGU aims to give you all the things you need to pursue a career in HR.

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What is HR?

Before you decide to pursue a career in HR, it's important to learn as much as you can about it. Learn about the job description, salary options, educational requirements, and more for an HR career.

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HR certifications.

For many people pursuing a career in HR, industry certifications can be extremely beneficial. Learn about the certification options, and which one can best help your career.

Location and industry.

Every organization around the world likely has HR professionals. So it's important to consider the industry and location of a job. Discover how location and industry play a vital role in HR jobs.

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WGU's SHRM virtual student chapter is for students interested in expanding their HR opportunities.

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HR and your career development.

Past SHRM Educational Events


2022 Events:

January 25, 2022: Sana Rasul, Chief Girlfriend, "HR Career Planning and Networking"

February 10, 2022: Demetrius Norman, Senior Specialist - Academic Programs and Initiatives, "Eligibility and Preparing for the SHRM-CP"

February 23, 2022: Danielle Diaz, HR Manager, "The Value of Education and Human Resources", (Q&A Available Here)

March 10, 2022: WGU SHRM and NBMBAA, Trivia Night!

March 16, 2022: Meg O'Connell, CEO and Founder, "Disability Inclusion in the Workplace"

April 8, 2022: Mark Schaerrer, VP of Human Resources, "The Impact of Empathy in the Workplace"

April 27, 2022: Dana Cobbs, Manager, Instruction Faculty, "Basics of American Sign Language"

May 12, 2022: Dana Cobbs, Manager, Instruction Faculty, "Inclusive American Sign Language Application"

June 3, 2022: Dr. Nicole Whitehead, Chief Human Resources Officer, "Taking the Plunge: Starting Your Own HR Consulting Business!"

July 13, 2022: Dr. Ted Cross, Associate Dean, "Personal Leadership, Meaning, and 4-Way Wins"

August 4th, 2022: "Career Prep Bootcamp" with WGU Career Services

August 19, 2022: Demetrius Norman, Senior Specialist - Academic Programs and Initiatives, "Eligibility and Preparing for the SHRM-CP"

September 12, 2022: DEI Trivia: WGU SHRM and National Black MBA Association

September 14, 2022: Dr. Ashley W. Dugger and Dr Sean Wall-Carty, hosted by the WGU National Black MBA Association, "Leveraging Humor to Strengthen Workplace Relationships"

September 15, 2022: Dr. Ashley Dugger and Dr. Sean Wall-Carty, Program Chair and Course Instructor, Annual Open Chapter Meeting

November 4, 2022: Jennifer Rhodes and Kristen McKnight, Career Advisors and Professional Development Services, "WGU Career Services: Are You Leveraging Their Resources?"

2021 Events:

January 15, 2021 Beth Conlin, Sr. Program Manager—Military Spouse Programs at Amazon "Importance of Employee Support Programs for Military Spouses"

February 12, 2021 Dr. Brian Ward, Course Lead—HR Evaluation, WGU "The Impact of Culture on Hiring"

March 17, 2021 Dr. Becky Melton, Instructor, WGU "ADA in the Workplace: Using your Curiosity and Logic to your Advantage"

March 27, 2021"Virtual Community Service Day: Live Event with Warrior Rising"

April 7th, 2021. Dr. R Austin Arenz, "The Intersection of HR and Healthcare"

May 14, 2021, Jason Thompson, VP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, WGU "Building Successful Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Programs"

May 17, 2021, 12–1 pm MST. Dr. Josh Plaskoff, Senior Social Emotional Learning Analyst, WGU  "SEL for Personal and Professional Development"

June 11, 2021, 12–1 pm MST. Demetrius Norman, Academic Specialist, SHRM "Preparing for the SHRM CP Exam!"

June 14, 2021, 2–3 pm MST. Dr. Nicole Whitehead, CHRO, Joliet Junior College "A Day in the Life of a Chief Human Resources Officer"

June 24, 2021, 10 am–2 pm MST. “WGU Virtual Business Career Fair

July 19, 2021, 12–1 pm MST. Sheena Blauvelt, Director of Human Resources, USANA Health Sciences "Developing Strategies for Sustainable Learning and Development"

August 26, 2021, 4–5 pm MSTTyler Merril, Executive Talent Acquisition Partner and Heidi Monteirth, Senior Talent Acquisition Partner at WGU "A Day in the Life of a Talent Acquisition Partner"

September 20, 2021, 2–3 pm MST. James Cathcart, Senior Specialist – Learning and Talent, WGU "Disrupt Yourself: Innovation Through Comfortable Discomfort"

October 28, 2021, 2–3 pm MST. Jennifer Rhodes and Kristen McKnight, Career Services Advisors at WGU "Career Services at WGU"


2020 Events:

January 6: Jeff Baird, Speaker, Trainer, Manager of Data and Integration Services at doTERRA, IT Career Hacking, & Like Abilities presents "Using Body Language to Create Influence and Trust"

January 24: WGU Program Mentors Teresa Cross, Karen Toney Brown, April Kinchen, Donnis McPhaul, and Dolores Grady, present "Everything You Wanted to Know About HR Functions…Condensed!"

February 5: Hilary Simon, Senior Social & Emotional Learning Analyst at WGU presents an "SEL Overview"

February 12: WGU Program Architect Racheal Killian presents "SEL-Self-Awareness and Self-Management"

February 19: Joseph Cervantes, WGU SEL Specialist, presents "SEL - Interpersonal Communication, Executive Function, and Social Awareness"

March 7: Dr. Ashley Dugger of the WGU SHRM Chapter's Community Service Day presents Community Volunteer Projects for the Chapter! See below for more.

March 11: WGU Program Mentor April Kinchen presents "HR Department of 1"

April 29: Hal Halladay presents "Beyond the Rut of Success: The Breakthrough Mindset"

May 20: Nicole Whitehead presents "What Difference Does Difference Make: The Impact of Diversity"

June 2: Mark Coldren presents "Succession Planning and Talent Pipeline"

June 3: Demetrius Norman presents "Importance of the SHRM-CP Certification and How to Prepare for the Exam"

July 10Kirk Daines presents "A Day in the Life of an HR Business Partner"

July 31: Celeste Morgan and Chapter President present "Book Club Review and Discussion" on the book "Switchers: How Smart Professionals Change Careers and Seize Success" by Dawn Graham

August 3: Kevin Cummings presents "Conflict 101"

September 14: Patricia Morgan presents "Intergenerational Recruiting"

October 12: Bruce Stetar presents "SHRM Convos and Coffee: Workplace Culture"

November 3: Jennifer Rhodes and Michael Kimball-Bryant present "Career Services at WGU"

November 5: Ashley Dugger presents “Open Chapter Meeting for all Members”

Community Service Day, March 2020

Take a peek at some of the projects our College of Business students and employees participated with during the first-ever, chapter-hosted community service day in March 2020!

SHRM 2019 Conference Panel Conversations

SHRM 2019 Virtual Chapter Launch

Reinventing Yourself by Furthering Your Education

Creating a Safe and Inclusive Workplace

Medical Marijuana in the Workplace

Breaking Down Mental Health Stigmas

WGU SHRM Chapter Articles

Alumni Resources

What is it? Once students graduate, access to the active student library ends and in its place is the Alumni Library. Due to vendor licensing restrictions it does not have the same content as the active student library, but still offers a range of amazing resources including the following:

  • EBSCO Academic Search Alumni Edition . With a broad academic scope, this database provides full text as well as indexing and abstracts for thousands of peer-reviewed journals and general periodicals. 

  • ProQuest Ebook Central Academic Complete . 150,000+ ebooks hand selected for quality over quantity, covering a wide range of topics. Available for download and online reading.

  • Hoovers Company Profiles . Company profiles of 40,000 global public and non-public companies including financials, competitors, officers, and more.

  • Librarian Services. Access to 24/7 chat, email, and phone support. The chat is from a 3rd party service, but the email and phone support is with the WGU Librarians.

How to access it? To access the alumni library, visit Hover over the “Resources” tab at the top of the page, then click on “Visit the Alumni Library.” Enter your WGU student credentials to access the library.

What is it? Skillsoft is a web-based, e-learning portal that allows alumni to access a range of training resources (books, courses, and videos on business, IT, well-being, certifications, production & collaboration, and digital skills) whenever and wherever you have the need and time. You can use Skillsoft to:

  • Access a variety of instructional and assessment learning assets from the Skillsoft catalog and custom catalogs

  • Create and follow training plans created by you and your manager

  • View and report on your progress and test scores

How to access it? Access Skillsoft here:

What is it? WGU provides free access to LinkedIn Learning, an online educational platform with 5,000+ courses to help discover and develop business, technology-related, and creative skills through expert-led course videos, for every graduate. LinkedIn Learning offers on-demand courses to help individuals prepare for professional certification exams and earn continuing education units (CEUs). Learn more here:

How to access it? To access LinkedIn Learning using your WGU credentials, visit Hover over the “Resources” tab at the top of the page, then click on “continuing education opportunities.” From this page, scroll down to the LinkedIn Learning link. You will then be directed to a page where you can enter your WGU student credentials to access your free subscription.

Sign in and/or register using this link: 

What it is? WGU has partnered with Pluralsight to offer those who have graduated from WGU in the last three years (NOTE: We are currently working to open this up to all graduates, regardless of when they graduated.) free access to its technology skills platform that provides web development, IT certification and on-demand training. Recent graduates will find expert-authored online courses on software development, IT ops, data science, and much more! Pluralsight helps you prepare for industry certifications, including PMP®, CompTIA, and many more. To support your path to certification, we provide curated certification paths, Kaplan certification practice exams, and certificates of completion that can be used for certain continuing education credits. Learn more here:

How to access it? Graduates can only access Pluralsight for free if they have graduated within the last three years. (NOTE: We are currently working to open this up to all graduates, regardless of when they graduated.) To access Pluralsight using your WGU credentials, visit Hover over the “Resources” tab at the top of the page, then click on “continuing education opportunities.” From this page, scroll down to the Pluralsight link. You will then be directed to a page where you can enter your WGU student credentials to access your free, limited subscription.

Offers free access, for all MACC grads, to Wiley’s CPAexcel prep resources. Learn more and purchase here:

Offers $200 off Sybex’s PMP Exam Review materials to WGU graduates. Learn more and purchase here:

Offers $50 off Wiley Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) Exam Review to WGU graduates. Learn more and purchase here:

What is it? WGU partners with MindEdge to provide free online business training for alumni. Simply use the discount code wgualumni at check-out to get access to the courses for free.

How to access it? Browse courses here:

What it is? A WGU alumni exclusive benefit. Whether you want to travel the world, attend a concert, or pamper yourself to a day at the spa, BenefitHub has these types of discounts and more! Check out this discount marketplace for WGU alumni.

How to access it?

What is it? WGU’s Career & Professional Development team operates Handshake - a modern career development platform used nationally by top universities and employers. 

How to access it?

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