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KSU Continuing Education Graduate Aims to Make a Difference in the HR Field

November 22, 2017

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With nearly two decades of industry experience under her belt, Andrea “Andie” Hill discovered her human resources credentials had lapsed. When her employer offered to pay her continuing education expenses to help secure the industry’s most relevant credentials, she seized the opportunity. After receiving a Course catalog in the mail from KSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education, she immediately registered for the Human Resources Management SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certificate program.

“The class exceeded my expectations,” Hill said. “It was fun, thought provoking and engaging.” Citing convenience and location, Hill enrolled for the program’s Saturday course offering held at KSU Center. “That’s what I love about KSU – it’s very flexible,” she said. “They make it easier on your life to work, go to school and have a family.”

Lisa Hughes, a KSU instructor since 2012, taught Hill’s class. Hughes possesses extensive knowledge of the human resources field and most recently served as the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) president for its Atlanta chapter.

“Lisa is a great instructor,” Hill said. “She’s actively involved in the HR community and a good voice for HR. Her class was experiential and provided real-life examples that helped put the course material into perspective.”

Expanding further on the program, Hill said, “It’s easy to get mired down in the day-to-day tasks of the job. This class help(s) you take a step back and gain a new perspective of the industry as a whole. We learned that everything isn’t task-based and to have a stronger appreciation of the role HR plays in business and the value of the industry.”

Hill previously worked as an HR representative for a nonprofit company before branching out as a national consultant. After successfully completing the class, she passed the senior certification exam. As a result, she received two senior-level job offers with prominent Atlanta companies.

Passionate for establishing a positive change in the work environment, Hill mentioned several concerning statistics that have sparked her cause. “Sixty-five percent of employees are passively looking for another job,” she said. “That means two-thirds of your workforce is dissatisfied. Something is wrong. I want to stop that. I want people to be happy and fulfilled.”

“I want to change the way HR functions,” Hill continued. “I want people to enjoy their jobs. I like that the HR aspect adds value to companies, but I want to make it known that HR is an integral part of business. I want to find a way to make HR about people again. The more you value people and take care of them, the more they will give.”

For more information on the Human Resources Management SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certificate program, visit or call 470-578-6765.

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