Master's program open for human resources development degree

WMC offers 2-year course to earn master's diploma

June 03, 1999

Western Maryland College is accepting students for the third cohort of its graduate program in human resources development.

The two-year course of study leading to a master's degree in HRD is expected to begin in mid-September. The program features six-week courses throughout the year meeting twice a week on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. The program does include short breaks for Christmas and spring, as well as an extended break in late summer.

Although the cohort model is designed so that students go through the entire program together, students can transfer eligible credits in order to graduate in less than two years, according to Sherri Lind Hughes, HRD coordinator and associate professor of psychology.

The program was developed in 1997 in response to an increase in jobs in the HRD field. Surveys indicate employers continue to value the skills emphasized in a cohort model program, such as teamwork, oral and written communication, leadership, and analysis and decision making.

Typically there are group assignments in every course, which allows students the opportunity to work on large scale projects and to simulate real work environments. There also are presentation assignments giving students the opportunity to learn current technology. One final project includes setting up a training seminar open to other HR professionals.

It is the only HRD program in Maryland based on the cohort model, Hughes said. Courses are taught by WMC professors and current HR professionals.

For information on the WMC graduate HRD program, contact Hughes at or 410-857-2525, or call the program message center at 410-857-2787.

HRD students present free training seminar

Students in the graduate program in human resources development at Western Maryland College will offer a free training seminar from 8: 30 a.m. to 3: 30 p.m. July 24.

The daylong seminar is the final project in the program's course on instructional systems design and features workshops on many workplace topics, which may include effective power point presentations, overcoming resistance to outside training and training for culturally different learners.

The seminar, the second presented by students in the program, will benefit those interested in some of the latest training methods, as well as administrators with human resources responsibilities, said Sherri Lind Hughes, HRD program administrator.

Participants will be able to choose from several workshops during each of four 60-to-90-minute sessions. A complete workshop listing will be available in late June. All sessions will be held in Hill Hall on WMC's Westminster campus.

On-site registration begins at 8: 30 a.m., with the first session scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Box lunches will be available for $5.

For information or to register, contact Hughes at shughes@- or 410-857-2525, or call the program message center at 410-857-2787.

Human resources program sees first 4 earn master's

The first four graduates of the human resources development program were among the more than 300 students earning master's degrees at Western Maryland College's May 22 commencement ceremony.

The graduates were: Mary Ellen Clisham of Westminster, who was accepted into a doctoral program at Nova University; Laura Russell of Westminster, associate director of reunion programs at WMC; Virginia Story of Reisterstown, who has accepted a position in training and development at Baltimore City Community College; and Phryni Yiakoumetti, who has accepted a human resources consulting position in her native Cyprus.

The degree is Maryland's only human resources development program using the cohort model, which cycles all of the students together through the two-year course of study.

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