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HR Management Class Completes Projects with Local Organizations

Student Groups Collaborate with Area Entities for Win-Win Results

November 29, 2012

Larry Droesch (left), president of GPG Management Resources, discusses the employee handbook/policy manual created by the Wilmington College students, from the left, Tyrell Richardson, Julia Baker and Emily Fite, each of whom are members of Steven Stovall's Human Resources Management class.

Larry Droesch (left), president of GPG Management Resources, discusses the employee handbook/policy manual created by the Wilmington College students, from the left, Tyrell Richardson, Julia Baker and Emily Fite, each of whom are members of Steven Stovall's Human Resources Management class.

A semester of collaborations between Wilmington College students and area organizations culminated this week with presentations of products and services that will likely become standard operating procedure.

Professor Steven A. Stovall, Ph.D., began the fall semester by segmenting his Human Resources Management class into six teams, each of which were paired with a local organization that expressed an HR need.

A group developed for Total Quality Logistics a wellness program that fosters increased employee participation and another used mystery shopping as a training tool for employees at Wilmington’s Skyline Chili. The City of Wilmington had a group develop and deliver a sexual harassment training session for city employees.

Also, students created a safety manual and standard operating procedure manual for Southern State Community College while EMSAR had them produce an engagement/morale survey for employees. Another group developed an employee handbook/policy manual for GPG Management Resources.

Stovall, associate professor of management and WC’s Stolle Chair, said the hands-on project teaches the application of class materials in a real-life setting.

“It embeds real-world projects instead of simple case studies with national companies,” he said. “It also gives students a significant bullet point on their resumes — they can show prospective employers, ‘I have some real business experience.’”

Renee LaPine, president of EMSAR (Equipment Management Service and Repair), and Larry Droesch, president of GPG Management Resources, attended their team’s presentations Thursday (Nov. 29) morning.

LaPine praised the EMSAR group’s creativity and noted the company already has begun implementing the survey, and plans to adapt the students’ idea for employee recognition.

“We were very impressed with their work,” she said.

Droesch concurred, “This is exactly what I wanted. They were great to work with.”

As one whose business deals directly with helping persons secure employment opportunities, Droesch stressed this experience needs to stand out on their resumes and in job interviews.

“This is an accomplishment for them,” he said. “This will be attractive for their prospective employers.”