Webster KC Partners with Compensation Professionals to Fill Skills Gap

| April 2, 2013
Webster partners with KCCBA

Webster K.C. and the KCCBA have partnered on skills in demand from local companies.

The Webster University Kansas City campus location and the Kansas City Compensation and Benefits Association (KCCBA) have partnered to serve a market need in the HR field.

Margie Carder, manager of compensation and benefits for Hallmark and the president-elect of KCCBA, contacted the campus to find a solution to an on-going problem in their specific area of human resources management:

Students graduating with graduate degrees from institutions of higher learning with degrees in Human Resource Management and Human Resource Development, were not prepared for entry-level employment in the areas of compensation and benefits. Graduate programs are apparently focused on the people-related skills, to the degree that basic finance-related skills were compromised. So instead of hiring human resources degreed graduates, companies are hiring finance-related graduates.

Webster Kansas City worked with the association to devise a solution: Beginning with an internship placed with the Association, the Kansas City campus location and KCCBA are developing a program in which Webster K.C. will identify qualified and motivated students and customize individual programs that include designated finance-related courses – to be taken as electives – to augment our HRMG and HRDV programs, thus preparing graduating students for positions in those companies in the KCCBA.

These companies include Hallmark, H&R Bloch, CBIZ, Mercer, Saint Luke’s, KCP&L, Waddell and Reed, JBS Communication, among others.

Other initiatives being developed include collaboratively providing a variety of Human Resources Professional Certifications on campus and exploring additional program partnerships directly with individual KCACB member companies.

Via submission from Gary Cook, adjunct faculty member and K.C. coordinator for George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology programs

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