New Program Prepares Professionals for Fields in Labor and Employment Relations

By Steve Harmic, Penn State DuBois

DUBOIS – A new accelerated program offered at Penn State DuBois will provide professionals an edge in the realm of human resources and related areas, and will put new credentials in their hands quickly.

The new Labor Studies and Employment Relations (LER) Certificate will utilize a combination of conventional classroom lessons and video conferencing classes through the Penn State Video Learning Network (VLN), and the entire 12-credit certificate can be earned in as little as two semesters.

The program is designed to educate individuals on workplace employment issues from both the employee and employer perspective.  Courses cover topics including employment law, the changing role of unions, collective bargaining, growing workplace diversity, and new methods of conflict resolution. All classes in the program are credit classes, meaning they can also count toward a Penn State degree.

“This certificate will benefit current human resource managers as well as students and other individuals who are interested in working in the field of human resources,” said Interim Assistant Director of Continuing Education Jeannine Hanes.

“The courses are a nice supplement for individuals who already hold certifications of Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). Penn State DuBois additionally offers the 40-hour SHRM Learning System program to help professionals prepare for the PHR or SPHR examinations.”

The first two courses begin this spring. Courses are offered in an accelerated evening format of once a week for seven weeks.  Instruction includes video-conferencing, classroom lectures, and online learning components.

Registration is now open.  Early registration is encouraged, as the limited number of seats in the program is expected to fill up quickly.

For information, contact Jeannine Hanes at 814-375-4836 or

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