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Tarleton to offer new BBA degree in Waco

Texas Business reports:  WACO--Tarleton State University will begin offering a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Human Resource Management (HRM) in the spring 2012 semester at the University Center at McLennan Community College (MCC) in Waco.

“Based on student demand, both the MCC and Tarleton administrators felt the new degree would be a good fit for MCC students prepared to transfer into a Tarleton business program,” said Lewis Snell, director of The University Center. “It will be a welcome addition.”

Tarleton’s bachelor’s degree in human resource management is recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management as meeting its nationally recognized standards in the field. This program prepares students for national certifications offered through the Human Resource Certification Institute, an internationally recognized certifying organization for human resource professionals.

“Human resource professionals are involved in much areas of today’s global business environment,” said Rusty Freed, head of the Department of Management, Marketing and Administrative Systems at Tarleton. “There are successful career opportunities for students in various areas, including staffing and employee recruitment, compensation administration, training and development, employee and labor relations, and monitoring the legal aspects of human resources.”

“The addition of the BBA in Human Resource Management allows Tarleton to extend our reach further to students in the McLennan County area by providing an additional degree essential to building a strong local workforce,” said Kim Rynearson, Interim Associate Vice President for Outreach and Off-Campus Programs. “Not only does this new program benefit the students, it will also impact the community as graduates enter the workforce.”

The U.S. Department of Labor projects employment in the field of human resource management to grow 22 percent by 2018.

Tarleton began offering undergraduate business programs at the University Center at MCC in 2002. Since the beginning of the partnership, Tarleton has expanded programs in Waco to include degree programs in business, psychology, criminal justice, educational administration, counseling, agricultural services and development, social work, family and consumer science, and several teacher certification options.