The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recently presented the Space Coast Human Resource Association with the 2010 SHRM Pinnacle Award, the highest honor given to SHRM chapters and state councils. SCHRA is one of nine winning programs this year. The winning program, which was created by Valarese Poole and Susie VanMeter, “Advancing the Profession to Generation Next,” was developed to capture high school students transitioning to college while facilitating the advancement of entry-level practitioners into the Human Resource profession. Brevard Community College is currently offering the Human Resources Administrator Certificate Program to high school students that are enrolled in Dual Enrollment or Career Technical Education programs. This program is also available to Space Center workers in transition.
There is a recognizable generation gap between seasoned HR professionals and those currently entering the field. The workplace needs that are being identified by new grads (Generation Y and Z) differ from those identified by seasoned professionals (Baby Boomers). In order to be efficient “change agents,” it is necessary for current HR professionals (seasoned or not) to tap into the thoughts and creative ideas of the targeted generation (Generation Next). Instilling an interest in human resource management at the high school level not only ensures that this generation will promote its creative ideas, but also that these ideas will enhance the human resource profession.
Created in 1991 and now in its 20th year, the SHRM Pinnacle Award recognizes outstanding HR leadership in creating initiatives and programs that solve local workforce staffing challenges in communities across the country. The award also honors programs that surpass the standard activities of SHRM affiliates in enhancing the development of effective HR management. “Each year, the Pinnacle Award reminds us that SHRM’s councils and chapters are its greatest source of creativity and leadership,” said SHRM Interim President and Chief Executive Officer Henry G. Jackson. “For 20 years, SHRM Pinnacle Award winners have provided chapters, councils, and employers across the country with models of programs that most can recreate in their own communities.”
Each winning program received a $1,000 prize during the SHRM Leadership Conference held in Arlington, VA. The 2010 awards are sponsored by ADP, Inc.
“ADP congratulates this year’s SHRM Pinnacle Award winners for their innovation and leadership in addressing workforce challenges,” said Benito Cachinero, ADP Corporate Vice President of Human Resources. “These organizations share ADP’s commitment to HR management with a strong focus on creating employment opportunities and advancements in local communities.”
The winners were selected from more than 50 applications. “I am very excited that SCHRA won the SHRM Pinnacle Award. This is a great honor and recognizes the hard work of chapter board members Valarese Poole and Susie VanMeter. This program will greatly benefit the Brevard County HR professional community,” stated Myrna Galligano, 2011 Legislative Chairperson for SCHRA.
To learn more about the Space Coast Human Resource Association and its programs, log on to http://spacecoasthr.shrm.org.