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Human Resources

It is the mission of Human Resources to contribute to the achievement of the College’s mission by providing quality services for its most valuable resources – the employees and communities we serve.

Announcements

Upcoming Courses: ONE Highland LEADS

Course: Open Up: Leveraging Diversity and Building Belonging

Overview: In this course, participants will learn about diversity and its various dimensions, the benefits of a diverse workplace and its positive impact on innovation, creativity, and collaboration, how to mitigate unconscious bias and promote inclusive practices and a sense of belonging for all members, and provide tools and resources to respond constructively to instances of bias and discrimination.

Facilitator: Suzanne Miller, Sociology Instructor, Rock Valley College
Date: Friday, March 8, 2024
Time: 9 – 11 a.m.
Location: H-210
Registration Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VYYRFH8
Registration Deadline: March 1, 2024

Note that this workshop is a core course. Participation is required if you want to receive a ONE Highland LEADS certification.

Course: Own It/Rise Up: Technical Credibility

Overview: In this course, participants will learn how to engage people/tell stories with data, interpret and use good data, develop action plans based on data, use a decision-making framework (leader or group consensus, input, vote)/process improvement model, and understand assessment.

Facilitators: Karen Brown, Director of Human Resources and Misty Thruman, Director of Institutional
Research
Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2024
Time: 8 – 11 a.m.
Location: H-210
Registration Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RN3DPT7
Registration Deadline: March 27, 2024

Note that this workshop is a core course. Participation is required if you want to receive a ONE Highland
LEADS certification.

View the ONE Highland LEADS Certification Requirements.

Service Awards

During Opening Days for the spring 2024 semester, employees were recognized for their years of service.  Service is recognized upon completion of five years of service and every five years thereafter.  Click on the links below to view the PowerPoint presentations commemorating their anniversaries

AED Demonstration Video

Click on the link below to access the AED demonstration video that was shared during the January 11, 2024 Opening Days session.

HCC Active Violence Preparedness Video

Click on the link below to view a video that was created in collaboration with the Stephenson County Sheriff’s Office on actions to take if active violence occurs on campus.  Highland Community College has adopted a philosophy on reaction to a violent situation on campus that we will no longer “lock down” but rather take steps outlined in the ALICE training and the HCC Active Violence Preparedness video.

HCC Active Violence Preparedness Video

Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act

While everyone should be concerned about child abuse and neglect, certain individuals are required by law to report suspected instances. These individuals are mandated reporters. In June 2012, the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act (ANCRA) was amended to include all personnel of higher education institutions as mandated reporters. Mandated reporters are required to report suspected child maltreatment immediately when they have “reasonable cause to believe” that a child (minor under the age of 18) known to them in their professional or official capacity may be an abused or neglected child (ANCRA Sec.4). This is done by calling the DCFS Hotline at 1-800-252-2873 or 1-800-25ABUSE. Learn more about the ANCRA requirements and procedures.

Requests for Special Accommodations in the Workplace

Title I of the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination in employment and requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities. Highland
Community College strives to make its services and facilities accessible to all people. In compliance with this Act, employees who require special needs or “reasonable accommodations” in order to perform the essential functions of their job, or to enable them to “enjoy benefits and privileges of employment equal to those enjoyed by similarly situated non-disabled employees,” are encouraged to request such accommodations through their supervisor or the Human Resources Office, utilizing the
Employee Request for Reasonable Accommodation form.

Comments or suggestions on content of the Staff Portal? Contact Christie Lewis