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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.


We are excitedly looking forward to meeting the four finalist candidates for the VP/CAO, Academic Services over the next few days. You may attend in person or on Zoom. Below is the schedule for Dr. Ben Malczyk on April 29.

April 29, 2024Monday Dr. Benjamin Malczyk
Current Position: Associate Academic Vice President, Ensign College, Salt Lake City, UT
Education: PhD and Masters, Social Welfare, State University of New York, Albany, NY Bachelors, Family Studies, BYU, Provo, UT
10:00 – 11:00Meet with FacultyH-210  
1:00 – 2:00Meet with All Campus EmployeesH-210  
3:00 – 4:00Meet with FacultyH-210

Upcoming Courses: ONE Highland LEADS

Course: Rise Up, Open Up, Own It, Be Bold, One HCC: Leading Teams

Overview: This course will introduce participants to team leadership (influencing, accountability, psychological safety tips) and provide strategies to diagnose and address gaps/conflict, build teams and manage change.

Facilitators: Karen Brown, Director of Human Resources; Christie Lewis, HRIS Administrator/HR Generalist; Jim Phillips, Interim VP/CAO, Academic Services; Evan Talbert, Business Instructor

Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2024
Time: 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: H-210
Registration Link:

Registration Deadline: April 23, 2024 Note that this workshop is a core course. Participation is required if you want to receive a ONE Highland LEADS certification.


Course: One HCC: Talent Acquisition/Retention

Overview: In this course, participants will learn the importance of onboarding, making hiring recommendations to positively affect work/team, workforce and succession planning, employee engagement, recognition, and personalization, change management thinking through processes, creating safe spaces and job enrichment.

Facilitators: Chris Kuberski, President and Karen Brown, Director of Human Resources

Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Time: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Location: H-127

Registration Link:

Registration Deadline: May 1, 2024

Please make sure to speak with your supervisor to be certain coverage is available for your department.

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