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by Jessica McDunn, University Relations

 

Students at HPU can expect to learn career and life skills not only in the typical classroom setting, but also by gaining practical knowledge through hands-on experience and testimonials from established business professionals.

For example, in September, state Director of Human Resource Development, Marie Laderta, and two members of her team, visited instructor Henry Ku’s human resource management class.

Laderta spoke about such topics as the state’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Program and the Kama‘aina Stay-Home Program.

“ Hawai‘i is a viable workplace,” said Laderta. “It needs talents–from tourism to construction.”
She emphasized Governor Linda Lingle’s focus on innovation.

“ We need to find new ways to do things better and faster to keep up with a changing global society,” said Laderta. “We need our workforce here to keep up with the rest of the world.”

After explaining how she rose through the ranks in state offices through gaining management experience and applying her skills to the job at hand, Laderta told the students that education is the key to success.

“ Business management is just like law,” she said. “You can take those skills with you wherever you go. Without your education, you are not portable.”

Laderta encouraged the students to begin getting experience now, adding that the state has more than 10,000 job postings online every day. She pointed out that the state’s job posting Web site even has subsites for Generation X and Generation Y users.

Laderta’s colleague, Public Information Officer Jim Dote, told students that they must be passionate in whatever they do in order to succeed.

“ The next 10 years are going to very impactful, dynamic, and change-oriented,” he said. “Government is no different from any large private organization that requires skills, determination, and flexibility.”

Ku emphasized the importance of a portability of skills, no matter the industry. “You must have intellectual capital to make yourself valuable,” he said.olicy.org.)

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