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
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
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,
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.)