Human Resource Management


The Human Resource Management program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology prepares students to meet the growing need for HR professionals in the Seattle area and beyond. This program gives graduates the competitive advantage needed to secure a career helping businesses find and grow their most important asset: their employees. Whether students are looking to enter the HR field for the first time, or are industry professionals seeking recertification credits, there are classes to meet all students' educational goals. It's also an excellent opportunity for managers or business owners who want to secure a better understanding of HR.

Individuals may want to take one class, several classes, or complete the intensive HR study of 44 credits for the Human Resource Management certificate. For the convenience of working professionals classes are held in the evening and are hybrid combining in-class and online education. Typically, this means students are in class once a week in at the Kirkland campus and then work online at their own pace once a week. The program takes approximately one year to complete (three classes a week, 12 credits per quarter). Students have the option to extend their program and take fewer classes per week to accommodate their work-life balance.

Human Resource Management at LWTech:

  • Conserves resources for students by using flexible book options and using books for several classes.
  • Gives students the option to prepare for a variety of HR certification exams (PHR®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHR-CA/SPHR-CA® and SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM.
  • Allows students to take the SHRM® certification exams sooner.
  • Offers classes that are eligible for the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI®) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM®) recertification credits.

Human Resource Management students at LWTech:

  • Partake in the strong award-winning active LWTech Society for HR (SHRM®) Student chapter that helps with the transition from student to HR professional.
  • Learn successful strategies to improve employee communication.
  • Enhance personnel knowledge and employee development skills.
  • Obtain skills in talent management and people operations.

Career Opportunities

To assist in the transition from student to a human resources professional, LWTech provides a direct link to Society of HR Management through membership in the LWTech SHRM Student Chapter. The award-winning active student chapter helps with the transition from student to HR professional. Participation is suggested for additional learning, networking with HR professionals, career opportunities, and application of competencies.

Once you complete LWTech's Human Resource Management program, you will have immediate access to numerous jobs in a broad range of industries. Human resource professionals can secure employment in a variety of work environments such as corporate human resource departments, governmental organizations, and private firms. Job titles range from HR generalist to HR business partner manager or various specialties in HR. Depending on background and experience, graduates from the HR program find entry-level and mid-level jobs.

Class Schedule

Lake Washington Institute of Technology does not offer every course each quarter. It is the student's responsibility to consult the Class Schedule and work out an individual schedule with an advisor or counselor. Any developmental coursework a student might be required to complete may increase the program length.

View the 2019 Fall Quarter Schedule

Admission Requirements

Entry into this program requires completion of an admissions application.

Related Programs

Gainful Employment

Gainful Employment

Regulations published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2010 require institutions to report aggregated information for students who enrolled in Title IV eligible educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation (GE programs). These regulations include the disclosure of tuition and fees, books and supplies, on-campus room and board, number of students completing the program, median student loan debt, and job placement rates which must be available to all prospective students. Below lists disclosures for Title IV eligible certificates offered within this academic program. Please visit LWTech's Gainful Employment page for more details.