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WIU Students Take First Place in Case Competition

April 5, 2022

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MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – Western Illinois University students won the 2022 Illinois State Human Resources Case Competition organized by the Illinois State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). SHRM is the world's largest professional association in human resources (HR), and students from any college/university in Illinois were eligible to participate.

Western's student chapter of the SHRM allows students to participate in the case competition and learn by working through a challenging case study to come up with a solution within a limited time frame. Judges assessed the presentations on how well the team navigated through situations that they will most likely face in their future HR jobs.

WIU's Human Resource Management (HRM) program includes the HR major, HR minor, and an HR concentration in the MBA program. Students also have the option to earn two degrees (Bachelor's and MBA) in just five years through the integrated program. Courses are offered at both campus locations or remotely. WIU offers opportunities such as the SHRM case competition, HR internships, HR micro-credentialing projects, study abroad programs, professional development and more. In addition, all curriculum is aligned with the educational guidelines put forth by SHRM.

WIU also has active student chapters of SHRM on both campuses, which have consistently been recognized by SHRM with Merit Awards and Superior Merit Awards. The goal of the WIU SHRM student chapters is to further the professional advancement of members by providing leadership opportunities, professional speakers, seminars, company tours, conferences, HR certification review and other hands-on experiences.

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