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Friday, January 8, 2021

HFC Talent Acquisition Coordinator passes SHRM-CP exam

Terri Hagen

HFC Talent Acquisition Coordinator Terri Hagen can proudly add the suffix SHRM-CP after her name.

Hagen, who has worked for HFC and the Dearborn Public Schools in various capacities for 25 years (the last three in Human Resources), recently passed the Society of Human Resources – Certified Professional (SHMR-CP) exam, achieving a world-renowned, industry-respected HR certification.

“I set this goal during the lockdown as a way to have some control in this crazy time,” said Hagen, of Allen Park. “It was a lot to learn, but I am proud to say that my hard work paid off.”

Hagen studied for the four-hour exam over the course of three months. There were times when she wanted to quit because she felt so overwhelmed, but she persevered. In the end, she passed.

Overcoming insurmountable odds

“The material for the exam seemed insurmountable at first, but I studied over a three-month period using textbooks, quiz apps, and by joining support groups online,” she said. “Having spent my career in higher education, I understand the importance of learning and professional development as a way to help drive positive change. Professional development is important in all fields. It is important to me personally, to our HR Department, and our entire HFC team! I encourage everyone to learn and grow during this time to better serve our students and each other!”

A native of Windsor, Hagen earned her associate degree in general studies from HFC. In fact, her husband and two children also attended HFC. Hagen later earned her bachelor’s degree in management from Siena Heights University (SHU). She attended SHU through HFC’s University Center, established at the College in 2014, which allowed her to take online classes with on-campus support from SHU.

“I am extremely proud of Terri’s achievement,” said Dr. Lori Gonko, HFC Vice President of Strategy and Human Resources. “It takes a lot of time and dedication to prepare for a SHRM certification test. Not only will the College benefit from Terri’s enhanced knowledge of HR competencies, but she can also serve as inspiration to us all. She truly embodies the passion for learning that we promote in our College values.”