City Human Resources Employees Receive Certification
COLUMBIA — The City of Columbia announced that three employees in the Human Resources Department have been awarded certification through the Society for Human Resource Management.
Human Resources Director Margrace Buckler attained the IPMA-CP credential from the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR). Individuals who obtain certification from the IPMA-HR are able to better enhance their knowledge of the field of human resources, build upon their skills and achieve industry-wide recognition.
"The city is honored to have an HR director like Margrace," City Manager Mike Matthes said. "We appreciate her exemplary level of service to the city, and we applaud her for her IPMA-CP award."
Kathy Baker, human resources manager, attained her certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). Jackie Lowrey, human resources analyst, attained her certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR).
"It was hard work, and I'm proud of them!" Buckler said. "For all of us, certification is a career-long commitment that demonstrates mastery and shows we are dedicated to staying current in the field of human resources. Certification is a public recognition of professional achievement."
Buckler, Baker and Lowrey will continue acquiring education requirements to maintain their certifications.