Employees of WDC Earn Prestigious Certifications

Aug 3, 2018

Waséyabek Development Company, LLC (WDC) employees, Meg Haizlip and Nathan Ruffer, have been working toward earning certifications to professionally enrich WDC and the lives of NHBP Tribal Members.

WDC’s Vice President of Human Resources & Administration Meg Haizlip earned, and currently holds, a Tribal Human Resources Professional Certification (THRP) and a Professional Human Resources Certification (PHR). Both are valuable resources while working with WDC and NHBP’s Tribally-owned entities.

Provided by the National Native American Human Resources Association, the THRP certification is widely recognized as the essential human resources credential in Tribal companies and provides in-depth knowledge of complying with both Tribal law and federal employment laws and regulations. To achieve this certification, Haizlip attended a three-and-a-half day course, which provided her with practical knowledge and skills needed to handle the unique employment challenges facing Tribal governments and their enterprises. After completing the course, Haizlip successfully passed the final exam, joining a group of only 1,000 human resource professionals who already hold the THRP certification.

Haizlip’s PHR certification demonstrates her in-depth knowledge of both commercial and federal companies, as well as mastery of the technical and operational aspects of human resource management. Working for WDC in both the commercial and federal sectors, the two certificates complement each other and set Haizlip apart, preparing her to handle nearly any human resource management challenge.

Administrative and Marketing Assistant Nathan Ruffer is currently preparing to earn his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. The PMP certification is the most important industry-recognized certification for project managers. PMPs can be found leading projects in nearly every country and the certification is considered to be a global recognition.

To begin the process of achieving this goal, Ruffer attended a PMP boot camp, offered by the Project Management Academy. This four-day, 35-hour course satisfied the project management education requirement of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and played a large role in preparing Ruffer to sit for the four-hour exam. Earning his PMP certification allows Ruffer to apply industry best-practices to his role with WDC and its portfolio companies.

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