November 3, 2015

WG Staff to Lead Certification Classes for Ag Professionals in Human Resources

The Agricultural Personnel Management Association (APMA) has partnered with the San Diego County Farm Bureau to offer a series of courses in San Diego designed specifically for agricultural human resources professionals and others who address personnel matters for their company. Classes can be taken individually or as part of a curriculum leading to a certificate and designation.

Western Growers Vice President and General Counsel Jason Resnick and Sr. Vice President of Human Resources Karen Timmins will be the presenters of two classes. Resnick will lead the Introduction to Labor & Employment Law class and Timmins will lead the Managing Employee Compensation Programs class.

This unique human resources program consists of eight core courses that are required for the certificate, along with one elective. Participants may take courses in any sequence. Graduates of this program will earn a prestigious designation of Human Resource Professional in Agriculture (HRPA℠). 

Sessions will be offered monthly at the San Diego County Farm Bureau located at 1670 E. Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA 92027. The 2015-2016 schedule is as follows:

101: Elements of Human Resource Management:  November 19, 2015; Presenter: Lourdes Gonzalez, Gowan Company
102: Introduction to Labor & Employment Law: December 15, 2015; Presenter: Jason Resnick, Western Growers
103: Effective Recruitment, Selection & Retention:  January 14, 2016; Presenter: Julio Sanchez, RAMCO Enterprises
105: Managing Employee Benefit Programs: Date TBA; Presenter: David Nikssarian, Nikssarian Insurance
104: Managing Employee Compensation Programs: Date TBA; Presenter: Karen Timmins, Western Growers
106: Human Resource Development: Date TBA; Presenter: Lourdes Gonzalez, Gowan Company
107: Information and Cost Analysis in Human Resources Management: Date TBA; Presenter: Kathleen Thompson, Limoneira Company
108: Management and Leadership for HR Management Professionals: Date TBA; Presenter: Lourdes Gonzalez, Gowan Company

All professionals with HR responsibilities are invited to complete this certificate program to stay current on various issues, from legal compliance to employee relations.

For more information and online registration, please visit