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August 31 - November 16, 2017

Business success depends on getting the most out of people. Now more than ever, businesses rely on HR professionals to make the most of a changing workforce. That’s why HR professionals rely on SHRM, the leading global resource for human resources. SHRM’s best-in-class training, conferences and competency-based certifications give HR professionals the skills to help their organizations advance. Because great HR makes great organizations. Learn more about SHRM-CP (SHRM Certified Professional) and SHRM-SCP (SHRM Senior Certified Professional).

Thursdays, 5 - 8:15 p.m.

  • August 31
  • September 7, 14, 21, and 28
  • October 5, 12, 19, and 26
  • November 2, 9, and 16


  • Regular Registration: $1195
  • WKU Staff, Faculty, Student and Alumni: $1095

Registration deadline is March 15. All materials are provided.

Why Choose an Instructor-Led Course?

  • Understand and apply the material tested on the SHRM exam
  • Expand and update your HR knowledge for professional advancement
  • Discuss topics with peers from diverse backgrounds
  • Take advantage of your employer’s tuition reimbursement program
  • Keep on track and motivated
  • Grow your professional network


Ray Lackey

Ray LackeyRay was born in Middletown, Ohio. He moved to Bowling Green in 1979 when he ended his service with the United States Army. He went to work for the U.S. Postal Service, attended Western KY University, and joined the Army Reserve upon his return. 

In 1999 he was selected as the 8th Command Sergeant Major of the Army Reserve, took a leave of absence from the Post Office, and moved to Washington, DC. He was in the Pentagon on 11 September, 2001 and assisted in the rescue efforts that day. He retired in February 2002. His awards include the Distinguished Service Medal. His career with the U.S. Postal Service culminated with service as the 35th Postmaster of Bowling Green. He retired in April 2008.

His civilian education includes: An Associate’s Degree and Bachelors Degree from Western Kentucky University. He also has his Professional Human Resources certification (PHR). Ray has taught SHRM courses for WKU since 2010. 

Ray has served on a Congressional and Bowling Green/Warren County Veterans Affairs board, Trustee for VFW Post 1298, President of the Olde Stone Community Association and is currently on the Board of Directors for Independence Bank in Warren County and is an Army Reserve Ambassador.

Ray and his wife Debbie have a blended family with 4 children and grandchildren.

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 Last Modified 5/12/17