Human Resources of Central Oregon

Welcome to:
The Human Resource Association of Central Oregon
(SHRM Chapter 310)

HRACO is a member organization for Human Resource professionals and a local chapter affiliated with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). 
Our mission is to provide opportunities for education, networking and community connection to Human Resource practitioners in Central Oregon. 
We offer individuals in the Human Resources occupation opportunities for skills enhancement as well as tools to obtain certification as professionals in the field of HR.  We meet the third Wednesday of each month and have speakers on various HR-related topics.  See our Calendar of Events for more information. 

Take a moment to browse through our website and outstanding offerings including our monthly meeting calendar, the educational opportunities, job postings and presentations.  If you are not currently a member of SHRM, we encourage you to join now.  SHRM membership will enhance your career and open a world where thousands of resources are at your fingertips such as sample forms, toolkits, webcasts, podcasts, supervisory newsletters, employment updates and so much more.  Your membership in SHRM automatically provides you with member benefits in HRACO.  Membership provides you with "member only" access to information on both the HRACO website and SHRM.
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We invite you to attend our local monthly chapter meetings. HRACO is not only a professional organization, but also provides members and guests with a great place to meet new friends and learn new ideas for professional growth. We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting. 

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Upcoming Events

March - Unwrapping Central Oregon's Labor Force Trend: Are we now in a "job seeker" market?

In the last years of the recession the labor force across the nation, state, and region began to decline rapidly. Much of this decline was predicted as the baby boomers began to age out the workforce; however, this demographic change didn’t paint a complete picture. Young people were working at a lower rate, long-term unemployed went back to school to retool for a new job market, and some stopped looking for work entirely. The economy is now red-hot in Deschutes County stimulating a surge in the local labor force. However, is the labor force growing fast enough to supply a competitive labor pool for employers? Are young people entering the labor force at a fast enough pace to compensate for the Boomers aging out of the labor force? Damon will discuss these labor force trends here in Central Oregon and how it may impact local human resources professionals.

Speaker - Damon Runberg

Damon Runberg has been with the Oregon Employment Department for over four years and is the Regional Economist for Central Oregon (Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, Klamath, and Lake Counties). He is responsible for developing monthly estimates of employment and unemployment in Central Oregon, as well as helping to develop and analyze industry and occupational projections for the region. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy specializing in econometric analysis from Oregon State University in Corvallis.

When: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 

7:30 a.m. Networking   8:00 to 9:00 a.m. Presentation

Where:  Shilo Inn, 3105 O. B. Riley Road, Bend, OR     (541) 389-9600      

Please complete the RSVP Form

Events & News

  • Train the Trainer Series - starting April 8 - May 6 (5 sessions)  See flyer for details.
  • NHRMA Oregon Human Resource Academy is April 14 - 16, 2015 at the Embassy Suites Portland Airport.  Click here for hotel reservations.
  • "New System, New Updates" - HRCI has made some significant changes for re-certification. Make yourself aware! Visit here for the recorded webinar hosted by HRCI.
  • Registration for the 2015 NHRMA Conference is OPEN!  Pre-approved for 19.5 SHRM PDC's and 19.5 HRCI Recertifcation Credits.  October 5 -7 in Portland. Details here

     The HRACO Mentoring Program

    Although human resource professionals have informally been mentors to others in the field for decades, formal SHRM mentoring programs across the country have had great success.  We believe our members in Central Oregon can also benefit from such a program.

    The Mentoring Program is still accepting applications for HR Professionals who would like to be mentored.

    Find out more information by visiting the Programs page.

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