Red River College delivers job-ready graduates to employers, and Ronda Henley was as job-ready as it gets.
In 1987, while still enrolled in RRC’s Administrative Assistant program, Henley was offered a job with the Health Sciences Centre.
“It was in the department of communication disorders, working with speech pathologists and audiologists,” says Henley, who had previously completed RRC’s Secretarial Machine Transcription course in 1986.
“After completing an interview and passing their medical vocabulary and typing tests, they offered me the job, but I thought to myself, ‘Wait, I still have to do my final exams. I haven’t finished school.’”
And while Henley did complete the Administrative Assistant program, she still wasn’t finished furthering her education at RRC.
In 1997, she returned to the College to take the Human Resource Management program, having at the time been recently hired by United Grain Growers in an administrative assistant position in HR.
That put Henley on her current career path: HR in the agricultural sector. She’s held HR positions at UGG, Agricore United, Viterra, and for the last 10 years, Cargill.
Presently, Henley is Cargill’s employee experience/employee relations senior specialist for Manitoba.
“The role covers everything from onsite training to employee engagement to performance management — different realms that support employees and managers,” she explains. Read More →