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NMC Human Resources Staff Complete Training to Enhance Employee Database (October 14, 2009)

Staff of the Northern Marianas College Human Resources Office recently underwent a week-long training session to use a software upgrade that is designed to enhance the employee database at the College. This upgrade will enable HR staff to track down employee accomplishments and professional development more efficiently.

The training was for the Sage Abra HR & Payroll program, a software upgrade that the College recently procured, which will afford NMC HR staff access to a more secure and more user-friendly database. The upgrade is also aimed at streamlining the processing time for personnel actions transmitted between the HR and Finance & Budget Offices.

Attendees of the training finished the session equipped with the knowledge and skills to operate the upgrade, which will provide for a better records management and processing and will enhance the College’s ability to keep track of current and former employees’ portfolios and career patterns and changes.

“The training is part of the College’s overall efforts to continuously build staff capacity to improve the services that we provide to current and prospective employees,” said NMC President Dr. Carmen Fernandez. “This upgrade is instrumental to the College’s efforts to implement and maintain those services.”

The week-long training session, which was facilitated by Sage Abra specialist Elizabeth Holland of Holland International, also included demonstrations on the upgrade’s other features, such as the production of employee demographics reports and quicker actions on job applications made to the College.

Other components in the upgrade include the Recruitment module, which will further enable HR staff to easily match prospective employees to vacant positions at the College, and the Alerts module, which will automatically send reminders to NMC employees regarding pending personnel matters, such as evaluations.

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