The Human Resources Association of the Alleghenies (HRAA) was originally founded as Cambria Somerset Human Resources Association (CSHRA) in August 1979. At that time, a small group of personnel professionals from Cambria and Somerset counties came together to create a forum for sharing information, exchanging ideas and professional self-development. The result was a professional association committed to the development of its members and the advancement of the profession in our area. On January 1, 1980, CSHRA officially affiliated with the national Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).
The Chapter was re-branded as the Human Resources Association of the Alleghenies (HRAA) on April 29, 2014 in order to become more inclusive of areas outside of Cambria and Somerset counties. Today, HRAA is comprised of members from a variety of industries including financial organizations, hospitals and other healthcare providers, education, retail, government agencies and defense contractors, among others from the Laurel Highlands/Southern Alleghenies region.
To satisfy a need for professional diversity, and as a means of responding to the ever changing demands of the HR profession, the Chapter provides professional development opportunities through monthly Chapter meetings and an Annual Conference. Chapter programming is also submitted for re-certification credits through HRCI and SHRM. An online social media presence and local social events help members engage and build their professional networks. Finally, legal and legislative updates on key issues at both the state and federal level, along with representation to PA and national SHRM, are also benefits to our members.
The Human Resource management profession is perhaps the most challenging, diverse and varied of all management disciplines. As such, HRAA places particular emphasis on programming that is current, timely and of interest to our members each year. While the topics of emphasis vary from year to year, in conjunction with changes in the profession, the underlying mission of the chapter remains the same.