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Lorraine Larocque: Human Resources Selection Consultant

By Danielle Greene

College is a stressful time for many students. However, it's also the time to discover your own writing abilities and develop a meaningful career path. The attitude Lorraine Larocque maintained throughout her college years set her on the high road to a successful career in Boulder, Colorado.

Larocque works as a Human Resources Selection Consultant at the University of Colorado at Boulder, which means she is certified by the state of Colorado to perform selection duties to hire classified staff. She hires a range of employees, including nurses, architects, graphic designers, and more. Larocque enjoys living and working in Boulder. The small town is quaint and reminds her of the campus at Western Carolina University.

Remembering WCU

Larocque’s time at Western proved to be invaluable. She was privileged to be taught by professors such as Terry Niennuis, Catherine Carter, Brian Railsback, Elizabeth Addison, and Mimi Fenton. “I enjoyed every class I took — which can sometimes be tough to say when you are talking about college.” Each professor at WCU specialized in an array of literature or writing courses from which Larocque benefits to this day.

With its independent study courses, seminars, and grammar lectures, WCU gave Larocque the chance to fly. One of her favorite courses, a seminar on Faulkner, was taught by Dr. Catherine Carter. “We read about a book every week or so throughout the summer.” She also attended a senior seminar on John Steinbeck, taught by Dr. Brian Railsback. “It just doesn’t get any better than being taught by such an expert who is passionate about great literature.”

Lessons learned

Studying various authors from all over the world has helped Larocque grow in her writing abilities. WCU’s English department taught her to write for an audience. Whether the style is creative, politically correct or poetic, Larocque comes equipped to do the job. She learned how to write for a specific audience by having professors require different styles of writing. As a Human Resources Selection Consultant, Larocque understands that politically correct writing is important, but it doesn’t stop her from throwing some humor in once in a while.

These profiles were created by the Karen Greenstone's English 303 class (spring 2009)
and edited for the web by Mary Adams's English 303 class (summer 2009).

Students in Mary Adams's English 303 class (fall 2009) wrote additional profiles.