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
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.”
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.