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Human Resources

New Employees

Welcome From President Swallow


Before You Start Your New Job

Welcome to Carthage College! We are so glad you have decided to join the team. The Office of Human Resources would like to ensure that your transition into the Carthage community is as smooth as possible. Please take a few minutes to review the information below, as it contains important information relevant to beginning your new job with the College. 

We look forward to meeting you soon!

Necessary Paperwork

You will need to bring several documents with you on your first day. You should have received an email with instructions on how to complete these forms. However, if you need an extra copy, use the following links: 

You must also bring documentation to verify your eligibility for employment. You can either bring one document from List A, or one each (2 total) from List B or List C:

  • List A Documents: Passport, Passport Card, or Employment Authorization
  • List B Documents: Driver’s license or State ID card
  • List C Documents: Birth certificate or Social Security card

If you plan to activate direct deposit, you will also want to bring a voided check.

Meet with an HR Representative

During your first week, you will meet with a representative from the Office of Human Resources. This meeting should take roughly one hour and will be scheduled by your hiring manager.

During this meeting, you will obtain your parking pass, receive your Carthage ID card, discuss benefits, review important information, and verify eligibility for employment. Make sure to bring the necessary paperwork listed above. 

Elect or Waive Health Care Benefits 

Carthage College offers a variety of benefit plans for benefit-eligible employees and their families. Current health benefits include medical, dental, vision, and supplemental life insurance. Carthage offers a traditional PPO plan as well as a high-deductible plan with an associated Health Savings Account (HSA), and the option for Catastrophic coverage. During your visit with the Office of Human Resources, you will have the opportunity to waive or elect health care benefits. Details about Carthage College health care benefits can be found in this year’s Benefits Guide below.

Steps to Elect or Waive Coverage

All benefits-eligible Carthage College employees should take the following steps to elect or waive coverage for the year. This can be done within the first 30 days of employment, following a qualifying life event, or during the open enrollment period:

  • Step 1: Review the review the 2021 Benefits Guide to pick the plan that is right for you and your family.
  • Step 2: Talk with a representative from the Human Resources Office with any questions you may have.
  • Step 3: Log into the Workday system and follow the step-by-step instructions. This Workday system is also available in Spanish. All benefit-eligible employees will need to take action. If you do not wish to participate in Carthage College health care, you will need to waive coverage. If you would like to elect Carthage College health care, you will make your choices in the Workday system.

Elections will start Jan. 1, 2021 or during the 30-day election period for new employees. 


All employees, full and part-time, are required to register their vehicle with the Office of Public Safety and obtain a parking permit. You will register your vehicle during your HR orientation. It will be important to know the make, model, and license plate number. 

Designated Faculty/Staff Lots

  • South Lower Lot 
  • South Upper Lot 
  • Pike River Lot 
  • Faculty and staff are prohibited from parking in spaces reserved for visitors in the South Upper Lot.

ID Cards

Each Carthage College employee is issued an identification card that contains a unique employee number. This ID card is important for access to buildings and classrooms on campus, can be used to purchase meals using Carthage Cash, allows access to the Carthage College recreation center, and provides the ability to check out materials from the Hedberg Library. Faculty and staff may obtain an ID card through the Office of Human Resources upon hire. Carthage College identification cards are non-transferable and may not be loaned to anyone. More information about Carthage Cash, including instructions for funding your card and where Carthage Cash can be used, can be found on the Carthage Cash webpage.

Live, Play, and Work in Kenosha County

The Kenosha Area Business Alliance (KABA) invites you to explore Kenosha County. “Short commutes, affordable housing, a growing economy, beautiful lakefront, and a vibrant arts scene help residents of Kenosha County find balance. Balance in their work, home life, free time, and personal finances.” Discover more about Kenosha!

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2021), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit The Aspire Center.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. More than 90% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Carthage has ranked as a top Fulbright producer for four of the past five years. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors, and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from marketing to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from $22,000 up to full tuition. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about Intellectual Foundations.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 130 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked in the Top 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …