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|Students Praise 2nd Annual Association of Workplace Investigators Institute|
Santa Barbara, CA, March 1, 2013--"Really excellent. Far exceeded my expectations. Great job, guys!" x
This was among the comments made by the students who completed the second annual Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI) week-long institute here today. The 52 students included 28 attorneys, 20 human resources professionals, and four licensed private investigators. They came from California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico, and Ontario, Canada.
2014 Dean Julie Yanow, President Michael Robbins, 2013 Dean Pam Hemminger
The institute had nine full time faculty and 10 part time faculty. The number of students was limited to facilitate close contact between students and faculty. "I liked the friendly and inclusive setting," explained one student. "Instructors were enormously helpful and supportive," commented another. "The faculty members were extremely experienced, interesting and engaging," another said. "Presenters fantastic, committed, engaged, caring, knowledgeable," another exclaimed. "Tremendous and impressive job by every single faculty member," remarked another.
Students work together on report writing
The intensive five-day program featured 23.25 hours of classroom instruction and discussions, a day-long mock investigation program, and optional individual video-recorded interview sessions. "Excellent course. Remarkable content and instructors," said one student. "Invaluable training! The report writing, mock interviews, analyses--all so important," said another. "This was an incredibly comprehensive program. The mock investigation sessions allowed us to put into practice a lot of what we learned throughout the week," another explained. "A magnificent learning experience," said another.
Institute students were given a 700 page binder containing original articles written by faculty especially for the institute, reprints of classics in the field of workplace investigations, and the institute presentations. "The modules and materials are so comprehensive, and practical. The practice tools provided at the lectures are extremely valuable and the binder will be like an investigator's 'encyclopedia' going forward," remarked one student. "Materials will be an excellent future reference," said another.
Lunch on the terrace
The institute was held at Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort in Santa Barbara, California. The location and the weather were stunningly beautiful, and the institute participants took advantage of them by eating lunch outdoors, walking on the beach, and exploring the city.