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Students Praise 2nd Annual Association of Workplace Investigators Institute
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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.

Institute Faculty, 2014 Dean Julie Yanow, President Michael Robbins, 2013 Dean Pam Hemminger

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.

Report Writing

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.

Institute Lunch

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. 
The second annual institute sold out over a month beforehand, as did the first institute AWI held in June 2012 in San Diego, California. Based on student recommendations, AWI anticipates another sell-out for its third annual institute which will be held February 24-28, 2014 in Oxnard, California. "The best and most informative conference I have ever attended," exclaimed one student." "I thoroughly enjoyed the program and would highly recommend it to colleagues," another student commented. " "Incredibly beneficial, and will recommend highly to others," said another. "Institute was amazingly useful and will have a profound impact on my practice of investigations," another said.
Institute participants gathered for a farewell dinner on Thursday evening, and exchanged testimonials and tears as they prepared to depart after sharing this intense week together. "I wish I lived closer to AWI and its members so we could collaborate more often," one student said. Several others pledged to return home and establish AWI circles in their local areas to make the collaboration and collegiality they experienced at the institute a permanent part of their lives. "A wonderful experience!" one student said in summing up the institute. "Thank God for AWI!" said another.