Having provided organized, in-house learning since 1990, Hixson created the Hixson University structure in 2001 to better serve associates’ training needs. Divided into five “colleges,” Hixson University, which has been an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education & Training (IACET) since 2005, provides learning opportunities in specific areas of knowledge and development, as well as learning tracks to help guide associates through various role-oriented learning paths. Courses are presented both by internal associates who have specialized subject knowledge and experience as well as highly qualified technical instructors from outside the firm.

Each year, the volunteer Deans of Hixson University’s colleges host an awards ceremony – Hixson’s own version of the Academy Awards, designed to celebrate all contributions throughout the previous year as well as honor significant contributions by key presenters. And while we may not have an Oscar to hand out, we do have the “HUey,” gold-encased bottles of beer named in honor of the Hixson University mascot. The Director of Hixson University Beth Robinson, along with Martin Hardrick, one of Hixson U’s Deans, kicked off this year’s ceremony with the overview of the organization’s 2017 impressive accomplishments: 113 total contact hours (a new record), 65 different presentations with 25 new course topics, and a total of 36 different instructors with 11 being first-time instructors. Awards were presented in both serious, and not-so-serious categories, including Best New Instructor, Best “Veteran” New Instructor (recognizes a seasoned Hixson associate that is finally presenting for the first time), Best Use of Video Replay, Highest Rated Internal Course (Small and Large Class), Most Classes Attended, Best External Presenter, and the Dean Service Award (for assistance “behind the scenes”).

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