February is Black History Month

February is Black History Month and an ideal time to learn about and recognize the contributions and history of African Americans. In celebration of this month enjoy these facts about black history and Black History Month.

Black History Month Facts

  • Black History Month began as a week-long celebration in the 1920s.
  • Carter G. Woodson founded Negro History Week
  • February is also the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.
  • George Washington Carver derived over 300 products from peanuts.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. and Condoleezza Rice both started college at the age of 15.
  • Madam CJ Walker was America’s first self-made woman to become a millionaire.
2015 Theme
Each year Black History Month has a different theme. This year’s theme is, “Civil Rights in America.”

Now is the perfect time to enhance communication, productivity, and unity in the workplace and gain a greater understanding of the cultures of those around you. View our Cultural Awareness Course for more information.

Resources: NAACP || History.com || Inventors @ about.com

Posted in Press Releases at February 24th, 2015. .

Little Rock Job Corps’ Security and Safety Officer Program Spotlight

Little Rock’s highly successful career training program is producing Certified Protection Officers (CPOs) ready for today’s workforce.

Little Rock Job Corps’ Security and Safety Officer Program

Security and Safety Officer Program

In June 2009, Little Rock Job Corps saw a need to begin a new program at their center, and Thelma Dixon filled it.  After 22 years in the United States Army and teaching in the Army ROTC program in a Macon, Georgia high school, Ms. Dixon needed a change.  The new Security and Safety Officer Program at Little Rock Job Corps was the answer.  As the instructor of this program, her job is to prepare young students for a successful career as a security officer or as an employee of the Arkansas Department of Corrections.


Since the program’s inception in 2009, it has become a top performer in its trade: most students already have security jobs lined up when they complete the program.  “It is a blessing to be able to get students in jobs before they even leave the program,” Dixon states.  “Companies say my students come in ready to go.  They do not need additional training before beginning the job,” she continued.  This success is due to the competitive program Thelma Dixon runs.  She must produce at least 3 completers a month.  The program typically takes 4-6 months to complete, and students must finish 2 lessons a week to stay on track.

Thelma combines visuals, such as presentations and notes from professionals in the security field, with independent study and lecture from the International Foundation of Protection Officers’ (IFPO) Professional Protection Officer Training Manual (8th Edition).  Students then take the online Certified Protection Officer (CPO) Certification Exam offered through High Impact Training Solutions (HITS). Successful candidates are then certified through the IFPO.   Throughout the program, students also get hands-on training with the use of “mock crime scenes” and practice writing incident reports.  “The curriculum is in line with the test, and both do an excellent job of preparing the students for the job,” Dixon states.

Expectations … Success

Another aspect of the program that helps produce quality students is the level of professionalism expected by Thelma.  Students must wear uniforms to class each day and must keep a neat appearance and haircut.  This professionalism is evident to the public as well.  “When we help in the community, most people think my students are already security officers,” states Dixon.

The success of Ms. Dixon’s program is evident in the achievements of her former students.  Many are frequently recognized in company newsletters for their accomplishments and are continuing to move up the chain of success.  One such example is Thomas Steadman, a former student now employed by Central Defense.  “The Job Corps program has been a blessing to me.  It took me to a higher level in my field,” Thomas states.  Not only does this program prepare students for a job, it also prepares them for life.  “It teaches you responsibility, dependability, and reliability,” said Steadman.  Thomas also praises Thelma Dixon for his success.  “She is a great instructor.  You really grasp what she is saying.  She does her job and prepares you for a career,” he states.


Job Corps is an educational and vocational program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that prepares at-risk students for successful careers.  Thelma Dixon is definitely doing just that.  Through her classroom and practical based learning experiences, students are leaving her program prepared for today’s workforce.

Posted in Press Releases at October 9th, 2014. .

High Impact Training Solutions Releases New Officer Health and Fitness Courses

New Courses Provide Stress Management and Reduction Techniques in Order to Help Public Safety Personnel Maintain Psychological Well-Being and Improve Job Performance

PENSACOLA, Fla., July 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — High Impact Training Solutions (HITS), a division of Smart Horizons, announces the release of its new Officer Health and Fitness courses. Maintaining psychological well-being, good physical fitness, and sound health is important to public safety professionals, law enforcement, and security personnel. These new courses will help participants develop an understanding of these principles, as well as provide stress management and reduction techniques in order to improve job performance.

Security professionals and public safety dispatchers represent a growing body of professionals who are at high-risk for developing posttraumatic stress syndrome (PTSD). These professionals are exposed to a constant stream of crises and thrust daily into high-stress, dangerous environments. “In order to ensure the mental health of these individuals, training and psychological support are key in helping them deal with the effects and traumatic exposure that they experience on a daily basis,” stated Mark Tibbert, Director of High Impact Training Solutions. He added, “We are excited about the release of these new courses that provide instruction in principles and techniques that are essential in helping these professionals manage the stresses they encounter while on the job. HITS remains committed to offering quality online training to meet the needs of the public safety industry.”

The new Health and Fitness Series includes two popular courses previously offered only within the First Responder Training Network. Stress Management is a 1 hour course while Officer Health, Fitness, and Well-Being is 2 hours. These online courses allow participants to complete the training at their own pace and in their own time-frame, as they are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Posted in Press Releases at July 14th, 2014. .

High Impact Training Solutions’ Telecommunicator Training Now POST-Certified

Law Enforcement Professionals in Nevada or Reciprocal States May Now Take HITS Online Courses for POST Certification Credit

The Nevada Commission on Peace Officers’ Standards and Training (POST) has approved online Telecommunicator courses offered through High Impact Training Solutions (HITS) for POST continuing education training requirements. Law enforcement personnel in states with a Nevada reciprocal training agreement are also eligible. POST continuing education credit is available for the Telecommunicator Basic and Refresher courses, as well as the Communications Center Supervisor course.

HITS is a division of Smart Horizons, an online training provider and curriculum development company that developed the POST-certified training to the standards set by APCO Project 33, which defines the training requirements for public safety telecommunicators.   Sworn officers must obtain 24 professional development credits in a 24 month period, and these courses will assist officers in achieving their goal.  Reserve officers will also benefit, as it will help them fulfill their job training requirements and enhance their professional skills.

“This certification recognizes the high standards of our programs, and we are proud to display our commitment to providing quality online training to public safety professionals,” stated Mark Tibbert, Director of High Impact Training Solutions.  He added, “We are very excited about the POST-certification and look forward to enabling other states to take advantage of this program.”

POST is regulated at the state level and is responsible for the licensure of peace officers.  In addition, POST develops and enforces standards and training for law enforcement professionals.  HITS’ online Telecommunicator training is the perfect solution for meeting these standards, as it is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, allowing individuals to train when it is most convenient for them.

Posted in Press Releases at October 24th, 2013. .

High Impact Training Solutions (HITS) Institute Launches Español for Law Enforcement

HITS now offers the popular online course within a secure, propriety learning management system with robust tracking features.

Female Police Officer

“The accurate gathering of information in emergency situations is so critical in those situations where time is of the essence.”

High Impact Training Solutions, a division of Smart Horizons, announced today that public safety and emergency communications professionals can now access their required Español for Law Enforcement courses from within the NexPort Campus learning management system. Training supervisors report that the added tracking and audit capabilities within NexPort address risk management concerns.

The secure, proprietary NexPort Campus learning management system allows program administrators, directors, or training coordinators to track and report on student progress in real time. The next generation online learning and knowledge management platform also provides fully integrated synchronous learning using the NexMeeting online conferencing system that includes integrated telephone and computer-based audio, slide presentations, chat, white boards, and recording capability. Instructors and administrators are able to conduct web-based seminars and classes that are accessible to subscribers in even the most remote regions. NexPort Campus also supports interactive engagement within learning communities through the use of videos, wikis, blogs, collaborative web pages, and threaded discussions.

The Español for Law Enforcement courseware library provides a general understanding of common Spanish language phrases to aid in daily duties. It allows learners to see and hear key Spanish words and phrases. Students can choose the entire package of language training or select individual modules on subjects such as field interviews, law enforcement procedures, or basic Spanish language training.

“The Field Interviews courses are particularly helpful to law enforcement personnel who work in dispatch situations,” said Mark Tibbert, Director of High Impact Training Solutions. “The accurate gathering of information in emergency situations is so critical in those situations where time is of the essence.”

There are eight Field Interview courses offered. They provide instruction for interview situations that law enforcement professionals encounter on a regular basis: Felony Interview, Motor Vehicle Accident, Burglary, Cross Complaint, Missing Child, Protective Order, Noise Complaint, and Violent Spouse.

Posted in Press Releases, Security at April 30th, 2013. .

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