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Online University Helps Firefighters
January 12, 2009

Earning a degree has never been more essential for firefighters looking to climb the “career ladder.” According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, many fire departments are now requiring at least a bachelor’s degree, preferably in fire science or a related field, to be promoted higher than battalion chief. Columbia Southern University (CSU), one of the nation’s first completely online universities, has established partnerships with more than 500 organizations around the world. Richmond Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services, Mountain Brook Fire Department, Pike Township Fire Department and ASG Kuwait Fire and Emergency Services were recently added to the growing list.

This partnership provides these firefighters, their spouses, and children with special benefits including tuition discounts and an application fee waiver. The fire departments will also be featured on the CSU website, in marketing materials, and at conferences and speaking engagements.

For more information or to learn how your organization can become a CSU partner, please visit CSU Learning Partners or call 1-800-344-5021.

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