ORANGE BEACH, AL–Companies all over the globe are taking advantage of the completely online, accredited degree programs offered at Columbia Southern University. Commtest, one of the word?s most respected producers of condition monitoring equipment, is the most recent addition to this university?s list of learning partners.

"One of the greatest benefits an organization can give their employees is access to educational opportunities," said Chantell Cooley, Vice President of Partnership Development for Columbia Southern University. "National and even companies with a worldwide reach like Commtest, understand that a more knowledgeable, qualified workforce is essential for the future growth of their business."

As a Columbia Southern University learning partner, companies receive a range of benefits including a 10 percent tuition discount for employees, their spouses, and children. Partners are also promoted on the university?s website, marketing materials, and at speaking engagements.

"We are very excited to partner with Columbia Southern University," said Blaine Loomer, Director of Sales, North America for Commtest Inc. headquartered in Knoxville, TN. "Commtest continues to experience phenomenal growth on a global level. One of the ways we can ensure we maintain a leading edge and continue to grow is to provide our employees with opportunities to pursue higher education through respected institutions such as Columbia Southern University."

Based in Christchurch, the engineering hub of New Zealand, Commtest is a global company that provides vibration analysis and data acquisition products such as vibration data collectors and online machinery surveillance systems. Known for it premier engineering capabilities, the company?s in-house engineering skills include: software and firmware development; circuit-level hardware design, prototype and assembly; mechanical design; sensor and transducer development; and custom fabrication.

Columbia Southern University also holds learning partnerships with 12 other corporations including Delta Air Lines, Boeing, Airtrek Air Ambulance and the Federal Protective Service.

CSU is licensed by the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education and is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) to offer associate, bachelor, master and doctorate degrees. DETC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. As an accredited, degree-granting member of the DETC, CSU is also an institutional member of the Council of Higher Education Accreditation.

For more information, please visit www.columbiasouthern.edu .

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