Orange Beach, AL – November 28, 2007Employers large and small are recognizing the impact online education can have on their organization. Delta Air Lines recently awarded employee Tom Blatnik a $2,000 scholarship towards completing his bachelor’s degree with Columbia Southern University (CSU). One of the nation’s first online universities, CSU joined Delta as one of six academic partners in 2004.

Funded by Delta as part of its commitment to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Safety Administration Voluntary Protection Program, the scholarship is designed to recognize students who engage in occupational safety, health and environmental outreach within their schools, communities, and workplace. Blatnick, a current CSU student, will use the award to help finance his occupational safety and health degree.

“Earning a degree has always seemed just out of reach,” said Blatnick. “Our affiliation with CSU has offered me, and other Delta employees, special benefits that make achieving a quality education possible.”

More than 120 Delta employees have taken advantage of the academic partnership. Benefits include a 10 percent tuition discount and application fee waiver. While Delta employees are free to attend any accredited institution of their choice, CSU is second only to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is number one on the list of universities employees select to earn their master’s degrees.

“CSU was established to create educational possibilities for those who need it most,” said Robert Mayes, CSU President. “Our programs offer customized solutions that can accommodate anyone seeking to expand their career options.”

Delta offers service to a larger number of destinations than any other global airline. Including its SkyTeam and worldwide codeshare partners, flights are available to 462 locations in 95 countries.

Other CSU partnerships include 16 corporations, 20 police departments, and 70 fire departments. Among these are Boeing, HR for Techs, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, and the New York City Fire Department.

Please visit http://www.columbiasouthern.edu/learningpartners or call 1-800-344-5021 for more details.

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