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ALL TOPICS TAGGED: Professional Development

February 11, 2019

Job Searching? Boost Your LinkedIn Profile With These 6 Quick Tips

LinkedIn is an excellent avenue to help you position yourself as a professional in your workplace and industry. Here are six quick tips to help you optimize your LinkedIn profile to go from rookie to professional.

January 17, 2019

CSU, NVFC Mark 10 Years of Scholarship Awards

Columbia Southern University (CSU) and the National Volunteer Fire Council began a partnership 10 years ago to provide educational benefits to fire and emergency service personnel. In addition to a discount to CSU for NVFC members and their families, each year two NVFC members are awarded a scholarship to attend CSU. Since 2009, this scholarship has helped many NVFC members launch their careers and further their position in the fire and emergency services. 

December 19, 2018

National Safety Council, CSU Partnership Provides Educational Benefits to Safety Professionals Nationwide

In 2018, Columbia Southern University entered a Learning Partnership with the National Safety Council (NSC). Through the partnership, employees and volunteers at the NSC’s national headquarters in Itasca, Illinois, and its 25 chapters across the nation, will be able to pursue their educational goals at CSU with a 10 percent tuition discount and access to exclusive scholarship opportunities. Benefits of this Learning Partnership are also available to the immediate families of NSC employees and volunteers.

December 10, 2018

Learning Partnerships: What They Are and How They Benefit You

At CSU, we believe having a strong support system is imperative for our students, especially for adult learners. Having a friend or family member cheer you on goes a long way. Oftentimes, members of your support system also include coworkers, leaders and mentors. These types of connections are invaluable, which is why we want to make it possible to grow them even more. The CSU Learning Partner program is a simple way for companies, municipalities and other agencies to give their members and employees an educational benefit.

October 30, 2018

St. John's David Milen Named Distinguished Faculty of the Year

Columbia Southern University recently honored emergency management lead faculty David Milen, Ph.D., as the 2018 recipient of its Robert G. Mayes, Sr. Distinguished Faculty Award. Milen of St. John, Indiana, was recognized for his outstanding achievements and contributions in aiding the university in its mission to change lives through education.

September 10, 2018

Ironwoman Diana Woolf Races for PTSD Awareness

In April 2018, Diana Woolf, a 47-year-old fire service veteran from Highland Hills, Ohio and graduate of Columbia Southern University, competed in an Ironman triathlon dressed in full turnout gear, something no woman has ever done before her. Her reason? To raise awareness and funding to help firefighters cope with post-traumatic stress disorder. Studies have found that anywhere between approximately 7 percent and 37 percent of the nation’s more than one million firefighters meet the criteria for a current diagnosis of PTSD.

August 23, 2018

Increasing Your Interview Impact [Webinar]

Interviewing can be one of the most nerve-wracking aspects of the job search process. What do you wear? How should you act? What is the most important thing to say? What should you not say? Join Columbia Southern University for a webinar discussion and Q&A session on “Increasing Your Interview Impact.” Elizabeth Mimms, CSU career services coordinator, reviews the four P’s to help you present your best self in your next job interview.

August 21, 2018

6 Steps for a Successful Career Transition After the Military [Webinar]

For many military families, transitioning into a civilian career can be overwhelming and exhausting. The webinar and Q&A session, “6 Steps for a Successful Career Transition After the Military” by Elizabeth Mimms, CSU career services coordinator, reviews six steps for seeking civilian employment. 

August 14, 2018

How to Make a Sizzlin’ LinkedIn Profile [Webinar]

If you’re like the millions of working professionals who use social media, you are acutely aware of the vast amount of content that’s shared, liked, posted and commented on every day. Creating a social media profile that stands out from the crowd is especially important for those who are using social media as a tool to facilitate their next career move. Join Columbia Southern University for an on demand webinar discussion and Q&A session on “How to Make a Sizzlin’ LinkedIn Profile.”

August 9, 2018

How to Improve Your Writing Skills Before You Head Back to College

“I’m not a good writer.” “It’s been a long time since I’ve had to write anything. I can’t remember all of the rules!” “I don’t even know what to write. This is so frustrating.” If any of these statements sound familiar, you aren’t alone. Many students who are returning to school after an absence are concerned about the writing aspect of it. When it’s been a few years (or longer than that) since you’ve written anything more than a grocery list, the idea of writing research papers can be enough to give you hives.
 

August 7, 2018

What Does Your Cover Letter Say About You?

If your resume is the conversation, then your cover letter is your handshake. A lot can be communicated by a handshake, right? The same is true of your cover letter. When applying for a job, the thing people most often fret over is the resume. Yes, it should be perfect and tailored to the job to which you are applying, but it is only a piece of your application puzzle. In order to really give a sense of who you are and the value you will add to the department or company you wish to work for, your cover letter needs to be thorough and specific.

July 30, 2018

A Future in Paramedicine [Webinar]

The rapidly evolving field of mobile integrated healthcare, or community paramedicine, has become a hot topic among those in EMS in and fire service. The system of services is meant to address key issues such as the rising fees of ambulance transport, labor shortages in EMS and health care costs; and it is changing the way health care is administered and delivered in many cities. Join Columbia Southern University Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 at 1 p.m. CST for A Future in Paramedicine, a webinar discussion and Q&A session hosted by Jeannie Riner, CSU’s lead faculty for fire, emergency medical services and CSU graduate Landry Merkison. Merkison is the fire chief and EMA director for Clayton County (Georgia) Fire & Emergency Services.
 

July 3, 2018

What's the Difference Between Business Casual and Business Professional? [Infographic]

Like it or not, most employers say it takes less than a second for a candidate to make a first impression. Use this guide to ensure you’re making the best first impression possible, setting the course for a stellar interview. Before your interview, ask the hiring manager whether you should dress business casual or business professional. If they are unsure or you don’t have time to ask, err on the side of caution and choose business professional. It’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed, and the interviewers will most likely appreciate you taking the time to look extra polished. 
 

June 26, 2018

CSU and BCSP Foundation Partner to Build Safer Global Community

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals Foundation is pleased to announce the support of Columbia Southern University through a significant investment in building a safer tomorrow through the advancement of the safety profession. This sizeable investment of resources represents the collaboration of partners dedicated to advancing the dialogue and pioneering programs that will define the field for generations. It is in direct support of the BCSP Foundation’s mission of “Investing to create and grow a safer global community; protecting those we serve.” Working together, we provide the resources, tools and opportunity necessary for lasting impact.

June 25, 2018

Tim Neubauer Named 2018 Outstanding Safety Professional

Columbia Southern University recently awarded its annual Outstanding Safety Professional of the Year Award to Tim Neubauer of Henderson, North Carolina. Neubauer holds a bachelor’s degree in occupational safety and health from CSU and is currently pursuing a master’s degree.
 

May 15, 2018

Tech in OSH: Trending Apps for Safety Professionals [Webinar]

Today’s safety professional uses a range of tools and instruments to ensure the safety of their clients or employees. From document scanners to decibel meters to a simple level and unit conversion calculator, those out in the field could benefit from an integration of some of these tools. One popular way to integrate or replace these tools is with mobile applications.  

March 20, 2018

CSU Knight and Fire Captain Vincent Harris Awarded $3.7 Million Federal Grant for Henry County Fire Department

After earning his associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees from CSU and an additional associate and bachelor’s degree from Waldorf University, Vincent Harris knew he needed to put his education to good use. After climbing the ranks at the Henry County Fire Department in Georgia, where he now serves as captain, he decided to learn how to write grants.

March 7, 2018

Making Social Media Work for First Responders [Webinar]

Social media is more and more becoming an indispensable channel in emergency management communications, as EMS and emergency management personnel are using various channels to reach their communities before, during and after disasters. First responders are also turning to social media to gather valuable insight from citizens on the ground via eyewitness video, photos and postings.

February 2, 2018

Professor Linda Martin Eager to Support Global Safety in New Role as BCSP Board of Directors President

In her new role as the president of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals board of directors, Columbia Southern University professor Linda Martin is all about support. This year, she and the rest of the board plan to ensure that safety is a global core value in the world of occupational safety and health.

January 30, 2018

Safety Professionals, ISHM Certification Can Boost Employment Appeal

While a safety degree can chart your career in OSH, adding a few certifications will boost your resume and your appeal to employers. Not to mention, certifications give you the opportunity to add designations to your signature. One of the key certifications in occupational safety and health is offered by the Institute of Safety and Health Management (ISHM), a well-respected, accredited credentialing body that provides certifications for safety and health professionals.

January 4, 2018

How Your Safety Degree Can Get You One Step Closer to Your CSP® [Webinar]

For safety professionals, the Certified Safety Professional (CSP®) designation is perhaps the most respected certification in the field. In this webinar, Dr. Dan Corcoran, academic program director for occupational safety and health at CSU, discusses how the B.S. in occupational safety and health could get you one step closer to your CSP. 

December 11, 2017

5 Types of Transfer Credits to Count Toward Your Degree [Infographic]

Did you know that transfer credits can include more than previous coursework? Transfer credits could possibly include previous training, certifications and professional licenses – and all of these could be counted toward your degree program.
 

October 30, 2017

Columbia Southern University Program Recognized by Board of Certified Safety Professionals

Columbia Southern University’s Bachelor of Science in occupational safety and health was recently included as a Graduate Safety Practitioner Qualified Academic Program by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP).

September 22, 2017

The Link: Frequently Asked Questions

The Link is a resource for anyone who wants to change and improve their life through education. These FAQs will help you learn why The Link exists, how it can help you find the information you’re looking for and more.

September 22, 2017

Welcome to The Link

Formed with a knight’s armor in mind, The Link seeks to be a connector and an extra layer of security—providing solutions for all of the challenges, questions and hurdles that adult learners face when deciding whether or not to go back to school.
 

September 22, 2017

Find Answers to Your Most Pressing Education Questions

The Link is a resource created to help you learn more about what it takes to achieve your academic goals. Each of the four categories cover a different aspect of your journey to the top, from beginning to end and beyond.  
 

August 10, 2017

Traits of an Excellent Manager

A good manager is easy to find. An excellent manager is a rare gift. If you are lucky enough to have worked for or with an excellent manager, make sure to observe their actions and pick up on the character traits that make them excel at their job.

August 9, 2017

4 Continuing Education Courses in Fire Science

Have you ever considered taking continuing education courses? If you’re a firefighter seeking to advance your career, these four continuing education courses will help you progress to the next level.
 

July 25, 2017

What are CEUs and why should they matter to me?

Professional development, CE, continuing ed courses and CEUs are a few of the phrases used in reference to continuing education. For some, continuing education can be a tricky thing to understand, but they can be invaluable tools to help you advance in your career.
 

July 25, 2017

8 Reasons You Should Go Back To College (And How)

For many working adults, going back to college may seem unachievable. Working full time, shuffling kids to and from school and anything else life throws at you begins to take precedence over your education. As important as they are, earning your degree or certificate is a valuable asset that will help you grow in your career, benefiting yourself and your family. Here are eight reasons why you should go back to college and how.