Columbia Southern University Partners with School Safety Advocacy Council

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Online university and national school safety organization to work together to provide 'the best educational opportunities to those with an interest in school safety'

Columbia Southern University (CSU) is proud to establish a learning partnership with the School Safety Advocacy Council (SSAC) which will be formally announced at the council’s 2015 National School Safety Conference on July 27-31.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Columbia Southern University to enter into a new partnership with the School Safety Advocacy Council to support our valued professionals in the challenges they face to keep our schools, campuses, and children safe,” said CSU Vice President of University Relations Billy D. Hayes, who make the announcement and a presentation at the conference on July 27 in Las Vegas.

“I look forward to how this partnership can be an advantage to the members of this organization. I know this is a worthwhile endeavor for CSU and SSAC that can impact everyone involved.”

Curt Lavarello, executive director of SSAC, echoed Hayes’ excitement. "This partnership is truly a unique opportunity for two incredible organizations, both with vast experience in public and school safety, to come together with a common goal of providing the best educational opportunities to those with an interest in school safety.”

The National School Safety Conference, the largest and most comprehensive conference on school safety and security, brings together renowned keynote presenters into one forum to provide the highest quality professional development. The SSAC’s primary focus remains the conducting of school safety assessments, school safety drills and exercises, as well as the delivery of training to school personnel and law enforcement.

Columbia Southern University is one of the nation’s top online universities offering online associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in many fields including criminal justice, homeland security, occupational safety and health, organizational leadership, business administration and public administration.

To learn more about CSU, please visit or call 800-977-8449. For more information about the SSAC, please visit

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