New College Degree Opportunities for IUPAT Members and Families

September 16, 2021

The IUPAT and the International Finishing Trades Institute (iFTI) continue to build affiliations with institutions that offer advanced educational opportunities for union members and families.

The iFTI is pleased to announce that we are now partners in learning with Columbia Southern University (CSU). Based in Orange Beach, Alabama, CSU offers a variety online association, bachelor, master’s and even doctoral degree programs for IUPAT members and families at a discounted rate.

This includes Business Administration, Environmental Management, Occupational Safety & Health, Criminal Justice and Information Systems & Cyber Security among a large variety of other fields of study.

The iFTI partnership with CSU offers these discounts for IUPAT members and family members:

In order to enroll you will need to reach out to the Admissions Team at CSU (800-977-8449 ext. 6521). They will evaluate your transcripts and credits to see what classes you can receive credit for.  Please mention that you are a part of the International Finishing Trades Institute’s Articulation Agreement so that you can receive the 10% discount.

Instructors can be qualified to be a sponsored participant.  For more information on being sponsored, and if you have any questions, email

Download a full list of opportunities on the iFTI and CSU Learning Partnership HERE.