LSU Continuing Education COSS Program Honored by Professional Association
BATON ROUGE – LSU Continuing Education’s Certified Occupational Safety Specialist, or COSS, program was honored as the best non-credit program of 2012 by the University Professional & Continuing Education Association, or UPCEA, South Chapter. COSS was chosen over other programs in the region from universities including the University of Texas-Austin, Rice and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
COSS is an intensive, 40-hour certification course for employees responsible for the health and safety of their coworkers. The program is designed with in‐depth learning modules that equip workers with the core competencies of occupational safety and health for fields such as oil and gas, construction, chemical, utilities and transportation. Companies participating in COSS include some of the largest employers in the region, such as The Shaw Group, Turner Industries and ExxonMobil. The program is delivered in partnership with the Alliance Safety Council. LSU CE has trained more than 850 people in the COSS program since it began in 2004.
“My interest in the course was to grasp OSHA regulations and gain the ability to integrate those regulations into my daily role as a safety specialist in an industrial setting,” said Glenn Simoneaux, a COSS graduate with a background in chemical process and plant safety. “The information provided to us is an invaluable tool that can be used to save lives and prevent injuries in the workplace.”
Britton Cross completed the COSS program earlier this year. “The COSS program put a certificate in my hand in one week and that certificate was the pivotal item that helped me go back to work,” he said, “My first week’s paycheck was more than the cost of the class.”
“LSU CE has been one of our top COSS training partners for the past several years,” said Dianna Braud, the director of national programs for the Alliance Safety Council. “Through their strong recruitment efforts and stellar reputation, LSU CE has graduated more COSS students than any other training provider in the country.”
The award was presented at the 2012 UPCEA South Region conference at UNC-Chapel Hill, held Sept. 30 through Oct. 2. Melissa Stafford, coordinator of the program, accepted the award for LSU CE.
“This award reflects LSU’s commitment to providing further educational opportunities to workers in industries that are essential to the economic growth of Louisiana,” said LSU Continuing Education Executive Director Doug Weimer.
LSU Continuing Education acts as a leading university provider of educational outreach and engagement to help people achieve their goals and improve their quality of life, their organizations and their communities. Visit www.outreach.lsu.edu for more information. Follow LSU Continuing Education on Twitter @LSUCE and on Facebook: LSU Continuing Education.
UPCEA is the principal organization in the U.S. for professional and continuing higher education. The UPCEA South Region includes higher education institutions from 12 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. More than a hundred continuing education professionals are expected to attend this year’s UPCEA South Regional Conference.