Columbia College and Shelter Insurance recently announced a new partnership that will offer a discounted tuition rate to the insurance company’s more than 4,000 employees and agents.

Shelter Insurance, which is based in Columbia, Missouri, opened in 1946 and has been a staple in the insurance industry for more than 70 years, providing quality service for customers throughout its 21-state footprint.

“We strive to partner with organizations that are leaders in their industry, and Shelter Insurance certainly fits that billing,” said Dr. Scott Dalrymple, President of Columbia College. “We look forward to the opportunity to help Shelter’s employees throughout the country work toward their educational goals.”

Columbia College offers six class sessions lasting eight weeks each, allowing students to complete their degree quickly. Students can earn an associate degree in 20 months, a bachelor’s degree in 3.5 years, and a master’s degree in just 12 months. The college is very transfer-friendly, which may allow a student to graduate even earlier if they have previously attended an accredited college.

“Shelter Insurance is excited to partner with Columbia College to help provide our employees and agents the opportunity to pursue excellent educational opportunities,” said Paul LaRose, Shelter’s vice president for SBMI (Human Resources.)

Students who take classes online or at one of the college’s locations nationwide will also have access to the Truition® program, which offers a transparent look at the cost of college by eliminating all fees and providing books at no cost.

For more information on the partnership, please contact Kelsey Anderson, Assistant Director of Partnerships for the college at or (573) 875-7177.  For media inquiries, please contact Sam Fleury at or (573) 875-7283.