Austin, TX – Texas Mutual Insurance Company has awarded a combined $600,000 in grants to College of the Mainland in Texas City, Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, El Paso Community College, Kilgore College, Midland College and Amarillo College. The grants fund workplace safety courses for employers, workers and the general public through the colleges’ risk management institutes.
Since 1999, Texas Mutual—the state’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance—has awarded $4.6 million in safety education grants, and approximately 30,000 students have attended free safety courses in Corpus Christi, Kilgore, Midland and Texas City throughout the past 17 years.
This year was the first year Texas Mutual awarded grants to El Paso Community College and Amarillo College to establish risk management programs.
“All of us at Amarillo College appreciate the support that Texas Mutual is giving to our local employers and employees through this grant,” Amarillo College President Russell Lowery-Hart, Ph.D., said. “Safety education is an important part of the workplace, and our new risk management program will have a positive impact on workplaces in and around Amarillo. We look forward to a successful partnership with Texas Mutual, as we all work toward creating safer workplaces for employees.”
Courses at the safety institutes include general topics, such as driver safety, ergonomic safety and OSHA standards, as well as courses tailored to the dominant industries in the Houston, Midland, Kilgore, El Paso, Corpus Christi and Amarillo areas.
“We’re taking a big step toward keeping workers safe by providing educational programs,” Woody Hill, vice president of safety services at Texas Mutual, said. “Through the classes at these five safety institutes, more Texas employees receive safety training, giving them tools to be successful in business. Workplace safety education is always a sound investment and these grants, along with other Texas Mutual safety programs, demonstrate the company’s ongoing commitment to workplace safety and the prevention of workplace accidents.”
Source: Texas Mutual