Underscoring its commitment to supporting safety education at state colleges in Texas, the Texas Mutual Insurance Company has announced that it is awarding $1.1 million in grants to 11 colleges across the state.
The grants are to fund workplace safety courses for employers, workers and the general public. Since 1999, Texas Mutual has awarded $7.7 million in safety education grants, and more than 30,000 students have attended free safety institutes offered at various colleges.
Courses at these safety institutes include general topics, such as driver safety, ergonomic safety and OSHA standards, as well as courses tailored to the dominant industries in each college’s region.
Programs will be held at Amarillo College, Angelina College in Lufkin, College of the Mainland in Texas City, Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, El Paso Community College, Lamar Institute of Technology in Beaumont, Lee College in Baytown, Midland College, Kilgore College, and Texarkana College. This is also the first year that Texas Mutual has awarded a grant to Odessa College to establish a risk management program.
“Over the past few years, we’ve seen the great benefit of offering workplace safety courses to area employees — making the Beaumont workforce safer,” said Angela Clark, coordinator of continuing education at Lamar Institute of Technology. “We are grateful for the continued support of Texas Mutual, which helps us offer these valuable resources to local workers.”
“For 20 years we’ve partnered with Texas community colleges to ensure tens of thousands of workers get the education they need to work safely,” said Eric Bourquin, vice president of safety services at Texas Mutual. “We are happy to continue our support to these colleges, so safety programs can be available to their communities and available to employees across the state. These safety courses, along with many other company initiatives, demonstrate our commitment to creating a stronger, safer Texas.”