Texas Mutual Awards $1M in Annual Safety Education Grants
||Contributed by FSM Staff
AUSTIN, TEXAS -- Texas Mutual Insurance Company has awarded a combined $1 million in grants to 10 community colleges across Texas. The grants fund workplace safety courses for employers, workers and the general public through the risk management programs at each college.
Since 1999, Texas Mutual—the state's leading provider of workers' compensation insurance—has awarded $5.6 million in safety education grants, and more than 30,000 students have attended free safety courses at various community colleges throughout the past 18 years.
This year was the first year Texas Mutual awarded grants to Angelina College in Lufkin, Lamar Institute of Technology in Beaumont, Lee College in Baytown, and Texarkana College to establish risk management programs. These grants already support risk management programs at College of the Mainland in Texas City, Midland College, Kilgore College, Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, El Paso Community College and Amarillo College.
"We are grateful to receive this grant from Texas Mutual, which will allow us to provide much-needed safety training to our local employers and employees," Angelina College President Dr. Michael Simon said. "Safety education is an important part of the workplace, and our new risk management program will have a positive influence on workplaces in and around Lufkin. 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 each college's region.
"Workplace safety education will always be a sound investment, and we are happy to partner with Texas community colleges to make safety programs available to the community," Woody Hill, vice president of safety and information services at Texas Mutual, said. "The courses available to area employees across Texas help workers stay safe on the job. These grants and the other safety programs Texas Mutual offers demonstrate our commitment to making sure millions of workers get the education they need to work safely."
For more information about Texas Mutual’s many safety initiatives, visit texasmutual.com.