May 7, 2015 Leave a comment
Each year, Texas Mutual has the chance to invest in safety programs that will impact thousands of Texans. One that we are especially proud to support is the risk management institute safety grant program that allows us to partner with colleges to educate local workers on safety issues relevant to the dominant industries in their regions.
As part of this program, Texas Mutual recently awarded four $100,000 grants to help maintain safety institutes at Kilgore College, Midland College, College of the Mainland in Texas City and Del Mar College in Corpus Christi.
Over the last 16 years, we’ve awarded $3.9 million in safety education grants, and approximately 30,000 students have attended free safety courses at these colleges.
For each college, there’s a different safety focus depending on the needs of the local community. In the Midland area, it’s oil and gas. In Kilgore, the majority of their training is industrial, and College of the Mainland focuses heavily on establishing various safety and incident management programs. Breaking from tradition, this year Del Mar College is establishing bus driver training. Using their donation from Texas Mutual, as well as the generous donation of a bus from the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority, the college will expand their existing Class A program to include Class B CDL license training as well. This meets a need in the community to train candidates to be Regional Transit Authority and local school bus drivers.
Texas Mutual’s Vice President of Safety Services Woody Hill visited each of the four colleges to present the grants and had a chance to visit with risk management institute leaders.
“Through the classes at these four safety institutes, more Texas employees are receiving free safety training, giving them tools to be successful in business. Most importantly, we’re taking a big step toward keeping workers safe by providing educational programs,” said Woody.
“These grants, along with other Texas Mutual safety programs, exemplify the company’s ongoing commitment to workplace safety and the prevention of workplace accidents. Workplace safety education is always a sound investment.”
To learn more about each college’s risk management institute, click the links below.