Terry Frakes, senior vice president of public affairs with Texas Mutual, presented the grant during a ceremony Jan. 21.
The Risk Management Institute, a division of the KC Workforce Development Department, will use the money to offer and promote free safety training to employees and employers across East Texas. KC is one of just three colleges in Texas to host a risk management institute with safety courses.
“Texas Mutual has generously funded our Risk Management Institute for the third year,” said Martha Woodruff, director of KC Workforce Development. “During 2008-2009, their grant allowed us to enroll 697 students in 50 free courses.”
Individuals from 110 companies have traveled to KC from 39 Texas counties to take advantage of these free courses over the past two years.
Fifty-two percent of these employees lived in KC’s 4-county service area of Gregg, Harrison, Rusk and Upshur counties.
“Business and industry in East Texas have made their workplaces safer to protect their employees. We are grateful to Texas Mutual for supporting us in this endeavor,” Woodruff said. “The employers and employees don’t have to pay a cent. It is free to attend and there is no catch.”
OSHA training and certification is offered several times a year including the 10- and 30-hour OSHA general industry courses, and the 10- and 30-hour OSHA construction classes. In addition, these OSHA certifications will be taught in Spanish.
A variety of other topics have been Spanish for Safety Supervisors, Pipeline Safety, Hazardous Communications, Electrical Safety, Accident Investigation, Claims Loss Prevention, Leadership and Management Skills for Supervisors, Ergonomics in the Workplace and others which are listed on the KC Web site at www.kilgore.edu.