Texas Mutual Insurance Company has awarded a second $100,000 grant to El Paso Community College in four months to establish a risk management program, which will provide workplace safety courses for local employers, employees and the general public.
On Friday, Feb. 12, Woody Hill, vice president of safety services at Texas Mutual, presented the $100,000 grant to El Paso Community College President Dr. William Serrata and El Paso Community College Board of Trustees Chair Art Fierro at a ceremony on the El Paso Community College campus.
“El Paso Community College is so appreciative of the generosity and support that Texas Mutual has extended to El Paso area employers and employees,” Dr. Serrata said. “We are proud of the all the job training that is available at our college and pleased to focus on workplace safety through this grant. The College looks forward to a successful partnership with Texas Mutual and welcomes the opportunity to make our city and companies—and their employees—safer.”
Since 1999, Texas Mutual—the state’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance—has awarded $4.5 million in safety education grants. El Paso Community College is one of five community colleges in Texas, in addition to College of the Mainland, Kilgore College, Midland College and Del Mar College, that provides free safety classes via funding from Texas Mutual.
Later this year, El Paso Community College will launch its risk management program to provide training for increased safety awareness and to reduce work-related accidents and injuries. The EPCC risk management committee has proposed a wide range of courses relative to the El Paso area, including restaurant accidents and injuries, home construction accidents and injuries, OSHA courses.
“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.”
For more information about the El Paso Community College Risk Management Program, contact Barry Bogle at (915) 831-7117.