Risk Management granted $100,000

Texas Mutual Insurance Company has funded KC’s Risk Management Institute with a $100,000 grant  for the seventh consecutive year.

This allows KC to offer free safety education for employers, employees and the general public.

“We are grateful for the support that Texas Mutual continues to show Kilgore College and this safety institute, which provides a great value for East Texas employers and employees,” said Dr. Bill Holda, KC president.

Courses provided are set to the needs of area businesses and industries.

Those offered periodically include accident investigation, OSHA training, Spanish for safety supervisors, defensive driving, fleet safety management and small business safety among others.

Since the inception of the Risk Management Institute in 2008, employees from more than 800 companies have traveled to KC from 79 Texas counties to participate in these free courses.

Over the past six years the Institute has hosted more than 290 workplace safety classes for approximately 3,600 participants and almost 1,100 individuals have received OSHA training cards.

“We are pleased to be able to offer this and to serve the community,” Gem Meacham, assistant director of workforce development – continuing education department said. “[Texas Mutual Insurance Company] is a non-profit organization, underwrites workers comp insurance, and because they are not-for-profit they put the extra money they have from their shareholders back into safety instruction. We are one of four community colleges in Texas to have this opportunity and we are very proud to be part of this.”

The Spring 2014 schedule can be found at kilgore.edu/risk_management.asp.

For more information or to register call 903-988-7426 or email emcclellan@kilgore.edu.