Thursday, the KC Risk Management Institute was presented with a $100,000 grant reward check from Texas Mutual Insurance company. The funds are to provide to support workplace safety courses for community employers, workers, and the general public.
Dr. Kay mentioned, “as a special note this is the tenth grant that we have received from this organization. It’s contributions today equals $1 million.”
The Texas Mutual Insurance Company has awarded KC with $100,000 grants for the past 10 years, adding up to $1 million.
Jeremy Hanson, the manager of regional safety services at Texas Mutual presented the $100,000 grant check to KC’s President Brenda Kays, Ed.D., in the Stewart H. McLaurin administration building.
“It’s great! I’m glad I got to jump in,” Hansen said. “This is my first time to do the check presentation, but from what I understand it’s been a long running partnership that Texas Mutual has had with Kilgore College. It’s really a mutual beneficial partnership and opportunity for us to provide training to bigger groups that we wouldn’t normally be able to access. We even use some courses you are KC offers here to help train our new employees as well.”
“It’s been great! When we send our safety folks out to be with the company they are really only able to see one company every time, but helping to find a program like this, we are able to make it so that our clients or policyholders have access to safety training classes that could have 50 people in them. You could have 30 different companies being trained all at once. It makes it easier for companies to take a more proactive approach to workforce safety,” Hansen said. “It makes a big difference. A lot more people can go to work equipped with the knowledge to do the job right.”
KC sets the course topics in response to the needs of the area businesses and surrounding industries. Courses are offered periodically at the risk management Institute include accident investigation, OSHA training, Spanish for safety supervisors, defensive driving, fleet safety management and small business safety, among others.
Since 1999, Texas mutual – the states leading provider of Worker’s Compensation insurance- has awarded $5.2 million in safety education grants.
Since the inception of KC’s risk management Institute in 2008, employees from more than 800 companies have traveled to KC from 79 Texas counties to take advantage of these courses. More than half of these employees lived in KC for County service areas including Gregg, Harrison, Rusk and Upshur counties.
For more information about the KC Risk Management Institute, please visit www.kilgore.edu/risk_management.asp or call (903) 983–8683.