Posted by Ellen Krafve - email
AUSTIN, TX - Kilgore College's Workforce Development Program received a $100,000 grant that will fund free health and safety courses for employers, employees and the general public.
The grant was given by Texas Mutual Insurance Company which has issued $200,000 in grants to the program during the past two years.
"Many companies in the area have had to cut more and more safety courses out of their budgets," said Martha Woodruff, director of KC Workforce Development. "We are just thrilled to get this grant to offer free, high-quality employee training to help businesses keep their workers safe."
The courses focus on general safety topics, as well as topics designed for the oil and gas industry. Students receive Occupational Safety and Health Administration certification for some courses and continuing education units for all courses.
"On-the-job injuries carry monetary and, most importantly, human costs," said Russ Oliver, president of Texas Mutual Insurance Company. "Any time we have the opportunity to get that message to Texas employers, we consider it money well spent."
The grants and workshops are part of the company's ongoing initiative to prevent workplace accidents.