Jose Beltran/ Tejano Tribune
Presentation of $100,000 Texas Mutual Grant.
(L-R) Barry Bogle, Dr. William Serrata, Jeremy Hansen, Woody Hill, and Art Fierro.
Texas Mutual Insurance Company awarded El Paso Community College a $100,000 grant at a ceremony held Friday, February 12.
This is the second $100,000 grant that the college has received in the past four months.
In efforts to further develop EPCC’s risk management program that will educate employers, employees, and the general public on workplace safety.
Vice president of safety services at Texas Mutual Insurance Company, Mr. Woody Hill, presented the check to El Paso Community College President Dr. William Serrata, EPCC Board of Trustees Chair Art Fierro, and the Director of the Law Enforcement Training Academy at EPCC Barry Boggle.
“El Paso Community College is so appreciative of the generosity and support that Texas Mutual has extended to El Paso area employers and employees.” Said Dr. Serrata voicing his gratitude, “We are proud of all the job training that is available at our college and are 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.”
Texas Mutual has been working with EPCC since 1999, and has awarded $4.5 million in safety education grants.
EPCC (along with the College of the Mainland, Kilgore College, Midland College and Del Mar College) provides free safety classes, financed by the grants awarded by Texas Mutual Insurance Company.
EPCC will initiate its risk management program later this year. The program will provide training that will increase safety awareness in the workplace and decrease work-related mishaps.
The risk management program is expected to have an array of courses that pertain to the El Paso area work force, such as construction, home building, restaurant management, and cooking.
When asked about what the attraction to EPCC was to Texas Mutual, Safety Services Training Consultant Jeremy Hansen responded, “El Paso is one of the five biggest cities in Texas that home the companies we have policies with.
We want to get the communities that we service more involved. By helping to fund the fine safety program here at El Paso Community College, we give back to the community by helping educate employers and employees on workplace safety.”
“We’re taking a big step toward keeping workers safe by providing educational programs. Through the classes at the five institution, more Texas employees receive safety training, giving them tools to be successful in business.” Said Hill, “Workplace safety 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.”