Texas Mutual awards $100K to KC Risk Management program

Texas Mutual Insurance Company awarded a $100,000 grant to Kilgore College Feb. 5 at a check presentation to fund the college’s Risk Management Institute.

 Jeremy Hansen, manager of safety services for the Dallas region, presented the funds to the college.

Thanks to Texas Mutual’s funding, the Risk Management Institute at KC provides free workplace safety courses for community employers, workers and the general public.

This is the 12th-consecutive year that Texas Mutual, the state’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance, has given a $100,000 grant to the college to support the Risk Management Institute.

“We are grateful to receive this grant from our partners at Texas Mutual, who share our commitment to the prevention of workplace accidents and to overall workplace safety,” said Brenda Kays, president of KC. “Workplace safety education is an important part of the workplace and always a sound investment. Thanks to this grant, our growing risk management program will continue to help workers in Kilgore and across Texas be more prepared and successful on the job, creating safer work environments for employees.”

Texas Mutual has awarded $7.6 million in safety education grants since 1999. KC is one of 10 community colleges in Texas that provides safety classes via funding from Texas Mutual.

Since the inception of KC’s Risk Management Institute in 2008, employees from more than 856 companies have traveled to KC from 82 Texas counties to take advantage of these courses. More than half of these employees lived in KC’s four-county service area of Gregg, Harrison, Rusk and Upshur counties.

Over the past 11 years, the KC Risk Management Institute has hosted more than 434 workplace safety classes for approximately 5,699 attendees, and nearly 1,990 individuals have received OSHA training cards through available courses. 

“For 20 years we’ve partnered with Texas community colleges to ensure tens of thousands of workers get the education they need to work safely,” said Eric Bourquin, vice president of safety services at Texas Mutual. “We are happy to continue our support to these colleges, so safety programs can be available to their communities and available to employees across the state. These safety courses, along with many other company initiatives, demonstrate our commitment to creating a stronger, safer Texas.”

For more information about the KC Risk Management Institute, please visit www.kilgore.edu/RMI or call 903-983-8683.

About Texas Mutual Insurance Company:

Austin-based Texas Mutual Insurance Company, a policyholder-owned company, is the state’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance. Texas Mutual provides coverage to 43 percent of the market, representing over 70,000 companies, many of which are small businesses. Since 1991, the company has provided a stable, competitively priced source of workers’ comp insurance for Texas employers. Helping employers prevent workplace accidents is an important part of Texas Mutual’s mission.

PHOTO ABOVE: Dr. Mike Turpin (KC's vice president of instruction), Jeremy Hansen (Texas Mutual), D'Wayne Shaw (KC's dean of public services and industrial technologies) and Jennie Alcantar (KC's assistant director of corporate services.  Photo by Jamie Maldonado/KC