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Texarkana College Receives $100K Grant from Texas Mutual Insurance for Safety Training Courses

Prior to the start of the Texarkana College’s board meeting on Monday, representatives from Texas Mutual Insurance Company, the state’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance, presented a grant to TC for $100,000 to provide safety training courses that benefit community employers, students, and the general public. TC president, Dr. Jason Smith, said this is the sixth consecutive year Texas Mutual has supported TC’s safety training programs.

From left to right: Mike Malone, President/CEO of Texarkana Chamber of Commerce; Brandon Washington, VP of Campus Operations and Workforce Training for TC; Mendy Sharp, Executive Director of Community & Business Education for TC; George Moore, TC Trustee; Kaye Ellison, TC Trustee- President; Jeremy Hansen, Manager of Regional Safety Services for Texas Mutual Insurance Company; Dr. Jason Smith- President of TC; Dr. John Booth, TC Trustee; Scotty Hayes, Executive Director of the TC at TexAmericas Center.

“We are so grateful for the continued support of Texas Mutual Insurance Company to fund the college’s workplace safety courses,” said Smith. “The courses are designed to equip workers with skills and knowledge that increase safety measures and reduce workplace injuries. This grant is a win for our entire community and builds a thriving regional workforce.”

Mendy Sharp, TC’s executive director of community and business education said since 2017, TC has been able to provide workforce safety training to hundreds of regional employees.

“This year, the Texas Mutual grant allowed TC to provide a monthly comprehensive forklift training course covering Class I, IV, and V trucks. The funds enabled TC to train around one hundred community members through the National Safety Council to be forklift certified,” said Sharp. “Additionally, TC was able to expand our partnerships with a variety of healthcare facilities during the pandemic to keep health care workers current with training requirements related to CPR/First Aid Training.”

Eric Bourquin, vice president of safety services at Texas Mutual, said investing in safety programs benefits the entire state.

“For more than two decades, we have proudly partnered with colleges across Texas in providing their local communities access to safety programs,” said Bourquin, “We know that a strong workforce is a safe one, and we are proud to continue investing in these programs on our journey to create a stronger, safer Texas.”

Over a 23-year period, Texas Mutual has awarded $11 million in safety education grants, and more than 35,000 students have attended free or discounted safety training offered at various colleges. Texarkana is one of eleven community colleges in Texas that provides safety classes via funding from Texas Mutual.

For more information about the upcoming safety training program at Texarkana College, call (903) 823-3456 or visit www.texarkanacollege.edu.

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 42% of the market, representing 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.


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