More than 400 people from municipalities and construction companies from Hidalgo, Cameron and Willacy counties were recently in attendance at a week-long Infrastructure and Safety Summit at Texas State Technical College. The summit, organized with the Infrastructure Training and Safety Institute (a division of TEEX), offered low-cost Occupational Safety and Health Administration training for employers.
The Infrastructure Training and Safety Institute is the second largest OSHA training center in the nation and one of only 27 centers across the United States. The summit, held in partnership with TSTC’s Workforce Training and Continuing Education department, offered 21 different trainings.
“We’re able to offer these trainings at low-cost to no-cost thanks to general revenue funds from the state of Texas,” said Donna Zatopek, senior administration coordinator for TEEX. “Our job is to bring low-cost training to areas that otherwise may not have access to it.”
For example, a Pump and Motor Maintenance course that usually costs $325 was $75 at the summit. Others, such as the Disaster Preparedness for Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations within the Community Infrastructure, are offered at no cost. OSHA safety trainings that generally range from $395 to $900 were offered at a discounted $65-105 at the summit.
Myra Deleon, TSTC continuing education coordinator said the partnership between TEEX and TSTC has helped bring training opportunities to a centralized area of the Rio Grande Valley.
“This partnership has really allowed our local entities to take advantage of low-cost training right in their backyard,” said Deleon. “And not only is this a great opportunity for employers, but it’s also a great way to showcase TSTC and our programs.”
In the two years of this partnership, TSTC and TEEX have been able to serve close to 1,000 people.