TEEX and Texas A&M University-Commerce recently combined resources to extend college credit to students participating in the U.S. Army safety internship program through the OSHA Training Institute Southwest Education Center. Students completing the 2-year program can receive a master’s degree in industrial technology from Texas A&M-Commerce.
The program, which began just over a year ago, unites the OSHA Training Institute Southwest Education Center and the U.S. Army Safety Center in training safety and occupational health specialists. The initial class recently finished the classroom portion of the program and is just beginning the research project segment, said Teresea Madden-Thompson, director of the OSHA Southwest Education Center. They are expected to graduate next year.
Madden-Thompson said the training program provides the core training elements needed for students to effectively ensure the health and safety of U.S. Army forces and facilities through risk management and accident prevention. Each of the 29 courses in the curriculum has been reviewed by the American Council on Education and approved for graduate credit.
The OSHA Southwest Education Center was chosen based on their record of expertise in safety training and their ability to conduct on-site classes for the new safety specialists.
Dr. Brenda Miller, CP-12 career program manager for the Army, said The Texas A&M University System was the most prepared to meet the challenges of the intern program.
“TEEX is the only education and training organization that could provide turn-key training solutions for all of our safety personnel,” Miller said. “Their commitment to quality and dedication to students’ needs have elevated them as one of the Army’s highest-rated safety training providers.”