Mine Safety Training developed by SCC Center for Business & Industry earns National Awards

(November 30, 2015) - An innovative Digital Training Module on Mine Safety created by the South Central College Center for Business and Industry (CBI) received 1st place in the multimedia category and Grand Prize overall at the 2015 National Training Resources Applied to Mining (TRAM) conference in October. The module was developed by CBI Mine Safety Experts Robert and Terry Weston.

Jeffery Duncan, Director of Education, Policy and Development for the National Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), presented the award to CBI at the TRAM conference. The conference was held at the MSHA’s National Mine Health and Safety Academy in Beckley West Virginia, one of eight permanent academies operated by the U.S. Government (others include the 4 military academies, maritime academy, FBI academy and National Fire Academy). Mining professionals from across the United States and many foreign countries come to the Academy for health and safety training.

At Duncan’s request, the training module is now on the MSHA website for use throughout the mining industry: http://www.msha.gov/training/docs/player.html.  This is the third 1st place category award and the second Grand Prize awarded CBI.

CBI has provided mine safety and health training since 1982, with Terry and Robert Weston serving as the program’s OSHA/MSHA Coordinators since 2002 and 2004 respectively. Robert Weston is also President of the Minnesota Mine Safety Association.  There are approximately 250,500 non-coal miners in the U.S., with CBI training approximately 4,600 in fiscal year 2015.

The Center for Business and Industry (CBI) at South Central College provides education, training and consulting to help businesses and organizations improve performance and productivity. Approximately 12,000 professionals receive training through CBI annually.