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Terracon Foundation Awards Grant to the University of Utah-Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health to Expand Online Graduate Certificate Program

posted 08.16.2013

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — In commemoration of Utah Workplace Safety Week, the Terracon Foundation will present a $12,000 grant to the University of Utah-Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (RMCOEH) to assist in expanding the organization’s online occupational safety and health graduate certificate program.

The grant will be presented to RMCOEH by Donald Marano, president of IHI Environmental, a Terracon Company, on Friday, June 28, at the AFL-CIO Convention taking place at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City. The timing of the grant award during Utah Workplace Safety Week is quite relevant according to Marano, who has had a close working relationship with the RMCOEH in various capacities over the past 33 years.

“This funding will contribute to the future safety of workers by providing online educational tools for the health and safety students of today, who will be the practitioners of tomorrow,” Marano said. “The program will also advance our profession by giving students more alternatives to learn about various occupational hazards, solutions to these challenges, and proactive measures for prevention of injury and illness in the workplace.”

Marano added that the grant will support the RMCOEH program in issuing graduate certificates in Occupational Safety and Health through online courses to individuals desiring to expand their knowledge and skills in their fields of expertise. These certificates will include ergonomics and safety, industrial hygiene, occupational health, and general occupational safety and health.

The creation of a graduate certificate program for studies related to occupational and environmental health and safety provides the opportunity for individuals who are working in these or related fields to obtain increased information and training to improve their skills at a pace that will generally fit their schedule and while continuing to work full-time.

In addition, the students who take courses for the program will be permitted to apply the course credits they successfully complete toward a Master of Science degree in the future. University of Utah Professor and RMCOEH Director Dr. Kurt Hegmann acknowledged the importance of the award.

“We are very excited about receiving this grant from the Terracon Foundation, as it will provide much needed support for faculty time to convert our industrial hygiene courses to a distance-based format,” Hegmann said. “We are also very pleased about extending our long-term, symbiotic relationship with IHI Environmental to their new parent company, Terracon.”

Terracon acquired local consulting firm of 33 years, IHI Environmental, during early 2013.

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 3,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 140 offices in 40 states nationwide. Terracon currently ranks 38th on Engineering News-Record’s List of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, please visit: