BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Cameron County Education Initiative (CCEI) has teamed up with Breaking Bad actor RJ Mitte and Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), to create a disinfectant and cleaning-training program.  

The program is called A Call to Action: A New Standard of Clean and its designers say it provides fast and affordable training for company workers.

TEEX is part of the Texas A&M University System. CCEI is a non-profit career training school set up by Brownsville entrepreneur Mike Hernandez.

RJ Mitte is a philanthropist and resident of Cameron County who lives with cerebral palsy. He was was instrumental in developing the new disinfectant and cleaning-training program and has become a passionate champion of it.

Mitte said A Call to Action: A New Standard of Clean aims to safeguard working and living conditions as communities begin to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

“This Call to Action is vital in that it allows us to keep Texas open safely and raise the standard of clean for healthier communities” Mitte said. 

Mitte said the program is comprised of three vital pieces: Training for Workers, Training for Leaders and Decal Identification System. This decal identification system is designed to increase consumer confidence as it displays that both the workers and leadership understand this “New Standard of Clean.” 

Rita Hernandez is president of CCEI. She said the instructor-led online training was created by TEEX, noting that TEEX trains over 220,000 individuals a year and is known worldwide for its innovative workforce training models.

Hernandez said the new program will ensure new tactics for safer working and living conditions for Cameron County. 

“Having a safe and sanitized work environment is an all-in effort that isn’t just for the maintenance team,” Hernandez said. “The goal is to make our communities safe for workers and families, while increasing consumer confidence.”

Mark Posada, TEEX assistant agency director, said the mission of TEEX is to make a difference worldwide.  

“For us, worldwide starts at home at the local, county and state level. The ability to assist a business or community protect and save lives from the impact of COVID-19 is at the heart of what we do” Posada said.

Posada said the plan is for maintenance staff to be trained on appropriate sanitation and disinfectant techniques as recommended by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

He said managers will be trained to assess employee exposure risk and ensure “new standard of clean” safe work processes and procedures are followed. To earn the distinction of meeting a “A New Standard of Clean”, workers and administration must participate in the training program.

Mitte and Hernandez discussed A Call to Action: A New Standard of Clean in a Zoom conversation with Rio Grande Guardian editor Steve Taylor. Here is the video:

For more information about this program, contact CCEI at 956 641-4800, or email [email protected]

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