Blinn College, Junior College District of Washington County, derives its legal status from the Constitution of the State of Texas and from the Texas Education Code and is a local taxing entity of Washington County, Texas.
Blinn Junior College District Service Area (Texas Education Code, Chap. 130, Sec. 130.168):
The service area of the Blinn College District includes the territory within:
(1) Washington, Burleson, Brazos, Madison, Grimes, and Waller Counties;
(2) the Mumford, Hearne, and Franklin Independent School Districts located in Robertson County;
(3) Austin County, other than the territory within the Wallis-Orchard Independent School District;
(4) the Milano and Gause Independent School Districts located in Milam County;
(5) the part of the Richards Independent School District that is located in Walker and Montgomery Counties;
(6) the part of the Bryan Independent School District that is located in Robertson County;
(7) Fayette County, other than the territory within the Smithville Independent School District;
(8) Lee County, other than the territory within the Elgin Independent School District; and
(9) the part of the Lexington Independent School District that is located in Bastrop, Milam and Williamson Counties.
Brazos County Campuses:
1. Restoration of Employee Benefits
In order to recruit and retain the talented faculty and staff necessary to continue our Proven tradition in educational excellence, providing excellent employee benefits is critical. In order to provide these benefits to our employees, the state must remain partners with community colleges.
Blinn College and TACC requests the restoration of State Employee Health Insurance Funding to 60% of ERS costs and a return to 84% of ERS costs in the 84th Session.
Blinn College and TACC requests funding for the State’s Employer share of Community College Employees’ Retirement at the Teachers Retirement System should be based on constitutional requirements.
2.Brazos County Technical Education Center - Blinn College’s Brazos County Campuses continue to partner with local municipalities to meet the evolving workforce training needs of the region. We are currently making plans to enhance and expand our programs in construction trades including: electrical, HVAC, plumbing and welding. We will also build-out facilities to support our new Therapeutics Manufacturing Program. We are asking for 1 million dollars in matching funds to help support the 30,000 square foot build-out which includes laboratory and classroom space.
3. Reimbursement for Hazelwood Exemption - During the 2012 fall semester, Blinn College spent $420,000.00, in Hazelwood exemptions. Hazelwood is one of several exemptions that higher education institutions are responsible for and Blinn College requests the Texas Legislature recognize the hardship this program places on the individual colleges and asks for State funding to assist in off-setting this expense.
4. Passage of SB 146 & HB 895 - Relating to access by a public institution of higher education to the criminal history record information of certain persons seeking to reside in on-campus housing.
5. Restoration of adequate funding for the Star of the Republic Museum - Any additional reduction in funding for the Star of the Republic Museum could result in a hardship for Blinn College and could place this repository for Texas Republic History, at the Birthplace of Texas, in jeopardy. House Bill 634, of the 61st Legislature, transferred the control and custody of the Museum to Blinn College; however, Blinn College depends upon the Legislature for the financial backing to proudly carry out this task.
For more information on the 83rd Legislature Regular Session, visit www.capitol.state.tx.us