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Blinn’s Hodde Center sets 17 students on bright new career paths

College honors graduates of its Medical Office Assistant and Certified Medication Aid courses

Medical Office Assistant grads

December 18, 2013

Susie Elliott got her start in the medical field as a nurse in 1967, but due to the rising cost of tuition on top of her everyday cost of living, she was forced to leave the field she loved.

Forty-six years later, Elliott took the first step in returning to medical field Tuesday night when she received her certificate as a graduate of Blinn College’s Workforce Medical Office Assistant/Clinical (MDCA) course.

“Now that my kids are grown and I’m semi-retired, that has allowed me to cross a big item off my to-do list: go back to school,” Elliott said. “This is only the beginning.”

“A lot of these students are mothers whose kids are now out of the house, and they want to go back to school for a second career,” said MDCA Instructor Dr. Rheagan Mulder said.

Elliott was one of 17 students to graduate Tuesday, as 10 completed the MDCA course and seven others earned their Certified Medication Aide (CMA) certificate.

CDMA graduates include: Juana Aguirre (Columbus), Claudia Estrada (Belville), Magdalena Estrada (Belville), Omeika Gill (Brenham), Jordan Melton (Brenham), Melissa Martinez (Brenham), Sabrina Pena (Brenham), Nora Sanchez (Brenham) and Amber Wooten (Brenham) and Nneoma Okoro.

CMA graduates are: Shantaneequan Rogers (Brenham), Eunica Wright (Brenham), Lori Moore (Brenham), Jamie Farrer, Jennifer Hack, Josefina Hernandez and Sharon Parker.

The MDCA course prepares students to run a medical office, including skills such as patient assessment, the ability to properly take vital signs and the collection and documentation of patient information, among other tasks.

To qualify for the CMA course, students must already be a Certified Nurse Aide.  The course teaches students to properly administer medication under supervision, as outlined by the Department of Aging and Disability. Upon completion of the course, students are required to take a state exam to receive their state certification.

“Blinn provided the course that fit my schedule, allowed me to return to school and follow the career path I love,” Elliot said.

The 12,000-square foot A.W. Hodde, Jr. Technical Education Center was built in 2009 to provide local training for a quality, viable workforce in Washington and the surrounding communities. Its staff works in cooperation with local businesses to provide a well-trained workforce that strengthens the local economy. For more information on the Hodde Center and its course offerings, call 979-830-4443 or visit