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March 25, 2013

Blinn’s Hodde Center offers courses for quick employment

Students can earn certificates and enter the workforce in as little as five weeks

Blinn College’s A.W. Hodde, Jr. Technical Education Center is offering professional office specialist, electrical technology and machining technology courses in April to put students on the fast track to high-demand careers.

The electrical technology class begins April 15. The course covers electrical safety, hand bending, fasteners and anchors, electrical theory, test equipment, introduction to electrical blueprints, raceway, boxes, fittings, conductors and wiring. The six-week class costs $1,750. Scholarships are available.

The machining technology class begins April 15 and is designed to meet industry’s need for trained operators in machine shops, manufacturing facilities and industrial plants. The curriculum includes interpreting blueprints, setting up manual machines and performing basic and advanced machining operations. The seven-week course costs $1,750 and scholarships are available.

The professional office specialist class that begins April 1 prepares students to work in office environments where knowledge of office procedures, software, hardware and administrative and interpersonal skills are required. Scholarships are available for the five-week course, which costs $700.

The 12,000-square foot Hodde Center was built in 2009 to provide local training for a quality, viable workforce in Washington County 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