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March 26, 2013

Blinn named one of Texas’ top community colleges

College’s workforce and technical offerings, TEAM program are cited for bolstering Lone Star economy

Schools.com recently named Blinn College one of the top community colleges in the state in recognition of its positive impact on the Texas economy.

The article, available here, also recognizes The Alamo, Amarillo, Austin, Brookhaven, Collin County, San Jacinto, Texarkana, Midland and Tyler college districts for offering students a wealth of degree and associate programs while providing a stepping stone to the state’s premier four-year universities.

“Blinn College takes particular pride in partnering with local business and industry to strengthen our economy,” said Blinn College District President Harold Nolte. “Our workforce and technical education divisions have worked tirelessly to not only meet the demands of today’s employers, but anticipate the needs of tomorrow’s workforce as well.”

Blinn’s Office of Workforce Education offers non-credit classes in health care, applied technology, career and professional development, computer technology and continuing education. Each course is designed to fulfill the training needs of individuals, businesses and industry.

The 12,000-square foot A.W. Hodde, Jr. Technical Education Center was built in Brenham 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 and provides training in applied technology, health and professional development.

Blinn was also selected in part due to its Transfer Enrollment at Texas A&M (TEAM) co-enrollment program that ensures automatic transfer to Texas A&M University for qualifying students. Since 2001, this pioneering initiative has allowed the admission of hundreds of additional qualified students that would have otherwise not been possible due to enrollment limitations.

Blinn enrolled 17,989 students last Fall and has experienced 28.3 percent growth since 2006.

Founded in 1883, the College has one of the state’s highest percentages of students who graduate from leading four-year institutions, and its tuition and fees average about one-third the cost of the same classes at most four-year public universities in the state. In addition to its four campuses in Brenham, Bryan, Schulenburg and Sealy, the College teaches online courses, dual credit for high school and prepares students for quick employment through its workforce education, technical training and vocational education programs.