October 17, 2013
College’s convenient online courses allowed her to balance family and education
Adryana Boyne had no idea that she would one day run for elected office when she enrolled in government and Texas history courses at Blinn College.
But as a Republican candidate to represent Dallas County’s District 102 in the Texas House of Representatives, Boyne is glad she took the opportunity to learn more about her nation, state and government. If her election campaign is successful, Boyne will become just the second Republican Hispanic woman in the history of the Texas House of Representatives.
“As someone who was born and went to grade school and high school in Mexico before becoming a U.S. citizen, I wanted to absorb as much I possibly could,” Boyne said. “The work I did through Blinn helped fuel my passion for politics and serving my neighbors.”
Boyne and her family had just moved to College Station in 2006 after a decade of missionary work in Mexico and Costa Rica when Boyne began looking for the opportunity to further her education. She had already earned a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from Criswell College, but as a volunteer in a Congressional race Boyne wanted to learn more about politics, government and history, and Blinn’s strong academic reputation came highly recommended. The convenience of Blinn’s online courses made her decision to enroll an easy one.
“Blinn provided me with the perfect fit,” she said. “As a wife, mother and student, Blinn and its online learning program allowed me a unique opportunity to stay at home being a wife, missionary and busy mother while still earning college credits.
“As someone who has traveled across Texas and our country speaking out in defense of the Constitution and especially the Bill of Rights, I was so pleased that my Blinn education taught me so much about the founders of Texas and the United States and their vision for freedom and liberty.”
Since completing her coursework at Blinn, Boyne has gone on to study at Spaeth Communications and The Leadership Institute, where she learned the skills necessary to implement effective public policy. She has expressed her conservative values on national television and radio programs in English and Spanish, and has spoken in person at events across the country.
In addition to growing the economy, creating jobs, supporting our nation’s military veterans and supporting conservative values, Boyne’s campaign is dedicated to ensuring that all Texans have the opportunity for a quality, affordable education.
“Not everyone can go or wants to go to a four-year campus, but everyone should have an opportunity to learn and improve themselves,” she said. “Community colleges serve that important role and I will fight to make sure that our community college system in Texas remains strong.”
Thanks to her experience at Blinn College, Boyne knows first-hand just how valuable community colleges are to Texas and its economy.
“The things Blinn is doing in its online learning program, at its flagship campus at Brenham, and at its satellite campuses in places like Bryan, Schulenburg and Sealy should be thoroughly examined by educational leaders in Texas to see how they might implement some of Blinn’s successes into their own school’s programs,” she said.
Blinn enrolled 18,413 students this Fall and has experienced 31.1 percent growth since 2006. Founded in 1883, the College’s 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. For enrollment information and to learn about financial aid opportunities, visit: www.blinn.edu.