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Blinn – Schulenburg students bolster their careers with computer skills training

Graduates learn keyboarding, basic computer functions and master Microsoft Office programs

Computer Series Grads

June 3, 2014

After completing more than 100 hours of classroom instruction, 21 Blinn College – Schulenburg students recently bolstered their careers with a certificate from the College’s Computer Series Program.

The graduating class included: Tina Anders (Schulenburg), Loretta Baumgarten (Schulenburg), Sandy Besselsen (Schulenburg), Sharon Burns (Schulenburg), Gregory Butler (Schulenburg), LaVonne DeBord (Hallettsville), Bernadette Gillings (Schulenburg/High Hill), Ana Henke (Hallettsville), Marilyn Johnson (Schulenburg), Alice Jochen (Schulenburg), Kathy Kutac (Schulenburg/High Hill), Joyce McGary (Schulenburg), Darrell Moore (Schulenburg), Crystal Orosco (Schulenburg), Jessica Orosco (Schulenburg), Leon Popp (Schulenburg/High Hill), Jazmin Ramirez (Schulenburg), Katrina Resendez (Columbus), Janette Ripper (Schulenburg/High Hill), Doriana Villegas (Flatonia) and Joe Ybarra (Columbus).

Graduates spent more than 100 classroom hours studying topics ranging from keyboarding and basic computer functions to mastery of Microsoft Office suite of programs. Workforce Instructor Rachel Johnson, who taught the Computer Series courses, said many of the students have found new jobs, received promotions at their current jobs or improved their own businesses.

The Computer Series is made available by a grant funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, the city of Schulenburg, the Schulenburg Public Library and the Stanzel Family Foundation. The grant was written by Thadious Polasek, director of the Schulenburg Public Library.

“Technology and computer-related courses are so important due to the astounding speed at which the field progresses,” Polasek said. “It’s vital to have members of the community trained with these skills.”

The grant also funds programs such as beginner computer, general education and English-as-a-second-language courses at the College.

Fayette County Judge Ed Janecka was guest speaker at the graduation ceremony and said it has been a pleasure seeing the community support the College offers.

“The Computer Series Program is just one of the many reasons I’m so proud to have Blinn College in Fayette County,” he said.

Students interested in registering for an upcoming Computer Series Program can contact Loraine Orellana at 979-743-5237.

Blinn – Schulenburg is holding its annual Kids College for students entering grades 4-8 from 9 a.m. – noon June 23-27. The cost is $49 per student and registration forms can be picked up at the Schulenburg campus located at 100 Ranger Drive, or online at
In conjunction with Kids College, the College is offering a first-time parents camp, “Getting Savvy With Technology,” that will run in conjunction with Kids College. Parents and caregivers will learn about cyber safety, navigating their child’s school website and the ins and outs of using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Blinn – Schulenburg offers a variety of academic transfer, workforce training and continuing education classes to fit the needs of any student. For information on course offerings and student registration, visit: or call 979-743-5200.


Graduates: Twenty-one students graduated from Blinn College – Schulenburg’s Computer Series Program on May 21. Pictured, front row, from left: LaVonne DeBord, Katrina Resendez, Sharon Burns, Sandy Besselsen, Loretta Baumgarten, Tina Anders and Doriana Villegas. Back row, from left: Joe Ybarra, Darrell Moore, Gregory Butler, Kathy Kutac, Joyce McGary, Marilyn Johnson, Jazmin Ramirez, Ana Henke, Bernadette Gillings, Leon Popp, Janette Ripper and Instructor Rachel Johnson. Not pictured: Alice Jochen, Crystal Orosco and Jessica Orosco.