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Blinn College to offer new engineering degree

Program will provide students a competitive advantage when transferring to four-year universities

May 6, 2015

Blinn College will launch a new engineering degree this Fall on its Brenham campus.

Offered by Blinn’s Division of Science, Engineering & Mathematics, the 60-hour Associate of Science degree plan will include new courses such as Introduction to Engineering, Engineering Graphics I, Engineering Mechanics: Statics, Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics, and Introduction to Digital Systems.

“This program will provide students interested in engineering, engineering technology or other science, technology and math-related careers a competitive advantage when transferring to four-year universities,” said Dr. Robert Brick, interim dean for the Division of Science, Engineering & Mathematics.

The program serves as an alternative for students who do not enroll in the Texas A&M Engineering Academy at Blinn, a unique co-enrollment partnership between Texas A&M University and Blinn. In March, Blinn announced that the Engineering Academy was expanding to the Brenham campus, where students would participate in a one-of-a-kind living and learning community. Participants in the Engineering Academy at Blinn-Brenham will live together in the Blinn College Park Apartments and will take their math, science and engineering classes together to create a strong academic support network.

“Early on, it became clear that the interest in a living and learning approach to an engineering education would far exceed the cap of 100 students for the Engineering Academy in Brenham,” Hibbs said. “This program can accommodate those students and is open to any student who wishes to pursue a career in engineering.”

Blinn anticipates bringing the Associate of Science courses, taught by Blinn faculty, to the Bryan campus in Fall 2016.
Blinn has earned a statewide reputation for academic quality and affordability. Its academic transfer rate regularly ranks among the highest in the nation and is approximately 20 percent higher than the state average. Out-of-district students taking 30 credit hours at Blinn in 2014-15 save approximately $4,000 in tuition compared to the average Texas public university (48.8 percent).

Students who choose to pursue Blinn’s Associate of Science in engineering may be eligible for the Texas – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (T-STEM) Challenge Scholarship, which is open to students from a Texas high school who graduated with a minimum 3.0 grade point average.

Blinn’s Brenham campus combines the excitement of a traditional college experience with Brenham’s inviting atmosphere. In addition to being the only Blinn campus to offer on-campus housing for students, Brenham is home to Blinn’s music, theatre, agriculture and athletic programs. The Brenham campus experience is further enhanced by the student activities and student life programs that offer students the opportunity to explore, learn and develop outside of the classroom.

Registration is currently available for Blinn’s May Minimester and Summer and Fall semesters. For enrollment information and to learn about financial aid opportunities, visit: www.blinn.edu.

About Blinn College
Founded in 1883, Blinn is a comprehensive community college committed to educational excellence and to individual and community enhancement. With an enrollment of 19,317 students, Blinn ranks among the nation’s leaders in transferring students to leading four-year universities and has received national recognition for its affordable educational excellence.

As part of its commitment to student success, Blinn is implementing a Quality Enhancement Plan titled “Destination Success: First-Year Focus,” which utilizes learning communities to support first-year college students.

For enrollment information and to learn about financial aid opportunities, visit: www.blinn.edu.