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Blinn-Bryan opening August courses in truck driving, welding and first aid

Professional truck driving prepares students to earn their CDL, begin high-demand career

July 29, 2016

Blinn College is offering job seekers the opportunity for low-cost training in a wide variety of fields this August, including professional truck driving, welding, CPR/first aid and an introductory presentation software course.

Blinn will offer new sections of its Professional Truck Driver I course beginning Monday, Aug. 8, and Monday, Aug. 22.
Students learn to perform pre-trip, on-the-road and post-trip vehicle and equipment inspections. Other skills include map reading, managing log books and cargo documentation, dispatch procedures, emergency responsibilities and regulations of transportation agencies. Students also learn road safety guidelines and specific laws applicable to professional drivers. At the conclusion of the program, instructors accompany students to the commercial driver’s license (CDL) testing facility in Hearne, where they may be eligible to leave with their CDL and a certificate of completion from Blinn. 

Entry-level truck drivers can expect a starting wage of approximately $20 per hour, or an annual salary ranging between $40,000 and $60,000.

Truck driving courses run concurrently and are held 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Monday – Friday, at Blinn’s Highway 60 Training Center, located at 5503 Raymond Stotzer Parkway in College Station. The cost for each course is $2,100. For more information, call 254-829-1694.

Fundamentals of Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG) Course 1 begins Thursday, Aug. 4. This 60-hour course meets from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, and provides instruction in safety, welding and cutting processes, the physics of welding, joints and positions and guided practices with oxy-fuel gas cutting and welding. Cost of the course, which runs through Thursday, Aug. 25, is $500.

On Friday, Aug. 5, Blinn will offer a one-day CPR/first aid Red Cross course that provides hands-on skills training to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies, and to provide care for victims of sudden cardiac arrest through the safe use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). The $115 class runs from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Post Office campus located at 301 Post Office Street in Bryan.

Introduction to Presentation Software, a one-day, $100 course, takes place Friday, Aug. 5, from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Students learn to create, modify and produce powerful presentations, from outlining the idea to adding and formatting text and images. Students also learn to use features that enhance the presentation, such as color schemes, text transitions, layering and multimedia effects.

Electrician License Renewal will be offered from 8 a.m. – noon on Saturday, Aug. 20, and meets the requirements for license renewal under the rules set by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation for Continuing Education. Cost of the class is $75.

Blinn will offer its Medication Aide Refresher from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13. The $75 course includes specific training and review in the preparation and administration of medications, documentation, licensing standards, the safeguarding of medications, common drug reactions and side effects and updated and new medications available on the market. Students who successfully complete the course will receive an updated certified medication aide permit from the state.

Blinn Workforce Education courses are designed to help students master a workforce skill, including preparation for industry certification where appropriate. Programs vary in length and are offered in a non-traditional format with daytime, evening and weekend options.

For more information or to register for these classes, call 979-209-7205. All Workforce Education enrollment takes place at Bryan High School’s Blue Campus, located at 3401 E. 29th St. in Bryan.