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Blinn-Bryan’s July career and technical courses include pharmacy technician, truck driving courses

Blinn’s pharmacy technician courses are now available online

June 28, 2016

Blinn College will offer a dozen new course sections this July, providing students the skills they need to thrive in the workplace – including a new online pharmacy technician course that students can take anywhere with internet access.

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.

The 160-hour pharmacy technician course runs Tuesday, July 5, through Friday, Aug. 19. Pharmacy technicians work under the direction of a licensed pharmacist and perform technical and clerical duties in the pharmacy. Pharmacy technicians measure, mix, count out, label and record medication dosages according to prescription orders.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to grow 27 percent in Texas between 2012 and 2022. Pharmacy technicians average a median wage of $14.90 per hour, or $31,000 per year, statewide.

The $1,040 program includes instruction in pharmacology, pharmacy law and regulations, sterile and non-sterile compounding, medication safety, quality assurance, medication order entry and fill processes, inventory management, billing and information systems. Students who complete the course will be prepared to take the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam.

Blinn will offer new sessions of its Professional Truck Driving Program beginning Saturday, July 9, and Saturday, July 23.

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 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 on these classes, call 254-829-1694.

Blinn will offer a variety of workplace skills courses in July, including Food Service Managers Certification, Introduction to Customer Service, Leadership Skills for Supervisors, Communication Skills for the Workplace and Spanish for the Workplace.

The Food Service Managers Certification course takes place Thursday, July 28, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and certifies owners, food service managers, chefs, supervisory personnel and the operators of establishments that prepare and serve food to the public. Topics include methods of proper food storage, techniques for sanitary food service preparation, employee sanitation, pest control, accident prevention, housekeeping management, sanitation regulations and standards, and conditions that contribute to outbreaks of food-borne disease. The course is $150 and includes the Texas Department of Health Certification Examination.

Introduction to Customer Service is a $90, seven-hour course taking place Thursday, July 14, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Learn to meet customers’ needs by providing professional, helpful, high-quality service at all points of the customer interaction.

Leadership Skills for Supervisors is a $150, nine-hour course taking place from 9 a.m. – noon July 19-21, and covers the various roles of the supervisor, how to deal with performance issues, how and when to delegate, effective communication of expectations and various leadership styles.

Communication Skills for the Workplace is a $295, 16-hour course running Tuesday, July 12 through Thursday, July 21, from 1-5 p.m.  The course covers the wide variety of communication tools available to employees today, from text messages to formal meeting protocol. Students will learn to create communications with a clear meaning, which is structured for the receiver, while avoiding irrelevant detail.

Spanish for the Workplace is a $195, 16-hour course running Tuesday, July 12 – Thursday, July 21, from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The course teaches students simple phrases and commands to communicate key concepts to Spanish speakers in the workplace, with a focus on local and work-specific vocabulary.

Blinn will offer its $90, eight-hour Word Processing Applications course July 18-21 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., or students can take the course July 21-22 from 1-5 p.m. Students learn to create various documents, editing tips and tricks, formatting options, and how to print, save, create folders and send documents.

Introduction to Electronic Spreadsheets, a $90, eight-hour course, will run July 11-14 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., or students can take the class July 28-29 from 1-5 p.m. Students learn to create, open, save, modify and export worksheets, use formula and function shortcuts, create tables and charts, and manage large amounts of data by sorting and filtering.
Introduction to Presentation Software, an eight-hour, $90 course, runs July 25-28 from 6:30-8:30 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.

Blinn will offer its Medication Aide Refresher course from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday, July 22. The 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.