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Blinn’s Hodde Center offers September machining, welding, safety, forklift and healthcare courses

Blinn offers inductor courses in shielded metal arc welding and forklift operator certification

September 2, 2016

Blinn College’s A.W. Hodde, Jr. Technical Education Center is offering a variety of career and technical educational courses this month covering machining, welding, safety, forklift operation and health professions.

The 12,000-square foot A.W. Hodde, Jr. Technical Education Center was built in 2009 to provide local training for a quality, viable workforce in Washington and the surrounding communities. As part of Blinn’s Division of Workforce Education, its staff works in cooperation with local businesses to provide a well-trained workforce that strengthens the local economy.

For more information on the Hodde Center and its course offerings, call 979-830-4443 or visit:


Blinn will offer two new sections of its Phlebotomy Technician Program in September.

Phlebotomists draw blood for tests, transfusions, donation or research, and may explain the procedure to patients and assist in the recovery of patients with adverse reactions. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, phlebotomists earn an average median wage of $14.29 per hour, and job openings are expected to grow 27 percent between 2012 and 2022.

Blinn’s Phlebotomy Technician Program provides students with a variety of blood collection methods using proper techniques and precautions. Students learn techniques for collecting with vacuum devices, syringes, capillary skin puncture, butterfly needles and blood culture specimen collection on adults, children and infants. The program emphasizes infection prevention, proper patient identification, proper specimen labeling, specimen handling and quality assurance.

The program consists of two courses, including 90 hours in the classroom and 100 hours in a clinical setting. The classroom portion focuses on theoretical mastery of phlebotomy rules, regulations and practices, and students must pass a skills test before Blinn arranges the clinical portion of their education.

Upon successful completion of the program, Blinn provides a certificate of completion. Students are encouraged to further their credentials by applying for national certification through a recognized organization.

PLAB 1023 will be offered Sept. 5 – Oct. 31, meeting Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. – noon; and Sept. 15 – Nov. 18, meeting Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Students can select the course that best fits their schedule.

Both $800 courses are 96 hours, and will be followed by a $300 clinical course prior to certification. Prior to enrolling in a phlebotomy class, students must attend an information session.


Job seekers interested in the Pharmacy Technician Program can choose from face-to-face or online courses in September.

The Pharmacy Technician Program trains students 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.

Pharmacy technicians work under the direction of a licensed pharmacist and perform technical and clerical duties in the pharmacy. Pharmacy technicians measure, mix, count, 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.

Blinn’s Pharmacy Technician Program includes three courses – PHRA 1001, PHRA 1013 and PHRA 1043. Students must complete all three courses to earn certification.

All three courses are available online and at the Hodde Center on the following dates:






PHRA 1001

9/6 – 10/11


9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


PHRA 1013

10/12 – 11/16


9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


PHRA 1043

11/17 – 12/7


9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


PHRA 1001

9/26 – 10/21




PHRA 1013

10/24 – 11/18




PHRA 1043

11/21 – 12/16





Blinn’s certified medication aide refresher course is $75 and will take place from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24.

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.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, certified medication aide jobs are expected to increase by 257,800 positions (17 percent) between 2014 and 2024. Certified medication aides earn a median wage of $12.36 per hour.

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services requires certified medication aides to complete at least seven hours of in-service education annually. Students who successfully complete the course receive an updated medication aide permit from the state.


On Tuesday, Sept. 6, 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 takes place from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Hodde Center.


The Hodde Center is offering 10-hour Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) general safety training Sept. 12-13 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The OSHA program provides general industry safety training, including hazard identification, avoidance control and prevention, along with a presentation of applicable OSHA standards. Cost of the class is $150.

The eight-hour Safeland PEC Oilfield Safety Training on Monday, Sept. 12, is a safety orientation for the oil and gas industry. The $150 course prepares students to operate safely at both onshore and offshore facilities.

Basic Safety and Health, a two-day industrial safety course, takes place from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sept. 14-15. Cost of the class is $125.


Fundamentals of Shielded Metal Arc Welding (Stick), runs from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sept. 12 – Oct. 5. The 60-hour, $500 course teaches students safety and skills to weld in the flat and horizontal positions with a variety of electrodes.


A one-day forklift operator certification course will be held Friday, Sept. 16, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Cost of the class is $115.