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Blinn’s Hodde Center offers October welding, industrial safety and healthcare courses

Courses teach employees and job seekers new skills; refresh current employees’ expertise

September 21, 2016

Blinn College’s A.W. Hodde, Jr. Technical Education Center is offering a variety of career and technical educational courses in October covering welding, industrial safety 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:

On Thursday, Oct. 13, 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 $110 class takes place from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Hodde Center.

Blinn’s certified medication aide refresher course is $50 and will take place from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15.

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.

Two different intermediate welding classes begin in October. Intermediate Shielded Metal Arc Welding (Stick) begins on Oct. 17 and runs from 6-9 p.m. The 80-hour, $700 course runs on Mondays and Wednesdays.

The Intermediate Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG) begins Tuesday, Oct. 18, and runs from 6-9 p.m. This 80-hour, $700 course runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

According to the National Business Round Table and the Contractors Users Round Table (CURT) there are over 181,000 welders needed now and the numbers are continuing to grow. There are more people retiring from welding than are going into the craft. With this need, the pay scale for welders is also increasing.

The Hodde Center is offering a 10-hour Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) general safety training course Oct. 17-18 from 8 a.m. – 4 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 $90.

The eight-hour Safeland PEC Oilfield Safety Training on Friday, Oct. 21, is a safety orientation for the oil and gas industry. The $150 course prepares students to operate safely at both onshore and offshore facilities.

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 specimen labeling, specimen handling and quality assurance.

Phlebotomy will begin Monday, Oct. 17, and run Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5-9 p.m. The course is $670 for the classroom portion and $280 for the clinical portion. Prior to enrolling in a phlebotomy class, students must attend an information session.

Blinn will offer its Certified Nurse Aide course starting on Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 5-9 p.m. The 80-hour course meets Tuesdays and Wednesdays and costs $550 for the classroom portion and $250 for the clinical portion.

Certified nurse aides (CNAs) provide basic patient care under the direction of nursing staff, including feeding, bathing, grooming, changing linens and transporting patients. Nurse aides are often employed in nursing care facilities, where they frequently serve as principal caregivers.

CNA jobs are expected to grow 21 percent nationally and 26 percent throughout Texas between 2012 and 2022, with 3,680 projected job openings each year. The average median wage for a CNA in Texas is $10.75 per hour.

A one-day forklift operator certification course will be held Thursday, Oct. 20, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Cost of the class is $105.