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Blinn-Bryan offers February workforce courses in truck driving, certified nurse aide, and hospitality and restaurant management

Schedule also includes certified medication aide, phlebotomy, maintenance and farm welding, computer-aided design, CPR/first aid, and forklift operation

January 31, 2017

Blinn College will offer career training courses in professional truck driving, certified nurse aide, certified medication aide, phlebotomy, maintenance and farm welding, computer-aided design, CPR/first aid, forklift operation, and hospitality and restaurant management in Bryan this February.

Blinn’s technical and community education courses are designed to provide students the knowledge and ability they need to enter the workforce immediately after completion of the courses. Many of these courses do not require a high school diploma and enrollment is fast and easy. As most of these courses are non-credit, students do not need to go through the College’s admission process to enroll. Programs vary in length and are offered with daytime, evening, and weekend options.

For more information or to register for these courses, visit the Blinn Post Office Campus at 301 Post Office Street in Bryan. For additional information, visit www.blinn.edu/workforce or call 979-209-7205.

PROFESSIONAL TRUCK DRIVING

Blinn will offer a new section of its Professional Truck Driver I and II courses beginning Monday, Feb. 6.

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. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the demand for professional truck drivers will increase 5 percent between 2014 and 2024.

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.

PHLEBOTOMY TECHNICIAN

Blinn will offer the first course in its $800 Phlebotomy Technician Program, PLAB 1023, from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Monday, Feb. 6.

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.

This lecture course will be followed by a $300 clinical course prior to certification. Prior to enrolling in a phlebotomy class, students must attend an information session.

CERTIFIED NURSE AIDE

Blinn will offer a new section of its Certified Nurse Aide Program beginning Tuesday, Feb. 21.

The 80-hour, $700 course meets from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Post Office Campus.

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.

CERTIFIED MEDICATION AIDE

Blinn will offer its Certified Medication Aide course from 1-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Tuesday, Feb. 21.

The 80-hour, $700 course covers medical abbreviations, symbols, terminology, and common equivalents required for administration. Topics include drug legislation, drug references, basic anatomy and physiology, and common diseases. After completion of the course, students will be prepared to take the Teas Department of Human Services Medication Aide Licensure Exam.

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.

CERTIFIED MEDICATION AIDE REFRESHER

Blinn’s certified medication aide refresher course is $75 and will take place from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18.

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.

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.

MANAGEFIRST® HOSPITALITY AND RESTAURANT MANAGEMENT

Blinn’s 40-hour ManageFirst® Hospitality and Restaurant Management course will meet from 1-5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Monday, Feb. 6.

The $400 course covers 12 essential topics for management success in the restaurant, food service, and hospitality industry, including food preparation, supervising and coordinating food service workers, estimating daily or weekly needs, ordering and maintaining inventories, and keeping records.

MAINTENANCE/FARM WELDING

Blinn’s new 24-hour, $265 Maintenance/Farm Welding course will take place from 8 a.m. – noon on Saturdays Feb. 4 – March 11.

This abbreviated course teaches students basic principles which apply to minor repair and maintenance of a farm, home, or ranch. It teaches sound procedures in the areas of welding and cutting metal while implementing safety, skills, and practices.

For more rigorous coursework covering Stick, MIG, TIG, and pipe welding, Blinn offers credit and non-credit Welding Technology courses.

COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN

Blinn’s Computer-Aided Design course will meet from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Tuesday, Feb. 21.

The $350, 80-hour course covers blueprint reading, dimensioning, schematics, modeling, and residential drafting. Graduates are prepared to work as civil, mechanical, or architectural drafters.

FORKLIFT OPERATOR CERTIFICATION

Blinn will offer its one-day forklift operator certification from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24. This $115 course teaches students to evaluate their workplace and determine whether loads can safely be moved, and covers safety requirements related to the design, maintenance, and safe use of forklifts. It includes equipment inspection, lift limitations, and teaches students to understand how fulcrums and center of gravity impact safe operation in all phases of forklift use.

CPR/FIRST AID

Blinn’s one-day CPR/first aid certification course will be offered from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24. This $115 course 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).

ELECTRICIAN LICENSE RENEWAL

Blinn’s four-hour electrician license renewal course takes place from 8 a.m. – noon on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Highway 60 Training Center. The $30 course meets the state requirement for annual mandatory continuing education.