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Blinn offers August career training courses for construction trade supervisors, truck drivers, certified nurse aides, and phlebotomists

Registration is available at Blinn’s Post Office Campus at 301 Post Office Street in Bryan

July 28, 2017

Blinn College’s Division of Technical & Community Education will offer a variety of career training courses in Bryan this August, preparing students for high demand careers as construction trade supervisors, professional truck drivers, certified nurse aides, and phlebotomists.

Blinn’s technical and community education courses are designed to provide students the knowledge and abilities 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.

Business owners can enroll their employees in Blinn Technical & Community Education courses using Texas Workforce Commission Skills Development and Skills for Small Business funds, and Blinn staff can help businesses complete the request form. Blinn also offers students access to scholarships through the Blinn College Foundation, private grants, and Workforce Solutions.

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.

SUPERVISOR OF CONSTRUCTION TRADES

Supervisor of Construction Trades begins Wednesday, Aug. 30, and runs from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. The course exposes students to the phases of a construction project, including safety concerns, human relations, communication, leadership, problem solving, quality control, construction documents, estimating, scheduling, productivity and cost control. By the end of the course, students will understand the duties of a frontline construction trades supervisor and will have learned the skills to oversee the day-to-day operations of construction projects.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, first-line supervisors of construction trades earn a mean annual wage of $68,040.

PROFESSIONAL TRUCK DRIVER

A new Professional Truck Driver course section opens Monday, Aug. 21, with classes meeting from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 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.

PHLEBOTOMY TECHNICIAN

Blinn will offer two new Phlebotomy Technician course sections in August, beginning with a morning course that runs Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Aug. 7-Sept. 26. A night course, running from 5:30-9:30 p.m., begins Monday, Aug. 28.

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 $15.72 per hour, and job openings are expected to grow 25 percent between 2014 and 2024.

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.

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.

CERTIFIED NURSE AIDE

Blinn will offer a new Certified Nurse Aide section beginning Monday, Aug. 21. 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.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, CNA jobs are expected to grow 17 percent nationally between 2014 and 2024, with median pay of $26,590 per year.

COURSE NAME/NUMBER

BEGIN

END

CONTACT HRS

DAYS

TIMES

COST

CNSE 1003: Forklift Operator Certification

8/31

8/31

8

F

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

$115

CVOP 1013: Professional Truck Driver 1 (CDL & Class)

8/21

9/16

105

MTWThF

8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

$2,100

CVOP 1040: Professional Truck Driver 2 (Road)

8/21

9/16

105

MTWThF

8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

$2,100

ELPT 1071: Supervisor of Construction Trades

8/30

12/13

116

MW

5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

$850

ELPT 2000: Electrician License Renewal

8/12

8/12

4

S

8:00 a.m. – noon

$45

EMSP 1020: CPR/First Aid

8/25

8/25

8

F

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

$115

NURA 1001: Certified Nurse Aide

8/21

10/3

80

MTW

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

$700

NURA 1013: Certified Medication Aide

8/1

11/30

140

TTh

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

TBD

NURA 1041: Certified Medication Aide Refresher

8/19

8/19

8

Sat.

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

$75

PLAB 1023: Phlebotomy Technician

8/7

9/26

90

MTW

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

$800

PLAB 1023: Phlebotomy Technician

8/28

11/13

90

MW

5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

$800

WLDG 1009: Stick Welding Course 1

8/8

8/29

60

MW

11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

$500