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Blinn offers October training courses in truck driving, phlebotomy, and welding

Course offerings include specialty welding, industrial safety, first aid, customer service, and word processing

September 29, 2017

Blinn College’s Division of Technical & Community Education will offer career training courses in professional truck driving, phlebotomy, TIG welding, CPR/first aid, and forklift operation in Bryan this October.

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.

PROFESSIONAL TRUCK DRIVER

A new Professional Truck Driver course section opens Monday, Oct. 16, 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 the first course in its Phlebotomy Technician Program Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Oct. 2-Nov. 21.

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 2014.

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.

WELDING

Fundamentals of Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG) I, runs Monday, Oct. 2, through Monday, Nov. 20. The course meets from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, and covers the principles of gas tungsten arc welding, including setup, equipment, and instruction in a variety of positions and joint designs.

The course earns credits toward Blinn’s Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Welding Technology. Students who complete the Welding Technology AAS Degree graduate with 1,776 hours of specialized instruction, and meet the national standards set by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and the American Welding Society. On their way to a degree, Blinn students can earn Level I and II certificates and an occupational skills award.

According to the U.S. Bureau for Labor Statistics, jobs for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers are expected to increase 17.2 percent from 2012 to 2022 and the median wage is $18.94 an hour.

 

COURSE NAME/NUMBER

BEGIN

END

CONTACT HRS

DAYS

TIMES

COST

CNSE 1003: Forklift Operator Certificate

10/27

10/27

8

F

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

$115

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

10/16

11/10

105

MTWThF

8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

$2,100

CVOP 1040: Professional Truck Driver 2 (Road)

10/16

11/10

105

MTWThF

8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

$2,100

ELPT 2000: Electrician License Renewal

10/14

10/14

4

Sat.

8:00 a.m. – noon

$45

EMSP 1020: CPR/First Aid

10/27

10/27

8

F

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

$115

NURA 1041: Certified Medication Aide Refresher

10/21

10/21

8

Sat.

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

$75

PLAB 1023: Phlebotomy Technician

10/2

11/21

90

MTW

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

$500

WLDG 1006: Fundamentals of Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG) I

10/2

11/20

60

MW

6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

$540