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Scholarships available for upcoming Hodde Center carpentry course

Local demand for carpenters is expected to increase 14.5 percent between 2016 and 2026

May 24, 2018

The Blinn College District’s A.W. Hodde, Jr. Technical Education Center is offering scholarships covering up to 80 percent of student costs for a 200-hour carpentry training program beginning Monday, June 4.

The program consists of two courses – a 72-hour Carpentry Core course and a 128-hour Carpentry Level 1 course. The Carpentry Core course meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m.-noon, June 4-21. The Carpentry Level 1 course meets from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 8 a.m.-noon, June 23 through Oct. 31.

Program graduates will be qualified for entry-level industry positions. The Carpentry Core course is $750, and the Carpentry Level 1 course is $1,200. Scholarships covering up to 80 percent of the cost for both courses are available. The program is made possible through a Building and Construction Trades Grant from the Texas Workforce Commission.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national demand for carpenters is expected to grow 8 percent between 2016 and 2026, generating 87,000 jobs nation-wide with a median pay of $43,600 per year. Workforce Solutions Brazos Valley anticipates 14.5 percent job growth locally during that same span, with an hourly wage between $11.65 and $18.

The program follows National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) curriculum. This nationally recognized curriculum was developed with the cooperation of more than 125 construction CEOs, trade association officials, and academic leaders. Students who complete the program will earn the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) 10-Hour Construction Certificate, the NCCER Core Construction Certificate, the NCCER Level I Certificate, and the Blinn College Certificate of Completion.

“I don’t know that there are many training programs where you can earn three nationally recognized credentials, and in addition to that you can earn a Blinn College certificate,” said Jay Anderson, Dean of Technical and Community Programs. “Students who earn these credentials must pass written and performance measures, so employers know that they not only understand the material but have demonstrated hands-on skills.”

Graduates of the carpentry course will:

  • understand the history of the trade and current career opportunities;
  • learn the materials, fasteners, and anchors used in the industry;
  • demonstrate safe operation of power and hand tools;
  • learn to read and interpret construction drawings and specifications;
  • understand the layout, construction, and identification of floor systems, components, and materials;
  • understand the procedures for laying out and framing walls, including door and window openings and corners;
  • understand ceiling and roofing framing, including the use of trusses, gable roofing, and gable end walls;
  • understand how to build envelope systems;
  • and understand basic stair layout.

Prospective students can register by visiting the Hodde Center, located at 2910 S. Blue Bell Road in Brenham, during regular business hours. As part of Blinn’s Division of Technical & Community Educationits staff works in cooperation with local businesses to provide a well-trained workforce that strengthens the local economy.

Business owners can enroll their employees in Hodde Center courses using Texas Workforce Commission Skills Development and Skills for Small Business funds, and Hodde Center 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 regarding the Hodde Center and it course offerings, call 979-830-4443 or visit: www.blinn.edu/workforce.