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January 29, 2013

Blinn shows Sealy, Royal students the value of a college education

Presentation included information on financial aid and the admissions process

Blinn College – Sealy campus officials invited almost 100 Brookshire Royal and Sealy High School students to its campus Tuesday for a multi-pronged presentation about higher education.

The event was designed to not only inform the students of the benefits of attending Blinn, but to describe the benefits of any college education and how those students could be successful making that transition out of high school.

“We wanted to encourage these students to attend Blinn, of course, but even more importantly we wanted them to take some time today to seriously consider their goals for the future and how best they can obtain those goals,” said Blinn – Sealy Director Jeri Dulaney. “Most of the time, a college education is the best path to meeting those goals, and we wanted to make the path to higher education a little less intimidating for them.”

Dulaney spoke to the students about their economic goals and showed them a typical monthly household budget. She then discussed the salaries available in different professions and described the educational requirements for those positions.

After a pair of current Blinn – Sealy students spoke about their transitions from high school to college, the students were split into breakout sessions that explained the financial aid and admissions process, the benefits Blinn College can offer to local students, the challenges a college student faces coming out of high school and the benefits of Blinn’s vocational programs for students who want to quickly enter the workforce.

“It’s important for the students at Royal to be aware of all the opportunities they have locally,” said Lynette Beyer, a senior English teacher at Royal High School. “It’s not necessary to immediately go to a four-year university if they don’t feel comfortable. They can get started at a local college like the Blinn campus at Sealy.”

Prospective Student Relations Coordinator Myron Dippel told students about Blinn’s reputation for challenging courses that prepare students for the workforce or a four-year university. Blinn has one of the state’s highest percentages of students who go on to graduate from four-year universities.

Dippel told the students the salary of an average Blinn graduate is $9,000 per year greater than that of an employee with just a high school diploma, and that tuition and fees at Blinn are about one-third the cost of the same classes at most four-year public universities in Texas.
“We have several former students who attend here, so they’re getting their basics here and they’ve always had positive things to say,” Beyer said. “My own daughter goes here for summer classes and she loves it because the class sizes are small.”

Students interested in more information about applying to any of Blinn’s four campuses in Sealy, Schulenburg, Bryan and Brenham can visit: www.blinn.edu/admissions/index.html. Information on obtaining financial aid can be found at: www.blinn.edu/finaid/.

“A lot of our students at Royal are first-generation college students, so this is very new for them and our family,” Beyer said. “On our campus, we help them with their Apply Texas, their FAFSA, grants and scholarships. We really try to help them move on from high school with a career choice in mind.”

For more information or to schedule a campus visit to the Sealy campus, contact Dulaney at 979-627-7997 or email jeri.dulaney@blinn.edu.