The Division of Applied Sciences is about helping students, employees, and lifelong learners of all ages fulfill their career potential.
A technical education pathway is affordable and fast. In one or two years, you can receive the skills you need to get the job you have always wanted. Currently, ninety percent of the jobs in the fastest-growing occupations require some level of postsecondary education and training. (U.S. Chamber of Commerce 2010)
Blinn College offers degrees and certificates in a wide range of areas including nursing, physical therapist assistant, business, information management, dental hygiene, and fire science - just to name a few. You are sure to find a field of interest and an occupation that will be in demand for years to come.
Businesses are seeking highly qualified employees. In fact, eighty to ninety million U.S. adults today, about half of the adult workforce, do not have the basic education and communication skills required to get or advance in jobs that pay a family-sustaining wage. (U.S. Chamber of Commerce 2010)
Take a look at Blinn's one-year Applied Sciences certificates and the two-year Associate of Applied Science degrees and see how you can earn the skills that employers desire.
College was among only two institutions awarded across the state
Pictured from left to right, Kynsie Benefield, Karen Buck, Wes Jurey, Dr. Ted Raspiller, Dr. Bob Brick, and Sarah Rosser.
Blinn College earned a prestigious statewide award recently for proactively gathering employer feedback after it sends graduates into the workforce.
The Texas Workforce Investment Council invited Blinn College Vice President of Applied Sciences and Workforce Education Dr. Bob Brick and his staff to speak in front of the council in December and receive the Model of Promising Practice Award for determining employer satisfaction. Blinn received the award along with Lone Star College, marking the only two community colleges in the state lauded for employer satisfaction programs. The schools were recognized for using evaluation surveys to evaluate employer satisfaction and then using that data to improve institutional and student performance.
"We use our surveys to make continuous improvements to our programs," Brick said. "Many employers feel that they get students out of college who need re-training in order to be productive, but our graduates are not facing that same kind of plight when they enter the workplace."
In fact, Blinn’s system for garnering feedback from employers has been so successful that its students are often ahead of the curve. When Blinn's radiology program learned from local clinics that they were transitioning from film x-rays to digital x-rays, Blinn updated its program to train its students in the latest techniques.
"Our students were so well-trained that the local clinics used our students to train their own staff," Brick said. "And when the employers got new equipment, they used our students to train them."
Brick said Karen Buck, the Director of Technical Education Quality Initiatives, was integral in setting up Blinn’s system of surveys for the different fields Blinn students enter after graduation. The system ensures that employers complete and return the surveys to Blinn and tracks where Blinn students are finding employment after graduation.
The Texas Workforce Investment Council, which presented the award, assists the governor and the legislature with strategic planning for and evaluation of the Texas workforce development system. The Council’s strategic priority is to promote the linkage of education, workforce and economic development to leverage resources, increase collaboration among state and local partners and build the pipeline of skilled workers that Texas must have to prosper in the 21st century.
"We were pleased to be held up as a model institution for gauging employer satisfaction with our graduates," Buck said. "The data we gain from these surveys helps us tailor our training and stay relevant for our students, who then become valuable and marketable employees."
To view the presentation detailing Blinn’s award-winning approach to gauging employer feedback, visit:
Dr. Robert Brick, vice president of applied sciences, recently presented an Apple iPod touch to Matthew Clark for completing his graduate survey. Clark, a graduate of the Radiologic Technology Program was entered into the Applied Sciences annual drawing for completing his survey. The survey provides important data that is vital to program and curriculum improvement. This approach has proven successful as the Applied Sciences Division was designated by the Texas Workforce Investment Council (TWIC) and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), as one of two promising practice models in the State of Texas. The TWIC commented that Blinn's system is valuable "in evaluating employer satisfaction with graduates from Texas community and technical colleges and in the use of satisfaction data to improve institutional and student performance." A presentation by Blinn College to the TWIC was given on this project in Austin during the 2011-2012 academic year.
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