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Nov. 3, 2011

Blinn College awards six technical scholarships valued at $6,000

College’s new president draws names for scholarship recipients

Technical Education Center Advisory Board Director Luther Hueske; Blinn College President Harold Nolte
(L-R: A.W. Hodde, Jr. Technical Education Center Advisory Board Director Luther Hueske; Blinn College President Harold Nolte)

On just his second afternoon on the job, Blinn’s 14th President, Dr. Harold Nolte, enjoyed the privilege of drawing three sets of winners for scholarships to the A.W. Hodde, Jr. Technical Education Center yesterday at the Blinn College Administration Building on the Brenham campus.

The $6,000 in scholarships were drawn by Nolte with the assistance of Luther Hueske, chairman of the A.W. Hodde, Jr. Technical Education Center advisory board, and Dr. Milton Radke, director of the A.W. Hodde, Jr. Technical Education Center. More than 600 eligible participants signed up for the scholarship drawings at an open house on Oct. 11.

“What a fabulous opportunity for these six individuals,” Nolte said. “Blinn College is fortunate to have such great support from our local communities, which make these types of opportunities possible.”

About the Blinn College A.W. Hodde, Jr. Technical Education Center:  Opened in January 2010, the Blinn Tech Ed Center marked an important partnership between education and local industries in a 12,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility. With in-house programs and laboratories to support the educational and training needs of the area, the Center serves the workforce of Washington, Burleson, Grimes, Austin, Lee and Roberson counties.

The idea for the Blinn Tech Ed Center was born when leaders from Blinn College and local industries met to discuss the workforce needs of the area. It was clear that there was an immediate demand for local training that would help develop a quality, viable workforce in Washington and surrounding counties. With the generous donations from local businesses, associations, independent school districts, financial institutions and individuals, this vision became a reality in December 2009.

For more information, contact the A.W. Hodde, Jr. Technical Education Center at Blinn College: 979-830-4443 or Dr. Milton Radke at mradke@blinn.edu. Visit online: www.blinn.edu/blinntec.