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September 26, 2011

Blinn Tech Ed Center to hold open house

Blinn Tech Ed Center to Hold Open House Oct. 11
Training scholarships given to six lucky attendees

On Tuesday, October 11, the A.W. Hodde, Jr. Technical Education Center at Blinn College (the "Blinn Tech Ed Center") will hold an Open House from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. The goal is to give everyone in the community an opportunity to visit the facility and learn more about the valuable programs offered.

Admission is free and no appointments are needed for tours. Light refreshments will be served. The Blinn Tech Ed Center is located on Hwy. 290 in Brenham on the south side of the FM 577/Blue Bell Road intersection. As a special draw, all guests at the Open House can sign up for one of six scholarship prizes (valued between $250 and $500). The scholarships can be used for training at the Blinn Tech Ed Center and may be given by the recipient as a gift to someone else.

Dr. Milton Radke, Director of the Blinn Tech Ed Center, organized the open house to allow the community to see the facility, meet the staff and learn more about workforce training.

“We invite all the parents, other relatives, friends and neighbors of workers in the community to come out and see that training happens here for people of all ages,” Radke said.

Opened in 2010, The Blinn Tech Ed Center provides regional workforce education programs that train individuals in manufacturing, electrical, construction crafts, mechanical, management, leadership and health.

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.