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February 22, 2013

Blinn draws more than 1,000 students for Success Week

Students learn how to take the next step on their career or educational journey

Andre Adolph, a kinesiology major More than 1,000 students participated in this week’s second annual Student Success Week at the Blinn College – Brenham campus, featuring a host of workshops and information aimed at student success.  Topics included career counseling, advising for college transfers, mock interviews and resume reviews, an all-day transfer fair and a presentation on starting your own business.

While last year’s event focused on general seminars, this year’s more personal advising sessions were conducted on a walk-in, one-on-one basis that allowed the advisors to speak with students about their specific goals.

“Our advisors took the time to speak with each student and provide counseling based on their personal situation,” said Mordecai Brownlee, director of Student Leadership & Activities. “It’s all about helping students transition and grow, not only professionally but academically.”

On Tuesday and Thursday, Academic Advisor Ann Reynolds helped students improve their resumes and performed mock interviews. She also spoke to the students about the importance of social media and the image they portray on the internet.

Representatives from more than 20 institutions visited campus Wednesday, including Texas A&M University, Prairie View A&M University, Stephen F. Austin University, Sam Houston State University, as well as trade schools and the armed forces. Representatives of the schools and organizations gave students information on transferring at the end of their Blinn experience.

For the second year in a row, Blinn’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offered information on how students could begin their own businesses.

“A lot of students really like the real-life applications the SBDC presents,” Brownlee said.