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May 10, 2013

Blinn students receive degrees, strengthen their earning power

Blinn graduates earns $9,000 more per year than employees with only a high school diploma

Approximately 400 students received their Blinn College degrees Friday evening in a ceremony held at Brenham High School.

The ceremony marked the College’s 130th commencement celebration. Students Austin Wayne Crissman of Bells, Talon Ann Dunn of Spring and Terria Perrien of Sealy served as commencement speakers.

Each Blinn graduate now has the opportunity to transfer to a leading four-year university or enter the workforce with greater earning power. Research shows that Blinn graduates average $9,000 more per year than employees with just a high school diploma.

According to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, almost half of eligible Blinn students enrolled between 2006 and 2012 (49.4 percent) transferred to four-year institutions, more than any of the 49 other community college districts in the state. The statewide average is 27.8 percent.

Roughly 72 percent of Blinn transfer students continue their academic careers at Texas A&M University while another 9.7 percent transfer to Sam Houston State University.

Any past Blinn student who has taken at least 21 credit hours before transferring to a four-year university can still earn their associate’s degree through a process called “reverse transferring.” To be eligible, students must have completed 21 hours of coursework from Blinn College, and need 63 total hours of college credit. To see if they are eligible, students should contact their four-year institution and request that it send their transcript to Blinn, then visit Blinn’s graduation website at https://www.blinn.edu/admissions/graduation.html and complete the reverse transfer graduation application.

Blinn continued to build upon its reputation as one of the preeminent community colleges in Texas this year. Schools.com recently named Blinn one of the top community colleges in the state in recognition of its wealth of degree and associate programs while providing a stepping stone to the state’s premier four-year universities.

AffordableCollegesOnline.org also listed Blinn among the most affordable large community colleges in the nation. The online site offers information about affordable higher education offerings through financial aid videos, expert advice and cost-saving ideas.

Blinn enrolled 17,989 students last Fall and has experienced 28.3 percent growth since 2006. Founded in 1883, the College’s tuition and fees average about one-third the cost of the same classes at most four-year public universities in the state. In addition to its four campuses in Brenham, Bryan, Schulenburg and Sealy, the College teaches online courses, dual credit for high school and prepares students for quick employment through its workforce education, technical training and vocational education programs.

For enrollment information and to learn about financial aid opportunities, visit www.blinn.edu.