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November 7, 2013

Grant offers scholarships for Blinn Certified Nurse Aide students

Accelerate Texas grant helps students acquire skills in high-demand occupations

Funds from a statewide grant will help Blinn College certified nurse aid students learn the skills they need for a career in healthcare.

Blinn was awarded a $325,000 Accelerate Texas grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board earlier this year to help adult students acquire skills and certificates in high-demand occupations.

Blinn has already begun utilizing the grant for programs at its A.W. Hodde, Jr. Technical Education Center in Brenham, and beginning in January 2014 the grant will provide scholarships for students enrolled in the Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Program based in Bryan. The grant will allow Blinn to offer scholarships for CNA students, free adult basic education classes and a free support class.
CNA graduates are often employed in nursing care facilities. Their responsibilities include answering calls for help, delivering messages, serving meals, making beds and tidying up patient’s rooms, taking a patient’s temperature, pulse rate, respiration rate or blood pressure and aiding patients in getting in and out of bed and walking.

Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services Exam. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, the demand for Certified Nurse Aides is expected to increase 51 percent between 2006 and 2016.

The Accelerate Texas grant increases the participation and success of adult basic education students in workforce training programs at community colleges and public technical institutions.

According to Jobs for the Future, at least 60 percent of jobs in Texas will require a career certificate or college degree by 2020, but 44 percent of Texans over age 25 have never attended college.

While state and federal funding for adult basic education programs have increased in Texas, enrollment is down almost 20 percent over the last five years. To combat this trend, Accelerate Texas programs are integrating basic skills programs with career and technical pathways to help adult students acquire the skills they need for productive careers.

The grant also helps pay for personnel, new scholarships and supplies.

For more information on Blinn’s CNA Program, contact Healthcare Facilitator Carolyn Reese at 979-209-7565 or visit: www.blinn.edu/workforce.