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Blinn’s Hodde Center recognizes 35 new graduates

Students earn certification from phlebotomy, medical office technician and certified nurse aide programs

June 27, 2014

Thirty-five Blinn College students are on their way to new careers this week after graduating with certificates from the A.W. Hodde, Jr. Technical Education Center.

Marissa Antu (Somerville), Alexandra Delgado (Brenham), Jeanette Garcia (Chappell Hill), Adriana Hernandez (Brenham), Anna Martinez (Brenham), Katelyn Owens (Lone Oak), Cesar Ayala (Hempstead), Emily Brod, Brittany Fisher (Somerville), Thiago Lira (Brenham), Sabrina Pena (Brenham) and Hillary Scoggins (Somerville) earned their Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) certificates and are now qualified to Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services licensure.

Blinn’s CNA Program teaches basic care-giving skills, infection control, communication techniques and safety procedures, and includes 104 hours of clinical experience.

Charisse Blezinger (Industry), Loretta Cavasar (Brenham), Marly Currie (Brenham), Jasmine Leaks (Bellville), Rosie Lopez (Bellville), Kendahl Main (Brenham) and Danielle Moore (Brenham) each earned their Phlebotomy Technician certificates and are now qualified to work as phlebotomists in clinics, hospitals, laboratories, large medical offices and blood banks.

Blinn’s Phlebotomy Technician Program teaches students techniques for collecting blood with vacuum devices, syringes, capillary skin punctures and butterfly needles on adults, children and infants. The program specializes in infection prevention, proper patient identification, proper specimen labeling and quality assurance.

Keisher Bell (Snook), Elyse Bennett (Brenham), Latoya Evans (Bellvile), Ella Godfrey (Snook), Melissa Cook (Brenham), Rena Johnson (Brenham), Shelby Herms (Brenham), Kelly Kmiec, Julie Paniagua (Bellville), Matthew Reaves (Brenham), Milissa Rightmire (Brenham), Guadalupe Rios (Brenham), Maya Rutledge (Hempstead), Veronica Smallwood (Brenham), Teneka Straughter (Dime Box) and Kathryn Telsede (Brenham) were each awarded their Medical Office Technician certificates. Students learned skills specific to a medical office environment, including using key medical terms, updating and filing patients’ medical records, arranging for hospital admission and laboratory services and assisting with billing and bookkeeping.

All three programs were offered through the Hodde Center, a 12,000-square foot facility built in 2009 to provide local training for a quality, viable workforce in Washington and the surrounding counties. Its staff works in cooperation with local businesses to provide a well-trained workforce that strengthens the local community. For more information, visit: