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Blinn Agricultural Sciences Program hosts recruiting event and FFA competitions

More than 1,200 high school students see what Blinn has to offer

November 22, 2016

Doug PierceIt was a busy week for the Blinn College Agricultural Sciences Program, as more than 1,400 high school students saw what Blinn has to offer during a recruiting event and FFA leadership competitions in Brenham.

Blinn first worked with agriculture teachers at Brenham, Burton and Hempstead High Schools to host 40 students on Nov. 11 for an agricultural preview day. These students received a tour of the W.J. “Bill” Rankin Agricultural Complex, met the faculty, and received sessions with enrollment services, housing, and financial aid.

“This was a trial run for us to get students in here who haven’t seen our complex and what we have to offer,” said Bryn Behnke, Assistant Dean for the Division of Agricultural & Natural Sciences. “This is something that will hopefully get the ball rolling and stimulate enrollment.”

The Blinn Agricultural Sciences Department is planning to host more preview days coming up in the spring.

Blinn College also hosted district and area Future Farmers of America (FFA) Leadership Development Events (LDE) on Nov. 14 and Nov. 19. More than 1,200 students competed in leadership events like public relations, job interviews, and agricultural skills demonstrations.

 “The students got to see the campus up close and see all the buildings being constructed on campus and were excited about that,” Behnke said.

Blinn’s Agricultural Sciences Program offers course seating for approximately 1,100 students, making it roughly four times the size of any other two-year agricultural program in the state. Blinn offers agricultural science classes on all of its campuses, with the W.J. “Bill” Rankin Agricultural Complex in Brenham serving as the program’s hub.

In addition to its excellence in the classroom, Blinn offers extracurricular educational activities in the areas of livestock judging, agriculture club, wildlife, agriculture mechanics, horticulture and agriculture sciences. For more information on Blinn’s Agricultural Sciences Program, visit: www.blinn.edu/agriculture.