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Blinn’s Hodde Center offers welding, safety, and healthcare courses in December

Four industrial safety courses will be offered in December

November 29, 2016

Blinn College’s A.W. Hodde, Jr., Technical Education Center is offering a variety of December courses in welding, workplace safety, and healthcare.

Prospective students can register by visiting the Hodde Center, located at 2910 S. Blue Bell Road in Brenham, during regular business hours.

Blinn offers four industrial safety courses in December that are designed to assist construction and general industry in general safety.

The seven-hour, $450 course runs from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and is offered Saturday, Dec. 3, and Saturday, Dec. 10. A three-day, $900 course runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 7-9, and a two-day safety class regarding forklift operation, H2S (hydrogen sulfide), aerial lift training, confined space safety, and Red Cross CPR/AED training will run from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Nov. 9-10 and cost is $900.

Blinn’s $75 certified medication aide refresher course will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. The course includes specific training and review in the preparation and administration of medications, documentation, licensing standards, the safeguarding of medications, common drug reactions and side effects, and updated and new medications available on the market. Students who successfully complete the course will receive an updated certified medication aide permit from the state.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, certified medication aide jobs are expected to increase by 257,800 positions (17 percent) between 2014 and 2024. Certified medication aides earn a median wage of $12.36 per hour. The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services requires certified medication aides to complete at least seven hours of in-service education annually.

A specialty hands-on welding class titled Transmission and Distribution will begin Monday, Dec. 5. The class will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and end Friday, Dec. 9. Cost of the class is $1,800. This program presents the codes and standards used in the construction of pipelines and distribution systems in the oil and gas industry. Successful completion of this seminar leads to a Certificate for Pipeline Welding Inspection (CPWI+V) from the National Welding Inspection School. Successful completion includes a passing score of 70 percent or greater on the 100-question examination. A calculator is required for this program.

A preparatory course for the American Petroleum Institute (API) 1169 exam will begin Monday, Dec. 12, and will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Cost of the class is $1,250. The API 1169 is an exam mandated by the federal government to certify welding inspectors. The API 1169 will be a mandatory requirement in the pipeline industry by 2018 for a large part of people working in the pipeline industry. There are no requirements for attending the class, but there are requirements for taking the exam. Those interested should review the requirements at the National Welding Inspection School website.

For a full slate of courses offered at the Hodde Center, including career development, health professions, manufacturing, welding, and safety, visit: www.blinn.edu/workforce/Hodde-workforce-fall-schedule.pdf.  

The 12,000-square foot A.W. Hodde, Jr. Technical Education Center was built in 2009 to provide local training for a quality, viable workforce in Washington and the surrounding communities. As part of Blinn’s Division of Technical & Community Programs, its staff works in cooperation with local businesses to provide a well-trained workforce that strengthens the local economy. For more information on the Hodde Center and it course offerings, call 979-830-4443 or visit: www.blinn.edu/workforce.