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Blinn offers professional truck driving training throughout October

Certified medication aide refresher and electrician license renewal course also available

September 21, 2016

Blinn College will offer three new sections of its Professional Truck Driving Program in Bryan this October, offering students the opportunity to earn their commercial driver’s license and begin a new high-demand career.

Blinn also will offer a refresher course for certified medication aides and an electrician license renewal in October.

Blinn’s Professional Truck Driving Program consists of two courses and will welcome students for new sections beginning Oct. 3, Oct. 17, and Oct. 31. Students learn to perform pre-trip, on-the-road and post-trip vehicle and equipment inspections. Other skills include map reading, managing log books and cargo documentation, dispatch procedures, emergency responsibilities, and regulations of transportation agencies.

Students also learn road safety guidelines and specific laws applicable to professional drivers. At the conclusion of the program, instructors accompany students to the commercial driver’s license (CDL) testing facility in Hearne, where they may be eligible to leave with their CDL and a certificate of completion from Blinn. 

Entry-level truck drivers can expect a starting wage of approximately $20 per hour, or an annual salary ranging between $40,000 and $60,000. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the demand for professional truck drivers will increase 5 percent between 2014 and 2024.

Truck driving courses run concurrently and are held 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Monday – Friday, at Blinn’s Highway 60 Training Center, located at 5503 Raymond Stotzer Parkway in College Station. The cost for each course is $2,100. For more information, call 254-829-1694.

Blinn’s four-hour electrician license renewal course takes place from 8 a.m. – noon on Monday, Oct. 24, at the Highway 60 Training Center. The $75 course meets the state requirement for annual mandatory continuing education.

Blinn’s medication aide refresher is a $75, eight-hour course taking place from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8. 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.

In addition to its October courses, Blinn’s Pharmacy Technician Program recently rescheduled its upcoming courses to the following dates:

COURSE DATES DAYS TIME COST
PHRA 1001 9/27 – 11/1 Mon./Tues./Wed. 8 a.m. – noon $500
PHRA 1013 11/2 – 12/14 Mon./Tues./Wed. 8 a.m. – noon $500
PHRA 1043 1/3 –  1/18 Mon./Tues./Wed. 8 a.m. – noon $300
PHRA 1001 9/27 – 11/1 Tues./Wed./Thurs. 5:30-9:30 p.m. $500
PHRA 1013 11/2 – 12/14 Tues./Wed./Thurs. 5:30-9:30 p.m. $500
PHRA 1043 1/3 – 1/18 Tues./Wed./Thurs. 5:30-9:30 p.m. $300
PHRA 2071 9/26 – 12/16 Online Online $1,450

The Pharmacy Technician Program trains students in pharmacology, pharmacy law and regulations, sterile and non-sterile compounding, medication safety, quality assurance, medication order entry and fill processes, inventory management, billing and information systems. Students who complete the course will be prepared to take the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam.

Pharmacy technicians work under the direction of a licensed pharmacist and perform technical and clerical duties in the pharmacy. Pharmacy technicians measure, mix, count, label and record medication dosages according to prescription orders.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to grow 27 percent in Texas between 2012 and 2022. Pharmacy technicians average a median wage of $14.90 per hour, or $31,000 per year, statewide.

Blinn’s Pharmacy Technician Program includes three courses – PHRA 1001, PHRA 1013 and PHRA 1043. Students must complete all three courses to earn certification.

For more information or to register for any of Blinn technical and community education courses, call 979-209-7205. All technical and community education enrollment takes place at Bryan High School’s Blue Campus, located at 3401 E. 29th St. in Bryan.
A full list of Bryan career and technical offerings can be found at: www.blinn.edu/workforce.