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Blinn College-Bryan’s February workforce courses include training for electrician assistants, truck drivers, pharmacy technicians, and certified medication aides

Certified medication aide refresher and electrician license renewal course also available

January 23, 2018

Blinn College’s Division of Technical & Community Education will offer a variety of course sections in Bryan this February, including Electrical Pre-Apprenticeship Training, Professional Truck Driver I and II, Pharmacy Technician, and Certified Medication Aide.

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

Blinn’s technical and community education courses are designed to provide students the knowledge and ability they need to enter the workforce immediately after completion of the courses. Many of these courses do not require a high school diploma and enrollment is fast and easy. As most of these courses are non-credit, students do not need to go through the College’s admission process to enroll. Programs vary in length and are offered with daytime, evening, and weekend options.

Business owners can enroll their employees in Blinn Technical & Community Education courses using Texas Workforce Commission Skills Development and Skills for Small Business funds, and Blinn staff can help businesses complete the request form. Blinn also offers students access to scholarships through the Blinn College Foundation, private grants, and Workforce Solutions.

For more information or to register for these courses, visit the Blinn Post Office Campus at 301 Post Office Street in Bryan. For additional information, visit www.blinn.edu/workforce or call 979-209-7205.

Electrical Pre-Apprenticeship Training

Blinn and the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) will offer Electrical Pre-apprenticeship Training Feb. 5-28 at the RELLIS Campus in Bryan. The course meets 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and is designed to quickly train skilled workers for an entry-level position as an electrical assistant.

The 144-hour training covers electrical safety, apprenticeships, training programs, and career opportunities, as well as the responsibilities and characteristics an electrical helper should possess. Students are introduced to circuits, electrical theory, the National Electric Code, device boxes, and raceways and fittings.

Students who successfully complete the training can earn the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certification, the OSHA 10-Hour Construction Certificate, and certificates from both Blinn and TEEX. The NCCER certification is nationally recognized, qualifying students for jobs across the nation.

The course includes instruction in English and Spanish, and scholarships may be available through Workforce Solutions Brazos Valley. To see if you qualify, call 979-595-2800 and schedule an appointment with a Workforce Solutions counselor.

Professional Truck Driving

Blinn will offer a new section of its Professional Truck Driver I and II courses beginning Monday, Feb. 5.

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 6 percent between 2016 and 2026.

Truck driving courses run concurrently and are held 7 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 $2,350, and the total cost of the program is $4,700.

Pharmacy Technician

Blinn will offer day and night options this month for the first course in its 160-hour Pharmacy Technician Program. The night section runs Monday, Feb. 19 through Wednesday, April 18, with classes meeting from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. The day session runs Tuesday, Feb. 20 through Tuesday, April 3, meeting from 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

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

The program consists of three courses, and includes instruction 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 program will be prepared to take the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to grow 12 percent in Texas between 2016 and 2026. Pharmacy technicians average a median wage of $14.86 per hour, or approximately $31,000 per year, statewide.

Certified Medication Aide

Blinn will offer its Certified Medication Aide course from 1-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Tuesday, Feb. 6. This course is only available to certified nurse aides who are currently employed with a long-term care facility.

The 140-hour course covers medical abbreviations, symbols, terminology, and common equivalents required for administration. Topics include drug legislation, drug references, basic anatomy and physiology, and common diseases. After completion of the course, students will be prepared to take the Texas Department of Human Services Medication Aide Licensure Exam.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, certified medication aide jobs are expected to increase by 29 percent between 2016 and 2026. Certified medication aides earn a median wage of $15.17 per hour.

COURSE NAME/NUMBER

BEGIN

END

CONTACT HRS

DAYS

TIMES

LOCATION

COST

CNBT 1010: NCCER Core Curriculum

2/5

2/7

24

MTWThF

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

RELLIS

$225

ELPT 1000: Electrical Pre-apprenticeship Training

2/8

2/28

120

MTWThF

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

RELLIS

$1,475

CVOP 1013: Professional Truck Driver 1 (CDL & Class)

2/5

3/2

105

MTWThF

7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Hwy 60 Training Center

$2,350

CVOP 1040: Professional Truck Driver 2 (Road)

2/5

3/2

105

MTWThF

7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Hwy 60 Training Center

$2,350

ELPT 2000: Electrician License Renewal

2/17

2/17

4

Sat.

8:00 a.m. – noon

Hwy 60 Training Center

$45

NURA 1013: Certified Medication Aide

2/6

6/12

140

TTh

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Post Office Campus

$805

NURA 1041: Certified Medication Aide Refresher

2/17

2/17

8

Sat.

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Post Office Campus

$75

PHRA 1001: Pharmacy Technician (Day)

2/20

4/3

64

TWTh

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Post Office Campus

$500

PHRA 1001: Pharmacy Technician (Night)

2/19

4/18

64

MW

5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Post Office Campus

$500