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Blinn College-Bryan’s April workforce courses include training for HVAC and phlebotomy technicians, truck drivers, and certified nurse aides

Schedule also includes certified medication aide refresher, electrician license renewal, and plumbing professional development course

March 29, 2018

Blinn College’s Division of Technical & Community Education Programs will offer a variety of course sections in Bryan this April, including HVAC Pre-Apprenticeship Training, Phlebotomy Technician, Professional Truck Driver I and II, and Certified Nurse Aide.

Blinn will also offer a refresher course for certified medication aides, an electrician license renewal course, and a plumbing professional development class.

Blinn’s technical and community education courses are designed to provide students the knowledge and skills 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.

HVAC Pre-Apprenticeship Training

Blinn and the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) will offer HVAC Pre-Apprenticeship Training April 16-May 9 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 a HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) technician.

The 144-hour training provides a broad introduction to the world of HVAC. Students learn basic operational principles of HVAC systems, and are introduced to technician licensing and trade-governing regulations. Students learn about trade math, air distribution systems, piping practices, and soldering and brazing.

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.

“This HVAC training course serves as a great launching point for an individual looking to enter an apprenticeship,” Dean of Workforce Jay Anderson said. “This truly is a life-changing opportunity.”

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.

Phlebotomy Technician

Blinn will offer the first course in its Phlebotomy Technician Program Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., April 2-May 9.

Phlebotomists draw blood for tests, transfusions, donation or research, and may explain the procedure to patients, and assist in the recovery of patients with adverse reactions. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, phlebotomists earn an average median wage of $15.72 per hour, and job openings are expected to grow 25 percent between 2016 and 2026.

Blinn’s Phlebotomy Technician Program provides students with a variety of blood collection methods using proper techniques and precautions. Students learn techniques for collecting with vacuum devices, syringes, capillary skin puncture, butterfly needles, and blood culture specimen collection on adults, children, and infants. The program emphasizes infection prevention, proper patient identification, proper specimen labeling, specimen handling, and quality assurance.

The program consists of three courses, including 96 hours in the classroom and 116 hours in a clinical setting. The classroom portion focuses on theoretical mastery of phlebotomy rules, regulations, and practices, and students must pass a skills test before Blinn arranges the clinical portion of their education.

Upon successful completion of the program, Blinn provides a certificate of completion. Students are encouraged to further their credentials by applying for national certification through a recognized organization.

Professional Truck Driving

Blinn will offer two sections of its Professional Truck Driver I and II courses in April. The first course begins Monday, April 2, and the second session starts Monday, April 30.

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.

Certified Nurse Aide

Blinn will offer a new section of its Certified Nurse Aide Program beginning Tuesday, April 3.

The 80-hour, $700 course meets from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at the Post Office Campus.

Certified nurse aides (CNAs) provide basic patient care under the direction of nursing staff, including feeding, bathing, grooming, changing linens, and transporting patients. Nurse aides are often employed in nursing care facilities, where they frequently serve as principal caregivers.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national demand for CNAs is expected to grow 11 percent between 2016 and 2026, generating 17,700 new jobs. The average median wage for a CNA is $12.78 per hour or $26,590 per year.

Certified Medication Aide Refresher

Blinn’s certified medication aide refresher course is $75 and will take place from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 21.

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.

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services requires certified medication aides to complete at least seven hours of in-service education annually. Students who successfully complete the course receive an updated medication aide permit from the state.

Electrician License Renewal

Blinn’s four-hour electrician license renewal course takes place from 8 a.m. – noon on Saturday, April 21, at the Highway 60 Training Center. The $45 course meets the state requirement for annual mandatory continuing education.

Plumbing Professional Development

Blinn is partnering with the Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling Contractors (PHCC) Association of Texas to offer a Plumbing Professional Development course Saturday, April 28.

The two-part course is a mandatory continuing education training required by the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners (TSBPE) in order for a journeyman or master plumber to maintain their plumbing license and Medical Gas Endorsement.

The first training, which runs from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., will cover state laws and rules for plumbers, OSHA confined space, gas piping, and new products. The second session will follow from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. and will focus on medical gas piping installation.

To register, contact PHCC at 512-523-8094 or email leslie@phcc-tx.org.

COURSE NAME/NUMBER

BEGIN

END

CONTACT HOURS

DAYS

TIMES

LOCATION

COST

CNBT 1010: NCCER Core Curriculum
HART 1007: HVAC Pre-Apprenticeship Training

4/16
4/19

4/18
5/9

24
120

MTWThF
MTWThF

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.

RELLIS
RELLIS

$225
$1,475

PLAB 1023: Phlebotomy Technician (Day)

4/2

5/9

72

MTW

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Post Office Campus

$550

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

4/2

4/27

105

MTWThF

7:00 a.m. -5:30 p.m.

Hwy 60 Training Center

$2,350

CVOP 1040: Professional Truck Driver 2 (Road)

4/2

4/27

105

MTWThF

7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Hwy 60 Training Center

$2,350

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

4/30

5/25

105

MTWThF

7:00 a.m. -5:30 p.m.

Hwy 60 Training Center

$2,350

CVOP 1040: Professional Truck Driver 2 (Road)

4/30

5/25

105

MTWThF

7:00 a.m. -5:30 p.m.

Hwy 60 Training Center

$2,350

NURA 1001: Certified Nurse Aide

4/3

5/16

80

MTW

8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Post Office Campus

$700

NURA 1041: Certified Medication Aide Refresher

4/21

4/21

8

Sat.

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Post Office Campus

$75

ELPT 2000: Electrician License Renewal

4/21

4/21

4

Sat.

8:00 a.m. - noon

Hwy 60 Training Center

$45

PFPB 2000: Plumbing Professional Development

4/28

4/28

10

Sat.

8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.

Post Office Campus

varies