Yesterday and Today
Module 1

Welcome To Blinn College!

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Hello and welcome to Blinn College! As a new staff member, you will play a central role in the academic and personal development of our students.

You will quickly discover that we take tremendous pride in our more than 130-year history. Established in 1883, Blinn is the oldest publicly-owned community college in the state of Texas, and in that time we have grown from our first class of just three students to more than 18,000.

 Our academic transfer rate is one of the highest in the nation, and we have developed strong relations with many of the state's top universities to ease our students' transition. Our Transfer Enrollment at Texas A&M (TEAM) Program, a unique co-enrollment program that allows hundreds of additional students to qualify for Texas A&M University's freshman class each year, recently received the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's Recognition of Excellence.

In addition to campuses in Brenham, Bryan, Schulenburg and Sealy, we teach online courses, dual credit for high school and prepare students for quick employment through workforce education, technical training and vocational education programs. Our enrollment has grown 31.1 percent since 2006, and we expect to continue growing as we remain committed to educational excellence and to individual and community enhancement.

These are exciting times for Blinn College, and we're equally excited to have you with us! Please visit our Blinn.edu Faculty & Staff page or contact your supervisor with any questions you may have.

On behalf of the Blinn College Board of Trustees and the entire Blinn family, I wish you good fortune as we prepare to embark on a vibrant new academic year!

Sincerely,

Dr. Harold Nolte, Ed.D

Blinn College District President

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Sylvia McMullen, M.Ed., J.D.

President Brazos County Campuses

 

 

 

 

 

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Goals:

This module will acquaint staff with:

 

History of Blinn College

Blinn College, the first county-owned public junior college in Texas, has a long and colorful history. Founded in 1883 as Mission Institute by the Southern German Methodist Conference, the college's initial purpose was to train German speaking Methodist minister.

The name was changed to Blinn Memorial College and later to Blinn College in honor of the Rev. Christian Blinn of New York who gave large sums of money to the college to construct the first major building on the campus.

 

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History of Blinn

The association with the Methodist church ended in 1934, and in 1937 a countywide public junior college tax district was approved by the voters of Washington County. After many years as a relatively small institution, Blinn has grown to be one of the state's largest junior colleges.

 

Location

Blinn College teaches classes at several locations in the central Texas area. In addition to the main campus in Brenham, there are also campuses in Bryan, Schulenburg and Sealy. With a wide service area offering classes in several area high schools.  The college also offers instruction via telecourses, the Internet and two-way videos.

 

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Enrollment

Blinn College has a total enrollment of close to 18,000 students, with an enrollment of just over 2,400 students in Brenham.

Admission

Blinn is an open admission institution. Any student who has graduated from high school or who has taken and passed a valid General Education Development (GED) test is eligible for admission. A division of the Student Services Department.

To learn more about Blinn College Admissions visit the Admission and Enrollment website.

 

 

Academics

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board statistics show that Blinn College ranks as one of the states top two-year schools in the percentage of its students who transfer to four-year institutions and the percentage who are successful in obtaining their four-year baccalaureate degrees. Blinn offers students a variety of degree options, including an associate in arts degree, an associate in science degree, an associate in applied science degree, and  one-year certificates. Since the fall of 1999, students who complete the academic core requirements at Blinn may transfer that core to any other public college or university in Texas.  By successfully completing the entire core, transfer of credits is assured.

To learn more about Academic Education at Blinn visit the Academic website.

 

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Dual Credit Education

Dual Credit is offered at many high schools in the Service Area. This includes students attending the Blinn Campus locations, faculty traveling to the high school location, or Interactive Video Conference (IVC). For Faculty delivering Dual Credit courses, there are special policies and procedures. The Dual Credit Coordinator will provide the current policies and procedures to faculty, high school liaisons, students and parents. Several important facts to remember about Dual Credit:

  • Blinn grading system and high school grading system are different. Below 70 in a dual credit class = no High School Credit. This may affect the student graduation from high school.
  • Report Cards- No report cards are issued by the teacher or Blinn until the end of the semester.
  • UIL Passing Grade Rule exempts college courses.
  • College courses require FERPA paperwork before Faculty may speak with parents.
  • Contact person is Dual Credit Coordinator and Campus liaison / school counselor.
  • Syllabus for Dual Credit may need to address attendance, grades, etc. specific to the program.

All program details are provided at the beginning of each semester from the Dual Credit Coordinator.

Visit the Dual Credit website for more information.

 

Distance Learning

 Distance Learning enrollment has increased dramatically at Blinn College over the past few years. Dr. Mark Workman, Blinn's dean of Distance Learning, said more students are enrolling in online courses due to the flexibility to schedule classwork around jobs, parenting and vacations; less time and money spent traveling to and from campus; and the opportunity to take courses without living in the immediate area. There are three types of DL courses at Blinn College:

  • Online (Internet) courses,
  • Blended (Hybrid) courses (51% or more online)
  • Interactive Video courses (Live classes that connect to other Blinn locations.)

More information can be found on the Types of Distance Learning Courses page. For details concerning the Distance Education programs and course offerings visit the Distance Education website. Be sure to click on the FAQ for answers to many of your questions.

To teach online Faculty must complete the eCampus training requirements. These courses are offered online and in person by Blinn Instructional Designers. For details, faculty may click on the Faculty / Staff link on the Distance Education website, use your Blinn login / password. Then select STANDARDS. See the Distance Learning Procedures. Training may be found on the Instructional Design website.

Interactive Video Conferencing (IVC)

Academic Technology maintains seventeen Tandberg room systems. The equipment is used to teach classes between campuses and area high schools, conduct meetings and bring in guest speakers. For more information concerning IVC check the IVC website. For training complete the HELP desk request form or call 979-830-4357.

 

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Housing

Blinn College has 12 residence halls on the Brenham campus that offer space for 775 students and a college apartment complex that houses 338 students. Housing is managed by Student Services.

 Visit the Housing Website for more information

 

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Technical

 Provides the individual with the opportunity to earn a certificate to enter the workforce.

  • Community "Targeted Occupation" Program
  • Professional
  • Contract Training for Business/ Industry

 Provides the individual with the opportunity to earn a certificate to enter the workforce.

Example:

  • Professional Office Specialist
  • Electrical Technology
  • Phlebotomy
  • Certified Nurse's Aide

Visit Blinn's Technical Education website for more information.

 

 

 

Workforce Education 

These non-credit courses are designed to meet specific training needs of the individual, business, or industry.  These courses do not require entrance exams and participants are awarded certificates of completion or Continuing Education Units (CEU) upon satisfactory completion.

For more information see the Workforce Education website.

 

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Outreach Programs

The Star of the Republic Museum was created by the Texas Legislature and is administered by Blinn College as a cultural and educational institution. Its purpose is to collect and preserve the material culture of the Texas Republic (1836-1846) and to interpret the history, cultures, diversity, and values of early Texans. The Museum strives to inspire interest, understanding and appreciation of Texas heritage for students, teachers, scholars, and the general public through exhibits, tours, programs, web activities, and outreach." (approved by the Blinn College Board of Trustees, 2007)

 Visit The Star of the Republic Museum Website

 

The Small Business Development Center offers free, personalized assistance to help get your business started and keep it going. Located in Brenham, Texas.

Visit the Small Business Development Center Website

 

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Review:

Blinn College has a long and noble history. This history of excellence poses an expectation of excellence on the current faculty and staff.

Blinn College has multiple locations across a multi-county area of Texas and draws Distance Education students nationally.

Dual Credit has special policies and procedures which must be followed to assure students receive not only college credit but their high school credit.

Blinn College offers Academic, Technical, Workforce and Dual-Credit Education to meet the ever-changing demands of the service area.

 

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