Blinn college will open a new 83,000-square-foot facility at The Texas A&M University System RELLIS Campus that will allow students to learn cutting-edge, high-demand skills in an environment that encourages collaboration between public institutions and private companies. The new campus establishes a new educational community combining a major university system and a community college at a single physical location.
This shared location will allow Blinn College students to complete their freshman and sophomore-level coursework prior to their seamless transfer to leading universities throughout The Texas A&M University System also located at RELLIS.
The RELLIS Campus creates opportunities for Blinn to partner with other organizations and institutions located on the RELLIS Campus, including high-end, innovative, private research and development companies, the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), and the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX).
Located adjacent to State Highway 47 and Highway 21, the RELLIS Campus is named after Texas A&M’s core values of respect, excellence, leadership, loyalty, integrity, and selfless service.
Blinn College and Texas A&M University have a proud history of developing innovative partnerships. Since 2001, the Texas A&M-Blinn TEAM (Transfer Enrollment at A&M) Program has served as the nation’s model for a collaborative, co-enrollment partnership between a major university and a community college. The TEAM Program has allowed thousands of additional qualified students to earn their degree from Texas A&M while enjoying the benefits of enrollment at both institutions, and in 2014 the program received the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s coveted Star Award as one of the top educational initiatives in Texas.
Texas A&M and Blinn built upon the TEAM Program’s success with the Texas A&M Engineering Academy at Blinn-Bryan and the Texas A&M Engineering Academy at Blinn-Brenham, offering students additional pathways to pursue an engineering degree from Texas A&M and helping to meet the nationwide demand for highly skilled engineering graduates.
“RELLIS is a vision that could never come to fruition without the foresight of leaders such as Chancellor Sharp, a commitment to collaboration, and a fearlessness that inspires us to develop an educational model that has never before been attempted in the State of Texas."
““This relationship between The Texas A&M University System and Blinn College is literally the envy of community colleges and universities all over the United States of America. This is how you make sure that students take courses that transfer – you talk to each other, and that is what these two institutions have been doing for 30 or 40 years.