Standing, from left: Sylvia Gabler, Jessica Orosco, Vickie Segers, Betty Gabler, Roger Hart, Linda Cuellar, Robert Garza and Lutfun Begum. Seated, from left: Patsy Graves, Instructor Rachel Johnson and Rosalba Villegas.
Ten Blinn College – Schulenburg students are getting a chance to bolster their careers thanks to a grant awarded to Schulenburg Public Library.
Lutfun Begum (Hallettsville), Linda Cuellar (Weimar), Betty J. Gabler (Flatonia), Sylvia Gabler (Schulenburg), Robert Garza (Weimar), Patsy Graves (Paige), Roger Hart (Sublime), Jessica Orosco (Schulenburg), Vickie Segers (Sublime) and Rosalba Villegas (Waelder) graduated from Blinn’s Computer Skills Series Friday night.
Graduates spent more than 100 classroom hours studying topics ranging from keyboarding and basic computer functions to mastery of the Microsoft Office suite of programs. The program was made possible through a grant awarded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, as well as through the support and generosity of Schulenburg Public Library, the City of Schulenburg, the Stanzel Family Foundation and Blinn College. The grant bid was written by Schulenburg Public Library Director Thadious Polasek.
Some students entered the course with no previous computer experience, said Schulenburg Campus Director Rebecca Garlick.
“This series really opens up career opportunities for every student who completes the course,” said Instructor Rachel Johnson. “If you’re not happy in your career or you’d like a higher-paying job, these computer skills can help you find a new and more enjoyable career path.”
Since its inception in 2012, 46 students have graduated from the series and gone on to find higher-paying jobs or pursue a higher education.
The course is free and available to community members 16 or older. The Spring series runs Feb. 3 – May 30, with classes meeting Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6-8:30 p.m. For more information, contact Loraine Orellana, coordinator of distant and community education, at 979-743-5237 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blinn – Schulenburg offers a variety of academic transfer, workforce training and continuing education classes to fit the needs of any student. For information on course offerings and student registration, visit: www.blinn.edu/schulenburg or call 979-743-5200.