Blinn Board of Trustees recognizes students and authorizes new cloud computing and web programming degrees

The board also authorizes the College District to negotiate contracts for facilities upgrades

April 19, 2022

The Blinn College District Board of Trustees recognized students from Blinn’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society and livestock judging and esports teams during its meeting Tuesday.

The board also authorized the College to negotiate and execute contracts for facilities upgrades to the Brenham and Bryan Campuses and authorized the introduction of new cloud computing and web programming degrees.

During Chancellor Dr. Mary Hensley’s report to the board, she introduced coaches and students from the livestock judging team, which recently won community college team titles at the  Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and  San Antonio Livestock Exposition. Trustees also were introduced to members of the esports team, which is  advancing to the national tournament in Valorant and Overwatch.

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor students from the Brenham and Bryan campuses also were on hand after winning three awards at PTK’s international conference, PTK Catalyst, in Denver, Colo. The Bryan Campus chapter was recognized with the Distinguished Honors in Action Project, the Distinguished Theme Award, and the Distinguished Chapter Award, which was awarded to just 39 of PTK’s 1,200 chapters worldwide.

The board also authorized the introduction of two new degrees for fall 2022. The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Cloud Computing will prepare students for entry-level technician opportunities in the cloud and information security sector. The degree combines both networking and systems administration fundamentals with a focus on cloud strategies to secure networks and systems.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Web Programming would prepare students for careers as web programmers/developers. In these careers, graduates will develop and implement websites, web applications, application databases, and interactive web interfaces while optimizing website performance, scalability, and server-side code and processes.

In other action, the board authorized the College to negotiate and execute contracts with:

  • Gowan/Garrett Inc. for mechanical contractor services related to building automation upgrades on the Bryan Campus,
  • R.E.C. Industries, Inc. for mechanical contractor services related to the chiller replacement on the Bryan Campus and student center fire damper and mechanical renovations on the Brenham Campus,
  • Aggieland Construction for general contractor services related to the access control and finish upgrades on the Bryan Campus,
  • and Barnes & Noble to continue to provide bookstore services for the College District.

The board also authorized the College to seek proposals for demolition of Holleman, Memorial, and Solons halls on the Brenham Campus, and to seek qualifications for engineering services related to the design of a parking lot expansion at the site of Solons Hall. These halls will be demolished as Blinn introduces the 505-bed Prairie Lea Hall this fall.

Livestock Judging Team
Livestock Judging Team
 
Esports
Esports Team
 
Phi Theta Kappa (PTK)
Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor students from the Brenham and Bryan

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