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  • Wednesday, April 06, 2016
    Hoddes donate $20,000 to Blinn technical education center
    A.W. Hodde Jr. and his wife Virginia have gifted $20,000 in support of the A.W. Hodde Jr. Technical Education Center.
     
    The 12,000-square foot Hodde Center was built in 2009 to provide local training for a quality, viable workforce in Washington and the surrounding communities.
     
    As part of Blinn’s Division of Workforce Education, its staff works in cooperation with local businesses to provide a well-trained workforce that strengthens the local economy.
     
    “The Hodde family’s generosity and support continues to make a difference in the lives of Washington County families and ensures that local businesses have access to highly-trained employees,” said Mary Hensley, Blinn College district president/CEO.
     
    In August, the U.S. Economic Development Administration announced that it was awarding the Brenham Economic Development Foundation (EDF) a $1.35 million grant to double the size of the Hodde Center and allow Blinn to introduce new training programs for local job seekers.
     
    The new space will include multi-purpose classrooms and workforce labs and is expected to be completed by this summer, with training beginning on-site in the fall.
     
    Blinn will lease and operate the completed facility for up to 20 years and will develop new programs to support the high skill/high growth occupations in the region, including industrial machinery mechanics, commercial truck driving and heavy equipment operation.
     
    To support truck drivers and heavy equipment operators, a program in diesel engine mechanics will also be developed.
     
    A retired attorney, Hodde is a lifelong Washington County resident and was inducted into the Blinn College Hall of Honor in 2010, earning person of the year recognition.
     
    After serving in the U.S. Navy, Hodde attended Blinn before transferring to the University of Texas and graduating from Baylor Law School in 1951.
     
    Hodde has served as Washington County Chamber of Commerce president and Sons of Hermann Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge.
     
    He has spent more than 50 years as a member of Sons of Hermann, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Elks Lodge. He has also served on the board of directors for First National Bank and Blue Bell Creameries.

    Source: Brenham Banner-Press