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  • Wednesday, September 13, 2017
    Tech center expansion holding grand opening

    This event marks the completion a $2 million federally-funded grant project to construct the new Technical Education Annex as an expansion of Blinn College’s A.W. Hodde Jr. Technical Education Center.

    It will provide additional job training programs in the Brenham area.

    Grant funds totaling $1.35 million were provided through the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s Economic Development Assistance Program. Local partners funded more than $650,000, including the Brenham Community Development Corp. of the city of Brenham, Blinn College, Washington County Commissioners Court and the Brenham Economic Development Foundation.

    Additional corporate sponsorships for new training equipment were provided by Germania Insurance, Seidel Schroeder, Brenham National Bank and Citizens State Bank. Many other contributions of materials, machinery and resources have been donated by area businesses and individuals, all to be recognized at the grand opening ceremony.

    The Brenham EDF is the official grant recipient and owner of the new facility. Blinn College will operate and administer all training programs. The new space includes multi-purpose classrooms and workforce labs.

    “We were honored that the EDA chose this project in Brenham for funding,” said William H. Holle, chairman of the Brenham EDF Board. “We look forward to seeing it generate a positive impact for area employers and individuals.”

    Blinn will utilize the additional space to expand current welding training, introduce new diesel engine mechanics and commercial maintenance programs, and offer heavy equipment operator training with an advanced safety course.

    “The workforce training programs made possible by this facility include a diverse selection of high-demand career paths,” said Mary Hensley, chancellor of the Blinn College District. “They empower local job seekers and provide businesses with the highly skilled, goal-oriented employees they need to stay at the forefront of their respective industries.”

    Managed by Blinn’s Division of Technical and Community Education, the Hodde Center offers a variety of career development and leadership courses, as well as training for welders, machinists, forklift operators, oilfield workers, certified nurse aides, phlebotomy technicians, medication and other high-demand, high-wage careers.

    Blinn’s Division of Technical and Community Education improves the local economy by helping job-seekers obtain the skills and credentials they need to succeed in the workplace, and by partnering with local businesses to offer training opportunities for incumbent and new employees.

    For more information on Blinn’s workforce education opportunities, including class schedules and registration information, visit

    Source: Brenham Banner Press