Blinn College and TEEX add new skilled labor courses

BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX)- Due to an increase in skilled labor jobs throughout the Brazos Valley, Blinn College decided to partner up with Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) to create skilled labor classes that take less than a month to complete.

The hands on boot camps allow students to gain entry level knowledge for trade jobs like carpentry, electrical, facilities maintenance, HVAC, plumbing, and welding assistants. Each of these accelerated, competency-based camps will be offered at the RELLIS Campus with the exception of welding, which will be offered at Blinn’s Highway 60 Workforce Training Center.

"It's certainly very necessary to have these boot camps, to have any training where we can get these people in and out quickly to fill the jobs because our employers need these positions filled," said the Director of Technical and Community Education at Blinn, Ken Dupre.

Students who complete the 80-hour courses earn certificates from Blinn and TEEX and the OSHA 10 credential.

"As soon as they are done, they can go straight to the workforce, which ends up helping out our community," said Dupre.

The classes are no more than three and a half weeks long, depending on whether or not they are 144 or 80 hours long.

"They are very hands on, students learn what they need to learn to become certified," said Dupre. Each month, Blinn will provide a different training course, so those who would like to take more than one have the opportunity.

"If they want, students can take all five classes within six months," said Dupre.

Instructors speak both English and Spanish to help clarify the instructions. Scholarships are available through Workforce Solutions Brazos Valley.

Registration forms and the schedule of classes can be obtained at Blinns Website and submitted to workforce@blinn.edu or in person at Blinn’s Post Office Campus located at 301 Post Office Street in Bryan.