Blinn to Establish Technology Institute

Blinn College is keeping up with new workforce demands thanks to a $1 million anonymous donation.

The school is creating a technology institute training center in Brenham.

The 8,000 square foot facility will train 1,200-1,500 people a year in manufacturing, electrical, construction crafts, mechanical, leadership and management and health.

"We are very fortunate to have community support to expand our skills development programs with this new institute that will better position Blinn to be responsive to the training needs of business and industry in the Brazos Valley," Blinn president Dr. Donald Voelter said.

The Blinn College Technology Institute will be funded by a $1 million anonymous donation with matching funds from the college and other donations. The initial $2 million total endowment will support training center operations as well as scholarships for students at the Washington County facility. The college will also offer $30,000 annually in additional scholarships for the first five years.

"The mission of the training center is to provide an avenue for business and industry to keep pace with advancements in technology and to develop a quality workforce in Washington County," Blinn grants administrator Dr. Milton Radke said.

The center will be located in the Brenham Business Center on Highway 290 and is scheduled to open in January 2009.