Blinn College Makes $345.3 Million Impact on Local Economy

By: Blinn College Email
By: Blinn College Email

Blinn College makes $345.3 million impact on local economy
Impact has grown more than $60 million annually since last study in 2010

A recent study has found that Blinn College’s economic impact in the region continues to expand, pumping $345.3 million into the local economy each year.

The study, conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), displayed 21.7 percent growth in Fiscal Year 2012-13 over the most recent economic impact report commissioned by the College in 2010, which showed an annual economic impact of $283.8 million.

“Blinn College is fortunate to have such terrific support from its community,” said Dr. Harold Nolte, Blinn College district president. “This report shows that their investment in Blinn College’s success is paying off and makes it clear that as Blinn continues to grow and develop it can make this region even stronger economically and culturally.”

Blinn’s total impact includes $239.5 million in added income by former students employed in the regional workforce, $61.3 million in College operations spending and $44.5 million in student spending. The report found that Blinn has made an impact of $247.4 million in Bryan-College Station, $83 million in Brenham, $11.1 million in Schulenburg and $3.9 million in Sealy.

Blinn’s total impact represents 1.0 percent of the gross regional product, and the added income created by the College supports 7,798 local jobs.
The study found that students receive a 14.2 percent annual rate of return on their investment in a Blinn education.

The College released an updated set of strategic priorities in November, placing emphasis on student success, community enhancement and human capital. One of Blinn’s goals in prioritizing community enhancement is to be an economic resource in the community.

“Benjamin Franklin once said that an investment in knowledge pays the best interest,” said Blinn College – Bryan campus President Sylvia McMullen. “I believe this study demonstrates that the difference we make in the lives of our students has an incredible cumulative effect on our society and our economy.”

Blinn’s 49.7 percent academic transfer rate is the highest in the nation and more than 20 percent higher than the state average. Its Transfer Enrollment at Texas A&M (TEAM) Program, a unique co-enrollment program that allows hundreds of additional students to qualify for Texas A&M’s freshman class each year, recently received the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Recognition of Excellence.

The College was also named one of the top community colleges in the state by Schools.com for its positive impact on the Texas economy, and AffordableCollegesOnline.org recently listed Blinn among the most affordable large community colleges in the nation.

Blinn’s tuition and fees average about one-third the cost of the same classes at most four-year public universities in the state. In addition to its four campuses in Brenham, Bryan, Schulenburg and Sealy, the College teaches online courses, dual credit for high school and prepares students for quick employment through its workforce education, technical training and vocational education programs.

For more information on Blinn’s economic impact study, visit www.blinn.edu/impact.

BRYAN CAMPUS
In Fiscal Year 2012-13, the Blinn – Bryan campus and its students added $247.4 million in income to the College’s service area economy.
The accumulated contribution of former students currently employed in the regional workforce amounted to $170.9 million in added income, and statewide Texas receives $1.3 billion in added income over the course of the students’ working lives.

Students receive a 13.8 percent annual rate of return on their investment in an education at Blinn – Bryan.

Opened in 1970, Blinn – Bryan offers a personalized education with all the benefits of a large college town. With its primary location on Villa Maria Road, satellite workforce education campuses on Post Office Street and F.M. 60 and the Texas A&M Health Science Center on State Highway 47, Blinn - Bryan excels in providing academic transfer, health science and workforce education opportunities.

BRENHAM CAMPUS
In Fiscal Year 2012-13, the Blinn – Brenham campus and its students added $83 million in income to the College’s service area economy.
The accumulated contribution of former students currently employed in the regional workforce amounted to $56.4 million in added income, and statewide Texas receives $378.9 million in added income over the course of the students’ working lives.

Students receive a 15.3 percent annual rate of return on their investment in an education at Blinn – Brenham.

Established in 1883, Blinn’s historic flagship campus combines the excitement of a traditional college experience with Brenham’s inviting atmosphere. In addition to hosting more resident students than any other community college in the state, Blinn – Brenham offers nationally-recognized music, theatre, agriculture and athletic programs, allowing students the opportunity to explore and develop both inside and outside the classroom.

SCHULENBURG CAMPUS
In Fiscal Year 2012-13, the Blinn – Schulenburg campus and its students added $11.1 million in income to the College’s service area economy.
The accumulated contribution of former students currently employed in the regional workforce amounted to $9.2 million in added income, and statewide Texas receives $22.9 million in added income over the course of the students’ working lives.

Students receive a 17.5 percent annual rate of return on their investment in an education at Blinn – Schulenburg.

Established in 1997, Blinn – Schulenburg features a dedicated faculty that ensures each student receives one-on-one attention in a comfortable environment.

SEALY CAMPUS
In Fiscal Year 2012-13, the Blinn – Sealy campus and its students added $3.9 million in income to the College’s service area economy.

The accumulated contribution of former students currently employed in the regional workforce amounted to $3 million in added income, and statewide Texas receives $17.4 million in added income over the course of the students’ working lives.

Students receive a 19.0 percent annual rate of return on their investment in an education at Blinn – Sealy.

Established in 2005, Blinn’s newest campus is conveniently located just off Interstate 10 and offers a wide range of courses for commuter students throughout the greater Houston area. Blinn recently received the Sealy Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award as the organization that best promotes and supports Sealy and its businesses.


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