2016-2017 Catalog Vol. 77 
    Jul 23, 2024  
2016-2017 Catalog Vol. 77 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Workforce Education Programs Information

Blinn College provides a full complement of Workforce Education programs for lifelong learning. These non-credit courses are offered through the Division of Workforce Education throughout the thirteen county service area. Workforce Programs are designed, both in subject and format, to fulfill the specific technical training needs of individuals and organizations. Through coursework, a student will master a skill and learn a subject without enrolling in college credit courses. Courses are publicized and offered throughout the year. Classes are offered during the day and evening, weekdays and weekends, and vary in length.

Certificates of Completion and Continuing Education Units (CEU) may be awarded to those students who satisfactorily complete the course. One (CEU) is ten (10) contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction. Tuition and fees are determined for each course and publicized in the course schedules.

Continuing Education instructional staff hold appropriate education credentials and technical experience in the subject areas taught. Blinn College seeks out individuals who are recognized as leaders in their area of expertise to assist with course development and to provide instruction.

Some classes have prerequisites that the student must meet before enrolling. Course schedules and information are available at the Workforce Education Office, Bryan Workforce Campus, 301 Post Office Street in Bryan (979-209-7205), the Hodde Technical Education Center in Brenham (979-830-4443), the Schulenburg campus (979-743-5237) and at the Sealy campus (979-627-7997); and on the Blinn College Workforce Education website.

Refund Policy for Workforce Education

Refunds take a minimum of six (6) weeks to process. Students will not receive a refund immediately when enrollment is withdrawn. To receive a full tuition refund, the student must notify the division of workforce education twenty-four (24) business hours before the course start date. Any costs incurred by the college for unreturned textbooks and supplies will be subtracted from the refund amount.

Refunds for withdrawals on or after the course date will be prorated as follows:

  Courses of two (2) weeks or fewer classes or meetings:
Prior to the first class session 100%
After the first class session NONE
  Courses of less than eight (8) weeks or meetings:
Prior to the first class session 100%
Prior to the second class session 80%
After the second class session NONE
  Courses over eight (8) weeks or meetings:
Prior to the first class session 100%
Prior to the second class session 80%
Prior to the third class session 50%
After the fourth class session NONE​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Course Cancellation

In the event a course is cancelled by Workforce Education, a full refund will be given to the student. Students will be notified of course cancellation three (3) business days before the start date.

Registration and Payment

Students may register in person at any workforce education location, over the phone, or via mail. Payment is not accepted over the phone, but may be completed online after phone registration. Registration and payment may be mailed. Payment is required at the time of registration. If a student registers, but does not pay, enrollment will be dropped that evening.

Online Registration

Online registration is available through Workforce Education. Payment is required at the time of registration or the student will be dropped from the course that evening. If the student is utilizing financial aid, tuition assistance or another type of third party assistance (i.e. DARS, Workforce Solutions, GI Bill) the student will need to register in person at a Blinn campus location. If the student has registered online and needs to withdraw from a course before the start date, the student needs to call or go into the local campus for assistance.

Financial Assistance

Promissory notes are available when registering for a class at least three (3) weeks before the start date. Half of the tuition payment is due at registration to hold a spot in that course. The second, and final, payment is due seven (7) business days before the course start date. If the second payment is not made by the due date, the student will be dropped and a refund will be processed for the initial tuition payment. Refunds take a minimum of six (6) weeks to process.

A variety of solutions are available for individuals seeking new or advanced employment, through grants funded under Welfare-to- Work (WTW), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), and Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs. The Workforce Development team is composed of dedicated trainers and facilitators who personalize each program to meet the needs of each participant. Currently, Workforce Development projects are operating in coordination with the Brazos Valley Workforce Development Board, the Rural Capitol Workforce Board, and the Gulf Coast Workforce Board to provide participants with the best possible services.

Customized Training for Business and Industry

Most of Blinn College’s offerings can be customized to meet a particular group or employer. Additional, more advanced and specialized course offerings are available for incumbent employees of business and industry. Coursework is available to advance the skills of employees, create a baseline of common skills, and to provide continuing education units for licensure. Courses can be conducted on campus, at the employer’s site, or at another offsite location. Certificates of Completion and CEU’s are awarded to those individuals who successfully complete a course. For more information call (979) 209-7205.