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Blinn Hodde Center Offering Specialty Welding, Industrial Safety, & Forklift Operations Courses

The Blinn College District’s A.W. Hodde, Jr. Technical Education Center will offer specialty welding, industrial safety, and forklift operation certificate courses this October to provide current employees and job seekers the skills they need to thrive.

QCTC 1043: CPWI+V Transmission and Distribution is an advanced specialty course for inspection of transmission and distribution lines in the oil and gas industry. This $1,800 course runs Monday through Friday, Oct. 21-28, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WLDG 1027 is an American Welding Society Certified Welding Inspector Exam preparatory course that provides students the knowledge necessary to take the exam. This $1,795 course runs Oct. 4-11.

Industrial Safety Training – General Industry is an advanced safety course that includes U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and CPR certification. Students will be trained on aerial lifts, mini excavators, and forklifts. This $450 course is available Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Industrial Safety Training – Construction is specialized toward the construction industry and includes OSHA and CPR certification. The $450, seven-hour course is available on Thursday, Oct. 3, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the $900, 16-hour course will be held Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 14-15, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Blinn’s Forklift Operation Certificate course teaches students to evaluate their workplace and determine whether loads can safely be moved, and covers safety requirements related to the design, maintenance, and safe use of forklifts. It includes equipment inspection, lift limitations, and teaches students to understand how fulcrums and center of gravity impact safe operation in all phases of forklift use. This $145 course takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7.

Blinn’s technical and community programs are designed to provide students the knowledge and abilities they need to enter the workforce immediately after successful completion. Many of these courses do not require a high school diploma and enrollment is fast and easy. As most of these courses are non-credit, students do not need to go through the College’s admission process to enroll. Programs vary in length and are offered with daytime, evening, and weekend options.

Prospective students can register by visiting the Hodde Center, located at 2910 S. Blue Bell Road in Brenham, during regular business hours. As part of Blinn’s Division of Technical and Community Programs, its staff works in cooperation with local businesses to provide a well-trained workforce that strengthens the local economy.

Business owners can enroll their employees in Hodde Center courses using Texas Workforce Commission Skills Development and Skills for Small Business funds, and Hodde Center staff can help businesses complete the request form. Blinn also offers students access to scholarships through the Blinn College Foundation, private grants, and Workforce Solutions.

For more information regarding the Hodde Center and it course offerings, call 979-830-4443 or visit: www.blinn.edu/workforce.

Original article written by Richard Bray, Blinn Information and you can read it here.