Integrated Education and Training
AEL and ESL students who meet eligibility requirements may be allowed to participate in the integrated education and training programs of their choice. These programs prepare students for careers by providing real-world, hands-on learning experiences.
Certified Nurse Aide
This 120-hour course prepares graduates for healthcare careers providing hands-on care and performing routine tasks under the supervision of nursing and medical staff. This training includes caregiving skills, infection control, communication techniques, safety procedures, assisting patients with daily activities, and properly measuring vital signs. In addition, students receive coaching to help them find careers in the industry. At the end of the course, graduates are prepared to take the Texas Health and Human Services Certified Nurse Aide examination.
Fundamentals of Construction
With this course, students cover the fundamentals of construction through the nationally recognized National Center for Construction and Education Research (NCCER) curriculum. Students receive an orientation to the different construction trades, including applied construction math; work with various types of materials, fasteners, and common carpentry tools; carpentry drawings; and floor, wall, joist, and roofing systems.
As part of the course, students are taught to follow U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety regulations as well as general and job-specific skills that often lead to successful job placement. At the end of the course, students will obtain two industry-recognized credentials, NCCER CORE and OSHA 10.
Business and Customer Service
The business and customer service training provides students the skills required to secure their next promotion or customer service position. Organizations need individuals who have the relationship skills required to represent their organization and keep their customers happy!
This training helps students understand the impact they can make on organizations and customers by learning the skills required for professional and effective communication as well as skillful handling of various situations. The skills learned in this class assist students both inside and outside the workplace.
Students learn to define the terms used in general safety; gain knowledge of local, state, and national safety standards; describe common hazardous materials and processes; and gain knowledge and demonstration of OSHA-10 safety regulations. Lastly, students are introduced to basic computer functionality, applications, communication, and a path for personal improvement on learned skills.
Through this course, students learn to run a computer, navigate files and applications, use common Microsoft Office applications, and browse the internet. At the end of the training, students can obtain two industry-recognized credentials, Certified Customer Service Professional and OSHA-10.
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Intensive College Readiness
Intensive College Readiness (ICR) is a special program of study for non-traditional students who have never attended college. Prospective students who recently completed their high school equivalency or earned a high school diploma may qualify for this free program to enhance their skills in preparation for the Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA). The program is intensive and requires a strong commitment. At the completion of the program, students will be prepared to enter college-level courses and will have learned the skills that will prepare them to be successful students.
Blinn’s Intensive College Readiness Program is an eight-week program that prepares students for post-secondary success by strengthening their reading, math, and writing skills.
The TSIA evaluates student skill levels in several subjects, including reading, writing, and mathematics. It is aligned with the Texas College and Career Readiness Standards, so the TSIA has benchmark scores that designate college readiness in each subject area.
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Stepping Into Leadership and Ambassador Program
Current AEL students are invited to participate in an exciting opportunity to cultivate personal development, leadership, and mentorship skills as an AEL Ambassador. During this eight-week training, students learn goal setting, critical thinking, team building, financial literacy, and community engagement.
This training provides personal and professional growth through self-discovery and personal development. Mentors work with students to help them understand their goals and establish a plan to achieve their goals. Students also learn to work as a team and improve their communication and leadership skills. As a result, students build their self-confidence and learn to advocate for themselves and others.
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Blinn College partners with local businesses to provide workplace literacy classes online or on-site. Workplace literacy classes can include English as a second language, high school equivalency, college readiness, or specific industry-centered literacy. Each partnership is customized to meet the needs of the business, which may include focus areas such as reading, writing, problem-solving, critical thinking, listening, speaking, team-building, and communication.
Workplace literacy skills include English language proficiency, reading, writing, problem-solving, math, and the use of information technologies. Good communication skills, the ability to understand the specialized vocabulary of a trade, and interpersonal skills are also an important part of workplace literacy instruction. Through these skills, workers develop greater earning power in the workforce.
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In the Digital Skills class, students learn key computer skills, including using web conference calls, email, word processing programs, spreadsheets, and slide presentations. Students also are taught to use online platforms that the AEL program uses, such as Zoom.
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Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
The TOEFL® test is the leading English-language test for study, immigration, and work. TOEFL scores are accepted by more than 10,000 universities and other institutions in over 150 countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the U.K., the United States, and all across Europe and Asia.
Blinn College offers TOEFL preparation classes to advanced level ESL students and is grammar, writing, and reading intensive. Students learn in-depth grammar, sentence structure, paragraph writing, and academic essay writing skills, as well as the other skills that are fundamental to the TOEFL test, which include reading, speaking, and listening. The beginning of the class focuses on what is often one of the more troublesome aspects of the TOEFL test, academic writing.
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