Blinn College

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Blinn College
Motto Proven.
Established 1883
Type Junior college
President Harold Nolte
Students 17,854
Location Brenham, Texas, United States
Colors Blue and white
Nickname Buccaneers
Website www.blinn.edu
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Blinn College is a two-year academic institution based in Brenham, Texas, with campuses in Brenham, Bryan, Schulenburg, and Sealy. While the Brenham campus is Blinn's main campus, more than 70% of students attend the Bryan campus.[1]

Blinn boasts the highest transfer rate in the State of Texas sending students to institutions such as Texas A&M University. Its transfer rate to four year universities is 49% compared to the state average of 27%.[2] Blinn transfers more students to Texas A&M University than does any other two-year college. Blinn technical students score among the best in the state on board and licensure exams.[citation needed]

Blinn offers co-enrollment and automatic transfer programs with Texas A&M University and Sam Houston State University. The TEAM (Transfer Enrollment at Texas A&M) allows students to take 3–5 hours at A&M and the remaining hours at Blinn each semester with a guarantee of 70% pass rate and transfer after two years and a 3.0 GPA. Blinn and Texas A&M also have major-specific automatic transfer plans for students with as few as 24 hours at Blinn.

The home campus in Brenham offers athletic programs. The Blinn Buccaneers play football, basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball. The football program won NJCAA championships in 1995, 1996, 2006, and 2009. The volleyball team won the NJCAA championship in 2008. The softball team consistently makes the national tournament. Blinn also has award-winning cheerleading and dance teams.

History[edit]

Main Building, Blinn College
Blinn College is located in Texas
Blinn College
Location 804 College Ave. Brenham, Texas
Coordinates 30°9′34″N 96°24′18″W / 30.15944°N 96.40500°W / 30.15944; -96.40500Coordinates: 30°9′34″N 96°24′18″W / 30.15944°N 96.40500°W / 30.15944; -96.40500
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1906
Architectural style Early Commercial, Mission/spanish Revival, Texas commercial
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 78002998[3]
Added to NRHP December 6, 1978

The school was founded as Mission Institute in 1883 by the Southern German Conference of the Methodist denomination. It became coeducational in 1888 when it began admitting women. In 1889, the institute's name was changed to Blinn Memorial College in honor of the Reverend Christian Blinn of New York, who had donated a considerable sum of money to make the school possible. In 1927, the Board of Trustees, under leadership of President Philip Deschner, organized a junior college. In 1930, Blinn merged with Southwestern University of Georgetown, Texas. In 1934, a new charter was procured by the citizens of Brenham, and a private nonsectarian junior college was organized as Blinn College with nine regents as the board of control. In February 1937, all connections with Southwestern University and the Methodist denominations were severed.

An election held in Washington County on June 8, 1937, for the purposes of creating a public junior college district and for levying a small tax, was successful. Blinn thus became the first county-owned junior college district in Texas. The college continues to operate as one of the largest of 50 public community college districts in the Texas.

The Bryan campus was established in 1970, and by the mid-1990s a third campus was in College Station. In 1997, the Villa Maria Road campus opened consolidating the programs that were located in the Townshire Shopping Center in Bryan and the Woodstone Center in College Station. The third Brazos County site, located in the former Bryan post office, continues to house the dental hygiene, radiologic technology, and workforce education programs. The original three buildings on the Bryan campuses were expanded to six, and in 2002, the former Schulman Theater was purchased and converted to classroom space, known as the College Park Campus (CPC). The Schulenburg campus opened in 1997 and Sealy in 2005.

Blinn College offers academic transfer courses and these technical programs: Associate Degree and Vocational Nursing, Surgical Technology, EMS, Physical Therapy Assisting, Dental Hygiene, Radiologic Technology, Fire Science, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Development, Legal Assisting, Real Estate, Computer Information Technology, Information Management, and Business(General Business, Accounting, Business Administration and Management, Hospitality Management, Small Business Management). The college also offers noncredit, non-transferrable workforce education programs.

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Microsoft Word - IRE_2006_Factbook.doc
  2. ^ Blinn College College Profile
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  4. ^ USA Today

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