On Monday, Representative Cecil Bell, Jr. visited Blinn College’s A.W. Hodde, Jr. Technical Education Center and the W.J. “Bill” Rankin Agricultural Complex today to see how Blinn provides quick career training for job seekers and prepares the next generation of agricultural leaders.

Career training and education have always been platform issues for Rep. Bell. During the 83rd Session, he passed House Bill 842, giving school districts the flexibility to expand career and technical education opportunities for students by allowing a course, apprenticeship, or training hours needed to work toward an industry-recognized credential, certificate, or associate’s degree concurrently with the student’s high school diploma.

During the interim, Rep. Bell will examine community college service areas. According to Rep. Bell, “decades have passed since the adoption of service areas. Texas’ population has boomed and its workforce needs are changing. In order to be competitive in attracting business, Texas cities and counties must have local access to relevant higher education facilities appropriate to the needs of the area.”

Pictured with Rep. Bell are Bryn Behnke, Blinn College Assistant Dean of Business, Agriculture and Kinesiology and Dr. Mary Hensley, Blinn College District President/CEO.