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New facility home to Texas A&M agricultural science program

published: October 2nd 2020
by: Texas A&M University RELLIS staff

Bryan-College Station, Texas — On Sept. 15th, Texas A&M University System and Blinn College District officials celebrated the grand opening of the Agriculture and Workforce Education Complex located on the 2,000-acre RELLIS Campus, Bryan, Texas.
    Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp said, “Opening this world-class facility on the innovative RELLIS Cam-pus will ensure our students have access to the practical hands-on education needed to succeed. We look forward to seeing how this partnership benefits not only our students, but the local workforce.”
    The 38,000 square-foot complex is a state-of-the-art facility where students will prepare for high-demand careers in secondary education and the construction industries, and is the result of a collaborative effort between the A&M System, the Texas A&M University Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communi-cations and the Blinn Col-lege District.
    The $15 million complex is now the home of the Texas A&M agricultural science program, which prepares and places agricultural science teachers into high school classrooms across the state of Texas. It also serves as home to Blinn College’s workforce training offerings, which range from advanced manufacturing, welding, carpentry and HVAC, to the public and electrical trades. Blinn recently announced the launch of new associate of applied science degrees in carpentry, facilities maintenance, HVAC, and water purification to be offered in the facility this fall.
    “The Blinn College District is proud to stand alongside The Texas A&M University System, the cities of Bryan and College Station, and all the partners at the RELLIS Campus in celebrating a complex that will bring new innovations and hands-on educational opportunities for students throughout the region,” said Dr. Mary Hensley, chancellor of the Blinn College District. “Blinn looks forward to training the next generation of workforce leaders at this dynamic new facility.”
    The 16,000 square-foot building includes five demonstration and traditional classrooms, incorporating teaching and simulation technology, as well as a seminar room and a computer classroom, faculty offices and space for students to collaborate on projects. The facility also features the 11,000 square-foot Agricultural Trades Pavilion and the 11,000 square-foot Construction Trades pavilion, which will serve as large open laboratory spaces for students to work on full-scale projects using equipment they will utilize in their chosen profession.
About the RELLIS Campus:
    Founded in 2016 by The Texas A&M University System, the RELLIS campus in Bryan, Texas, fosters cutting-edge research, technology development, workforce training and two- and four-year college degrees by tapping the System’s state agencies and multiple universities, along with academic, corporate and government partners outside the System.
About the Blinn College District:
    With innovative programs and award-winning co-enrollment partnerships, Blinn’s academic transfer rate ranks No. 1 among Texas community colleges. Courses are available online and at five Central Texas campuses, and students save 44% in tuition and fees compared to the average state university. For more information, visit www.blinn.edu.
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