The Blinn College District recently recognized 10 students with certificates of completion for the mediation course offered through the Paralegal and Legal Studies Program.

Lacey Beavers (Lampasas), Trevor Dorman (Groesbeck), Melissa Gallegos (Waxahachie), Lucas Gutz (New Braunfels), Amber Hibler (Marble Falls), Kristin Holden (Bryan), Karen Holligan (College Station), Jenna McElroy (Madisonville) , Sandra Mendoza (Bryan) and Russell Montalvo (San Benito) successfully completed courses to earn this skills award.

“These students have acquired a valuable credential that can help them succeed as they pursue careers in and outside the legal field,” said Robert Stanberry, Legal and Paralegal Studies Program Coordinator. “Mediators bring their conflict resolution skills to the workplace to become better leaders, managers and employees. “

Mediation is a dispute resolution process in which a third party leads the disputing parties to their own solution without a judge making a decision. Blinn’s Mediation Course equips students with basic skills as mediators. This degree is useful for students interested in mediating employment, landlord-tenant, neighborhood, and other interpersonal conflicts.

Blinn’s Paralegal and Legal Studies program provides students with the skills and training necessary to embark on a variety of roles in the legal field. Classes are taught by a faculty made up entirely of lawyers and judges with courses structured to promote quality student-teacher interaction. The program includes an Associate Legal Assistant in Applied Sciences (AAS) diploma, a Level 2 Legal Office Certificate, and a Professional Mediation Skills Award. Students who earn the AAS degree are eligible to take the National Association of Legal Assistants certification exam.

According to US Bureau of Labor Statistics, paralegals earn a median salary of $ 52,920 per year and employment is expected to grow 12% between 2020 and 2030, creating 41,400 new jobs.

For more information on Blinn’s Paralegal and Legal Studies program, visit www.blinn.edu/paralegal.

Registration for Blinn’s winter mini-mester is available until December 19, and registration for the spring semester 2022 is open until January 17. For more information visit www.blinn.edu/admissions.

(Story courtesy of Richard Bray

Director of Communications, Media Relations and Marketing

Blinn University District)


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