COM graduate, Blinka, returns as director of purchasing

Posted on: January 23, 2012

 

College of the Mainland graduate Sonja Blinka understands the importance of

community in a community college.

Blinka, who was hired as COM’s director of purchasing on Jan. 3, grew up in

Dickinson and now lives in Santa Fe.

“(My job is to) make sure the College finds the best value for all its products and

services in a legal and ethical way,” Blinka said.  “(We want to) give opportunities

back into our local economy as much as possible.”

She credits her time at the College with helping develop her career. Two of her

children have attended COM as well.

“(COM) put me on the right career path,” Blinka said.

During her time as a COM student, Blinka was inspired to succeed by English

instructor Astrid Lowery and history professor Manuel Urbina.

Blinka earned an associate degree in general studies with an emphasis in business

in 2007 before graduating Magna cum laude from University of Houston-Clear Lake

with a bachelor’s degree in public service management in 2010.

Blinka has more than 20 years of purchasing experience, mostly recently as a

technology buyer with Clear Creek Independent School District.

She began her career through a cooperative education program at Dickinson High

School in the late 1980s in which she worked for Northrop Grumman Corporation.

After graduating from Dickinson High, where she represented the school as its

gator mascot, Blinka continued to work for Northrop Grumman’s purchasing

department.

Blinka and her husband, Paul, a reliability specialist consultant, are avid gardeners

 in their free time. 


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