Rep. Bustos visits QC Campus to learn about BHC’s workforce programs

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos  (D-17) conducted a forum on “Communities Working Together for Jobs” on Friday, April 5 at the college’s Quad-Cities Campus in Moline.

The event was part of Rep. Bustos’ listening tour of community colleges in the 17th District.

“We think that community colleges are the key to re-training people who are unemployed or underemployed,” Rep. Bustos said.

“The goal of today’s visit is to learn more about how Black Hawk College partners with our communities to address the gap that often exists between current workforce skills and those necessary for success in the workplace of both today and tomorrow,” said Dr. Thomas Baynum, Black Hawk College president.

Rep. Bustos heard from representatives from the college’s credit, non-credit and business/industry programs.

Black Hawk College serves workforce training needs for:

  • High school students through dual credit
  • Community members moving toward their high school equivalency degrees
  • Degree-seeking and certificate-seeking credit students
  • Non-credit students as they seek what may be their first employment opportunity, or as they return for retraining from one career to another