Welcome new and returning students! We’re here to help

The week of Aug. 19, about 5,000 students will begin the Fall 2013 semester at Black Hawk College.

Some are excited. Some are nervous. Some are excited and nervous.

Some are recent high school graduates. Some are first-time students in 30s, 40s or 50s. They are single, married, divorced and even widowed.

They are an eclectic group, from the straight-A, 18-year-old high school grad who just received a Presidential Scholar Award to the 40-something mom who is becoming a college student after sending her children to college.

Despite their differences, they all have one thing in common – there is someone at Black Hawk College ready to help them.

More than 200 students have already been on campus for a Welcome Week Orientation. They have learned how to read a syllabus, how to find their classes and how to get involved on campus.

The college offers many free services to help students succeed, including a walk-in tutoring lab, academic advisors, counselors and services for students with disabilities. The college even has a program to assist students who are the first in their family to go to college.

“We want our students to be successful,” said Dr. Dick Vallandingham, vice president for student services and dean of students.

“We don’t just want them to start at Black Hawk College, we want to them to finish what they start. We want to see them wearing that cap and gown at graduation,” he said.

Students can find out more about the resources available to them at www.bhc.edu/resources.