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Adult Learning Center employees move to new building

ESL instructor Colleen Reese discusses the different kinds of fairs with her students at the new Adult Learning Center in Rock Island. The class includes students from Mexico, Myanmar/Burma, Sudan and Vietnam.

Faculty and staff at the Black Hawk College Adult Learning Center in Rock Island have completed the move up the street to their new building.

Adult Ed instructors unpacked during the day Monday, Jan. 13, and the first classes in the building were held that night. Daytime classes began Tuesday, Jan. 14. There are plans to have college-credit and Professional and Continuing Education classes in the new facility later this spring.

The new center is at 4610 Blackhawk Commons Drive (11th Street/U.S. 67 at Black Hawk Road/46th Avenue). It has 14,000 square feet — 6,000 more square feet than the old facility — with three computer labs, six classrooms and a testing room.

The Adult Learning Center moved from Watch Tower Plaza — where it had been since opening in March 1999 — to make way for a new Walmart Supercenter. The city of Rock Island constructed the building and the college owns it.

Optional Education students Donisha Hawkins and Benny Resendiz are all smiles at the front desk of the new Adult Learning Center.

Textbooks, workbooks and notebooks cover the tables in the high school completion classroom at the new Adult Learning Center.

Last updated 1/16/2014