Ribbon cut for new Military Students & Veterans Center at QC Campus

SSG Christian Panos is a BHC student as well as a training and operations non-commissioned officer for the Community-Based Warrior Transition Unit

Last updated 1/17/2014

Black Hawk College hosted an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, Jan. 17 for the new Military Students and Veterans Center at the Quad-Cities Campus.

The center is a resource and referral facility for students and college employees who are veterans or currently serving members of the military.

The college has many students and employees who are veterans, and the center was created at their request.

“This is a place to get services they deserve and they have earned,” said Marceia Duhm, BHC military point of contact.

The first room in the center will have a TV and comfortable furniture such as a couch, love seat and chair. A second room will have computers, desks and office chairs. In the back will be a “decompression room.” “That room is away from everything,” Duhm said.

“Having this space is going to mean so much to a soldier. This is such an awesome thing,” said SSG Christian Panos, a BHC student.

“I can’t praise the staff at Black Hawk College enough,” she said.

Col. Elmer Speights said the college plays an integral role in the reintegration of soldiers into the community.

“They need a quality education … to get them to the next step. You get back a quality individual,” he said.

The furnishings have been donated by the community or have been purchased with donations made to the Black Hawk College Quad-Cities Foundation.

The center is in Building 4, Room 117.

For more information, contact BHC military point of contact Marceia Duhm at 309-796-5191.