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BHC cuts ribbon for new Adult Learning Center

BHC Adult Learning Center ribbon cutting 6-5-14 (2-web)On Thursday, June 5, Black Hawk College hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house for the college’s new Adult Learning Center in Rock Island.

The new facility is located at 4610 Blackhawk Commons Drive, Rock Island (11th Street/U.S. 67 at Black Hawk Road/46th Avenue) and has 14,000 square feet with three computer labs, six classrooms, and a testing room.

The center opened in January. 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.

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.

Click here for a brief history of Adult Education in Rock Island. »

Thanks to Glenda Nicke, dean of adult and continuing education, for providing this information.

In the spring of 1971, Black Hawk College and the Model Cities Program established the Storefront Learning Center in Rock Island. The instructor was Mike Payton (who taught at Black Hawk College until he retired in 2012).

In the fall of 1971, Adult Education moved into the Alpha Learning Center (A Learning Program to Help Adults) at 1612 4th St. It was advertised as the first open-area classroom without walls in Illinois. It proved to be a rather challenging teaching/learning environment but was an exciting place to be. As the years passed, a leaking roof and snakes added to the sense of excitement and challenge, but those who taught and learned there have fond memories.

In March 1999, the program moved to Watch Tower Plaza on 11th Street. George Coin, owner of Watch Tower Plaza, negotiated the sale of what became the Black Hawk College Technology Center to the college for $1. The 8,000-square-foot facility featured classrooms with walls. News articles and college brochures boasted that the Technology Center had 56 computers and Internet access.

In April 2011, the building was renamed the Adult Learning Center to better reflect the instruction offered and the students served by the programs inside.

View photos from the Adult Learning Center ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Media coverage:

BHC Adult Learning Center ribbon cut wide shot 6-5-14 (web)

Last updated 6/6/2014