Last updated 8-8-2013
Career Programs are designed to prepare students with the necessary knowledge and skills to enter a particular occupation. Career program courses are primarily designed to prepare students for employment, but some courses are also accepted as part of bachelor’s degree programs. Students should always consult with an academic advisor in choosing courses best suited to their needs and abilities.
While some career courses will be accepted for transfer by four-year schools, the primary objective of Career Programs is to prepare the student for immediate employment or for job upgrading. It is important that students consult their advisor regarding the transfer of career course credits.
Students who successfully complete the requirements of their course of study will receive a certificate or an Associate in Applied Science degree.
To meet the demands of an evolving agricultural field in which jobs require advanced training, the Agriculture Program at Black Hawk College East Campus offers a variety of career and transfer programs. These programs include study in the areas of Agribusiness Management, Agriculture Mechanics, Agriculture Production Technology, Agriculture Transfer, Horse Science Technology, Equestrian Science, Horticulture Science, Horticulture Transfer, and Pre-Veterinary Medicine.
- Agribusiness Management
- Agribusiness Management – Crop Protection
- Agriculture Production Technology
- Agriculture Production Certificate
- Equestrian Science
- Horse Science Technology
- Horse Science Technology Certificate
- Horticulture Science
- Horticulture Science Certificate
Business Programs offer a start to your business career, improve your chances for promotion, or build a new career path. The Accounting Specialist program is designed to qualify graduates for employment as accountants or for middle-management jobs in accounting firms, banks, and industrial firms. Jobs are located in the public and civil service areas as well as in the private sector.
- Accounting Clerk
- Accounting Specialist
- Administrative Assisting
- Administrative Office Support Certificate
- Administrative Virtual Assistant Certificate
- Business Information Technology
- Businesses Information Technology Certificate
- Business Management and Marketing
- Financial Services Management
- Banking and Finance Certificate
- Information Processor
- Information Technology Specialist
- International Trade
- Inventory Specialist
- Lead Employee
- Legal Office Professional
- Legal Office Support Certificate
- Medical Office Receptionist
- Small Business Management
- Team Leader
A certificate or Associate in Applied Science degree in a computer career program will provide the hands-on, problem-solving skills needed to get started in a variety of computer fields. The Associate of Applied Science degrees and many of the certificates include a real-world internship so students leave with real on-the-job experience.
- A+ Prep Certificate
- Art Technology Certificate
- Computer Specialist
- Desktop Support Technician
- Network Administration
- Web Programmer
- Desktop Support Technician Certificate
- Microsoft Office Specialist Prep Certificate
- Network Technician Certificate
- Network+ Prep Certificate
- PC Application Programmer Certificate
- Visual Communication
- Web Developer Certificate
In addition to the programs leading to a certificate or a degree, Black Hawk College also offers a number of courses for persons employed in health care fields who wish to update knowledge and skills or learn new skills. Among the courses offered are Cardiac Care Nursing, Physical Assessment, Critical Care Nursing, Cancer Nursing, Gerontological Nursing, Concepts of Rehabilitation and Intravenous Therapy.
All students in health career programs will be asked to complete an application to grant permission to the States of Illinois and Iowa and any affiliate acting on behalf of the States of Illinois or Iowa to conduct a criminal history record check in accordance with the Uniform Conviction Information Act. Students will also be asked to complete health records as requested by the individual program requirements.
- Associate Degree Nursing
- Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program
- Emergency Medical Services
- Health Information Management
- Massage Therapy & Bodywork Program
- Medical Assisting Certificate
- Medical Billing Specialist Certificate
- Medical Coding Specialist Certificate
- Medical Transcriptionist Certificate
- Physical Therapist Assistant
- Practical Nursing Certificate
- Radiologic Technology
The Child Development curriculum is offered by the Department of Social, Behavioral and Educational Studies at the Quad-Cities Campus, Moline, and through distance learning and online courses at the East Campus. The Child Development career program is especially designed to prepare persons to work with groups of pre-school children in facilities which foster healthy social, physical, emotional and intellectual growth. The Black Hawk College Child Development Program has been approved as an entitled program leading to the Illinois Director Credential, Level I. To earn this credential, students must follow a prescribed course of study. The Gateways Level 2, 3, and 4 and Infant-Toddler Level 2, 3 and 4 credentials are now available also. The AAS Degree is now fully accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Black Hawk College is one of only seven associate degree programs in Illinois and a part of the 10 percent of eligible programs to have this accreditation. The accreditation system establishes professional preparation standards to raise the quality of early childhood teacher education, and in turn raise the quality of early education programs serving young children.
Students will take classes designed to give particular understanding and skills in such areas as human growth and development, nutrition, and behavior. Observation and practical experience will take place in off-campus preschool and child care facilities. Observation and practicum students must have documentation of a current physical exam and of having a P.P.D. 2-step test for T.B.; if positive, include the date and results of a chest x-ray. Additionally, fingerprinting and background check may be required for observation and practicum students.
Employment possibilities for graduates are in the areas of center child care, home child care, preschool and public school programs. Positions include child care/preschool director, child care/preschool teacher, child care/preschool teacher aide or assistant, homecare giver, public school teacher aide, or recreational worker. Students who want an Early Childhood four-year degree leading to 04 certification should follow the Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) in Early Childhood Education degree plan.
The Teacher Aide Certificate is designed to prepare individuals to be Teacher Aides in the public school systems; from preschool through high school, including special education. This certificate can lead directly into the 2-year Child Development Associate in Applied Science degree.
Trade and Technical Programs
Black Hawk College offers Certificate programs and Associate in Applied Science degree programs in trade technology career fields.
These programs cover a wide range of training in technical and trade related fields and vary in time and duration. Students interested in a technical career can tailor their course selection in many areas, including basic science, mathematics, and applied disciplines. It is important that students be motivated to enter these areas and be willing to spend extra hours in study and laboratory work. Both day and evening classes are available in most courses, and both full- and part-time students may enroll.
Opportunities for employment are excellent in these areas. Graduates in technology based programs are highly sought by industrial recruiters. Salaries are good to excellent, but depend on training, availability, industrial experience and motivation of the job applicant.
- Agriculture Mechanics Certificate
- Agriculture Mechanics Technology
- Air Conditioning Specialist Certificate
- Apprentice Training Programs Certificate and AAS degree
- Construction Laborer
- Electrical Construction
- Pipe Trades
- AutoCAD Certificate
- Automotive Repair Certificate
- Automotive Repair Technology
- Brake Specialist Certificate
- Ceramics and Glass Technology Certificate
- Computer Numeric Control Certificate
- Electro-Mechnical Certificate
- Engineering Technology
- Manufacturing Processes
- Engineering Technology Fundamentals Certificate
- Fire Service Officer
- General Occupational and Technical Studies
- Law Enforcement Technology Certificate & AAS degree
- Logistics and Warehousing Certificate
- Manufacturing Processes Certificate
- Materials Science Technology
- Metallurgical Technology Certificate
- Polymers and Plastics Technology Certificate
- ProE Certificate
- Sustainable Energy Certificate
- Truck Driving Certificate
- Welding Certificate
- Wheel Alignment/Suspension Certificate
For Scott Community College Cooperative programs, contact Coleman Harris at 309-796-5179 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Certificate of Course Completion
Black Hawk College issues certificates of course completion to students who successfully complete a series of courses designed to achieve the individual’s academic goals. Included among these certificates of completion are the following:
- English as a Second Language
- International Studies Certificate
International Studies Certificate
The certificate in international studies provides an opportunity for increased global awareness and the proficient development of a foreign language. To further develop expertise about cultures and languages of other nations, the student is encouraged to study abroad.
The certificate requires successful completion of 20 credit hours from the following courses. The student must successfully complete at least one year of foreign language.
ART 285 — Survey of Asian Art/3
ARCH 203 — Intro to Archaeology/3
ECON 270 — Introduction to International Business/3
ENG 217 — Black Literature/3
ENG 218 — Latin American Literature/3
ENG 219 — Eastern Literatures/3
FREN 101 — Elementary French I/4
FREN 102 — Elementary French II/4
GERM 101 — Elementary German I/4
GERM 102 — Elementary German II/4
HIST 151 — History of the Middle East Since 1700/3
HIST 222 — Comparative Religions/3
HIST 261 — History of Europe to 1815/3
HIST 262 — History of Europe Since 1815/3
MUSC 158 — Intro to Non-Western Music/3
POLS 258 — Selected Studies in Political Science/3
POLS 262 — Intro to Non-European Comparative Government/3
SBS 200 — Psychology and Societies: Asia/3
SPAN 101 — Elementary Spanish I/4
SPAN 102 — Elementary Spanish II/4
SPEC 175 — Intercultural Communication/3
and courses available through Study Abroad Programs