Black Hawk College » Announcements Campuses located in the city of Moline and near Kewanee, Illinois. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:36:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Foundation invites Wall of Fame, Distinguished Service Award nominations Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:08:05 +0000 Continue reading ]]> The Black Hawk College East Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2014 Wall of Fame and the 2014 Distinguished Service Award.

Since 1992, the Black Hawk College East Foundation has inducted 27 individuals into its prestigious Wall of Fame.

An additional 19 individuals and organizations have received the Distinguished Service Award.

To be considered for the Wall of Fame or Distinguished Service Award, nominees must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Outstanding service to a community within the Black Hawk College District.
  2. Outstanding service or leadership to Black Hawk College East Campus.
  3. Noteworthy academic achievement or scholarship associated with Black Hawk College East Campus.
  4. Significant financial contribution to the Black Hawk College East Foundation.

The deadline for nominations is Monday, Oct. 6.

Nominations forms are available online at and in the Foundation Office at the college’s East Campus, located five miles south of Kewanee.

For more information, contact Jimalee Driscoll at 309-854-1718 or

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BHC makes some noise in the library to celebrate renovation Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:58:56 +0000 Continue reading ]]> BHC library ribbon cut - wide shot (web)Live jazz music, clapping and talking usually aren’t allowed in libraries, but Wednesday was an exception at Black Hawk College.

More than 100 employees, students and community members celebrated the renovation of the Quad-Cities Campus Library at a Sept. 10 ribbon-cutting and open house.

Library ribbon cut - jazz band (web)

Dr. Edgar Crockett (center) and the BHC Jazz Band performed before the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The $1.5 million project began in May and took approximately three months to complete. It included three components – interior renovation, new elevator and new windows.

The renovation updated more than 15,000 square feet of student and staff spaces and includes more than 3,000 square feet of new energy-efficient windows.

“For several months, many of our resources were in boxes or crammed into a computer lab. We did not hear complaints,” said Ashtin Trimble, director of library services for the Quad-Cities Campus.

“To our students, faculty and staff, we thank you for your patience and understanding throughout this process,” she said.

BHC library ribbon cut (web)

Cutting the ribbon are, from left – Charlet Key, former library director and professor emerita who retired in June; Ashtin Trimble, new director of library services; and Dr. Bettie Truitt, Black Hawk College interim president. Behind them are David Emerick, chair of the BHC Board of Trustees, and State Rep. Mike Smiddy.

“Our patrons took these growing pains in stride and shared in our excitement for what was in store for our library.”

The library now has all new:

  • Group study rooms with tables (three rooms that seat four people and one room that seats eight)
  • Checkout desk
  • Copy/scan center
  • Research desk
  • Offices and workstations for library staff
  • Decorative end panels for the book stacks
  • Furniture
  • ADA-compliant electric traction elevator

Also as part of the renovation, the college’s Teaching/Learning Center will move Monday, Sept. 15 from the balcony to the library. The TLC provides professional development and instructional support for college faculty members.

The TLC’s new 1,000-square-foot space will include a group training area with 12 laptop docking stations plus office space with three individual laptop docking stations.



Last updated 9-10-2014

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Vintage rods hosting 43rd car show Sept. 28 at BHC Sun, 07 Sep 2014 05:01:05 +0000 The Quad City’s Vintage Rods 43rd Annual Car Show on Sunday, Sept. 28 at the Quad-Cities Campus will highlight more than 350 shiny, pampered vintage automobiles owned by club members and other collectors from around the Midwest.

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Students, parents invited to explore options Sept. 25 at College Night Fri, 05 Sep 2014 22:01:09 +0000 Black Hawk College will host the 43rd annual College Night from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25 at the Quad-Cities Campus in the gymnasium in Building 3.

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Black Hawk College accreditation reaffirmed Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:30:57 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Black Hawk College is proud to announce that its recent quality checkup by the Higher Learning Commission resulted in the reaffirmation status of Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) peer reviewers visited the college Oct. 22-24, 2013, for a quality checkup. The peer reviewers met faculty, staff, students and community members at the East Campus near Kewanee and the Quad-Cities Campus in Moline to discuss quality initiatives at the college.

“We are very pleased with the outcomes report of the recent HLC evaluation process for our institution.  It provides us with valuable insight into our level of service delivery and our own internal measurement system to ensure that we are meeting established expectations,” said David Emerick, chair of the Black Hawk College Board of Trustees.

“Our team had done a terrific job gathering the necessary data in preparation for the site visit, and I thank all those involved in attending the breakout sessions and focus groups where so much valuable information was gained,” he said.

“Moving forward, we will become a stronger, even better institution of supportive learning.”

The Higher Learning Commission is an independent corporation and one of two commission members of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), which is one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The Higher Learning Commission accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region.

For more information about the Higher Learning Commission, visit or call 800-621-7440.

Last updated 4/4/2014

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Ribbon cut for new Military Students & Veterans Center at QC Campus Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:07:20 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

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.

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Vintage Rods, Vietnam vets donate $5,000 to student scholarships Mon, 23 Dec 2013 20:23:18 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

Pictured from left to right are: Quad City’s Vintage Rods club member Gary Miller of East Moline; Dr. Thomas Baynum, Black Hawk College president; Rose Mary Boesen, executive director of the BHC Foundation; and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 299 representatives Terry Lynch of Moline and Ray Hamilton of Port Byron.

Last updated 12/23/2013

Two local organizations recently donated a total of $5,000 to the Black Hawk College Foundation for student scholarships.

Quad City’s Vintage Rods donated $3,000 and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 299 donated $2,000.

The Vietnam Veterans of America donation establishes a new scholarship that will be awarded in June for the Fall 2014 semester. Any veteran or active duty military member from any branch of the service can apply. Scholarship applications will be available March 1, 2014.

The car club’s donation was generated by gate admissions to the Quad City’s Vintage Rods 42nd Annual Car Show held Sept. 29, 2013, at the college’s Quad-Cities Campus. The money for the new veterans scholarship was generated by concessions at the car show.

The Vintage Rods scholarship is available to Quad-Cities Campus students with excellent academic performance. Four students received a Vintage Rods scholarship for the 2013-14 school year.

Since 1984, the car club has given more than $63,500 to the BHC Foundation and has donated to the college for more consecutive years than any other organization.

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BHC art student wins second place in Figge invitational Tue, 17 Dec 2013 21:53:50 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Last updated 12/17/2013

Black Hawk College art student Derek Ward recently won second place in the Figge Art Museum’s College Invitational 2013.

His award-winning acrylic painting, “Fortune Teller,” is part of a series called “The Hate That Drives Us Needs to Stop.” The series explores problems in society.

The Figge exhibit features artwork by students from Ashford University, Augustana College, Black Hawk College, Knox College, Monmouth College, Scott Community College, St. Ambrose University, Western Illinois University and the University of Iowa.

Seven Black Hawk College students have artwork in the exhibit:

  • Rachel Farber, Coal Valley
  • Emma Harmon, Davenport
  • Shirley Johnson, Silvis
  • Rebecca Jones, Moline
  • Tony McGee, Rock Island
  • Derek Ward, LeClaire
  • Glen Williamson, Moline

The exhibit is on display through Sunday, Feb. 9 at the Figge, 225 W. Second St., Davenport, Iowa.

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Congrats to BHC alum Chad Pregracke, CNN’s Hero of the Year! Wed, 20 Nov 2013 16:09:44 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

Congratulations to Black Hawk College alumnus Chad Pregracke of East Moline, Ill., for being named CNN’s Hero of the Year!

Chad was one of 10 CNN Heroes of 2013, each receiving $50,000 for their efforts to help change the world. This year’s top 10 were nominated by CNN’s global audience. They also will be honored at “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute,” airing at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1.

Chad was chosen as the top hero after five weeks of public voting. His organization, Living Lands & Waters, will receive $250,000.

Chad grew up with the Mississippi River in his backyard. He spent countless hours on and in the river and watched the progressive deterioration of its shores with litter and debris.

In 1997, while a 23-year-old Black Hawk College student, Chad began cleaning up the Mississippi River. He quickly expanded from a one-man project into a national non-profit organization, cleaning up rivers across the country.

“Completing my associate degree was quite the challenge,” he said. “Attending classes became next to impossible. I was out on a cleanup barge for weeks at a time.”

Black Hawk College worked with him so he could complete his degree while working on the rivers. His final classes were independent study, and the college literally ferried assignments to him.

“I actually finished my last three classes from a houseboat. I’d be studying in the boat with six other people living on it,” Chad said.

“I’d be wearing chain saw headphones in the back room trying to study. It was pretty tough.”

He earned an associate in science degree from Black Hawk College in May 2001.

“It’s safe to say that, without my community college education, especially at Black Hawk College, I would not be where I find myself today,” Chad said.

In June 2002, Chad was honored with the Jefferson Award, America’s version of the Nobel Prize for public service.

Chad was named one of the American Association of Community Colleges Outstanding Alumni in 2006 and received the 2007 Illinois Community College Trustees Association Distinguished Alumnus Award. Black Hawk College nominated him for both awards. He was inducted into Black Hawk College Alumni Hall of Fame in 2010 and was named one of the 2004 Leaders Under 40 through the Black Hawk College Foundation.

He has returned to Black Hawk College several times to speak to various student groups. Most recently he spoke to a group of Chinese high school students who visited the college’s Quad-Cities Campus as part of the Rivers as Bridges program.

Chad enthralled the students with his river cleanup stories and encouraged them to take action to clean up rivers in China. He told them to start small, persevere and believe strongly in what they want to accomplish.

“I’ve read in Chad’s autobiography that his childhood love of the river was what drove him to clean it up,” said retired Black Hawk College professor Paul Cioe, who taught Chad in English 101.

“What better way to spend one’s life than to build a career that binds a person’s work to his play?” he said.

Black Hawk College is proud to have Chad Pregracke as an alumnus.

Media coverage of the CNN Heroes announcement:

The Dispatch/Rock Island Argus
Quad-City Times

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BHC Adult Education ESL honored Mon, 18 Nov 2013 15:12:29 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Last updated 11/18/2013

The Black Hawk College Adult Education English as a Second Language (ESL) program recently was recognized at a Rock Island Housing Authority (RIHA) board meeting for their ESL class partnership.

BHC Adult Education offers an ESL class at Cascade Gardens, a RIHA property. RIHA recently won a National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials award for partnering with the college to offer this service for their residents.

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BHC contributes to Kewanee Area United Way Fri, 01 Nov 2013 15:25:19 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Last updated 11/1/2013

The Kewanee Area United Way is benefiting from fundraising efforts by Black Hawk College East Campus faculty, students, staff and friends.

“Every corner of the campus seems to be involved in this year’s campaign,” said Rhonda Ballard of the BHC United Way Team.

The 11th Annual Stampede Auction of Champion Pumpkins on Friday, Oct. 25 at the East Campus was a record breaker. This year’s pumpkin auction raised $6,375, surpassing the 2012 event that raised more than $4,500. The highest sale was Lot 15 which sold for $1,000 and was donated back for re-bidding. The second go-round brought an additional $275.

The pumpkin auction was organized by the Agribusiness Club, and pumpkins were “evaluated” by members of the sophomore Livestock Judging Team. This year’s auctioneer was again BHC alum Bill LeSage. Pumpkins were donated by Nature’s Creations of Kewanee, Stahl’s Produce of Lafayette, Janel Smith of the East Campus Bookstore, Marion Kubinsky of Kewanee, Bill Craig of Galva and BHC professors Paula Luft and John Hartman.

On Wednesday, Oct. 30, Phi Theta Kappa honor society took photos of costumed trick-or-treaters at the Trick-or-Treat Trail. Later that night, the Science Club sponsored a student dance. Both of these events will be donating their proceeds to the United Way.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, the Galva/Tri-County Garden Tractor Pullers Club will host their Fall Indoor Pull at the East Campus. BHC United Way Team members will operate the concession stand with proceeds going to the United Way.

On Thursday, Nov. 7, the BHC Christians on Campus group will sponsor a Swedish Pancake and Sausage Dinner at The Filling Station in Bishop Hill. The public is invited to enjoy “breakfast for supper” from 4:30-7 p.m. The use of the restaurant is being donated for the fundraiser. It will be staffed and serviced by members of the Christians on Campus. Donations will be accepted for the United Way.

“We hope the public comes out to support Christians on Campus and their United Way fundraiser,” Ballard said. “These are really life lessons about being involved and contributing to a better community.”

On Saturday, Nov. 9, the BHC United Way Team will run the concession stand at the BHC Speed Show in the college’s Ag Arena. The community is invited to watch competitive barrel racing, learn about the college’s equestrian program, and support the Kewanee Area United Way all while enjoying a great afternoon outing.

There will be open arena from 8-9 a.m. with exhibition from 10:30-11:45 a.m. Timed races will begin at noon. The Speed Show is hosted by the BHC Horse Show Team.

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BHC, U of I partnering to help students earn bachelor’s degree Fri, 11 Oct 2013 18:31:19 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

Dr. Bettie Truitt (BHC), Dr. Thomas Baynum (BHC), Dr. Ronald McNeil (UIS) and Dr. Joyce Shotick (UIS Peoria Center)

Black Hawk College and the University of Illinois Springfield announced a new partnership at a news conference and articulation agreement signing Friday, Oct. 11 at the college’s Quad-Cities Campus in Moline.

“This agreement allows BHC students to seamlessly transfer all of their BHC credit hours to the University of Illinois Springfield,” said Dr. Bettie Truitt, vice president for instruction at Black Hawk College.

It saves students money and allows them to finish their bachelor’s degree in a timely fashion. “It gets you a real job faster,” Truitt said.

The agreement will help students who are transferring from Black Hawk College to the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) or the UIS Peoria Center in these bachelor’s degree programs:

  • Accountancy – Springfield and Peoria
  • Business administration – Springfield, Peoria and online
  • Economics – Springfield
  • Management information systems – Springfield and online

BHC students will receive unique benefits including being assigned a UIS advisor while still attending community college. This advisor will help plan a course of study that is relevant to the student’s academic goals. The student also will be invited to participate in UIS campus life, including events and activities, while still attending Black Hawk College.

If students attend classes at the UIS Peoria Center, their advisor will be in Peoria. All Peoria classes are in the evening.

“We look forward to Black Hawk College students coming to Peoria and our other campuses,” said Dr. Ronald McNeil, dean of the College of Business and Management, UIS.

Last updated 10/11/2013

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BHC livestock judges compete at Ak-Sar-Ben Livestock Exposition Thu, 10 Oct 2013 15:53:34 +0000 Continue reading ]]> The Livestock Judging Team from Black Hawk College East Campus came home with top honors in the junior college division at the Ak-Sar-Ben Livestock Exposition Contest in Omaha, Neb. The team earned the High Team Overall ranking following a 1st place finish in Swine and Sheep/Goats as well as 2nd in Reasons and 5th in Beef.

Billed as the World’s Largest 4-H Livestock Show, the Ak-Sar-Ben (Nebraska spelled backwards) Livestock Exposition and Rodeo in Omaha dates back to 1928, when its purpose was to get the state’s young people interested in livestock breeding. It started out as a nationwide breed show, but thoroughbred racing became an important part of the event when, during the 1930s, parimutuel racing became legal – as long as it was administered by nonprofit organizations.

The team coached by Dan Hoge and Jared Boyert had three members finish in the top 10 Overall rankings:

  • Elizabeth Heaton of Toulon, Ill. – 3rd Overall, 3rd Sheep/Goats, 3rd Swine, 7th Reasons
  • Tyler Gradert of Geneseo, Ill. – 5th Overall, 4th Swine
  • Hank LeVan of Woodstock, Ohio – 9th Overall, 4th Reasons
  • Caitlyn Bowyer of Sumner, Ill. – 7th Sheep/Goats
  • Devin King of Lansing, Mich. – 8th Sheep/Goats
  • Cory Edge of Rosedale, Ind. – 9th Sheep/Goats

Also judging for the BHC team were Tracey Clifford of Auburn, Ind.; Sully Frick of Alexis, Ill.; Matthew Hahn of Minonk, Ill.; Tyler Johnson of Kimmell, Ind.; Trevor Kirkpatrick of Washington Court House, Ohio; and Grant Malone of Abingdon, Ill.

Filling out the top five spots behind Black Hawk College were:

  • Fort Scott Community College of Fort Scott, Kan. – 2nd
  • Casper College of Casper, Wyo. – 3rd
  • Hutchinson Community College of Hutchinson, Kan. – 4th
  • Butler Community College of El Dorado, Kan. – 5th

The next contest for the team will be Oct. 17-20 at the Purdue & Stockman Invitational in Indiana.

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BHC golf team on a winning streak Wed, 09 Oct 2013 20:22:17 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

BHC's winning golf team at the Region IV Tournament at Prairie View Golf Course, Byron, Ill.

The Black Hawk College men’s golf team has won eight of nine Region IV hosted meets this fall season.

Five individual players earned All-Region honors:

  • Medalist – Kyle Workman
  • 2nd place – Josh Bousman
  • 7th place – Kelby Rescinito
  • 9th place – Elijah Day
  • 14th place – Chad Nitz

As of Oct. 15, the team is ranked seventh in the nation out of more than 90 colleges in NJCAA Division II.

The team earned its 10th Region IV Championship in 11 years at the Oct. 10-12 tournament at Prairie View Golf Club in Byron, Ill.

Black Hawk College will compete at the NJCAA tournament May 17-24, 2014, at Swan Lake Resort in Swan Lake, Ind.

Read story in Distpatch/Argus on the BHC golf team.

From ILLOWA FCA youtube channel:

“Repetition is a key to success on the golf course. The Black Hawk College Men’s Golf Team’s repetition on qualifying to the NJCAA National Tournament is creating a reputation for the Braves as a program of excellence. Gary Huber’s Braves will compete at the NJCAA Tourney once again in mid-May in Swan Lake, Ind.”


“It’s back to school for Black Hawk College Sophomore Josh Bousman. A team leader in more ways than one on the Braves’ Golf team, Bousman pays tribute to his brother’s memory by being a student-athlete with teammates as much as seven years younger than he.”

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Dan Hoge, National Barrow Show Hall of Fame inductee Thu, 26 Sep 2013 17:35:48 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Dan Hoge NBS Hall-of-Fame

From left: Jared Boyert, Brian Arnold, Lee Denzer (professor of agriculture, BHC), Dan Hoge and son Dr. Mark Hoge

On Sept. 10, 2013 the National Association of Swine Records and the National Barrow Show presented the Hall of Fame award to Dan Hoge, professor of animal science at Black Hawk College East Campus in Galva, Ill.

Hoge has been a staunch supporter of the National Barrow Show, or NBS, since the inception of the junior college judging division in 1974.

Fall means different things to different people. For Hoge, it means students have come back to the college classrooms eager to begin a new collegiate judging season and the National Barrow Show in Austin, Minn.

“Students learn quickly of Hoge’s passion for the NBS as he passes out a copy of the official ‘Welcome to the National Barrow Show’ postcard to each judging student at the semester’s start,” says Brian Arnold, a Black Hawk College graduate and Hoge’s former livestock judging co-coach.

“Leading up to NBS, Dan will coordinate numerous weekend workouts with fellow Midwest coaches helping to prepare the teams for their first fall contest, NBS,” added Arnold, who is now vice president of member outreach and youth development at the National Swine Registry.

During his coaching tenure at Black Hawk College, Hoge’s enthusiasm for the “World Series of Swine Shows” has been instilled in the countless students he’s worked with from across the country. As the coordinator of the modern day “NBS Pilgrimage,” Hoge works tirelessly coordinating judging workouts for Midwestern teams preparing for the contest. This judging journey to Austin, Minn., is known as the largest collaboration of judging teams from coast to coast as they prepare for competition at the NBS.

Hundreds of collegiate livestock judging students congregate at Iowa farms on their way to the National Barrow Show, gathering around livestock pens listening intently to Hoge passionately critique a class of four gilts and absorbing his knowledge regarding breed standard criteria.

The preparation has paid off for Hoge. His 1974 team won the first junior college division title and claimed high individual as well. The next 39 years saw another 30 team wins and more than 20 high individuals.

Hoge’s former judging students still reminisce about their trips to Austin, Minn., talking about lessons learned from Hoge at workouts on the way to the contest. They have applied these lessons to their professional careers, taking to heart one of Hoge’s most famous quotes, “You’re never done, your roles just change.”

Having the opportunity to coach talented individuals hasn’t been Hoge’s only reason for success. His wife, Deanna – a former educator herself – comes from a strong agricultural background and shares his love for developing young people. Her family, the Broers of Walnut, Ill., have supported the East Campus program from the start, hosting countless pre-barrow show practices as well as animal science labs at the family farm over the years.

Hoge’s passion for hogs started young. He learned from his father, legendary Duroc breeder Elmer, on their farm in Walnut, Ill. Following his love of livestock, Dan attended the University of Illinois in Champaign where he participated in the livestock judging team and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Hoge passed on his passion for livestock judging and raising hogs to his son, Mark.

Dr. Mark Hoge is a professor and livestock coach at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill. Since the younger Hoge started teaching, he has built up the school’s Yorkshire hog program to a nationally recognized level. As a livestock judging coach, Dr. Hoge has taken competitive teams from Western to national competitions year after year.

“Both Mark and Dan have an incredible ability to teach in the classroom and out,” said Jared Boyert, a Black Hawk College graduate, current agribusiness instructor and co-coach of BHC’s Livestock Judging Team.

“I had the benefit to learn from both, and it was a great experience,” he said.

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BHC designated a Military Friendly School for fourth year Fri, 13 Sep 2013 18:37:26 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Last updated 9/13/2013

Black Hawk College has been named a 2014 Military Friendly Schools by Victory Media.

The list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. The 2014 list includes more than 1,800 schools.

Black Hawk College was designated a Military Friendly School in 2011, 2012 and 2013, but serving veterans is not a new mission for Black Hawk College.

When the college conducted its first classes in September 1946, 73 percent of the 239 students were World War II veterans.

“What better way to link what we’re doing today with where we started?” Dr. Baynum said. “We’re still serving veterans in 2013.”

This semester, there are 193 Black Hawk College students receiving veterans’ benefits.

“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows Black Hawk College’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Victory Media vice president and a nine-year Navy veteran.

“The need for education is growing, and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools,” Collins said.

A full story and detailed list of 2014 Military Friendly Schools® will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools ®, distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October.

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Outstanding local high school grads awarded free tuition to BHC Fri, 16 Aug 2013 05:01:54 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

Five of the 13 Presidential Scholars who will be attending the East Campus this fall are (back row) Taylor Klein and Devon Peterson and (front row) Megan Rose, Corinna Wyant and Samantha Peterson.

Black Hawk College is proud to announce that 62 recent high school graduates have received the 2013 Black Hawk College Presidential Scholars Award.

The Presidential Scholars Program includes full tuition scholarships to graduates in the top 10 percent of their high school class in Illinois Community College District 503 who are enrolled at Black Hawk College for Fall 2013.

The 2013 Presidential Scholars – listed by high school – are:


Isabella Frisk

Taylor Klein
Devon Peterson
Megan Rose

Richard Snell III

Guadalupe Lopez
Meagan Plum
Sidney Uitermarkt
Makenna Walters
Sydney Zetterberg

Hannah Kirkhove

Seth Allen
Austin Carlson
Alexa Carroll
Amanda Dang
Mariah DeArmond
Jessica DeVolder
Jenna Kitchen
Alejandra Lara
Christopher Miller
Jacob Petre
Nick Rossa
Luke Spiegel
Jacob Stewart
Lilia Torres

Adam Killion
Jacob Schulenberg

Elizabeth May

Stephanie Avena
Matthew Claude
Aaron Deneckere
Justin McClendon
Ellen Miers
Daniel Rodriguez

Chelsey Grabeel
Logan Green

Stephanie Adams

Eden Endress
Samantha Peterson
Corinna Wyant

Brady Alley
Elizabeth Anderson
Valeria Bernal
Kaelynn Davis
Meredith Eldridge
Sara Gillespie
Brianna Gray
Katie James
Zachary Jeckell
Haylie Johnson
Kasey Lockett
Elizabeth Marquez
Alonso Ochoa
Vanessa Poppe
Kaitlin Stockwell
Austin Swanson
Paul Tomkins
Diego Ulloa
Sydnee Vallejo
Bryce Verlinden
Kaitlyn White

Alysha Winn




Last updated 8/16/2013

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Chinese high school students visit Quad-Cities Campus Tue, 23 Jul 2013 22:06:11 +0000 Continue reading ]]> The Quad-Cities Campus hosted 55 Chinese high school students Monday, July 22 as part of the Rivers as Bridges 2013 program.

The students are in the Midwest for a two-week visit, touring and studying the Mississippi River region in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

Rivers as Bridges connects people – especially youth – from the Mississippi and Yangtze river regions through shared experiences and achievements in culture, conservation and commerce.

During their Black Hawk College stop, the students surveyed the stream under Building 4 and evaluated water samples in the lab.

Chad Pregracke, BHC alumnus and president and founder of Living Lands & Waters, talked to the students about his river cleanup project that began in 1997.

The Rivers as Bridges visit was cosponsored by the Black Hawk College QC Foundation.

Media coverage of Rivers as Bridges — Chinese students learn truth about waterway pollution

Last updated 7/29/2013

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BHC Adult Education students join honor society Mon, 08 Jul 2013 17:08:42 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Twenty-four Black Hawk College Adult Education students recently were inducted into the local chapter of the National Adult Education Honor Society (NAEHS) at the college’s Community Education Center in downtown Kewanee.

They included:

  • Computer Literacy/Tech Savvy program – Shannon Hernandez, Janelle Leaf, Aimee Peach, Lisa Schoonover, April Self and Carla Troutwine, all from Kewanee; Lauri Pritchard of Geneseo; Patrick Schaffer of Neponset; and Mary Streitmatter of Wyoming.
  • GED program – Kristen Colvin of Bradford; Diana Cotes, Kytrina Garrett, Elise Lorang-Louis, Valerie Luce, Agustin Martinez, Karla Morgan, Travis Null, Kasandra Schaefer, Bruce Titus, Amanda Welch and Steven Williams, all of Kewanee; Ida Sherrill of Tampico; Stephanie Snider of Galva; and Don Strandberg of Toulon.

Inductees received a NAEHS certificate, lapel pin and letters of recommendation for potential employers and for financial assistance should they wish to continue their education.

The NAEHS provides recognition to Adult Education students who demonstrate dependable attendance, cooperation and a solid work ethic. Students are recommended for membership by teachers based upon these attributes.

The local Delta Kappa Gamma Honor Society, Omega Chapter 24, hosted the June 25 induction.

The local chapter of the NAEHS was established at the Community Education Center in 2009 with the assistance of the Bi-State Literacy Council.

The chapter inducted 12 founding members at its first induction ceremony in July 2010, 15 members in 2011 and 17 members in 2012.

For more information about Adult Education programs at Black Hawk College, visit

Last updated 7/8/2013

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BHC, WIU partner to help students complete degrees Mon, 10 Jun 2013 18:58:46 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

Dr. Bettie Truitt, Black Hawk College vice president for instructional services, and Dr. Joe Rives, vice president for Quad Cities and planning, Western Illinois University, sign the Reverse Transfer Agreement between the two schools.

Black Hawk College and Western Illinois University are partnering to help WIU students complete an associate degree.

Officials from both schools recently signed a Reverse Transfer Agreement that will allow WIU students to transfer credits to Black Hawk College to complete an Associate in Arts, Associate in Fine Arts or Associate in Science degree.

The agreement is in response to President Obama and Gov. Pat Quinn’s charges to increase degree completion among college students. Although the students’ aspirations may be to complete a bachelor’s degree from WIU, transfer students who complete an associate degree have a four-year graduation rate of 79 percent compared to 53 percent for students without an associate degree.

The agreement will allow any student enrolled at WIU to transfer up to 45 credit hours to Black Hawk College toward meeting graduation requirements for an associate degree. The reverse transfer will not guarantee that students have met the graduation requirements for the associate degree, and students are still required to have a minimum of 24 credit hours of Black Hawk College coursework.

“More and more students are transitioning back and forth between community colleges and universities as they move toward completing a degree,” said Dr. Thomas Baynum, president of Black Hawk College.

“We are here to serve students. This agreement will make it easier for students to finish an associate degree while they pursue a bachelor’s degree,” he said.

“We want to have an educated population to meet workforce needs,” said Dr. Bettie Truitt, vice president for instructional services at Black Hawk College.

“This gives students more educational opportunity,” said Dr. Joe Rives, vice president for Quad Cities and planning, Western Illinois University. He noted that BHC and WIU have advanced beyond competition to collaboration.

“It is another great addition to the long list of partnerships between Western Illinois University and Black Hawk College that benefit students and the region,” Rives said.

Last updated 6/10/2013

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