Black Hawk College » Announcements Campuses located in the city of Moline and near Kewanee, Illinois. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:34:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Prospective BHC nursing students should attend Oct. 17 info session Mon, 29 Sep 2014 05:05:28 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Are you planning to apply to the Associate Degree Nursing Program or Practical Nursing Certificate Program and are currently enrolled at Black Hawk College? Then you should attend a Planning and Information for Nursing Students (PINS) meeting.

The meetings will provide support, academic planning and an opportunity to network with other students pursuing the same goals. Come to one meeting or all of them! Different information will be discussed at each one. Nan Reddy and/or Karen Dugan, educational advisors, will facilitate the meetings.

The meeting will be from noon to 1 p.m. Fridays, Sept. 12, Oct. 17 and Nov. 14 at the Quad-Cities Campus in Building 1, First Stop Center, Conference Room 383 (third floor).

For more information, call 309-796-5100.

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Swim lessons, aquatic exercise, pool parties and more at BHC Mon, 29 Sep 2014 05:01:01 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Aquatic CenterDoes your child need to learn to swim? Would you like to try an aquatic exercise class? The BHC Community Aquatic Center at the Quad-Cities Campus has youth learn-to-swim classes, adult aquatic exercise classes, open swim, lifeguard training, pool party rentals and more.

Find out more about the Quad-Cities Aquatic Center.

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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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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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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, 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 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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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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BHC expands health care training in Kewanee area Fri, 07 Jun 2013 19:38:11 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

Betsey Morthland (far right), dean of health sciences at Black Hawk College, instructs a student how to draw blood on a fake arm. Drawing blood is one of the medical procedures that will be taught in the new Medical Assisting Certificate Program starting in August at the Community Education Center in Kewanee.

June 2013

KEWANEE, Ill. — As the need for more health care professionals increases, Black Hawk College is responding by expanding health care training in the Kewanee area.

Last summer, the college conducted a needs assessment in the Kewanee area.

“We determined that the community was lacking sufficient health care training programs to fulfill employer demand,” said Betsey Morthland, dean of health sciences. “We respond to the needs of our community.”

This fall, two new programs – Medical Assisting and Pharmacy Technician – will be offered. With those additions, potential students can choose between three college-credit health care programs and two short-term health care certificate training programs.

All of the programs provide students with hands-on training and credentials from an accredited institution.

Medical assisting is one of the top 10 career growth areas. This fall Black Hawk College is bringing its Medical Assisting Certificate Program to the Community Education Center (CEC) in downtown Kewanee. The three-semester program will provide students with the theoretical and practical knowledge to work in the front office and to perform clinical skills such as vital signs, injections and blood draws.

The program was developed in partnership with local health care providers and other resources in the community to help meet the area’s unique and ever-changing needs.

In Spring 2013, the college launched a new Phlebotomy Technician Training program. Phlebotomists are in demand for positions in laboratories, hospitals, clinics and physician offices. One of the program graduates had a job before completing the training.

In September, Phlebotomy Technician Training will return along with a new certificate program, Pharmacy Technician. This program prepares students for entry-level positions in hospital, retail, home infusion and mail-order pharmacies.

The two programs will be available in the evening – Pharmacy Technician on Tuesday nights for 15 weeks and Phlebotomy Technician on Thursday nights for 10 weeks.

Students interested in becoming an LPN (licensed practical nurse) can begin their training at the CEC by taking PN 110 – Basic Anatomy and Physiology. This three-credit-hour course meets Monday evenings and also can be taken by students in the new Medical Assisting Certificate Program.

Certified nursing assistants, or CNAs, assist nurses in direct patient care. Black Hawk College is offering two sessions of the eight-week program this fall – Sept. 29 to Oct. 11 and Oct. 14 to Dec. 6. Both sessions will meet Monday-Friday at the CEC in downtown Kewanee, but the schedule may vary when clinical hours are arranged.

After completing the college’s Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program, students are eligible to take the Nurse Aide Training Competency Evaluation Program written and performance test (Nurse Assistant Certification Test).

For more information about any of the health care programs at Black Hawk College, contact Wendy Smith at 309-854-1713 or the Community Education Center at 309-854-1875.

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