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BHC hosting Scholastic Bowl Saturday, Feb. 28

Black Hawk College East Campus is proud to host the 2015 Lincoln Trail Conference Scholastic Bowl Meet from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28.

This will be the fourth year Black Hawk College has hosted the event, which pits students from different high schools against each other to answer questions from a variety of categories, such as history, literature, mathematics, music and science.

More than 70 high school students from 10 schools in the Lincoln Trail Conference will be competing. The participating schools are Alwood, Annawan, Cambridge, Galva, Mercer County, Princeville, ROWVA, Stark County, West Central and Wethersfield.

The public is invited to attend. Admission is free. There will be 11, 45-minute rounds starting at 8:30 a.m. with awards at 6 p.m.

Visitors should park in the lot next to Building A. The event will be in Building B.
For more information, contact Kirk Watson at 309-854-1811 or

BHC East Foundation hosting March 5 Scholarship Application Information Seminar

The Black Hawk College East Foundation invites students, parents and counselors to attend one of two Scholarship Application Information Seminars on Thursday, March 5 at the college’s East Campus.

Liz Breedlove, East Foundation executive director, and Jimalee Driscoll, foundation assistant, will explain how to apply for scholarships from the BHC East Foundation. Demonstrations will be given and suggestions made on ways to make scholarship applications stand out.

Two sessions will be offered in the Dan. E. Hoge Auditorium on the first floor of Building A (Room 116):
• Session 1 – Noon to 1 p.m.
• Session 2 – 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Do not miss this opportunity to receive important information and tips on the scholarship application and award process. Reservations are not necessary.

Black Hawk College East Campus is located five miles south of Kewanee, Ill., at 26230 Black Hawk Road, Galva, Ill. Please contact Jimalee Driscoll at 309-854-1718 with questions about the seminars. For more information about programs at the East Campus, call 800-233-5671.

Black Hawk College East Campus Livestock Judging Contest

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015
Register now!

The Black Hawk College – East Campus Judging Team cordially invites you to participate in the 29th Annual BHE Livestock Judging Contest to be held Thursday, April 9, 2015, in conjunction with the NACTA event, at the iWireless Center in Moline, Illinois.

Registration is available online with check‐in available at the iWireless Lobby from 7:00 – 7:45 a.m. Please be prompt! The contest begins at 8:00 a.m.

The contest will include two divisions to run simultaneously. The reasons division will consist of ten classes: four beef, three swine, two sheep and one Boer goat doe with four sets of reasons, two beef, one swine and one sheep/goat. The questions division will include ten classes of placing with three sets of ten questions, one per beef, per swine and per sheep/goat. Performance data will be included when available.

The same teams and individuals may not compete in both the reasons and questions division. However, a school may enter teams and individuals in both divisions. A team will consist of four members with the three highest overall scores composing the team score. A team of three individuals may also compete.

All FFA team members must be current FFA Chapter members from the school they are entered. All 4‐H team members must be from the same county and currently enrolled in 4‐H and must not have completed a semester of college.

Entry fee
An entry fee of $100 per team will be charged in the reasons division which will cover contest expenses and the cost of a catered meal. Individuals may enter at a cost of $20.00 per contestant.

In the questions division an entry fee of $50 per team will be charged. Please note that the price of a meal is not included in the entry fee and therefore lunch will be on your own. An individual may enter at a cost of $15.00 per contestant.

Phone: 309- 854‐1834

Lodging information is available on the NACTA website –

We hope to see you on the 9th!

Last updated 2/11/2015

2014 Ag Alumni Banquet

2014 Ag Alumni Banquet

Andy RashAndy Rash, of Kewanee, Ill., left, received the 2014 Outstanding Ag Alumnus Award Jan. 25 at the annual meeting and banquet of the Black Hawk East Agri-Business Club Alumni.

Rash grew up in central Indiana, attended Eastern Hancock High School, and was very active in 4-H and FFA livestock judging and showing.

After high school he came to Black Hawk College on a judging scholarship and completed his Associate of Science degree in 2000. He continued his education and judging career at Western Illinois University. He graduated in 2002 and began teaching as an adjunct faculty member and assistant livestock coach at the East Campus. After finishing his master’s degree in ag education, he was BHC’s ag business instructor for the next three years.

In 2006, he accepted a position with Cargill and spent the next seven years in multiple roles of leadership. Most of his tenure was in sales leadership, and his last responsibility was a national marketing manager for the pet food and wildlife feed division. During this time he and his family moved from Illinois to Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota and back to Illinois.

Andy left Cargill to pursue business ownership focused on retail agriculture, sport dog and wildlife products sold at major retail chains across the U.S. He still retains ownership in the custom packaging business but recently re-joined Cargill as a sales leader for their Ag Horizons division to lead a team that offers a risk management portfolio to Illinois farmers.

While working in academia and the business world for more than 10 years, he has been fortunate to put his love of and education in livestock evaluation to use judging many national and regional shows. This spring he will be judging the barrows at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the NJSA Southeast Regional.

Andy and his wife, Tara, now reside in Kewanee where they enjoy watching their three children start their livestock-showing careers.

Andy Rash credits Black Hawk choice with making difference
by Dave Clarke, Star Courier

Keynote Speaker was Troy Coziahr of Cambridge, Ill., an alum who received an AAS degree in Agri-Business in 1991. After graduating from the East Campus, Coziahr transferred to Illinois State where he received a bachelor’s degree in agriculture education in 1994 and his master’s degree in crop sciences from the University of Illinois in 2001.

Coziahr was a high school ag teacher and FFA Advisor for 11 years and returned to work for Black Hawk College East Campus as the Recruiter and an academic advisor for three years before joining Monsanto as an agronomist in 2008. In 2011 he accepted the position of manager of the learning center at Monsanto’s Monmouth facility.

Kelly Craig of Galva, Ill., Administrative Assistant to the VP for the East Campus and the Agriculture Department since December of 2005, was honored as the 2014 Friend of the Alumni. The ag faculty, Agri-Business Club and the Agri-Business Club Alumni members agree that with Craig it would be harder to host events such as this banquet. Her willingness to assist, organizational skills and attention to detail and perfection go far above and beyond.

Villas at BHC, LLC

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Villas at Black Hawk College, LLC will break ground on a private student housing development Tuesday, March 19 at 3 pm. The site is located on the north-east corner of Parking Lot 4. The Villas are a private development consisting of 120 beds specifically designed to serve Black Hawk College students. The Villas will consist of student-centric living quarters with common indoor and outdoor amenities. The common indoor area will consist of the manager’s office, mailboxes, social room / recreation center, and a 24-hour fitness center along with study rooms and state-of-the-art laundry facilities. The outdoor common area will consist of a patio for social and recreational use, along with a variety of outdoor entertainment amenities. Additional services include academic and social programming, shipping and receiving, and 24-hour maintenance. The Villas will be built on land owned by the Black Hawk College Foundation.

“Black Hawk College is excited to partner with Bluffstone to provide a high-quality housing opportunity for our students. This public/private partnership will enhance our students’ college experience.”

The Bluffstone management team will be directly involved with the Black Hawk College project every step of the way, including a detailed marketing and leasing campaign that is currently underway. Construction will be complete by mid-summer and is slated to be ready for students to occupy by the fall 2013 school year. “We’re very excited to be able to offer our unique product to the students of Black Hawk College, and are looking forward to a mutually beneficial, long-term relationship with faculty and staff.” said Tim Baldwin, Managing Partner of Bluffstone.

The Villas at Black Hawk College are a wholly owned subsidiary of Bluffstone, LLC. Bluffstone is a development firm from Bettendorf, Iowa, who specializes in student-centric housing facilities, known as “The Villas”, for small colleges and universities throughout the Midwest. Bluffstone currently owns and manages over 2,000 beds on nine college campuses.

For information about The Villas or for leasing information, call (309)756-8654, email, or visit

“Enhancing the higher education experience through better living environments”

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BHC baseball update (8/1/11)

These Black Hawk College sophomores have signed letters of intent to the following schools:

Chris Burgess — University of Oklahoma
J. Golden — Minnesota State University
Adam Karger — University of South Carolina at Pembroke
Mark VanNatta — Augustana College
KC Wright — Judson College
Cole Dodson — Hannibal-LaGrange College

The Black Hawk College baseball program has announced its 2011-12 incoming class.

The team returns with 19 sophomores and adds 15 freshmen and two sophomore transfers.


Jake Sharp — Alleman
Eann Cox — Erie
Andrew Dobek – Assumption (Davenport, Iowa)
Zack Davis — Riverdale
Jake Johnson — Orion
Kurt Donner — Mt. Prospect
Joe Walsh — Palatine
Beau Kirkpatrick — Erie
Dan Saskowski — Alleman
Max Querin — Assumption (Davenport, Iowa)
Andy Cooper — Riverdale
Justin Hitchcock — Rockridge
Chase Young — Riverdale
Blake Moe — Davenport Central (Davenport, Iowa)
Nate Rauch — Davenport Central (Davenport, Iowa)

Moe and Rauch committed Friday, July 29. Both had stellar seasons for their state qualifying team.

Transfer sophomores:

Trent Muilenberg – Bettendorf, Iowa (Ellsworth Community College, Iowa Falls, Iowa)
Dain Burress – Newburgh, Ind. (Kaskaskia Community College, Centralia, Ill.)

BHC awarded $125,000 grant to re-skill recently unemployed

Black Hawk College has received a one-year, $125,000 grant to prepare newly unemployed Rock Island County residents to return to the workforce.

The Hubbell-Waterman Foundation worked through United Way of the Quad Cities to award the Re-Skilling of the Newly Unemployed Grant to Black Hawk College and Eastern Iowa Community College District.

Each college received $125,000 to pay for short-term training programs that do not qualify for funding through more traditional forms. These frequently are programs that are attractive to individuals who wish to get back into the workforce quickly.

Interested Rock Island County residents must complete an application and have an interview with an advisor. Advisors screen applicants to make sure they have a good understanding of the career they want to pursue and to be sure they have a life plan in place that will support success (such as day care arrangements and transportation).

Applicants must show that they have been laid off or are working a reduced number of hours and must have a work history of being regularly employed. They must actively look for work when their training is completed.

Through the grant, Black Hawk College students have enrolled in CNA, phlebotomy technician, dialysis technician, pharmacy technician, production welding, office management/computer skills and truck driving classes.

For more information, contact Kathy McCabe at 309-796-8229.

Read the Dispatch/Rock Island Argus article — New help available for unemployed to find new jobs

Read the Quad-City Times/Quad-City Business Journal article — Foundation helps underemployed workers develop job skills

View photos and video: June Jazz Band performance

Dr. Edgar Crockett, BHC music professor, performed with his current and former jazz band students in a free community concert at Stephens Square in Moline on Thursday, June 16, 2011. The Navy Band Great Lakes Jazz Combo also performed at the concert.

Black Hawk’s Smith signs with Nationals (6/10/11)

Quad-City Times article — Black Hawk’s Smith signs with Nationals

Two locals selected in MLB Draft (6/7/11)

Quad-City Times article — Two locals selected in MLB Draft