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1. BHC educates nurses to care for our community.
2. We have courses that transfer seamlessly to schools such as Cornell University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of London.
3. We received accreditation with NO CONDITIONS from the Higher Learning Commission.
4. Model Illinois Government (MIG) consistently wins high statewide honors. In 2006, BHC professor and MIG advisor Joan Eastlund received MIG’s first lifetime achievement award, and the award was named was the Joan Eastlund Award – Lifetime Achievement.
5. The Chieftain is an award-winning student newspaper.
6. More than 70% of our career students who complete degree or certificate programs find employment in their field.
7. Black Hawk College has highly qualified faculty members who are committed to student learning and student success.
8. The Ag Arena at East Campus is a wonderful facility.
9. Once hired, staff and faculty tend to stay until retirement, making lifelong friends along the way.
10. Twenty seven years ago this spring, Black Hawk College Optional Education opened its doors, giving thousands of Illinois Quad-Cities area teens a chance to complete their high school diplomas or study for the GED in age-appropriate settings.
11. There is a natural, serene beauty to the Quad-Cities Campus.
12. Each summer, College for Kids brings more than 1,000 fifth through eighth grade students to the Quad-Cities Campus. CFK has been educating and enlightening students for more than 30 years.
13. Since 2005, the Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center at Black Hawk College has directly supported the business community with advocacy in government contracting with more than $880 million in government contracting dollars, more than 633 new jobs created and more than 8,400 jobs retained for economic growth and sustainment for our community.
14. Black Hawk College is home to collegiate national and world champions in horse judging and riding, livestock judging and soil judging.
15. The Horse Judging Team, Horse Show Team and Livestock Judging Team have award-winning coaches who judge and compete individually on a national and international level.
16. I love Black Hawk College because the staff answers any questions or concerns I have in a timely manner.
17. The members of the Facilities Department (roads and grounds, custodians, maintenance and groundskeepers) are a pleasure to work with and often are the unsung heroes on campus.
18. For many families, Black Hawk College has become a proud tradition with parents, daughters, sons, grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews becoming BHC students.
19. For others, teaching at Black Hawk College is a family tradition. Three members of the Butterfield family have taught at the Quad-Cities Campus. Sharon Butterfield – who taught from 1970 to 2006 – won the Illinois Community College Trustee Association Outstanding Faculty Member Award in 1997.
20. In the last six years, 1,100 students have completed the six-week MIG welding program through the Business Training Center. Many have found jobs at small shops and at large companies like Deere, McLaughlin and the Rock Island Arsenal. BHC welding grads have earned a reputation as dependable and skilled workers.
21. In 2004, the college received the Illinois Community College Board Workforce Development Award for the MIG welding program partnership with Deere & Co., Rock Island Arsenal, Partners in Job Training & Placement, and the Rock Island Arsenal Development Group.
22. In 2002, the college received an Award for Excellence in Workforce Development from the Illinois Community College Board for its training partnership with John Deere Harvester Works.
23. In 2005, Group O, Inc. received the Business/Industry Partnership Award from the Illinois Community College Trustees Association for its workforce development collaboration with Black Hawk College. The training partnership began in 1995.
24. We have quality administrators who make hard decisions to keep high academic standards and top notch education available for the community around us.
25. Black Hawk College was the first junior college district in the state in 1962.
26. Black Hawk College was the first downstate college to have multiple campuses in 1967.
27. Many BHC instructors also have been BHC students, taking at least one course at the college.
28. Every summer the Digital Divas program gives teenage girls a hands-on opportunity to explore career opportunities in science, engineering and technology.
29. BHC dual credit classes in most of the high schools in our district help more than 1,000 students each year earn college credit while they are in high school.
30. Our outcomes-based nursing program produces graduates who score exceptionally well on state licensure exams and who are placed in good jobs with high earning potential.
31. Our English Language Learner (ELL) curriculum is an internationally recognized model for other institutions.
32. Our students and faculty members are free to explore any topics relevant to their course of study, even when such exploration may not be popular or comfortable.
33. With nearly 7,000 students ranging in age from 16 to 60-plus from a wide variety of nationalities, religions, ethnicities and sexual orientations, our delightful diversity reflects our mission to serve all in our community.
34. More than 150 high school students in the college district who graduated in the top 10 percent of their class have received full tuition scholarships through the Presidential Scholars program.
35. BHC Student Ambassadors at the Quad-Cities Campus conduct tours, help orient new students, and provide a BHC student face to high schools and community events.
36. The Board of Trustees demonstrates a commitment to open and transparent governance.
37. The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Black Hawk College is recognized as the state of Illinois leader in providing no-cost counseling to new and established business owners.
38. The Black Hawk College Small Business Certificate Program received the Program Excellence Award from the Illinois Small Business Development Association.
39. Softball coach Carrie Calderon has more than 600 careers win and reached her 600th win in just 17 seasons as Black Hawk College’s head coach. At the beginning of the 2010 season, only 12 active NJCAA coaches had 600 or more overall career wins.
40. Black Hawk College alum Chad Pregracke, founder and president of Living Lands & Waters, received the 2006 Outstanding Alumni Award from the American Association of Community Colleges for his work cleaning up waterways. In 2007, Chad received the Illinois Community College Trustees Association Distinguished Alumnus Award.
41. In 1998, the Black Hawk College Career System Faculty Team received a Certificate of Honor from the Consortium for Community College Development.
42. In 2010, Black Hawk College was one of only three organizations in Illinois to receive the Bronze Award for Commitment to Excellence from The Lincoln Foundation for Performance Excellence. The award recognizes organizations for their earnest efforts to adopt and apply continuous improvement principles.
43. In 2010, the Black Hawk College Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Child Development was awarded the Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. At that time, the college is one of only seven associate degree programs in Illinois to have this accreditation.
44. In 1996, Black Hawk College was the first community college outside Iowa to sign an articulation agreement with the University of Iowa.
45. The award-winning Quad-Cities Campus chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society was established in 1950, making it the second oldest Phi Theta Kappa chapter in Illinois.
46. In 2009, Black Hawk College was awarded a $1.6 million, five-year U.S. Department of Education Strengthening Institutions Program grant, also known as the Title III grant. The grant is designed to provide institutional improvements in both technology and student support systems.
47. In 2010, the college was awarded a $325,000 Critical Skills Shortage Initiative (CSSI) grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to develop a pilot program for welder training for incumbent workers.
48. In 2011, the college received a one-year, $125,000 Re-Skilling of the Newly Unemployed Grant from the Hubbell-Waterman Foundation to prepare newly unemployed Rock Island County residents to return to the workforce.
49. The BHC Marketing and Public Relations Department has won numerous regional and national awards from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations.
50. In July 2002, the International Trade Center (formerly the Export Trade Center) at Black Hawk College received the President’s “E” Award from the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration. Established in 1961 by Executive Order of the President, the “E” Award is given to persons, firms or organizations which contribute significantly in the effort to increase United States exports.
51. Since the inception of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Black Hawk College in 1985, 9,530 workshop/seminar participants have been trained, 5,805 individual business clients have been counseled, 1,710 jobs have been created, and 1,592 jobs have been retained.
52. In 2012, the East Campus became the permanent home for the Lincoln Trail Conference Scholastic Bowl Tournament.
53. Black Hawk College is enriched by 26 international students who are studying here with student visas. The 26 students represent 20 countries.
54. The college conducts Adult Education classes in a variety of locations including churches, industrial plants, schools, libraries and housing projects. Currently there are Adult Ed classes at 14 sites in Aledo, East Moline, Kewanee, Moline and Rock Island.
55. On May 30, 2012, the college broke ground for a new Student Services Center at the Quad-Cities Campus. The $3.9 million project includes a two-story, 9,800-square-foot addition to Building 1 and renovation of 6,600 square feet in Building 1.
56. On July 22, 2012, the Quad-Cities Campus hosted 24 high school students from China with the Rivers as Bridges 2012 program.
57. On Aug. 28, 2012, the college broke ground for an 8,450-square-foot science lab addition at the East Campus. The $3 million facility will house three labs – two biology labs and a shared chemistry and physics lab – as well as faculty offices, a resource room, student commons space, and preparatory and storage space.
58. On Sept. 26, 2012, the college formally opened the new Sustainable Technologies Building at the Quad-Cities Campus. The 13,000-square-foot, $3.7 million facility has a wind turbine, geothermal heating and cooling system, two 20-panel solar arrays, a green (vegetative) roof, a materials science lab and a sustainable technologies lab.
59. On Sept. 27, 2012, the Quad-Cities Campus hosted the 41st annual College Night with more than 80 schools and 750 students and parents in attendance.
60. On Oct. 6, 2012, the Quad-Cities Campus will host the 2012 Latino Youth Summit. This is the second year BHC has hosted the event.
61. In 2011, BHC employees district-wide donated more than $20,000 to United Way.
62. Black Hawk College offers an exceptional education at an affordable price.
63. It doesn’t matter if you are a traditional or non-traditional student — you are treated the same way.
64. There are numerous staff members who started out as student workers or work-study students and became permanent employees.
65. Faculty, staff and administration really care about BHC students succeeding.
66. Black Hawk College serves more people than any other institution of higher education in the Quad-Cities area.
67. Black Hawk College continues to expand to fill the needs of students and the community.