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Look for a job March 25 at 2015 Job Fair

Visit dozens of employers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 at the 2015 Job Fair at the Quad-Cities Campus.

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.

Get college questions answered March 12 at FYI Night

Want to go to college, but not sure where to start? Then FYI Night at Black Hawk College is for you!

FYI Night will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 12 at the Quad-Cities Campus in Building 4, second floor, Hawk’s Nest.

Prospective BHC nursing students should attend March 26 info session

nurse with patientAre you planning to apply to the Associate Degree Nursing Program or Practical Nursing Certificate Program and are currently enrolled at BHC? Then you should attend a Planning and Information for Nursing Students (PINS) meeting at the Quad-Cities Campus.

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 Spring 2015 PINS meetings will be:

• Tuesday, Feb. 3 from 1-2 p.m.
• Wednesday, Feb. 25 from 3-4 p.m.
• Thursday, March 26 from 12:30-1:30 p.m.
• Monday, April 13 from noon to 1 p.m.

The meetings will be in Building 1, Room 382 (conference room above Advising in the First Stop Center).

For more information, call 309-796-5100.

Volunteers needed to tutor adult readers

The Black Hawk College Literacy is For Everyone (LIFE) program needs new volunteers to tutor adults who cannot read beyond the 9th grade level.

Tutors are needed for GED students, English as a Second Language students and students who struggle with learning disabilities (many with reading grade levels 0-2).

Tutoring times will be determined by the tutor and the student. The ideal volunteer time commitment is one to three hours per week during the school year.

For more information, contact Jane Duax at or 309-796-5703.

BHC 5K Hustle raises $9,500 for scholarships

BHC Foundation 5K Hustle donation 2-2015 (web)The 2014 Black Hawk College 5K Hustle raised $9,500 to provide scholarships for students in the BHC Physical Therapist Assistant Program.

Since 2012, the race has raised $22,500. Four $500 scholarships were awarded for Spring 2015. For Summer 2015, Fall 2015 and Spring 2016, a total of 14 $500 scholarships will be awarded.

The annual road race was Nov. 8 at the college’s Quad-Cities Campus in Moline. Approximately 250 runners and walkers registered for the event.

Pictured from left are David Emerick, chair of the BHC Board of Trustees; Cathy Lack, race co-chair; Dr. Bettie Truitt, BHC president; Jessica Malcheff, executive director of the BHC Quad-Cities Foundation; and Jerry Lack, race co-chair.


Last updated 2/19/2015

High school students, parents invited to Explore Dual Credit Day

Parents and high school students are invited to visit the East Campus on Thursday, March 12 and learn about dual credit, a program that allows students to take courses at their high school to simultaneously earn high school and college credit.

Osterhaus promoted to head women’s basketball coach

Danielle Osterhaus 6-2014 (web)Black Hawk College has promoted Danielle Osterhaus to head women’s basketball coach at the Quad-Cities Campus.

In July 2014, Osterhaus was tabbed to be the lead assistant for the women’s program. Osterhaus came to Black Hawk College after spending four seasons as the head sophomore coach at Rockridge High School.

This season, she has led the daily coaching, including all game day responsibilities. The Braves have an overall record of 9-15 and are 2-7 in the Arrowhead Conference.

“I believe Danielle Osterhaus is a great addition to the Black Hawk College women’s basketball program,” athletic director Gary Huber said.

“She has done a good job with the ladies who are on this year’s team, and we have a very good group returning from this year’s group,” he said.

Danielle (Widdop) Osterhaus played at Black Hawk College from 2001-03. During that time, the team posted a combined record of 48 wins and 19 losses, won two Arrowhead Conference Championships and won one Region IV Championship.

“The timing of this decision is based on the great job she has done this year, and Coach Osterhaus is currently recruiting for next year’s Black Hawk College team,” Huber said.

“I want us to have a competitive program enriched with local athletes,” Osterhaus said. “The Quad-City high schools and surrounding area high schools have a tremendous amount of talent.”


Have you had a near miss?

Monthly safety tip from your Black Hawk College Safety Committee

Suppose you are late for a class or for a meeting. You have your hands filled with your notes, pen, water bottle and phone. You are walking fast to make up some time and then kerplunk. You tripped over the floor mat that was in front of the door. You caught your balance back quickly and you didn’t even drop your phone! Whew! You quickly turn your head to ensure no one else saw your blunder. Then you chuckle as you continue to your destination while giving yourself a pat on the back for not actually falling.

We can all think of times when similar circumstances have happened to us. If so, you just encountered a “near miss.”

OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) defines a “near miss” as an incident in which no property was damaged and no personal injury was sustained, but where, given a slight shift in time or position, damage or injury easily could have occurred. The same items that cause accidents cause “near misses.” In fact, labor statistics estimates that there are about 300 near miss incidents for every accident!

The best way to avoid an actual accident from occurring is to fix the near miss incidents. Join the near miss “SECT”:

  • STOP
  • TELL

Take the time to stop and evaluate what caused your near miss. Take immediate action to correct the situation. Always, communicate the near miss incident. If you observe an unsafe situation or item, e-mail  If you see something that needs to be addressed by facilities, sign into myBlackHawk and click on the Employee tab.  Next click on the Facilities Work Request (schooldude) and submit the item that needs to be addressed.

Stay safe and be proactive.


Disclaimer: These tips have been provided as general information for increasing safety awareness and for informational purposes only. Black Hawk College does not accept any liability for the information or advice (or the use of such information or advice) that is provided. We make every effort to insure the integrity and validity of the data provided.  Always, check with your care provider before making any changes.


Howard, K. (2014, Jan 1). “Everybody gets to go home in one piece,” National Safety Council,–articles-6843-everybody-gets-to-go-home-in-one-piece

Watkins, H. “Near Miss Accidents – A Near Miss is an Accident that Almost Happened,”,