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Brian Arnold named 40 Under 40 Honoree

Brian-Arnold-217x300Brian Arnold, Black Hawk College East Campus alum and former Assistant Livestock Judging Coach, was recently named as a 40 Under 40 Honoree.

Arnold, NSR Vice President of Member Outreach and Youth Development, was named one of Vance Agribusiness Group’s 40 Under 40 Award Winners. This award recognizes people that are making a significant contribution to American agriculture. Arnold’s profile will be included in the November and December issues of PorkNetwork and several other agriculture industry publications. Read more about the award and other honorees.

Prospective BHC nursing students should attend Oct. 17 info session

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.

Swim lessons, aquatic exercise, pool parties and more at BHC

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.

Trustee nominating petitions may be circulated beginning Sept. 23

Nominating petitions for the 2015 Black Hawk College Board of Trustees election may be circulated beginning Tuesday, Sept. 23.

In April 2015, there will be three (3) six-year terms up for election.

Election materials are available in the office of the chief financial officer in Building 1 at the college’s Quad-Cities Campus, 6600 34th Ave., Moline, and in the office of the vice president for East Campus, 26230 Black Hawk Road, Galva (five miles south of Kewanee).

The Black Hawk College district includes all or part of nine counties in west central Illinois, consisting of more than 280 individual precincts.

Completed petitions may be filed beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 15 through 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22 in the office of the chief financial officer at the Quad-Cities Campus.

For more information, call 309-796-5302.

New tool for students, employees to improve reading, writing

read and write software logoRead & Write Gold is here!

This is a new tool that free to Black Hawk College students and employees. This tool can help strengthen your reading and writing skills.

Read & Write Gold – or RWG – will increase your reading speed and comprehension and improve your research, writing, study and test-taking skills. It has a built-in dictionary/thesaurus and spell-checker.

RWG is free and can be downloaded onto your laptop, home computer or tablet.

Download Read & Write Gold:
Students can download RWG from the link on myBlackHawk under the Student tab.

Employees should contact the ITS Help Desk at to have RWG installed on their college machines. Employees also may download RWG on their home computer (PC and Mac). The download and instructions are located under the Employees tab in myBlackHawk.

See how a once a struggling student is now an accomplished writer thanks to using Read & Write Gold in the video below.

Watch more videos on how Read & Write Gold helped other students just like you!

National Adult Education Week – Trivia Questions

1. What does the term “GED” stand for?

a. General Equivalency Diploma
b. General Educational Development
c. Greater Education Diploma

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Answer: b. General Educational Development. GED tests are a group of five subject tests which, when passed, certify that the taker has high school-level academic skills. The GED test is changing in January 2014, and the tests will all be taken online and re-configured into four tests.

2. What subjects make up the GED tests?
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Answer: The GED test measures proficiency in science, mathematics, social studies, reading and writing. Passing the GED test gives those who did not complete high school the opportunity to earn their high school equivalency credential.

3. What types of classes make up Adult Education?
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Answer: Adult Education classes are generally made up of GED (General Educational Development) test preparation classes (ABE and ASE), ESL (English as a Second Language) and high school credit classes.

4. How many Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) Adult Education programs are there in Illinois?

a. 35 programs
b. 91 programs
c. 200 programs

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Answer: Black Hawk College is one of 91 ICCB-funded programs which provides instruction in Adult Basic Education (ABE), Adult Secondary Education (ASE) and English as a Second Language (ESL). In Illinois, approximately 96,000 students enroll in programs annually, 78% of those who are enrolled in programs and enter employment retain employment.

5. What is the Early School Leaver Transition (ESLTP) Program?
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Answer: This program serves 16- to 21-year-old Optional Education high school credit or GED students who are interested in exploring employment and postsecondary educational options. Career services offered include: self-assessment and career exploration; résumé, cover letter and interview preparation; job search techniques; training in employer expectations; job placement assistance; and guidance with transition to college.

6. What is the WIA Youth TEAM program?

Answer: The Training for Employment and Academic Mastery (T.E.A.M.) program is a Workforce Investment Act initiative designed to help qualified youth complete their basic education and successfully transition to work or postsecondary training. In addition to academic training, the program specializes in résumé-building, career exploration, workforce preparation, occupational and soft-skill training, and individualized counseling to address character development.

7. Black Hawk College Adult Education program has classes at how many sites?
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Answer: Depending on funding and community needs, there have been up to 14 Adult Education sites. Currently there are 13 sites in the college’s region.

8. Why was the GED developed?

a. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter worked with the U.S. Department of Education to create an alternative credential to address the high number of high school dropouts.
b. The United States wanted to compete academically with other countries.
c. The GED tests began in 1942 with the development of a battery of tests for the U.S. military personnel who had not completed their high school studies.

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Answer: c. The GED tests began in 1942 with the development of a battery of tests for the U.S. military personnel who had not completed their high school studies.

The GED was originally developed by the American Council on Education in response to the military’s request for a series of tests soldiers could use to prove their knowledge and education level. The original request for the tests was made by the U.S. Armed Forces Institute in 1942, when many soldiers were joining the military before finishing high school. The idea behind the tests was that soldiers who had joined the military before finishing high school could establish their education level once they returned from service and enter the regular workforce.

Although originally developed for military personnel, the GED became a popular high school alternative for many students in the 1950s, and from the early 1960s through today, most of the students who take the GED are nonmilitary civilians. The tests have been revised several times since they were first created in 1942 to keep up with the increasing requirements of the modern job market and will undergo a change again in January 2014.

9. How many students are served annually in the Black Hawk College Adult Education classes?

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Answer: In the past three years, an average of 1,800 students annually have enrolled at Black Hawk College.

10. What is the LIFE Program?

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Answer: The Literacy is for Everyone (LIFE) program matches volunteer tutors with adults who need help with reading, math, spelling and writing and assists persons in developing their literacy skills up to the ninth grade academic skill level. This program is funded through the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office. To become a volunteer tutor, call 309-796-5702.

11. How many years has Black Hawk College offered Adult Education classes?

a. 20 years
b. 35 years
c. 44 years

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Answer: c. Adult Education classes have been offered by Black Hawk College for approximately 44 years!

Foundation invites Wall of Fame, Distinguished Service Award nominations

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

BHC Livestock judges take top honors at National Barrow Show

The Livestock Judging Team from Black Hawk College East Campus took top honors recently in the junior college division at the National Barrow Show (NBS) Swine Judging Contest in Austin, Minn., as well as 1st in Reasons.

BHC sophomores spend their nights and weekends preparing for the NBS Swine Judging Contest, their first fall contest. On the way to the competition, they meet up with numerous Midwestern judging teams for an “NBS Pilgrimage.” BHC judging team coach Dan Hoge, an icon in collegiate judging circles, conducts the pilgrimage, helping all of the teams prepare for the NBS contest. This judging journey to Austin, Minn. is known as the largest collaboration of judging teams from coast to coast.

The four-day National Barrow Show celebrated its 68th year this fall. In 1974, the junior college division portion of the Swine Judging Contest was created. Before 1974, community/junior colleges and universities competed in one unified “Collegiate” division. Black Hawk College has won the junior college division 31 of those 40 years and placed reserve 9 years. In 2001, the contest was conducted under the name of American Swine Breeders Classic in Des Moines, Iowa.

Lake Land College of Mattoon, Ill., took the reserve spot Overall. This year 13 teams competed in the division.

The team coached by Hoge and Jared Boyert had four members finish in the top 10 individually with Clayton Boyert of Seville, Ohio, taking the top spot.
• Hayden Wilder of Remington, Ind. – 2nd Overall
• Maggie Neer of Urbana, Ohio – 5th Overall
• Kendall Steines of Springbrook, Iowa – 7th Overall

BHC’s Wilder – one of 90 contestants in the junior college division – took the high individual spot in Reasons, with Boyert placing 5th.

Rounding out the team were Kade Knapp of Stanwood, Iowa; Colton Geiger of Columbia City, Ind. and Tyler Dawson of Rushville, Ind.

Filling out the top four spots behind Black Hawk College were:
• Lake Land College, Mattoon, Ill. – 2nd
• Blinn College, Brenham, Texas – 3rd
• Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, Ill. – 4th
• Casper College, Casper, Wyo. – 5th

This event is co-sponsored by Hormel Foods Corporation and the National Association of Swine Records.

The next contest for the team will be Sept. 27-28 at the Ak-Sar-Ben Livestock Expo in Omaha, Neb.

Tips for managing stress, maintaining balance

Monthly safety tip from your Black Hawk College Safety Committee

Managing stress and maintaining good balance in your life is important for not only college students, but college employees as well.

A few ways to manage stress are to effectively manage your time, get enough sleep, exercise, connect socially, and seek help from a medical or mental health professional  if you feel depressed or experience distress.

Time is your greatest asset in life and YOU get to choose how you spend it! Try to manage your time by prioritizing your health, homework and hanging out with friends and family.

Although you may hear many people say, “Sleep is something I can do when I am dead,” getting good sleep is an integral part of staying healthy and a healthy life comes with quality living.

Fitting exercise into a busy schedule isn’t always the easiest thing, but try going on a walk with your friends or play a sport. Make it fun and you won’t even notice you are doing the dreaded task of exercising!

Last, but not least, connect socially. There are few things that can cheer you up like being around the people you like most. Eat dinner with friends or just hang out and watch a movie; staying connected with friends and family can increase your happiness and decrease depression.

Don’t forget — it’s always beneficial to ask for help! Black Hawk College has a great counseling department ready to assist in helping you find ways to be happy and live a less stressful life!

Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Submitted by Tiffany Hamilton

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.  We encourage you to check all resources and always check with your care provider before making any changes.

BHC makes some noise in the library to celebrate renovation

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