Register by Oct. 28 for Fall Ag Visit Day

‘Lessons of Care: Stories from LGBTQ Patients’ presentation Oct. 3

Hear about the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer hospital patients Monday, Oct. 3 at “Lessons of Care: Stories from LGBTQ Patients” at the Quad-Cities Campus.

Joe Wegwert, Ph.D., and DeAnn Wegwert, RN, MS, CCRN, will present the findings of their research study which gathered the narratives and experiences of LGBTQ patients in various health care settings. Their studied LGBTQ patients who had admissions as inpatients, outpatients or emergency department patients at Flagstaff Medical Center in Flagstaff, AZ.

Dr. Joe Wegwert is an associate professor in the College of Education and associate faculty in the Women’s and Gender  Studies Program at Northern Arizona University. He teaches courses in curriculum, social education, and gender and sexuality in educational contexts.

DeAnn Wegwert graduated from Lutheran Hospital School for Nurses in Moline and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from the University of Iowa and Northern Illinois University, respectively. She is a staff nurse in the intensive care unit at Flagstaff Medical Center.

Their presentation will be from 1-3 p.m. at the college’s Quad-Cities Campus, 6600 34th Ave., Moline, in Building 1, Room 306 (theatre). Attendees should park in Lot 1 off 70th Street.

For more information, contact Valerie Koster, professor of Associate Degree Nursing at Black Hawk College, at 309-796-5382 or

Get college questions answered Nov. 3 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 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 at the Quad-Cities Campus in Building 4, second floor, Hawk’s Nest.

BHC’s new Health Sciences Center achieves LEED Gold

black-hawk-college-health-sciences-center-webThe new Health Sciences Center at the Black Hawk College Quad-Cities Campus has been certified as a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold project.

LEED is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

The college initially anticipated seeking Silver certification but was able to achieve the higher Gold certification without changing the project budget, said principal architect Greg Spitzer of Demonica Kemper Architects.

“It’s a high achievement for a community college to get LEED Gold,” Spitzer said.

The design team and college staff worked together to find ways to increase the building’s sustainability without increasing costs, he said.

“We are very proud of our commitment to students as well as the environment,” Black Hawk College president Dr. Bettie Truitt said.

The Health Sciences Center is 20% more energy efficient than a standard building.

Recycled and regionally produced materials were used whenever possible. Fifty percent of the building materials were manufactured within a 500-mile radius.

To maximize indoor air quality, low-emitting VOC (volatile organic compounds) adhesives, sealants, paints, flooring and composite wood were used.

Low-flow water systems reduce potable water consumption by approximately 55,000 gallons per year.

A bioswale – a bed of river stones and native plants on the west side of the building – helps filter and clean rainwater runoff before the water leaves the site.

The parking lot promotes alternative transportation with bicycle racks and 13 preferred parking spaces for low-emission vehicles.

Because the human body responds positively to natural light, 90% of occupied spaces in the three-story structure have natural light and views to the outdoors.

“The building celebrates the landscape,” Spitzer said. Even the colors used in the interior were inspired by the natural surroundings.


Last updated 9/22/2016

BHC celebrates 47 years of providing Adult Ed classes

adult educationBlack Hawk College is celebrating National Adult Education & Family Literacy Week Sept. 26-30.

Each year, approximately 1,400 students enroll in GED completion and non-credit English Language Learning (ELL) classes at Black Hawk College.

Approximately 30 million Americans age 25 and older have not earned a high school diploma or equivalent, and 93 million function below the high school level.

Adult Education programs serve individuals age 16 and older who need to improve their basic skills with an emphasis on literacy, mathematics and English language proficiency.

Black Hawk College provides Adult Education classes at no cost to students who qualify.

Instructors work with each student to design an individual learning plan that aligns to his/her goals, such as to:

  • Get, retain or advance in a job.
  • Get off public assistance and earn a family-sustaining income.
  • Complete high school or obtain a GED certificate.
  • Transfer to a community college or training program.
  • Help their children succeed in school.
  • Manage their family’s health care.
  • Learn English, understand U.S. culture and be an informed citizen.

Black Hawk College began serving adult learners on July 1, 1969. Today, the Black Hawk College Adult Education program provides instruction in Adult Basic Education (ABE), Adult Secondary Education (ASE), high school credit and English Language Learning (ELL).

For more information, call 309-796-8216.

Petitions for 2017 BHC trustee election available now

Nominating petitions and other election materials for the 2017 Black Hawk College Board of Trustees election may be picked up at the college beginning Tuesday, Sept. 20.

In April 2017, there will be two (2) six-year terms up for election.

Election materials are available in the office of the vice president for finance and administration in Building 1 at the college’s Quad-Cities Campus, 6600 34th Ave., Moline, and in the office of the executive dean at 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.

Nominating petitions may not be circulated until Tuesday, Sept. 20. Completed petitions may be filed beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 12 through 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19 in the office of the vice president for finance and administration at the Quad-Cities Campus.

For more information, call 309-796-5933.

Preventing eye injuries

Monthly Safety Tip from your Black Hawk College Safety Committee

eye safety

Fall is here and it’s time to get our yards and gardens prepared for winter at home and on campus.

What does that mean? Think debris from lawn mowers, power trimmers, sticks and tree limbs. Almost 40% of eye injuries at home occur in the garden or yard. Prevent Blindness America has a few tips that can help us while doing yard work or gardening at home and at work.

  • Wear safety glasses with side protection or goggles when mowing, using trimmers or any power saws (consider using ear plugs too).
  • Check for debris before mowing or trimming.
  • Turn off power tools anytime you are near an unprotected bystander, especially young children.
  • Wear goggles to protect your eyes from fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals, including lime dust.
  • Read and follow all product instructions and obey any warnings on chemicals and equipment.

Cleaning inside? Don’t forget about protection from household chemicals including bleach and other cleaners which cause about 125,000 eye injuries each year as well. Eye protection should be worn when using any type of chemical. Remember to wash your hands thoroughly before touching your eyes or face.

On campus we’ve provided eye-wash stations available for anyone getting any chemical in their eyes. We’ve also strategically placed first aid cabinets throughout our buildings with eye wash bottles, bandages and other items that might be needed for minor injuries.


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.


Students, parents invited to explore options Oct. 6 at College Night

Black Hawk College will host the 45th annual College Night from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 at the Quad-Cities Campus in the gymnasium in Building 3.

QC Campus students join Phi Theta Kappa honor society

PTK2009_KEYLOGO_BL281_copyrightBlack Hawk College welcomed 67 students into the Quad-Cities Campus’ chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society during the Spring 2016 semester.

Phi Theta Kappa is recognized as the official honor society for community colleges by the American Association of Community Colleges.

To be eligible for membership, students must have completed at least 12 credit hours and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.

The inductees by hometown are:

  • Aledo — Kale Moreland
  • Alpha — Evan Curry
  • Atkinson — Josh Desmith
  • Bettendorf — Miguel Rodriguez
  • Blue Grass — Kayla Jones
  • Cambridge — Laura Beuseling
  • Colona — Jean Clark, Jeremy Harper, Katelyn Powell
  • Cordova — Tonya Brown, Rachel Stagg
  • Davenport, IA — Ho Jean Chang, Keil Huber, Rachel Simon
  • Donahue, IA — Adysen Kling
  • East Moline — Kossi Egla, Brian Garcia, Grace Logan, Marisa Lopez, Dayana Martinez, Rachel Massa, Chaimaa Mhalli, Lamiaa Nadif, Jasmine Singleton, Shelly Snyder, Christopher Timmons
  • Eldridge, IA — Reagan Adkisson
  • Fulton — Catherine Johnson
  • Galva — Cheryl Egbert
  • Geneseo — Hailey Cox, Jan Franks, Evan Kotter
  • Hampton — Baylee Burklund
  • Milan — Carol Axline, Sydney Bush, Kerry Shuh
  • Moline — Peng Chen, Elois Hughes, Abigael Kelly, Kristin Kronfeld, Kodjo Kuwuamenu, Hope Luther, Yecenia Martinez, Jonah Maynard, Kaitlyn McGough, Lydia Olson, Christina Schulte, Sierra Smathers, Jenna Wilson
  • Port Byron — Kara Keppy, Shelly McCauley
  • Rock Falls — Shawn Beebe
  • Rock Island — Shelbee Bradley, Thomas Bustard, Tommy Davies, Gary Fogle, Elizabeth Kuhnle, Emmanuel Lloyd, Victoria Nash, Taylor Neyens, Gabriela Perez
  • Sherrard — Poul Dybro, Nicholas Henne
  • Silvis — Robert Apple, Kayla Beall, Nicholas Leibovitz
  • Woodhull — Jennifer Simmering


Last updated 9/2/2016

Prospective nursing students should attend 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.

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.

Fall 2016 PINS meetings will be:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 7 from 12-12:50 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 14 from 12:30-1:20 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 3-3:50 p.m.

East Campus: All meetings will be in Building A, Room 123.
Quad-Cities Campus: All meetings will be in the Health Sciences Center, Room 204.

For more information, call 309-796-5100.