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Day Computer Classes

Getting Started with Your Computer (Lifelong Learner class)​
Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck
Level 0 – If you own a computer or are considering purchasing one, this class will provide you with some beginner
basics. You will learn basic terminology, hardware vs. software and the components of a computer. You will turn on and shut down the computer, learn about various storage devices and media, as well as practice operating the mouse. Become familiar with the keyboard and get acquainted with the Windows concept. You will use the Start menu, open a program, create your own poster and print it to take home.
Windows 8.1
2 Mondays​​        Mar. 23-Mar. 30        ​​1-3 p.m. ​
CRN 11654​        Outreach-Rm. 405    ​Fee $30

Windows 7
2 Mondays       ​​Feb. 2-Feb. 9               ​​8:30-10:30 a.m.​
CRN 11655​       BHC ALC-Rm. 112      ​Fee $30

2 Mondays​​       Mar. 23-Mar. 30​​        10 a.m.-Noon
CRN 11653​       Outreach-Rm. 402​     Fee $30

Getting Started with Windows (Lifelong Learner class)
Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck
Prerequisite: Getting Started with Your Computer or equivalent experience
Level 0 – Learn basic Microsoft Windows skills including how to identify parts of a window and how to manipulate windows and the taskbar. Learn how to see how much space you have available on your hard drive. You will use menus, Help and Support, the calculator, save to a CD and flash drive, open a basic word processing program (WordPad), create a letter, print it and save the file. A reference guide is included in the fee. You may wish to bring a USB flash drive to the second session of class.

Windows 8.1
2 Mondays​​       Apr. 20-Apr. 27​​           1-3 p.m.​
CRN 11656​       Outreach-Rm. 405​     Fee $30

Windows 7
2 Mondays​​       Feb. 23-Mar. 2            ​​8:30-10:30 a.m.​
CRN 11657​       BHC ALC-Rm. 112​      Fee $30

Cleaning Up Your Computer (Lifelong Learner class)
Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck
Level 1 – You know how to use your computer but how do you maintain it to keep it running? Have you crashed your computer? Or perhaps have been on the Internet and stored many temp files? This class will teach you how to keep your computer up and running by defragging, cleaning up temporary Internet files and cookies, checking your disk space and more.

1 Monday        ​​Feb. 9​​​         10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
CRN 11661​      BHC ALC-Rm. 112 ​ Fee $21

Organizing Your Files & Folders (Lifelong Learner class)
Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck
Prerequisite: Basic Windows 7 skills
Level 1 – If you know the basics of Windows 7 and are eager to learn more, this session will expand your Windows 7 knowledge. Organize your computer files by creating folders, moving and copying files into folders and creating shortcuts.

1 Monday​       Mar. 9              ​​​8:30-10:30 a.m.
CRN 11662​      BHC ALC-Rm. 112 ​    Fee $21

Learning How to Use Word Processing (Lifelong Learner class)
Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck
Level 1 – Word processing is using a computer to create, edit and print documents. Learn how to produce letters, family stories, newsletters, memoirs and minutes for meetings. Be creative and produce great-looking documents. You will learn to edit, change fonts, use the ribbon, tabs, bullets, tables, letters/envelopes, spell check, cut, copy, paste and more.
3 Mondays​​          Feb. 23-Mar. 9​      10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
CRN 11663​          BHC ALC-Rm. 112     ​Fee $42

Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck
Level 1 – Whether you would just like to learn what email is or if you are interested in exploring the idea for your home computer, this class is a basic session on emailing. We will cover understanding email addresses, how to send, save and forward messages and more. If you have an email account, please bring to class your email address and password to access your web mail.
1 Monday​​        Apr. 13              8:30-10:30 a.m.
CRN 11664​       Outreach-Rm. 402​     Fee $21

Emailing with Attachments (Lifelong Learner class)
Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck
Prerequisite: Emailing Basics or equivalent experience
Level 1 – Do you have a document or a digital picture file that you would like to send to someone via an email attachment? Or have you received an email with an attachment and are unsure how to open, view and save the file? In this session, you will use the web mail to send and receive attachments in the classroom computer lab. Have you found an interesting website that you would like to share with a friend? Learn how to share a website link with an email.
If you have an email account, please bring to class your email address and password to access your web mail.

1 Monday ​​       Apr. 13 ​             10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
CRN 11665​       Outreach-Rm. 402 ​    Fee $21

How to Keep Your Personal Accounts (Lifelong Learner class)
Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck
Level 1 – Learn the beginning steps of how to set up an account for your personal finances using a spreadsheet program (Excel). You will learn to complete various projects such as a personal home inventory, monthly expense worksheet, checkbook register and more. Use menus and toolbars, input data, insert rows and columns, use simple formulas and change row and column widths.
2 Mondays ​       May 4-May 11         8:30-10:30 a.m.
CRN 11666​        Outreach-Rm. 402 ​    Fee $30

Sharing Photos Online​(Lifelong Learner class)​
Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck
Level 2 – Learn a new way to share your photos with friends and family. Learn to use Shutterfly, a free online photo service, to arrange your digital pictures into online albums. Learn how to send email invitations to your friends and family so they can easily view your photos as a slideshow without having to download each individual picture. Also, learn to rotate, crop, add borders, fix red-eye and more.
1 Monday​​      Apr. 20​​​               10 a.m.-Noon
CRN 11667​     Outreach-Rm. 402​      Fee $21

Creating a Photobook with Digital Pictures (Lifelong Learner class)
Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck
Prerequisite: Sharing Photos Online
Level 2 – Have you accumulated lots of digital photos but have yet to have them printed and put in a scrapbook? Create a photobook, quickly and easily, using your Shutterfly account that you opened in the Sharing Photos Online class. Select beautiful backgrounds for your pages, a cover, fancy edges for your pictures and more. Please note: It is free to create a photobook on Shutterfly, but if you choose to order an actual book, there is a cost. You may upload your photos to Shutterfly prior to class or bring them on a flash drive or CD.
1 Monday​​      Apr. 27​               10 a.m.-Noon
CRN 11668​     Outreach-Rm. 402​      Fee $21

Facebook (Lifelong Learner class)​
Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck
Level 1 – Connect to the world through Facebook. Find friends and relatives, join interest groups and more. Send messages and write on your friends’ “timelines.” View your friends’ photos and videos as well as upload your own. You will have the opportunity to set up a free Facebook account in class and learn how to secure it with the proper privacy settings. If you have an email account, please bring to class your email address and password to access your web mail.
3 Mondays​​       May 4-May 18​         10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
CRN 11669​       Outreach-Rm. 402​     Fee $42

Pinterest (Lifelong Learner class)
Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck
Level 1 – What’s all the talk about Pinterest? This class will show you why there are more than 50 million users. Pinterest is a tool for collecting and organizing the things that interest and inspire you. You can easily organize information and photos of ideas for events, crafts, home decorating, fashion, hobbies, travel, recipes and more. Learn how to “pin” items to the “boards” you create. Join us and spark your creativity!
1 Monday​​        Feb. 2             10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
CRN 11670​       BHC ALC-Rm. 112​     Fee $21

1 Monday​​        May 18          ​​​     8:30-10:30 a.m.
CRN 11671​       Outreach-Rm. 402​     Fee $21

Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck
Level 1 – This class is for the beginning user who wants to quickly learn the basics of working with a personal computer using Microsoft Windows.
Learn how to:
• Create new folders and save files
• Save to a CD & flash drive
•​Create shortcuts and more
• Plus see a preview of Microsoft Word (word processing) and Excel (spreadsheets)
A reference guide is included in the fee. Students may wish to bring a USB flash drive to class.
Windows 7
1 Tuesday​​        Feb. 10            8:30 a.m.-Noon ​
CRN 11658​        BHC ALC-Rm. 112 ​   Fee $52

1 Thursday​​       May 7             8:30 a.m.-Noon ​
CRN 11659​        Outreach-Rm. 402 ​  Fee $52

Windows 8.1
1 Tuesday​​        Mar. 24             8:30 a.m.-Noon ​
CRN 11660​       Outreach-Rm. 405 ​    Fee $52

PowerPoint 2010
Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck
Prerequisite: Word skills.
Level 1 – Learn basic skills in creating a presentation using templates; formatting and editing text; preparing and printing outlines, handouts and speaker notes; adding special effects of sound and animation; inserting graphics and tables; using transitions and timing; and running slide shows. A reference guide is included in the fee.
1 Thursday​​     Mar. 26           ​​​    8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.​
CRN 11693​       Outreach-Rm. 402​      Fee $75

Publisher 2010
Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck
Prerequisite: Windows skills.
Level 1 – Use Publisher’s templates and design elements to create professional looking marketing materials such as fliers, newsletters, brochures, business cards, letterhead and more! A reference guide is included in the fee.
1 Tuesday​​      Mar. 31             8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.​
CRN 11694​      Outreach-Rm. 402​    Fee $75

Online Surveys
Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck
Level 2 – Create free online surveys to poll, collect data or feedback from your customers, employees, or members of school, club, non-profit, or other groups. Customize survey questions, analyze, and share the results. Promote the survey with a link on your Facebook page or website. Simply design surveys in minutes to collect valuable information!
1 Thursday​     Mar. 12​              8:30-11 a.m. ​
CRN 11672​      Outreach-Rm. 402    ​ Fee $28

Word Level 1
Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck
Prerequisite: Windows skills.
Level 1 -You will learn how to create professional-looking documents with Microsoft Word 2010, the most popular and widely used word processing program.
•​Use the Ribbon​
•​Create and save documents
•​Cut, copy and paste
•​Format text and paragraphs
•​Add numbered and bulleted lists
•​Adjust margins and print
•​Use spell/grammar check

1 Friday​​        Feb. 20​​            8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.​
CRN 11675​       BHC ALC-Rm. 112​    Fee $90

1 Thursday     Apr. 16             8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.​
CRN 11674​      Outreach-Rm. 402    ​Fee $90

Word Level 2
Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck
Prerequisite: Word Level 1 or Introduction to Word 2010.
Level 2 – Create impressive documents using:
•​Styles and themes​
•​Headers and footers​
•​Graphics including pictures, clipart and Smart Art
•​Newspaper-style columns ​
•​Watermarks and more
1 Friday​​      Feb. 27​        ​​      8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.​
CRN 11676​     BHC ALC-Rm. 112      ​Fee $90

1 Thursday​​    Apr. 23​             8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.​
CRN 11677​     Outreach-Rm. 402​    Fee $90

Word Level 3
Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck
Prerequisite: Word Level 2 skills.
Level 2
•​Produce form letters, envelopes, or labels for mass mailings with the Mail Merge feature
•​Sort lists of information alphabetically or by other fields
•​Customize bullets
•​Create forms
•​Record macros
•​Generate a table of contents and index and more
1 Friday​​      Mar. 6        ​​​      8:30 a.m.-3: p.m.​
CRN 11678​     BHC ALC-Rm. 112​     Fee $90

1 Thursday​​    Apr. 30          ​​​    8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.​
CRN 11679​     Outreach-Rm. 402​     Fee $90

Excel Level 1
Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck
Prerequisite: Windows skills.
Level 1 – Learn how to use Microsoft Excel 2010, a popular spreadsheet, database and graphing program.
• Learn how to use the Excel Ribbon
• Create and save new workbooks
• Learn data entry shortcuts
• Use and create formulas
• Cut, copy and paste
• Format numbers and text
•​Adjust rows and columns
• Develop and save templates
1 Thursday​​       Feb. 12​              8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.​
CRN 11785​        BHC ALC-Rm. 112​      Tuition Fee $97

1 Tuesday​​       Apr. 14             ​ ​​  8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
CRN 11786​       Outreach-Rm. 402​       Tuition Fee $97

Excel Level 2
Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck
Prerequisite: Excel Level 1 or Introduction to Excel.
Level 2 – Enhance and develop your spreadsheet skills.
•​Customize the Ribbon
•​Use advanced formulas
•​Create 3-D formulas across multiple worksheets
•​Move, copy and color code worksheet tabs
•​Sort and filter data
•​Name ranges
•​Create charts
•​Insert graphics and more
1 Thursday​​      Feb. 19              8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.​
CRN 11787​       BHC ALC-Rm. 112     ​ Tuition Fee $97

1 Tuesday​​      Apr.21              ​​​8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
CRN 11788​      Outreach-Rm. 402       ​Tuition Fee $97

Excel Level 3
Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck
Prerequisite: Excel Level 2 skills.
Level 2 – Further develop your Excel expertise by learning how to:
•​Create and revise Pivot Tables
•​Record macros and create shortcut buttons
•​Use advanced chart features
•​Export and import data
•​Outline and subtotal data
•​Work with tables
•​Make and track comments
•​Create conditional formatting
•​Use advanced functions including LOOKUP and nested IF formulas
•​Password protect worksheets or cells and more!

1 Thursday​​ Feb. 26​​ ​8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.​
CRN 11789​ BHC ALC-Rm. 112​ Tuition Fee $97

1 Tuesday​​     Apr. 28​          8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
CRN 11790​     Outreach-Rm. 402      ​Tuition Fee $97

Access 2010
Instructor: E. Duffy
This series will teach what you need to know to work with an existing database or create one of your own. By the end of the series, you will know how to create and work with tables, queries, forms and reports. Part 1 is offered during the day and the evening. Parts 2 and 3 are offered during the day only.

Part 1
Prerequisite: Windows, Microsoft Office Word and Excel, and an understanding of a database.
You will learn to create and work with tables, the foundation of your database. Specific skills to be covered include:
creating tables, editing and modifying tables, setting field properties, finding and filtering data, creating relationships, using simple queries, and printing data.
1 Wednesday​         Mar. 4        ​​​       8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
CRN 11687            ​BHC ALC-Rm. 112​      Fee $90

1 Wednesday​ May 6​​ ​ 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
CRN 11688​ Outreach-Rm. 405​ Fee $90

Part 2
Prerequisite: Access Part 1 skills
Learn to make your data work for you. Take this class to learn to make more sophisticated queries, forms and reports. Specific skills to be covered include: creating action queries; manipulating controls; using design view, editing tools and sub-forms; and creating a PivotTable.
1 Wednesday​ Mar. 11​​​ 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
CRN 11689​ BHC ALC-Rm. 112​ Fee $90

1 Wednesday​ May 13​​​ 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
CRN 11690​ Outreach-Rm. 405​ Fee $90

Part 3
Prerequisite: Access Part 2 skills
Don’t miss this class that pulls everything together. You have made the tables, queries, forms and reports, now automate them and learn tricks to make them work better. This class shows all the things Access has to offer to someone who has Parts 1 and 2 skills. It also includes time for questions about your own database. Specific topics to be covered include: analyzing tables, exporting data to Excel and Word, using advanced query wizards, using charts, working with ActiveX controls and indexes, replicating databases, using Access and the Internet, creating and using macros and switchboards.
1 Wednesday ​ Mar. 18​​​ 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
CRN 11691​ BHC ALC-Rm. 112​ Fee $90

1 Wednesday​ May 20​ ​​ 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
CRN 11692​ Outreach-Rm. 405​ Fee $90

Adobe Photoshop Elements Basics
Instructor: E. Duffy
Level 2 – This class is designed to help the beginner learn the basic tools of Photoshop Elements and how it can be used in relation to editing photos. Images will be duplicated, resized and altered using graphic tools, filters and a variety of other media available in the program. Class will be taught using Photoshop Elements (simplified version of Photoshop CS). Whatever Photoshop Elements version you have, this course will still work for you. Bring a flash drive to class. Required textbook must be purchased at the Hawk’s Hub (the college bookstore) prior to first class.
4 Saturdays​ Mar. 7-Mar. 28​​ 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
CRN 11695​ Outreach-Rm. 405​ Tuition Fee $96

Beyond Photoshop Elements Basics
Instructor: E. Duffy
Prerequisite: Adobe Photoshop Elements Basics or knowledge of how to edit/make selections and basic tools in Photoshop.
Level 2 – Turn your photos into wall art, magazine covers, mandalas (kaleidoscope images), comics, line drawings, scrapbook pages and more. Learn to combine adjustments, filters, processing and layering to bring your photos to the next level. Bring your own photos and take home the art project, plus the knowledge needed to make more. Different projects created each week. Bring a flash drive to class. Required textbook is the same book used for the Adobe Photoshop Elements Basics course.

4 Saturdays​ Apr. 11-May 2​​ 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
CRN 11696​ Outreach-Rm 405​​ Tuition Fee $96

BHC Hawk’s Hub (bookstore) information
For a list of PaCE books, visit the Quad-Cities Hawk’s Hub page.
Click on “Buy Books – QC Campus” then click the box marked Adult Ed. Books may be purchased at the bookstore or online.

Black Hawk College sophomore horse judges ranked No. 1 nationally

Black Hawk College East Campus Horse Judging Team sophomores, coached by Aaron Callahan, finished their BHC judging careers Nov. 20 with World & Reserve World Championship placings at the American Quarter Horse World Show in Oklahoma City, Okla., earning them a No. 1 National ranking!

Team “A” came home World Champions by placing 1st in Performance, 1st in Reasons and 4th in Halter. Team “B” followed with a 1st in Halter, 2nd in Performance and 2nd in Reasons to earn Reserve World Champion berth.

This contest followed the prestigious All American Quarter Horse Congress contest in October where the team placed first Overall for the eighth time in ten years.

In World Overall Individual rankings, BHC had six students place in the top 10 rankings:

  • Danielle Neisendorf of Genoa, Ill.  – 1st Overall, 1st Reasons, 1st Performance, 5th Halter
  • Marissa Chapa of Maple Park, Ill. – 2nd Overall, 3rd Reasons, 4th Performance, 6th Halter
  • Rachel Riddle of Stanford, Ill. – 3rd Overall, 4th  Reasons, 6th Performance
  • Breanna Grebin of Rochester, Minn. – 4th Overall, 2nd Performance, 6th Reasons
  • Makayla Maciejewski of Downs, Ill. – 5th Overall, 2nd Halter, 5th Performance, 8th Reasons
  • Jamie Wall of Pierceton, Ind. – 8th Overall, 3rd Performance, 10th Reasons
  • Riley Ryburn of Earlville, Ill. – 9th Reasons, 10th Performance
  • Skylee Hemp of Milford, Ill. – 7th  Performance
  • Shelby Riley of Noblesville, Ind. – 9th Halter

Rounding out the two teams were Heather Dufek of Platteville, Wis. and Bella Frisk of Atkinson, Ill.

“So proud to be able to say I am part of a team that went Grand & Reserve at World! It’s been quite the journey the past year and a half but I wouldn’t change it for anything,” team member Riley Ryburn posted on Facebook.

“I feel blessed to have competed with such an amazing team that has pushed me to become better every step of the way. And I am so lucky to have the best coaches out there. The experiences, skills, and memories I have taken from judging at BHE are priceless and I will always be grateful for them,” she wrote.

Team member Skylee Hemp posted, “So proud of all my teammates today! It’s been an long emotional last year and half and all the hard work has paid off.

“Thank you Aaron Callahan, we wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for you!” she wrote.

“Black Hawk College out-scored all 2 and 4 year colleges by nearly 30 points! Winning gold buckles to the top team and leather jackets to the top two teams,” were the proud comments from Coach Aaron Callahan.

Two past BHE grads, Ashley Hansen of Muscatine, Iowa and Grace Guyer of Kokomo, Ind., were on the Sr. college world champion team for West Texas A&M.

Students win BHC scholarship essay contest

Congratulations to Quad-Cities Campus students James Garlock of Silvis and Maureen Roland of Moline, first and second place winners in Black Hawk College’s 2014 Thomas Batell Scholarship Essay Contest.

Student essays had to address the contest theme, “How My Community College Has Changed My Life.”

Garlock received $200 for his first-place essay. Roland received $100 for her second-place essay.

Garlock’s essay also becomes the college’s entry into the Illinois Community College Trustees Association’s 2015 Paul Simon Student Essay Contest. The ICCTA contest provides a $500 scholarship to the student who best describes “How My Community College Has Changed My Life.”


Last updated 12/18/2014

Vietnam vets donate $1,500 to student scholarships

Vietnam Vets donation 2014-2 (web)

Pictured from left to right are: VVA chapter president Terry Lynch; catering chair Ray Hamilton; Dr. Bettie Truitt, Black Hawk College interim president; and Jessica Malcheff, executive director of the Black Hawk College QC Foundation.

The Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Quad Cities Chapter 299 recently donated $1,500 to the Black Hawk College Quad-Cities Foundation for student scholarships.

Chapter president Terry Lynch of Moline (left) and catering chair Ray Hamilton of Port Byron presented the check to Dr. Bettie Truitt, Black Hawk College interim president, and Jessica Malcheff, executive director of the Black Hawk College QC Foundation.

The money was generated by concession sales at the Sept. 28 Quad City’s Vintage Rods Annual Car Show at the Quad-Cities Campus.

The new VVA scholarship was awarded this fall to two Quad-Cities Campus students for the 2014-15 school year.

Any veteran or active duty military member from any branch of the service may apply for the scholarship. Foundation scholarship applications will be available March 1 at


Last updated 12/18/2014

Buy tacos Jan. 10 to support BHC softball team

The Black Hawk College Braves softball team will host its annual taco dinner fundraiser Saturday, Jan. 10 from 2-6 p.m. at American Legion Post #227, 829 16th Ave., East Moline. Cost will be $7 for an order of tacos and dessert. There also will be a live auction, 50/50 drawing, raffle prizes and a cash bar.

Winter driving tips

Monthly safety tip from your Black Hawk College Safety Committee

It’s that time of year where snow falls and ice begins to form. With holiday celebrations right around the corner, here are some winter driving tips that may help keep you safe this year.

  • Never warm up your vehicle in an enclosed or small area, such as a garage.
  • Maintain your car. Check your battery, tire tread and antifreeze.
  • Check your windshield wipers. Make sure your windows provide proper visibility (you may need to scrap them for thicker frost).
  • Be sure you have no-freeze fluid in the washer reservoir.
  • Make sure tires are properly inflated. Colder weather causes tire pressures to decrease.
  • In winter it’s always a good idea to keep your gas tank at least half full as it helps keep your fuel line from freezing.
  • Avoid using your parking brake in winter conditions.
  • Always buckle up and use child safety seats properly. Never place a rear-facing infant seat in front of an airbag.
  • Never use cruise control when snow or ice is present.
  • In winter conditions, the following distance you use should be farther away.  Accelerate and brake slowly to gain traction and avoid sliding. When braking, apply steady gradual pressure (threshold braking).
  • Always give yourself enough time to get places. Never be in a rush. Check the weather forecast as everything takes longer in winter conditions i.e. accelerating, turning and braking.
  • When traveling a long distance, let others know your route and arrival time and be sure you are familiar with the maps and directions to your location.
  • Avoid fatigue. Get plenty of rest before a trip and stop at least every three hours.
  • Have on hand – flashlight, jumper cables, abrasive material (sand, kitty litter, even floor mats), shovel, snow brush and ice scraper, warning devices (such as flares) and blankets. For long trips, add food and water, medication and cell phone.
  • Stopped or stalled?  Stay with your car and don’t over exert yourself.  Put bright markers on antenna or windows.  If you run your car, clear the exhaust pipe and run the car just enough to stay warm.

Disclaimer: The tips provided are for information only to increase safety awareness. 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, but as always, check with your care provider before making any changes.

OSHA Safe Winter Driving


Register kids now for January Swim School

The next Swim School for youths begins in January at the Quad-Cities Campus in Moline.

Youths ages 4-15 can learn how swim or improve their skills at the BHC Community Aquatic Center.

Each Swim School session is six weeks. Cost is $40 per session.

Choose from these class times:

  • Saturdays, Jan. 3 to Feb. 7 – 9:15-10 a.m. or 10:15-11 a.m.
  • Wednesdays, Jan. 7 to Feb. 11 – 5:15-6 p.m., 6:15-7 p.m. or 7:15-8 p.m.

The deadline to register for Saturday morning classes is Tuesday, Dec. 23.
The deadline to register for Wednesday night classes is Tuesday, Jan. 6

To register, call 309-796-5603. For more information, visit or e-mail

Truitt named new president of Black Hawk College

Bettie Truitt 5-12 (web)The Black Hawk College Board of Trustees has offered Dr. Bettie A. Truitt the position of president of Black Hawk College effective Jan. 1, 2015.

Dr. Truitt has been serving as interim president since July 1.

“In the six months she has filled that role, she has met many unanticipated institutional challenges with efficiency, intelligence and grace,” said David Emerick, chair of the Black Hawk College Board of Trustees.

“In every way, Dr. Truitt has demonstrated her ability to rise to the challenges of the presidency of Black Hawk College.”

Dr. Truitt began her career at Black Hawk College in 1989 as a full-time mathematics instructor. In her years on the faculty she was widely recognized as a student-centered teacher, a doctoral scholar earning her Ph. D. in mathematics education, statistics, higher education policy and planning from the University of Iowa. She had leadership roles on numerous internal and external committees and as faculty representative in IFT contract negotiations.

From 2007-12, she was dean of instruction and academic support where, in addition to the responsibilities of that office, she continued her involvement in contract negotiations internally and as an AQIP strategy forum facilitator for the Higher Learning Commission.

In 2012, Dr. Truitt became vice president for instruction. In 2013, she added student services to her vice-presidential responsibilities, and in June 2014 she assumed the additional duties of executive vice president.

“Regardless of the role I’ve been in, Black Hawk College has been a large and rewarding part of my life,” Dr. Truitt said. “We come to work each day knowing we can impact our students and help them achieve fulfilling lives.

“I appreciate the support of the Board of Trustees and look forward to working with the board. I also look forward to working with the faculty and staff. They are the people who make Black Hawk the special place that it is,” she added.

Dr. Truitt’s contract as president will be Jan. 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016.



Last updated 12/10/2014

Vintage Rods donates $3,000 to student scholarship fund

Vintage Rods donation 2014 (web)

Quad City’s Vintage Rods Car Show co-chairs Mike McNeil (left) of East Moline and Gary Miller of East Moline presented a $3,000 check Nov. 25 to Jessica Malcheff, executive director of the BHC QC Foundation, and Dr. Bettie Truitt (right), Black Hawk College interim president.

Quad City’s Vintage Rods recently donated $3,000 to the Black Hawk College Quad Cities Foundation to support a student scholarship.

Since 1984, the car club has given more than $66,500 to the foundation and has donated to the college for more consecutive years than any other organization.

The donations are generated by gate admissions to the group’s annual car show held every fall at the college’s Quad-Cities Campus.

The 43rd Quad City’s Vintage Rods Annual Car Show was Sept. 28, 2014, and attracted more than 450 registered antique cars, hot rods, street rods and special interest vehicles. Approximately 1,200 adult spectators attended the event.

The donation supports the Vintage Rods scholarship, which is available to Quad-Cities Campus students with excellent academic performance. Four students received a scholarship in Fall 2014, four students received a scholarship in Fall 2013, and five students received a scholarship in Fall 2012.



Last updated 12/4/2014

Trustee nominating petitions due Dec. 22

Nominating petitions for the 2015 Black Hawk College Board of Trustees election 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.

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.

For more information, call 309-796-5933.