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ArtSpace Gallery exhibit

February 13 - March 9
Thu 23

Board of Trustees meeting

February 23 @ 6:00 pm
Thu 23

FYI Night

February 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sat 25

Scholastic Bowl

February 25 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Burn awareness

Monthly safety tip from your Black Hawk College Safety Committee

Approximately every 60 seconds someone in the U.S. sustains a burn injury serious enough to require treatment. In 2016, the leading causes for burns in the U.S. were:

  • 41% – fire/flame
  • 33% – scalding (hot liquid/steam)
  • 9% – contact with hot object
  • 3% – electrical
  • 3% – chemical
  • 11% – other

Burns can occur at Black Hawk College in the obvious places such as the welding or science labs, but they can also occur in the employee lounge after removing a hot food item or beverage from the microwave. Sometimes the machinery we use can get heated creating a potential burn exposure to the hot surface. Regardless of source, burns are serious injuries and we need to be alert to all possible sources to prevent burns from occurring in the first place.

Burns are typically divided into three categories: first-degree or superficial burns; second-degree or partial thickness burns; and third-degree or full thickness burns. Initial first-aid treatment for first-degree burns include:

  • Cooling the burn with running cool (not cold) water for at least five (5) minutes.
  • Remove all jewelry, watches, rings and clothing around the burned area as soon as possible.
  • Administer an over-the-counter pain reliever (ibuprofen, acetaminophen) for pain.
  • Loosely cover the burn with a sterile bandage or clean cloth, avoiding putting too much pressure on the burn tissue.
  • For small area burns, apply soothing lotions that contains aloe vera to the burned area to help relieve the pain and discomfort.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.

Regardless of degree, it is always advisable to seek medical attention for a burn as soon as possible.

For additional first-aid information for burns:

For additional information on burns in general:


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.

BHC hosting Scholastic Bowl Saturday, Feb. 25

Black Hawk College East Campus is proud to host the 2017 Lincoln Trail Conference Scholastic Bowl Meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25.

More than 100 high school students from 10 schools in the Lincoln Trail Conference will compete against each other to answer questions from a variety of categories, such as history, literature, mathematics, music and science.

Want a pool job this summer? Take lifeguard training now

lifeguards for webBecome a lifeguard by training at the Quad-Cities Campus.

Students must be:

  • At least 15 years old
  • Able to swim 300 yards
  • Able to retrieve a diving brick from the deep end and swim 20 yards with the brick
  • Able to swim with head and eyes in water without goggles

The class will meet:

  • Friday, March 3 from 5-9 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 5 from 12:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 10 from 5-9 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost is $195.

For more information or to register, call 309-796-5601.

Apply by March 7 for East CNA scholarship

bhc east foundation logoThe Black Hawk College East Foundation has two $500 scholarships available for students enrolling in the March 21 Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program at the BHC Community Education Center in downtown Kewanee.

The eight-week program trains students to work as certified nursing assistants (CNAs) to assist nurses in direct patient care. The program includes 80 hours in the classroom and 40 hours of clinical training.

Because the CNA program does not qualify for traditional financial aid, the BHC East Foundation uses private support to make the program more affordable and accessible.

The scholarships available are the BHC East Foundation CNA Scholarship and the Barbara J. Curran Golby Memorial CNA Scholarship. Golby was a nurse in the Kewanee area for nearly 50 years and spent the last 10 years of her career teaching CNA students at the college’s East Campus.

Prospective students may pick up the scholarship application at the BHC Community Education Center, 404 E. Third St., Kewanee, or at the BHC East Foundation Office in Building A, Room 103 at the college’s East Campus, 26230 Black Hawk Road, Galva (five miles south of Kewanee).

The application deadline is Tuesday, March 7.

For more information about the CNA scholarships, contact Liz Breedlove at 309-854-1715 or

For more information about the CNA program, contact David Harris at 309-854-1875 or


Last updated 2/9/2017

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.

The Spring 2017 PINS meetings are:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 15 from 2-2:50 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 23 from 12:30-1:20 p.m.

Quad-Cities Campus: All meetings will be in the Health Sciences Center (HSC), Room 204.

East Campus:
Feb. 15 – Building A, Room 123
March 23 – Building A in the library in Room 132a

For more information, call 309-796-5100.

QC Campus students – See an advisor in February, March

BHC students collect scarves for cancer patients

The Black Hawk College International Student Association Mentor/Mentee Program recently collected scarves to donate to Gilda’s Club of the Quad Cities for women undergoing cancer treatment.

Blackhawk Bank & Trust employees also donated scarves. The collection was coordinated by bank employee and BHC alumnus Adama Ouattara.

BHC international students Muna Juma (left) and Adele Toussou (middle) presented the 70 scarves to Pam Tone, Gilda’s Club office manager.



Last updated 2/2/2017

Hands-on health career exploration for grades 8-12

Health Career Pathway Program LogoStudents in grades 8-12 are invited to get hands-on experience exploring health care careers in the new Health Sciences Center at Black Hawk College.

For two Saturday mornings – Feb. 25 and March 4 – students will learn how to draw blood using a mannequin arm, take blood pressure readings
on each other and interact with simulated patients in a mock hospital room.

Presented by Black Hawk College health sciences instructors, the Health Career Pathway Program will introduce teens to these careers:

  • Medical assistant
  • CNA (certified nursing assistant)
  • LPN (licensed practical nurse)
  • RN (registered nurse)
  • EMT (emergency medical technician)
  • Physical therapist assistant

The Health Career Pathway Program will be from 8 a.m. to noon. Students will attend three classes Feb. 25 and three different classes March 4.

Cost is $105. For more information, call 309-796-8223 or visit this page.

Spring GED, adult ed classes underway

Businesswoman writing the words adult educationBlack Hawk College offers GED, adult education, adult literacy and high school completion classes at no cost to students at a variety of locations.

Class registration takes place every three weeks throughout the school year.

For more information, visit or call or visit one of these learning sites:

Black Hawk College Outreach Center
301 Avenue of the Cities, East Moline

Black Hawk College Adult Learning Center
4610 Black Hawk Commons Drive, Rock Island

Black Hawk College Community Education Center
404 E. Third St., Kewanee

High Roads Advantage
2004 SE Third St., Aledo


Last updated 1/11/2017

Vintage Rods donates $3,000 to student scholarship fund

Quad City’s Vintage Rods club members Gary Miller of East Moline (left) and Ron Stritesky of Milan (right) presented a $3,000 donation to Dr. Bettie Truitt, Black Hawk College president, and Maureen Dickinson, executive director of the BHC QC Foundation (right).

Quad City’s Vintage Rods car club recently donated $3,000 to the Black Hawk College Quad-Cities Foundation to support student scholarships.

Since 1984, Quad City’s Vintage Rods car club has given more than $73,000 to the Black Hawk College 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 45th Quad City’s Vintage Rods Annual Car Show was Sept. 25, 2016, and attracted more than 410 registered antique cars, hot rods, street rods and special interest vehicles.

The donation supports the Vintage Rods scholarship, which is available to Quad-Cities Campus students with excellent academic performance. Three students received a scholarship in Fall 2016, two students received a scholarship in Fall 2015, and four students received a scholarship in Fall 2014.


Last updated 12/22/2016