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New students: Register now for orientation

New Black Hawk College students are encouraged to register now for Welcome Week Orientation.

The orientation process helps college students learn more about success strategies, services available to students, college terminology and vocabulary, locations and resources on campus.

The Quad-Cities Campus orientation sessions will be:

  • Thursday, Aug. 11 from 3-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 13 from 9-11 a.m.

The East Campus orientation session will be:

  • Friday, Aug. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon

To register, go to

GED, adult ed classes begin Aug. 9

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.

A new session will begin Tuesday, Aug. 9.

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 7/21/2016

Orientations July 29, Aug. 1 for highway construction training

BHC Lot 1 May 2016 - webInterested in working in highway construction?

A new session of the Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP) at Black Hawk College begins Monday, Aug. 15.

The 13-week program aims to increase the number of minorities, women and disadvantaged individuals working on Illinois Department of Transportation projects.

The intensive training is 36 hours per week. There is no cost to those who are interviewed and accepted into the program.

Eligible candidates must be 18 or older, have a high school diploma or GED, have a valid driver’s license, be interested in the construction trades, and be drug-free.

Interested students MUST attend one of these orientation sessions:

  • Friday, July 29 at 10 a.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 1 at 1 p.m.

To register for orientation, contact Paul Fessler at 309-796-5729 or

The HCCTP is funded by a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Brissman Foundation donates $45,000 for BHC scholarships

The Black Hawk College Quad-Cities Foundation has received two donations totaling $45,000 from the Grant W. Brissman and Virginia M. Brissman Foundation. The donations will fund scholarships for Milan, Ill., residents who attend the college’s Quad-Cities Campus in Moline.

The private Brissman Foundation started in 2011 and is managed by the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend. The Brissman Foundation distributes charitable funds to nonprofit organizations to help to improve the quality of life in Milan.

“The Brissman family wanted to encourage people from Milan to get a good education and have the opportunity for education locally,” said Kelly Thompson, director of programs at the Community Foundation.

“They hoped people would be able to find well-paying, meaningful work to allow them to stay in the region and contribute to the community,” Thompson said.

“The Brissman Foundation’s generosity will make an incredible impact on the lives of Black Hawk College students residing in Milan,” said Jessica Malcheff, executive director of the Black Hawk College QC Foundation.

The inaugural Brissman Scholarship has been awarded to a student for the 2016-17 school year.

“With these endowed funds, we will be able to provide numerous scholarships each year for years to come,” Malcheff said.

“Donors like Grant and Virginia Brissman – who looked toward the future of their community by establishing these funds – only serve to enhance the lives of community members who seek to improve their life through learning,” Malcheff said.

Grant Brissman was a pioneer Milan business owner, starting Brissman’s Auto Supply in 1948. The business served Milan and the surrounding communities for almost 30 years before he retired in 1978. He was also a founding director and shareholder of Blackhawk State Bank in Milan, where he served on the board of directors for many years.

Virginia Brissman worked for Illinois Bell Telephone Company for 40 years before retiring in 1977 as a schedule clerk. They had been married for 60 years when Grant died in 2004 at age 88. Virginia died in 2010 at the age of 94. The Brissman Foundation was established through their estates.

For more information about the Black Hawk College Quad-Cities Foundation, visit

For more information about the Brissman Foundation, visit


Last updated 7/21/2016

BHC receives $12,000 adult literacy grant from Dollar General

Businesswoman writing the words adult educationBlack Hawk College’s Adult Education & Literacy Department recently received a $12,000 adult literacy grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

The grant is part of more than $7.1 million awarded to 900 schools, nonprofits and organizations in the 43 states that Dollar General serves.

Black Hawk College Adult Education & Literacy classes provide students with basic academic skills that assist them in transitioning to employment, training and post-secondary education.

“The grant will greatly enhance the opportunity for adult education and literacy students to advance both professionally and academically,” said Bianca Perkins, director of adult education at Black Hawk College.

“We are honored to have been chosen as one of this year’s grant recipients,” Perkins said.

Black Hawk College Adult Education & Literacy classes are offered at no cost to students and are conducted in a variety of locations in the Quad Cities, Kewanee and Aledo. A new session will begin Tuesday, Aug. 9.

For more information, call 309-796-8216 or visit


Last updated 7/19/2016

Did you apply for a scholarship from the BHC Foundation?

The Black Hawk College QC Foundation and the Black Hawk College East Foundation have awarded scholarships for 2016-17.

Students – Check your myBlackHawk email for a message from The subject will be “Award notification.” The email will NOT come from a address. If you do not find the notification in your inbox, please check your junk mail.

All students who have completed an application through Scholarship Manager will receive an email.


Last updated 7/14/2016

Apply by Aug. 1 for new Veterinary Assisting program

veterinary assistant

Veterinary sciences is an exciting and expanding field with many diverse career opportunities. This fall, Black Hawk College will launch a new Veterinary Assisting Certificate Program at two college locations.

The one-year program is ideal for those who want to combine their interest in science with their compassion for animals.

The program will be offered at the college’s East Campus near Kewanee and the Quad-Cities Campus in Moline. Only 24 students per campus will be accepted each fall.

Students must apply by Monday, Aug. 1. The program has a fall-only start with classes beginning Monday, Aug. 22. The application can be found at

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (May 2015), employment of veterinary assistants is projected to grow 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers will be needed to assist veterinarians and other veterinary care staff.

Veterinary assistants may perform duties such as:

  • Kennel work
  • Assisting with the handling of animals
  • Feeding and exercising animals
  • Cleaning and setting up equipment
  • Clerical work

For more information, visit or contact Michelle Trommer, DVM, at or 309-854-1985.


Last updated 7/11/2016

Have you registered for fall classes?

Stopwatch - the time is nowDon’t procrastinate and miss out on the classes you want – or need – to take this fall!

Register now – fall classes begin Monday, Aug. 22.

Download the fall class schedule or view it as a flipbook at

For more information, contact Enrollment Services by e-mail at or call:

• East Campus – 309-854-1703
• Quad-Cities Campus – 309-796-5300

Need to connect with an advisor? Visit for contact information.

College education and how it can apply to horse training

On the Better Horses Network show hosted by Sharon Camarillo, Black Hawk College faculty member Donna Irvin and student Amanda Love discuss college education and how it can apply to horse training.

Listen to the show here.

BHC East Campus student-athletes win academic, athletic awards

WarriorsBlack Hawk College East Campus student-athletes recently earned the following awards from the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

NJCAA Academic All-American Banner Award winners
(45 credits or more with a 3.60 GPA or higher)

  • Jessica Crabtree, Lenzburg, IL – women’s volleyball – Superior (3.80-3.99 GPA)
  • Katie Miller, Cambridge, IL – women’s volleyball and women’s basketball – Pinnacle (4.0 GPA)
  • Alexis Smith, Plano, IL – women’s volleyball – Exemplary (3.60-3.79 GPA)
  • Lindsey Sunderlage, Kingston, IL – women’s volleyball – Superior (3.80-3.99 GPA)

NJCAA Athletic All-American for Women’s Basketball 2015-2016

  • Sarah Hansen, Neponset, IL – 1st Team

Arrowhead Conference Athletic All-Conference

  • Men’s basketball
    • Devonte Myles, Tampa, FL – 1st Team
    • Bradley Nairn, Nassau, Bahamas – 1st Team
    • Jabari Antwine, Chicago, IL – 2nd Team
  • Women’s basketball
    • Sarah Hansen, Neponset, IL – 1st Team

Arrowhead Conference Academic All-Conference – Earn a 3.0 GPA or higher during the 2015-2016 academic season.

  • Women’s volleyball – Madelyn Baker (Pekin, IL), Alexis Smith (Plano, IL), Lindsey Sunderlage (Kingston, IL), Jessica Crabtree (Lenzburg, IL) and Katie Miller (Cambridge, IL)
  • Women’s basketball – Sinora Cole (Coral Springs, FL), Ashley Lomavaya (Scottsdale, AZ) and Madisyn Paxson (Kewanee, IL)
  • Men’s basketball – Karson Arrenholz (Delavan, IL), Joseph Colclasure (Monmouth, IL), Devonte Myles (Tampa, FL), Bradley Nairn (Nassau, Bahamas), Gael Tremsal (Plancherine, France) and Chika Ubah (Spring, TX)


Last updated 7/1/2016