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Volunteers needed to tutor adult readers

SThe Black Hawk College Literacy is For Everyone (LIFE) program needs new volunteers to tutor adults who cannot read beyond the 9th grade level.

Tutors are needed for GED students, English as a Second Language students and students who struggle with learning disabilities (many with reading grade levels 0-2).

Tutoring times will be determined by the tutor and the student. The ideal volunteer time commitment is one to three hours per week during the school year.

For more information, contact Jane Duax at or 309-796-5703.

BHC closed Friday, July 3

Since July 4, 2015, falls on a Saturday, the college will be closed Friday, July 3 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

Horses help break ground for new BHC Veterinary Technology Center

two horses

Two horses pulling a plow helped Black Hawk College officials break ground June 16, 2015, for the new Veterinary Technology Center at the college’s East Campus south of Kewanee.

The facility will house the college’s new 80-credit-hour Veterinary Technology Associate of Applied Science program and two corresponding certificate programs.

Students will learn in the new state-of-the-art teaching facility and hospital where live animal cases and practical hands-on experience will fulfill USDA-mandated skills and tasks requirements.

View photos from the groundbreaking ceremony.

Media coverage:
Kewanee Star Courier – Ground broken for BHC’s new Vet Tech Center
WKEI/WYEC – Black Hawk College Holding Groundbreaking for Veterinary Technology Center
Dispatch/Argus – BHC plows ahead with vet center
WVIK story – New BHC Vet Tech Center

QUICK FACTS about the Veterinary Technology Center:

Total square footage – 19,000 square feet

  • Free-standing, one-story facility on the west side of campus.
  • Main building (16,200 square feet) – teaching hospital, auditorium, classroom, two labs, large animal room, conference room, faculty offices,storage and support spaces.
  • Detached animal ward (2,800 square feet) – separate dog and cat sleeping and play areas and an outdoor play area.

Total project cost – $7.85 million

  • Veterinary Technology Center – $6,974,000.
  • Ring road – new west entry and drive needed to access the Veterinary Technology Center and improve traffic patterns on campus for public safety in alignment with the facilities master plan. – $875,000.

The college anticipates the project will be completed in June 2016 with classes in the building in August 2016.

BHC hosting boys basketball camps in Kewanee


The East Campus Warriors and head coach Chance Jones are hosting three basketball camps for boys this summer.

The cost for all camps is $40 per player. All camps will be at the Kewanee National Guard Armory. Click on the links for additional information and registration forms.

July 27-29
Warrior Basketball Championship Camps will cover fundamental skills and shooting for boys entering grades 3-8.

  • 3rd-5th grades will be from 9-10:30 a.m.
  • 6th-8th grades will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon

Aug. 5-7
Warrior Basketball Elite Camp is for boys entering grades 9-12. This camp is geared toward serious basketball players who have a desire to be coached and challenged by college coaches. Camp will be from 6-7:30 p.m.

Jon-Luc at Disney

Hey! This is Jon-Luc! I’ll be talking about my time I spent at Black Hawk College and my duration here at Disney World! I went to BHC from Fall 2011 to Spring 2014 and my major was Elementary Education. The teachers are absolutely awesome and the classes definitely gave me the skills it took to get my Associate’s Degree. When I first heard about the Disney internship, I thought to myself “There is no way I can afford this” but something this past semester told me to go for it. So I did. I applied on February 21 and I got accepted March 12. My role is Custodial (top role) at Magic Kingdom (top choice of work). I live at Patterson Court with 5 roommates. It was hard adjusting at first because it’s so different here versus the Quad-Cities. It definitely rains more than back home. Disney goes by a standard of work called the Four Keys: Safety, Courtesy, Show, and Efficiency (in the order of importance). Without all 4 keys, Disney wouldn’t be what it is today. My experience, so far, has given me a wonderful first hand experience of what I will need when I become a teacher. Every night I see Wishes (the fireworks spectacular at MK) and it seems like it’s the first time I have ever seen them. I enjoy making guests smile and showing them how to get to Space Mountain or where to buy a turkey leg (which is only at one place at MK and that’s at Frontierland). I think I was meant to do this program because my mom’s side of the family all worked for Disney at Grand Floridian Resort and Fort Wilderness Resort. I can’t wait to see what else Disney has to offer me!



BHC students, trustees win awards from state association

Daniel Hintzke student trustee 2014-15 (web)Black Hawk College students and trustees received awards June 5 from the Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA) at ceremonies in Schaumburg.

Gigi Campbell Student Trustee Excellence Award – Daniel Hintzke of Colona, a 2015 Quad-Cities Campus graduate who served as student trustee for 2014-15, was chosen from seven nominees to receive this award.

Paul Simon Student Essay Contest – Colleges may enter only one student essay in the statewide competition. The essay topic is “How My Community College Has Changed My Life.” James Garlock of Silvis received Honorable Mention (second place) out of 19 entries.


Trustees Emerick Beck Black (web)Trustee Education Awards – This award recognizes outstanding achievement in the area of professional development. Recipients have participated in 15 or more ICCTA seminars. First-time recipient honors went to BHC trustees Dorothy Beck of Rock Island, Tim Black of Galva and David L. Emerick, Jr. of Rock Island.


Donna Frye ICCTA 6-5-15 (small)


Lifetime Membership – Community colleges may honor their outstanding and retiring board members for their service and contributions to the community college movement by awarding them with an ICCTA Lifetime Membership. Former trustee Donna Frye of Moline was presented with the membership. Other lifetime members are former BHC Board of Trustees chairs Evelyn Phillips and Steve Spivey.

Is sunscreen enough protection against the sun?

Monthly safety tip from your Black Hawk College Safety Committee

Is sunscreen enough protection against the sun? Get the facts about sunscreen:

  • Sunscreen is a product that you put on your skin to protect it from the sun’s UV rays. But it’s important to know that sunscreen is just a filter – it does not block all UV rays. Sunscreen should not be used as a way to prolong your time in the sun. Even with proper sunscreen use, some UV rays get through, which is why using other forms of sun protection is also important.
  • Sunscreens are available in many forms – lotions, creams, ointments, gels, sprays, wipes and lip balms – to name a few.
  • Some cosmetics – such as moisturizers, lipsticks  and foundations – are considered sunscreen products if they have sunscreen. Some makeup contains sunscreen, but you have to check the label. Makeup, including lipstick, without sunscreen does not provide sun protection.
  • When choosing a sunscreen product, be sure to read the label. Sunscreens with broad spectrum protection (against both UVA and UVB rays) and with sun protection factor (SPF) values of 30 or higher are recommended.
  • The SPF number is the level of protection the sunscreen provides against UVB rays, which are the main cause of sunburn. A higher SPF number means more UVB protection (although it says nothing about UVA protection). For example, when applying an SPF 30 sunscreen correctly, you get the equivalent of one minute of UVB rays for each 30 minutes you spend in the sun. So, one hour in the sun wearing SPF 30 sunscreen is the same as spending two minutes totally unprotected. People often do not apply enough sunscreen, so they get less actual protection.
  • Sunscreen products can only be labeled “broad spectrum” if they have been tested and shown to protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Some of the chemicals in sunscreens that help protect against UVA rays include avobenzone (Parsol 1789), ecamsule, zinc oxide, and titanium dioxide.
  • Only broad spectrum sunscreen products with an SPF 15 or higher can state that they help protect against skin cancer and early skin aging if used as directed with other sun protection measures.
  • Sunscreens are no longer allowed to be labeled as “waterproof” or “sweatproof” because these terms can be misleading. Sunscreens can claim to be “water-resistant,” but they have to state whether they protect the skin for 40 or 80 minutes of swimming or sweating, based on testing.
  • Check the expiration date on the sunscreen to be sure it’s still effective. Most sunscreen products are good for at least two to three years, but you may need to shake the bottle to remix the sunscreen ingredients. Sunscreens that have been exposed to heat for long periods, such as if they were kept in a glove box or car trunk through the summer, may be less effective.

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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.

Groundbreaking June 16 for BHC Veterinary Technology Center


Black Hawk College
East Campus
Veterinary Technology Center
Groundbreaking Ceremony
Tuesday, June 16 at 4 p.m.

26230 Black Hawk Road
Galva, IL 61434

Guests may park in Lot B.

Refreshments will be served after the ceremony.

For more information, contact Kelly Craig at or 309-854-1722.

QC Alumni Hall of Fame nominations due July 6

The community is invited to nominate outstanding Black Hawk College Quad-Cities Campus alumni to be inducted into the 2015 Alumni Hall of Fame.

The first 50 nominations received will be considered, and nomination forms will be accepted through Monday, July 6.

Black Hawk College Hall of Fame award criteria includes:

  • Outstanding distinction and success in chosen field.
  • Humanitarian service which has proven beneficial to society.
  • Completed at least 30 college credit hours at the Quad-Cities Campus.

Honorees will be celebrated at the 2015 Alumni Hall of Fame reception at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13 at the Quad-Cities Campus in Moline.

For a nomination form, contact Jessica Malcheff, executive director of the Black Hawk College Quad-Cities Foundation, at or 309-796-5052.

We hope you will be able to join us as we celebrate the achievements of our Black Hawk College alumni and their service to our community!



IT Support Technician Certificate

Last updated 6/2/2015

Code: 5775

Program Contacts:
QC Campus
Jamie Hill, 309-796-5284,
Don Mosier, 309-796-5278,

This degree is offered only at the Quad-Cities Campus.

The IT Support Technician Certificate prepares individuals for positions in computer operations, maintenance, and repair of personal computers. The program develops computer technicians that will assume the responsibilities of hardware maintenance, application assistance, and software support in commercial and industrial environments. Graduates from this program will be responsible for installing software, troubleshooting and repairing or replacing faulty components (disks, memory, I/O devices, etc.), assisting with computer-related purchases and inventories, supporting peripheral devices (i.e., printers, monitors, scanners), and performing basic computer maintenance.

Students starting this program and wishing to continue their education can do so with the Computer Information Technology – IT Support Technician Track AAS.

Opportunities for employment exist in commercial, business, and industrial environments. Typical positions include field service personnel, help desk, and computer system support staff.

Computer Information Technology-IT Support Technician Certificate
Code: 5775
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
First Semester
*ENGT 105 — PC Applications in Technology (3)
ITS 110 — Basic Electronics (3)
ITS 116 — Computer Hardware (3)
ITS 125 — IT Professional Skills (1)
NETW 120 — Basic Computer Networks (3)
NETW 210 — Windows Workstation – fall only (3)

Second Semester
ITS 112 — Operating Systems (3)
ITS 118 — Computer Troubleshooting (3)
ITS 180 — Desktop Application Support – spring only (3)
ITS 216 — Advanced PC Hardware/A+ Prep (3)
NETW 215 — Windows Server (3)

Minimum total hours required for degree (31)

*May substitute with CS 100 (3)

Courses for this program include: »

ENGT 105 PC Applications in Technology
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
A course designed for developing computer communicating information skills in an Engineering Technology career environment. Course focuses on needed computer operator skills; usage of current computer operating systems software and utilities; Microsoft’s Office application software Word, Excel, and Internet Explorer; Productivity software: Outlook; and Simulation software Automation Studio.

ITS 110 Basic Electronics
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
A course in basic electronics for students pursuing the Computer Information Technology degree or IT support Technician AAS degree or Certificate. Includes fundamental DC and AC concepts, common electronic components and basic circuits, with an emphasis on their application in PCs and peripherals.

ITS 112 Operating Systems
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
This is a course on Computer Operating Systems. The two operating systems of focus are Windows and Linux. Each will be explored independently in a comparative fashion with a primary focus on the usage of the command-line interfaces.

ITS 116 Computer Hardware
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
This course is an introduction to computer hardware components, from a technician’s perspective. Content includes motherboard, CPU, memory, storage devices, and I/O devices, etc. Emphasis is on installation and repair, as well as hardware/software interaction. Not an A+ Certification prep course, but provides a foundation for future pursuit of this credential.

ITS 118 Computer Troubleshooting
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ITS 116 “C” or better.
This course provides an introduction to computer support, troubleshooting methodologies, and routine computer maintenance and repair.

ITS 125 IT Professional Skills
1 cr. hr.;
1 lecture hour; 0 lab hours per week.
This course is designed to enhance students’ professional skills, especially those of value in the Information Technology field. Topics include discussion of workplace issues, development of job-seeking strategies, and enhancement of interpersonal skills.

ITS 180 Desktop Application Support
3 cr. hr.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: CS 100 and NETW 120 “C” or better, or instructor consent.
A course on supporting, configuring and troubleshooting common desktop PC application programs, providing hands-on as well as classroom experience. Content covers Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Outlook, etc., in a networked office environment. Students should be familiar with current Microsoft operating systems, basic network operation, and desktop applications from a user standpoint.

ITS 216 Advanced PC Hardware/A+ Prep
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: ITS 116 and ITS 112 and NETW 120 or instructor consent.
An advanced capstone course in computer hardware installation, troubleshooting and repair, with an emphasis on preparing the student to take the CompTIA A+ Certified Technician certification exams. Students will take the CompTIA exams as a requirement for course completion.

NETW 120 Basic Computer Networks
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
An introductory course in networking for the technical student. Includes basic network hardware, software, troubleshooting, and maintenance.

NETW 210 Windows Workstation
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
This course provides the knowledge and skills necessary to implement, administer, and troubleshoot information systems that incorporate Microsoft Windows Workstation.

NETW 215 Window Server
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ITS 112 “C” or better or instructor consent.
This course provides the students with the knowledge and skills necessary to implement, administer, and troubleshoot information systems that incorporate Microsoft Windows Server.