Meet ‘Hero Street’ filmmaker at Sept. 7 lunch

hero streetJoin Black Hawk College on Wednesday, Sept. 7 for a Lifelong Learner Lunch on Hero Street.

Only a block and a half long, Second Street in Silvis lost six young men in World War II and two in the Korean War, more than any other street in America. Hero Street, as it is now known, has provided more than 100 service members since Mexican-American immigrants settled there in 1929.

At the Sept. 7 program, attendees will view the short film, “Letters Home to Hero Street,” and meet its Emmy-nominated filmmaker Kelly Rundle. The film is based on 130 letters written by Frank Sandoval from 1942-44. The last letter was written just a month before he was killed in Burma.

The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Quad City Botanical Center in Rock Island. Cost is $23. The registration deadline is Tuesday, Aug. 30.

Lifelong Learner Lunches are designed for those age 55 and older, but learners of all ages are welcome.

To register, call Black Hawk College Professional and Continuing Education at 309-796-8223. For more information, visit


Want to start a business? Take this training first

open your own businessWant to start your own business? Be prepared before you make that investment. Register for the Road Map to Starting a Business Certificate Program at Black Hawk College.

This 10-week program offers valuable business startup knowledge based on sound business practices that are immediately applicable in the small-business setting. It combines instructor content with guest speakers from the business world.

The program will be from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 1 to Nov. 3, at the college’s Quad-Cities Campus in Moline.

Cost is $495. For more information, visit

To register, call the Business Training Center at Black Hawk College at 309-796-5718.

BHC East Foundation invites Wall of Fame nominations

bhc east foundation logoThe Black Hawk College East Foundation invites you to submit a nomination for its Wall of Fame and Distinguished Service Awards.

Since 1992, the East Foundation has inducted 28 individuals into its prestigious Wall of Fame.

An additional 19 individuals and organizations have received the Distinguished Service Award.

To be considered for the Wall of Fame or Distinguished Service Award, nominees must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Outstanding service to a community within the Black Hawk College District.
  2. Outstanding service or leadership to Black Hawk College East Campus.
  3. Noteworthy academic achievement or scholarship associated with Black Hawk College East Campus.
  4. Significant financial contribution to the Black Hawk College East Foundation.

The East Foundation changed its Wall of Fame program in 2014 to include the establishment of a scholarship, special project or grant in the name of those inducted into the Wall of Fame. Those inducted are recognized at a reception in their honor.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, Sept. 23.

If you are interested in nominating a person or an organization, download the nomination form at Forms also are available in the Foundation Office at the East Campus, located five miles south of Kewanee.

For more information, contact Stacy Hertz in the Foundation Office at 309-854-1718 or


Last updated 8/15/2016

Back-to-School Safety Month

Monthly safety tip from your Black Hawk College Safety Committee

It’s Back-to-School Safety Month in August and time to think about and practice your safe driving habits. If you haven’t already noticed, you’ll soon need to keep your eyes on the road and watch for school buses, children crossing the street, walking or riding their bicycles, and motorcycles too!

Rules of the road school bus facts:

  • All 50 states have a law making it illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.
  • School buses use their yellow flashing lights to alert motorists that they are preparing to stop.
  • Red flashing lights and an extended stop sign arm tell drivers the bus is stopped and children are getting on or off the bus – that means all traffic in both directions are to stop on undivided roadways when students are entering or exiting a school bus.
  • If you are traveling in the same direction of a school bus and you are directly behind it, you must stop when the stop sign arm is down and the light is flashing red.
  • Stop your car far enough away from the bus to allow children to safely enter and exit the bus as the area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; it is where they are most likely to be hit by a car.
  • It is illegal to pass a school bus on the right.

Drivers, stay alert as children are unpredictable. Children walking to or from their bus are usually very comfortable with their surroundings which makes them more likely to take risks, ignore hazards or fail to look both ways when crossing the street. reports that 61 children are hit by cars in the United States every day before and after school. Their research indicates that a teenager is now more likely to be hit by a car than a younger student. In 2013, 484 pedestrians ages 19 and younger died after being hit by a motor vehicle; 47 percent of the pedestrians were 15-19 years old according to the National Safety Council’s Injury Facts 2015. The NSC indicates that the number three cause of injury and death is distracted driving.

If a driver is texting and driving, they are 23 times more likely to crash versus three times more likely when eating, drinking or adjusting the stereo while driving.  In Illinois all drivers are banned from texting and using a cell phone while driving. Only drivers 19 years of age or older are permitted to use a hands-free device while driving.  In Iowa cell phone usage is illegal for all learner permit and intermediate license holders.  All drivers – regardless of age – are banned from texting.

Drivers are not the only distracted people, pedestrians are too. The NSC has focused its efforts on eliminating distracted walking – specifically walking while texting. According to a study by The Nielsen Company, kids age 13-17 send more than 3,400 texts a month. That’s seven messages every hour they are awake.

If you have children, grandchildren or know parents with children, take a moment to remind them of the following year-round safety tips:

  • Look both ways when walking and/or getting into and out of a bus.
  • Never walk while texting or talking on the phone.
  • If texting, move out of the way of others and stop on the sidewalk.
  • Never cross the street while using an electronic device.
  • Do not walk with headphones on.
  • Always walk on the sidewalk if one is available. If a child must walk on the street, he or she should face oncoming traffic.
  • Look left, right, then left again before crossing the street.

The rules of the road each day apply to both pedestrians and drivers. Stay alert, look both ways and be aware of your surroundings at all times, your life may depend on it.


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 dean honored for literacy, workforce contributions

Glenda Nicke IL Workforce Partnership 2016 (web)

Glenda Nicke (left) was presented the Illinois Workforce Partnership Individual Leadership Certificate of Recognition by Cathy Bizarri, Workforce Development Board staff member, and Mark Lohman, executive director of Rock Island Tri-County Consortium/Partners in Job Training and Placement.

Glenda Nicke, Dean of Adult and Continuing Education at Black Hawk College, recently received the Illinois Workforce Partnership Individual Leadership Certificate of Recognition.

“I appreciate this very kind recognition by the Illinois Workforce Partnership. I am very fortunate to work for Black Hawk College, an institution that gives me and my team of very talented professionals the opportunity to do meaningful work,” Nicke said.

Nicke joined the Workforce Development Board of Rock Island, Henry, and Mercer Counties in October 2001. The board oversees Partners in Job Training and Placement, the organization that nominated her for the recognition.

“She understands the literacy and workplace issues that affect youth and adult learners and the budget and management issues relating to the operation of grant-funded programs,” her nomination states.

As the college’s dean of adult and continuing education, Nicke oversees adult education programming at the college’s facilities in Aledo, East Moline, Kewanee and Rock Island as well as the college’s Business Training Center and the Professional and Continuing Education Department.

Nicke initially coordinated the Optional Education program, working with youth who had dropped out of traditional high schools. Over time her role in the workforce system widened to include adults and dislocated workers who were returning to school with lower basics skills.

In 2011, Nicke participated in a city of Rock Island project to assist refugees and immigrants. As a result, the Quad City Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees – a clearinghouse for residents’ services – was formed.


Last updated 8/4/2016

Fall 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 8/10/2016

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

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