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Free BHC workshops help job seekers

Explore what it takes to enter – or re-enter – the workforce with free workshops at Black Hawk College.

The BHC Career Services Center is offering a three-part series in February. Job seekers can take one, two or all three workshops.

All sessions will be from 2-4 p.m. Thursdays at the college’s Outreach Center in East Moline. Topics include:

  • Résumé and Cover Letter Writing – Feb. 12
  • Interviewing Skills – Feb. 19
  • NEW – Prepare for the Job Fair! – Feb. 26

Although the workshops are free, registration is required.

To register, call 309-796-8223.

Join BHC on a foodie bus trip to Chicago

Food enthusiasts are invited to visit Chicago’s finest markets and hidden gourmet shops this spring with Black Hawk College.

Three new Bus Trips for Foodies will be led by Chef Stephanie Godke. Choose from these trip dates:

  • Gourmet Goodie Shopping Trip – Wednesday, Feb. 25 or Thursday, March 26
  • Chicago Farmers and Ethnic Markets Shopping Trip – Tuesday, April 21

Cost is $90 per bus trip. All trips will leave at 7 a.m. from the BHC Outreach Center in East Moline and return at approximately 8 p.m.

For trip details, visit To register, call BHC Professional and Continuing Education at 309-796-8223.

Forums today to discuss FY16 tuition rates

Students are invited to attend a forum about the Fiscal Year 2016 tuition rates.

Forums will be Wednesday, Jan. 28 at both campuses.

  • East Campus – 12:15 p.m. in Building 1, Conference Room. Pizza will be served.
  • Quad-Cities Campus – 4 p.m. in Building 4, Conference Rooms 1 & 2 (second floor) during the Student Leadership Council meeting

Explore professional, continuing education programs Feb. 10

Are you interested in taking a computer class, but not sure where to start? Or do you want to pursue a job in health care? Learn a foreign language? Make jewelry, stained glass or floral arrangements? Become a better photographer?

Learn more about the variety of programs and classes offered by Black Hawk College Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) at the PaCE Information Night.

The event will be from 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10 at the college’s new Adult Learning Center, 4610 Blackhawk Commons Drive, Rock Island.

Stop by this free event to learn about the wide variety of PaCE programs. Talk with PaCE coordinators to determine if a class or program is right for you. Spring schedules will be available, and registration will be open during this event.

For more information, call PaCE at 309-796-8223 or visit

Get college questions answered Feb. 18 at FYI Night

Want to go to college, but not sure where to start? Then FYI Night at Black Hawk College is for you!

FYI Night will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18 at the Quad-Cities Campus in Building 4, second floor, Hawk’s Nest.

Vote to help BHC win $150,000 to make our campuses even more secure!


Show your BHC spirit and text, tweet or submit your vote to help BHC win $150,000 to make our campus even more secure! You can vote three times per day, everyday!

BHC has been nominated to win up to $150,000 in the Stanely Security Together for Safer Schools Grant Program. The grant will be used towards access control, video cameras, emergency communications or improving safety and security on campus through other security products or services.

From January 19 through February 13, tell friends, family, coworkers and acquaintances to vote for our school every day. The top two schools receive funding.


  • Tweet using both #STANLEYSecurity and #bhcedu. You can vote once per day per Twitter handle. Your Twitter account must be public for the vote to count.
  • Text bhcedu to 334455. By texting you are agreeing to receive a confirmation reply by text message. Standard message a data rates apply. You can vote once per day per phone number. Consent is not required and and is not a condition for purchase.
  • Search for Black Hawk College at School code is bhcedu.

Black Hawk College East Foundation offering CNA scholarships

The Black Hawk College East Foundation has two scholarships for students who want to become a certified nursing assistant or CNA.

The two $500 scholarships are the Barbara Curran Golby CNA Scholarship, in memory of long-time CNA instructor Barbara Curran Golby, and the Black Hawk College East Foundation CNA Scholarship.

Certified nursing assistants are part of the nursing team and provide basic nursing care under the supervision of a nurse. CNAs assist patients and residents with activities of daily living. Feeding, dressing, bathing and assisting with mobility are all part of the duties. CNAs also help with collecting vital signs and specimen collection. They work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, home care, adult day care and hospice care.

The Black Hawk College Basic Nurse Assistant Training is an eight-week program at the college’s Community Education Center in downtown Kewanee. Students receive a minimum of 80 hours of classroom and 40 hours of clinical training. After successfully completing the program, students are eligible to take the state certification test.

Potential CNA students can download the CNA Scholarship Application and submit it to the East Foundation Office in Building A, Room 103 at the college’s East Campus (located five miles south of Kewanee) during business hours. The deadline is Friday, March 13.

For additional information, contact Jimalee Driscoll at 309-854-1718.

BHC nursing program seeks input for accreditation

The Black Hawk College Associate Degree Nursing Program will undergo an accreditation site visit Feb. 10-12 by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The BHC program has been accredited since 1974.

The public will have an opportunity to discuss the nursing program with the site visitors at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11. All are welcome. The meeting will be at the Quad-Cities Campus, 6600 34th Ave., Moline, in Building 4, second floor, Conference Rooms 1 and 2.

Written comments also may be submitted directly to:

Dr. Marsal Stoll, Chief Executive Officer
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

All written comments should be received by the ACEN by Monday, Feb. 2.

For more information, contact Karen Baber at or 309-796-5362.


Last updated 1/15/2015

Is it a cold or is it the flu?

Monthly safety tip from your Black Hawk College Safety Committee

Do you remember the last Olympics when Bob Costas missed his broadcast due to illness? Did he have the flu or a cold?  Do you know the difference? Studies have shown that going to work while sick can impact the safety and health of the workforce. Not only can illnesses be spread, employees could be more susceptible to injuries when they are sick.

A cold and flu are both respiratory illnesses with similar symptoms. The main difference is the severity of the symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Mayo Clinic and other health experts advise people who are ill to stay home from work and rest.

Flu symptoms can vary from person to person and tend to be severe. The length of the flu and its severity can be alleviated by contacting a physician within 48 hours of the onset of flu symptoms. If you didn’t get your flu shot, keep in mind the following flu symptoms:

  • Chills and fever which tends to be high and can last for three to four days
  • Exhaustion, aches and pains
  • Coughing, congestion and headache
  • Vomiting and diarrhea

Fight the flu by following the Centers for Disease Control’s suggestions:

1. Take time to get a flu vaccine
2. Take steps to prevent spreading germs

  • Avoid close contact with sick people. If you’re ill, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand-sanitizers. Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects that may have germs like the flu.
  • Cover your nose or mouth with tissue when you cough or sneeze. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way. Be sure you throw your tissues in the trash after use.

3. Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.

  • Antiviral drugs are different from antibiotics. They are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaled powder) and are not available over-the-counter.
  • They can make the illness milder, shorten the time a person is sick and may prevent complications.
  • Studies show that flu antiviral drugs work best when they are started within 2 days of getting sick. They are still helpful when started late.

Cold symptoms gradually get worse over a few days and tend to include a stuffy or runny nose along with a sore throat. May cause tiredness, but it is much less severe than the exhaustion that comes with the flu. A cold usually does not result in a serious health problem or hospitalization. Cold symptoms tend to include:

  • Cough, congestion and headache
  • Itchy nose, throat and watery eyes
  • Feeling tired
  • Fever – typically less than 101 (if it’s higher, you may have more than a cold)

Natural remedies that may help you alleviate your cold are:

  1. Increase your Vitamin C intake to 1,000 mg per day or take Emergen-C to boost your immune system and take zinc lozenges every 2 hours.
  2. Stay hydrated with non-caffeinated drinks (especially warm drinks like decaffeinated teas or honey, lemon and hot water mixed together) and use a humidifier to keep nasal passages moist.
  3. Get plenty of rest and eat chicken soup.  Studies indicate that chicken soup has anti-inflammatory properties that can help you feel better.
  4. Blow your nose often to remove mucus from your head and wash your hands.  Also consider taking a steamy shower as the moist heat helps clear and soothe congested nasal passages.
  5. Gargle four to five times a day with warm water and a teaspoon of salt to help relieve a sore throat.
  6. Apply a hot or cold washcloth to your eye area to relieve congested sinuses. Microwave a wet washcloth for a few seconds for heat or freeze it for cold. Test the temperature of it before applying to your face!
  7. Elevate your head with extra pillows to help with sinus drainage. Caution: If you have a small child or infant, DO NOT place pillows in the crib. It is a serious SIDS risk.

Remember, always consult your physician for any of your medical questions and concerns.


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.


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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC Says “Take 3” Actions To Fight The Flu.

Morrison, K. (2014 May 1). Safety and Health Magazine, “Too Sick to Work”.


BHC cuts steel bow to open new welding center

Black Hawk College celebrated the completion and opening of the new Welding and Skilled Trades Center in Kewanee with a Jan. 15, 2015, ribbon-cutting and open house.

BHC welding instructor Mark Washburn used a cutting torch to cut a 6-foot-long steel bow while college and elected officials cut the traditional ribbon with scissors.

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The 15,000-square-foot facility is located next to the college’s Community Education Center. The one-story building has:

  • Virtual welding lab, welding lab, project lab, flex lab, cutting lab, machine room, two classrooms, three faculty offices and commons area.
  • 3,700-square-foot welding lab built to American Welding Society standards contains 24 welding booths with Fronius, Lincoln and Miller welders that can perform MIG, TIG and stick welding.
  • Project lab large enough to accommodate vehicles.

“It’s wonderful. This is beautiful,” said welding student Jeffrey King who helped set up the new equipment in the building.

“This is just amazing to me,” welding instructor Mark Washburn said.

“We dreamt this. We drew pictures. We had a lot of good ideas. And I’m just so elated that I can be a part of this,” he said.

Weld lab - webThe $4 million project is being paid for with 2012 bond funds. The city of Kewanee donated the land to the college.

“I knew it would bring something to our community that was needed and would be nice,” Kewanee Mayor Bruce Tossell said.

“I had no idea it would be this nice. Just standing here today in this magnificent building makes me want to learn the skill of welding.”

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Last updated 1/20/2015