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BHC closed Sept. 1 for Labor Day

All Black Hawk College facilities will be closed Monday, Sept.1 in observance of Labor Day. The college will re-open and classes will resume Tuesday, Sept. 2.

Outstanding local high school grads awarded free tuition to BHC

Black Hawk College is proud to announce that 44 recent high school graduates have received the 2014 Black Hawk College Presidential Scholars Award.

The Presidential Scholars Program includes full tuition scholarships to graduates in the top 10 percent of their high school class in Illinois Community College District 503 who are enrolled at Black Hawk College for Fall 2014.

The 2014 Presidential Scholars – listed by high school – are:

Morgan Green

CherylAnn Whelchel

Courtney Cobert
Lexi Floming

Megan Schaefer
Kevin Wolak

Carlos Bretado
Madison Costenson-Segura
Emily Burmeier

Brooke Nelson

Sergio Garcia
Megan Geever
Shaylee Mortensen
Margaret Olson
Aliciah Sowka-Reyes
Jennie White

Darby Hepner

Isaac Jacobs

Alexia Avena
Laxmi Gurung
Camie Herbert
Carlee Hoover
Paul Wilson

Ali Knollenberg

Danica Stanfield

Ashley Phillips
Victoria West

Bryce Allison
Brooke Calhoun
Ryan Clark
Amanda Devilder
Andrea Duprey
Whitney Fout
Sarah Gomez
Zoe Lindskog-Robinson
Shelby McIntyre
Chase Morris
Kaelynn Richtman
Caytee Seiber
Michael Terronez
Emily Thorngren
Jason Wardyn

Dalton Kuffel
Ashley Matuszyk


Last updated 8/19/2014

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Action Summit

Parking, construction at QC Campus

Construction of the new Health Sciences Center near Building 3 at the Quad-Cities Campus is underway!

The center is scheduled to open in June 2015. Until then, part of Lot 2 is closed because of construction. Please follow the signs and drive carefully.

Additional parking is available in Lots 1, 3 and 4.

We appreciate your patience and apologize for the inconvenience as we work to improve Black Hawk College.




Last updated 8/18/2014

Orientation Aug. 28, Sept. 3 for highway construction training

Black Hawk College has received a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation to train workers in highway construction trades.

The goal of the Highway Construction Careers Training Program is to increase the number of minorities, women and disadvantaged individuals working on IDOT highway construction projects.

The intensive training is 36 hours per week for 13 weeks. There is no cost to those who are interviewed and accepted into the program, but it is limited to 15 students.

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.

Orientation will be Thursday, Aug. 28 from 10-11 a.m. or 2-3 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 3 from 10-11 a.m. or 4-5 p.m.

To schedule an orientation time, call Susan Llewellyn at 309-796-5716.

Back to school safety around school buses

Monthly safety tip from your Black Hawk College Safety Committee

It is the time of year when Black Hawk College students are returning to school. In addition to BHC students, elementary and high school students are also returning to school, many of whom ride school buses. School buses are an extremely safe mode of transportation. In fact, more children are hurt outside the bus as pedestrians, than inside as passengers.

Here’s a refresher on the laws and procedures for sharing the road safely with school buses:

  • 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 yellow flashing lights to alert motorists that they are preparing to stop to load or unload children. Red flashing lights and an extended stop sign arm signals to motorists that the bus is stopped and children are getting on or off the bus.
  • All 50 states require that traffic in both directions stop on undivided roadways when students are entering or exiting a school bus.
  • While state laws vary on what is required on a divided roadway, in all cases, traffic behind the school bus (traveling in the same direction) must stop.
  • The area 10 feet around a school bus is where children are in the most danger of being hit. Stop your car far enough from the bus to allow children the necessary space to safely enter and exit the bus.
  • Be alert. Children are unpredictable. Children walking to or from their bus are usually very comfortable with their surroundings. This makes them more likely to take risks, ignore hazards or fail to look both ways when crossing the street.
  • Never pass a school bus on the right. It is illegal and could have tragic consequences.

Welcome back to school and please use caution when driving around school buses.

BHC celebrates seven years of Community Education Center

CEC entrance 8-5-14 (web)

Entrance to the Black Hawk College Community Education Center

KEWANEE, Ill. – When Black Hawk College officials decided to build a new place for GED classes in Kewanee, they envisioned a hub for education and community growth. That was more than 10 years ago.

Today, the Community Education Center is filling that mission with everything from health care classes to community meetings to free computer training and access. The building in downtown Kewanee has become an outreach center.

“Every day we have people walk in to find out what the college can do for them,” said David Harris, Community Education Center coordinator.

When the building opened in August 2007, there were free computer and GED classes. Programs have been added over the years. First was the Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program.

“We look to employers to see what types of jobs are needed and then we try to offer programs to meet that need,” commented Harris. “Health care is expanding so we are looking at new programs there.”

Last year Medical Assisting Program was added and the classes filled almost immediately. This fall two more programs – Medical Billing Specialist and Medical Coding Specialist – are being added.

After a one-year hiatus, the Tech Savvy computer literacy program is back with more classes and special programs for adults and youths. The program offers free access to computers and, beginning in late August, free computer classes.

CEC entrance 8-6-14 (web)The Community Education Center has developed into a hub for the community. The large and small conference rooms are used by groups and businesses. The Kewanee Economic Development Corporation and Partners in Job Training have their offices in the center. With area plant closings, there have been employee meetings at the center.

The Walldogs, farmers’ market coordinators and the Drug-Free Communities Task Force have met in the building to plan and organize. The Illinois Migrant Council meets with workers who are looking for help with education. Non-profit agencies from around the area meet with clients at the center.

Across the parking lot from the Community Education Center, the college’s new Welding and Skilled Trades Center is under construction with an anticipated opening in January.

“Black Hawk College is about making our community a better place. The Community Education Center is making a powerful contribution but we are just getting started!” Harris said.

The Community Education Center is located at 404 E. Third St., Kewanee. For more information on classes or activities at the center, call 309-854-1875 or e-mail



Last updated 8/7/2014

Lifelong Learner Classes

Arts & Crafts

Watercolor Painting Fall Colors (Lifelong Learner)

Instructor: P. Gromm

Explore mixing earth tones to create intense vibrant colors for your impact area and muting the same mix to make value changes for depth in your landscapes. Bring a tablet of 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper, a #2 school pencil, a kneaded eraser and a #8 round watercolor paintbrush. List of nine basic colors of paints will be given at the first class.

4 Mondays          Sept. 15-Oct. 6                 9-11 a.m.
CRN 81941        Outreach-Rm. 204              Fee $38


Watercolor Painting Reflections in Water (Lifelong Learner)

Instructor: P. Gromm

This class will be helpful for both beginning and advanced students. We will be painting the 10 rules for showing reflections in water. These paintings will be not much more than thumbnail studies. Bring a tablet of 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper (about 9″ x 12″), a #2 school pencil, a kneaded eraser and a #8 round watercolor paintbrush. Limited paint list will be given at the first class.

4 Mondays          Sept. 15-Oct. 6                 Noon-2 p.m.
CRN 81942        Outreach-Rm. 204              Fee $38


Drawing Your Pet in Colored Pencil (Lifelong Learner)

Instructor: P. Gromm

By the use of a grid, you can draw a good likeness of your pet. Then it will be only a matter of seeing values and colors and what to do with the background. Bring a photo(s) no larger than 8″ x 10″ of your pet, a #2 school pencil, an eraser and a sketchbook to the first class. A list of colored pencils will be given at that time.

4 Tuesdays         Sept. 16-Oct. 7                 9-11 a.m.
CRN 81943        Outreach-Rm. 204              Fee $38


Graphite Drawing of Barns (Lifelong Learner)

Instructor: P. Gromm

The old weathered barns are always popular and a good subject for drawings and paintings. You will work from up-close photos of barns to help see those subtle changes in values which create the old wood textures. Bring to first class HB, 2B and 4B pencils, an eraser and a drawing paper/sketch book (about 9″ x 12″).

4 Tuesdays         Sept. 16-Oct. 7                 Noon-2 p.m.
CRN 81944        Outreach-Rm. 204              Fee $38


Anyone Can Learn to Draw, Part 1 (Lifelong Learner)

Instructor: P. Gromm

Learn to move away from flat on the surface sketches to three-dimensional into the surface sketches. There are seven basic rules to follow. Bring to the first class a sketchpad (about 9″ x 12″), 2B and 4B drawing pencils, and an eraser.

4 Thursdays       Oct. 2-Oct. 23                    9-11 a.m.
CRN81945         Outreach-Rm. 204              Fee $38


Anyone Can Learn to Draw, Part 2 (Lifelong Learner)

Instructor: P. Gromm

You are welcome even if you did not take Part 1. We will review the seven basic rules of drawing while drawing a still life, landscape and self-portrait. Bring to the first class a sketchpad, 2B and 4B drawing pencils, and an eraser.

4 Thursdays       Oct. 23-Nov. 20                 Noon-2 p.m.
CRN 81946        Outreach-Rm. 204              Fee $38

(No class Oct. 30)


Watercolor Crystal (Lifelong Learner)

Instructor: P. Gromm

Light through crystal and glass can be so beautiful, and nothing brings out that beauty as well as transparent watercolor. Photos for reference, step-by-step instruction sheets and the instructor’s demonstrations all should show you how to observe and paint light, establish values, mingle saturated colors, glazing and more. Bring a tablet of 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper, a #2 school pencil, a kneaded eraser and a #8 round watercolor paintbrush. List of nine basic colors of paints will be given at the first class.

4 Mondays          Nov. 3-Nov. 24                  9-11 a.m.
CRN 81947        Outreach-Rm. 204              Fee $38


Watercolor Pencil (Lifelong Learner)

Instructor: P. Gromm

You may have tried watercolor or colored pencils, and now you are curious as to how watercolor pencils compare. Watercolor pencils allow you both the fluidity of watercolor and the control of colored pencil, plus they are easy to transport. This class will work through step-by-step lessons to learn a wide range of techniques using only a beginning set of 12 watercolor pencils. Bring a small tablet of Bristol Board paper, a #2 school pencil and a #6 round watercolor paint brush. If you have watercolor pencils, bring them along to the first class.

4 Mondays          Nov. 3-Nov. 24                 Noon-2 p.m.
CRN 81948        Outreach-Rm. 204              Fee $38



Memories Past: Discovering Your Ancestors on the Internet

Instructor: P. Chase

Join us as we hunt for your ancestors. You will learn to track down genealogical clues that will further expand your knowledge of your ancestors and their lives. Learn the value of using Internet search engines in locating tips to establish where your ancestors lived. You will learn to use Internet websites that will allow you to trace immigrant ancestors. Discover websites that may have information pertaining to subjects that range from discovering your great-grandfather’s date of birth to your grandparents’ date of death. Come explore your family connections and remember to bring along your pedigree chart and family group sheet for the family you are focusing on.

4 Thursdays       Sept. 11-Oct. 2                  12:30-2:30 p.m. (Lifelong Learner)
CRN 81966        Outreach-Rm. 405              Fee $38


On the Web

Social Media for Beginners

Instructor: K. Woodward

Do the words Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Foursquare mean anything to you? What about WordPress, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn or Google Plus? If you feel overwhelmed and confused by the number of social media sites out there, this class is for you. You’ll be introduced to the top social media sites and learn when to use them, how to set up profiles and best practices to make using social media safe and fun.

1 Wednesday     Sept. 10                            9:30-11:30 a.m. (Lifelong Learner)
CRN 81962        Outreach-Rm. 204              Fee $18


Blogging for Beginners

Instructor: K. Woodward

Do you have passion or expertise? A blog can help you share it while staying connected with friends and family members, meeting like-minded people, and providing you with a creative outlet. Learn the basics of blogging and set up your own blog with the help of an experienced lifestyle blogger. This class is for true beginners without a blog. Topics include setting up a blog and customizing it, developing a blog plan, generating content ideas and increasing readership. At the end of the two-week session, you will walk away with a plan and a functioning blog to share your passion with the world.

2 Tuesdays         Sept. 23-Sept. 30              1-3 p.m. (Lifelong Learner)
CRN 81964        Outreach – Rm. 406            Fee $28



Digital Photography for the Beginner (Lifelong Learner)

Instructor: L. VanHese

First time with a digital camera? Perhaps you received a new camera as a gift and have no idea what to do with it? Come learn the basics of digital photography, practice in class, and increase your familiarity and comfort level with your camera. Please bring your camera, charged batteries, USB cable, owner’s manual and a flash drive to class.

4 Tuesdays       Sept. 9-Sept. 30                 9-11 a.m.
CRN 81949        Outreach-Rm. 402              Fee $42


Develop Your Beginning Digital Photography Skills (Lifelong Learner)

Instructor: L. VanHese

If you’ve mastered the basics of your digital camera, this hands-on class will help you develop skills to bring out the best in your digital images. Designed to give you confidence with your digital camera, class time will introduce you to the elements of composition and image editing software. Please bring your camera, charged batteries, USB cable, owner’s manual and a flash drive to class.

4 Tuesdays        Oct. 7-Oct. 28                     9-11 a.m.
CRN 81950        Outreach-Rm. 402              Fee $42


Evening Health and Wellness Classes

Options for Seniors: How to Access Aging Services

Instructor: T. Harper

Caregivers and seniors will learn about local and federal senior services and how to access them for successful aging. Housing options, nursing home care, hospice, at-home services and common health concerns in the aging population will be discussed.

Topics will include:

  • Advanced directives and a brief discussion on estate planning for the elderly.
  • Differences between assisted living, supported living, senior apartments and nursing home care.
  • Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related illnesses.
  • In-home services such as home health, hospice care housing options, Medicaid services and VA services.

5 Wednesdays   Sept. 3-Oct. 1                   6-7:30 p.m.
CRN 81790        Outreach-Rm. 104              Fee $48


Caregiver Stress and Compassion Fatigue

Instructor: J. Grice

With improved medical care and higher standards of living, life expectancy has increased and this can cause a wide set of issues, demands and emotions for those who are entrusted with caring for our ill or disabled. Learn strategies on how to avoid total burnout and take care of you while taking care of others.

1 Thursday         Nov. 6                               6:30-8:00 p.m.
CRN 81791        Outreach-Rm. 104              Fee $15


Heart Disease Prevention                                        

Instructor: Dr. P. Newhouse

Have you ever wondered why your body makes cholesterol all on its own if it’s bad for you? Why do many cholesterol drug ads state “not proven to decrease your risk of heart disease or heart attack”? Learn the truth about heart disease prevention and natural solutions to find “The New You.”

1 Tuesday           Sept. 23                           7-8:30 p.m.
CRN 81797        Outreach-Rm. 407              Fee $29

1 Tuesday           Oct. 21                             7-8:30 p.m.
CRN 81798        Outreach-Rm. 407              Fee $29


Decision Time: Understanding Medicare and Medicaid        

Instructor: R. Volker

Join in an informative and interactive program that will provide you with a better understanding of Medicare and Medicaid. Topics will include Medicare eligibility and enrollment, the benefits of Medicare Parts A and B, the costs that Medicare leaves you to pay and an overview of the standardized Medicare Supplemental Plans in addition to Medicaid “spend-down” requirements. This program is appropriate for people becoming eligible for Medicare, caregivers of people who are on Medicare and current Medicare beneficiaries who would like a refresher course on their benefits.

3 Wednesdays   Oct. 1-Oct. 15                    7-8:30 p.m.
CRN 81959        Outreach-Rm. 204              Fee $34


Day Computer Classes

Getting Started with Your Computer (Lifelong Learner)      

Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck

Level 0 – If you own a computer or are considering purchasing one, this class will provide you with some beginner

basics. You will learn basic terminology, hardware vs. software and the components of a computer. You will turn on and shut down the computer, learn about various storage devices and media, as well as practice operating the mouse. Become familiar with the keyboard and get acquainted with the Windows concept. You will use the Start menu, open a program, create your own poster and print it to take home.

Windows 8.1

2 Mondays          Sept. 8-Sept. 15               12:30-2:30 p.m.
CRN 81865        Outreach-Rm. 405              Fee $30


Windows 7

2 Mondays          Oct. 20-Oct. 27                  8:30-10:30 a.m.
CRN 81866        BHC ALC-Rm. 112              Fee $30


Getting Started with Windows (Lifelong Learner)

Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck

Prerequisite: Getting Started with Your Computer or equivalent experience

Level 0 – Learn basic Microsoft Windows skills including how to identify parts of a window and how to manipulate windows and the taskbar. Learn how to see how much space you have available on your hard drive. You will use menus, Help and Support, the calculator, save to a CD and flash drive, open a basic word processing program (WordPad), create a letter, print it and save the file. A reference guide is included in the fee. You may wish to bring a USB flash drive to the second session of class.

Windows 8.1

2 Mondays          Sept. 22-Sept. 29             12:30-2:30 p.m.
CRN 81867        Outreach-Rm. 405              Fee $30


Windows 7

2 Mondays          Nov. 3-Nov. 10                 8:30-10:30 a.m.
CRN 81868        BHC ALC-Rm. 112              Fee $30


Cleaning Up Your Computer (Lifelong Learner)

Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck

Level 1 – You know how to use your computer but how do you maintain it to keep it running? Have you crashed your computer? Or perhaps have been on the Internet and stored many temp files? This class will teach you how to keep your computer up and running by defragging, cleaning up temporary Internet files and cookies, checking your disk space and more.

1 Monday             Dec. 1                             8:30-10:30 a.m.
CRN 81871        BHC ALC-Rm. 112              Fee $21


Organizing Your Files & Folders (Lifelong Learner)

Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck

Prerequisite: Basic Windows or equivalent experience

Level 1 – If you know the basics of Windows 7 and are eager to learn more, this session will expand your Windows 7 knowledge. Organize your computer files by creating folders, moving and copying files into folders and creating shortcuts.

1 Monday             Oct. 6                            10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
CRN 81872        Outreach-Rm. 402              Fee $21


Learning How to Use Word Processing (Lifelong Learner)

Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck

Level 1 – Word processing is using a computer to create, edit and print documents. Learn how to produce letters, family stories, newsletters, memoirs and minutes for meetings. Be creative and produce great-looking documents. You will learn to edit, change fonts, use the ribbon, tabs, bullets, tables, letters/envelopes, spell check, cut, copy, paste and more.

3 Mondays          Oct. 20-Nov. 3                  10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
CRN 81873        BHC ALC-Rm. 112              Fee $42


Holiday Mailing (Lifelong Learner)

Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck

Prerequisite: Learning How to Use Word Processing or equivalent experience

Level 2 – Learn how to create form letters, labels and envelopes to send mailings to all of your family and friends using Microsoft Word’s mail merge feature. You can use the skills you will gain in this class to send holiday mailings, reunion mailings and more. You may bring your handwritten or computerized address book to create a database. Also bring a USB flash drive to save your files.

2 Mondays          Nov. 10-Nov. 17               10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
CRN 81874        BHC ALC-Rm. 112             Fee $30


Emailing Basics (Lifelong Learner)            

Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck

Level 1 – Whether you would just like to learn what email is or if you are interested in exploring the idea for your home computer, this class is a basic session on emailing. We will cover understanding email addresses, how to send, save and forward messages and more. If you have an email account, please bring to class your email address and password to access your web mail.

1 Monday             Dec. 1                            10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
CRN 81875        BHC ALC-Rm. 112              Fee $21


Sharing Photos Online (Lifelong Learner)                  

Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck

Level 2 – Learn a new way to share your photos with friends and family. Learn to use Shutterfly, a free online photo service, to arrange your digital pictures into online albums. Learn how to send email invitations to your friends and family so they can easily view your photos as a slideshow without having to download each individual picture. Also, learn to rotate, crop, add borders, fix red-eye and more.

1 Monday             Sept. 29                         9:30-11:30 a.m.
CRN 81876        Outreach-Rm. 402              Fee $21


Creating a Photobook with Digital Pictures (Lifelong Learner)

Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck

Prerequisite: Sharing Photos Online

Level 2 – Have you accumulated lots of digital photos but have yet to have them printed and put in a scrapbook? Create a photobook, quickly and easily, using your Shutterfly account that you opened in the Sharing Photos Online class. Select beautiful backgrounds for your pages, a cover, fancy edges for your pictures and more. Please note: It is free to create a photobook on Shutterfly, but if you choose to order an actual book, there is a cost. You may upload your photos to Shutterfly prior to class or bring them on a flash drive or CD.

1 Monday             Oct. 6                             8:30-10:30 a.m.
CRN 81877        Outreach-Rm. 402              Fee $21


Facebook (Lifelong Learner)                        

Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck

Level 1 – Connect to the world through Facebook. Find friends and relatives, join interest groups and more. Send messages and write on your friends’ “timelines.” View your friends’ photos and videos as well as upload your own. You will have the opportunity to set up a free Facebook account in class and learn how to secure it with the proper privacy settings. If you have an email account, please bring to class your email address and password to access your web mail.

3 Mondays          Sept. 8-Sept. 22               9:30-11:30 a.m.
CRN 81878        Outreach-Rm. 402              Fee $42


Pinterest  (Lifelong Learner)

Instructor: N. VanSpeybroeck

Level 1 – What’s all the talk about Pinterest? This class will show you why there are more than 50 million users. Pinterest is a tool for collecting and organizing the things that interest and inspire you. You can easily organize information and photos of ideas for events, crafts, home decorating, fashion, hobbies, travel, recipes and more. Learn how to “pin” items to the “boards” you create. Join us and spark your creativity!

1 Monday             Nov. 17                           8:30-10:30 a.m.
CRN 81879        BHC ALC-Rm. 112              Fee $21

Last updated 8/4/2014







French I – Conversational

Instructor: M. Friedrichsen

In this fun and interactive class taught by a native speaker, you will receive clear and simple instruction for speaking and understanding the French language. Learn easy key words, correct pronunciation, listening and comprehension skills, the culture, and the social dos and don’ts. Please bring to the first class a three-ring binder, 15 tabbed divider sheets for the binder and a French-English/English-French dictionary.

4 Mon./4 Wed.    Sept. 8-Oct. 1                        6-8 p.m.
CRN 81913         Bldg. 1-Rm. 401                   Tuition Fee $120


French II – Conversational (Part 1)                                                             

Instructor: M. Friedrichsen

Prerequisite: French I-Conversational or instructor’s permission.

This continuation of French I will emphasize pronunciation and refine your listening and comprehension skills. You will learn how to construct your very own short sentences. We will discuss food, travel, French culture and other useful tips. Class will be more individualized than French I. Returning students, please bring to the first class your French I binder and your French-English/English-French dictionary. New students please bring to the first class a three-ring binder, 15 tabbed divider sheets for the binder and a French-English/English-French dictionary.

3 Mon./3 Wed.    Oct. 6-Oct. 27                        6-8 p.m.
CRN 81914         Bldg. 1-Rm. 401                   Tuition Fee $96

(No class Oct. 13)


French II – Conversational (Part 2)

Instructor: M. Friedrichsen

Prerequisite: French II – Conversational (Part 1) or instructor’s permission

This is the perfect class if you are familiar with the French language but need to brush up. You will review, practice and perfect pronunciation, key phrases, vocabulary, sentence construction and essential listening skills. Returning students, please bring your French I and II binder and your French-English/English-French dictionary. New students, please bring a French-English/English-French dictionary, a 3-hole binder and 15 tabbed divider sheets for the binder.

4 Wednesdays   Oct. 29-Nov. 19                     6-8 p.m.
CRN 81915         Bldg. 1-Rm. 401                   Tuition Fee $64


Italian I

Instructor: M. McCandless

Learn the basic Italian language and the most commonly used expressions from a true native of Italy. This interactive class will offer you the opportunity to practice correct pronunciation of the Italian language. Required textbook must be purchased at the Hawk’s Hub (the college bookstore) prior to first class.

8 Thursdays        Sept. 25-Nov. 13                  6-8 p.m.
CRN 81916         Outreach-Rm. 408               Tuition Fee $120


Spanish I

Instructor: M. Cavazos

Learn Spanish as you are introduced to vocabulary and expressions for everyday situations. Practice how to correctly pronounce the language while gaining knowledge the Hispanic culture. It would also serve as a great refresher course. eBook is downloadable at a cost of $9.99. Go to  Click on the Downloads Prices & Orders. Look for the Travelers & Tourists title.  Place your order for eBook. Material can be printed or transferred to a SmartPhone, iPad, Tablet or e-Reader.

8 Tuesdays         Sept. 9-Oct. 28                      6-8 p.m.
CRN 81917         Bldg. 1-Rm. 402                   Tuition Fee $120


German I

Instructor: S. Balkovek

Learn the basics of the German language including pronunciation, alphabet and vocabulary. If you are planning a trip, you will learn practical, common phrases that will make your trip more pleasant. You will also explore the German culture. Required textbook must be purchased at the Hawk’s Hub (the college bookstore) prior to first class.

4 Mon./4 Wed.    Sept. 29-Oct. 27                    5:45-7:45 p.m.
CRN 81918         Bldg. 1-Rm. 406                   Tuition Fee $120

(No class Oct. 13)


Chinese (Mandarin) – I

Instructor: H. Chen

Use this beginning class to understand the basics of the Mandarin Language. You will learn numbers, everyday expressions, Chinese characters and the Chinese phonetic scheme from a native speaker who taught at both the high school and university level in China.

4 Tues./4 Thurs.Oct. 28-Nov. 25                      6-8 p.m.
CRN 81919         Bldg. 1-Rm. 406                   Tuition Fee $120

(No class Nov. 11)


Travel — Italian

Instructor: M. McCandless

Planning a trip to Italy? Wanting to learn a new language? Why not explore the Italian language and culture? In this class you will learn basic Italian words and phrases as well as the culture from a native Italian. Required textbook must be purchased at the Hawk’s Hub (the college bookstore) prior to first class.

3 Mondays          Sept. 8-Sept. 22                  2:30-4:30 p.m.
CRN 81920         Outreach-Rm. 406               Fee $40


Travel — French

Instructor: M. Friedrichsen

No grammar! No homework! This fun interactive class will touch on the French culture, food and travel and social dos and don’ts. You will also learn and practice proper pronunciation of simple French words and phrases. Please bring a folder to class.

3 Wednesdays   Sept. 10-Sept. 24                 2:30-4:30 p.m.
CRN 81921         Outreach-Rm. 406               Fee $40


Travel ­— Spanish

Instructor: M. Cavazos

Whether you are planning a trip or just want to learn the language, use this course as a way to quickly learn pronunciation, numbers, how to say currency, colors, months and days and everyday words and conversational phrases. You’ll also learn some travel-related vocabulary in this course taught by a native speaker.

3 Wednesdays   Nov. 5-Nov. 19                    10 a.m.-Noon
CRN 81922         Outreach-Rm. 407               Fee $40


Travel – Chinese

Instructor: H. Chen

Whether you are interested in getting the basics of the Chinese language for a trip or you want to learn the language for fun, this class will help you gain knowledge of basic Chinese conversation. You will also become acquainted with Chinese life and customs from a native speaker.

3 Wednesdays   Oct. 29-Nov. 12                   10 a.m.-Noon
CRN 81923         Outreach-Rm. 204               Fee $40


Spanish for the Health Care Professional

Instructor: M. Cavazos

This class will help health care professionals communicate simply and effectively in Spanish to medical staff, patients and families. Learn Spanish pronunciation, basic vocabulary such as family members, numbers, body parts, times, and directions. Gather personal information and symptoms from a patient with confidence. Course includes learning kit with manual and audio CD.

In order to receive the learning kit for the first class, you must register by Sept. 15.

7 Mondays          Sept. 22-Nov. 10                  6-8 p.m.
CRN 81924         Bldg. 1-Rm. 402                   Tuition Fee $140

(No class Oct. 13)



BHC Hawk’s Hub (bookstore) information
For a list of PaCE books, visit the Quad-Cities Hawk’s Hub page.
Click on “Buy Books – QC Campus” then click the box marked Adult Ed. Books may be purchased at the bookstore or online.

ACT Exam Preparation

ACT Exam Preparation

Instructor: L. Carey

The ACT exam could be one of the most important tests you will ever take. This course is designed to help increase student exam performance by reviewing test taking tips and the content for the English, Math, Science, Reading and Writing sections. The course also examines calculator usage. The course materials include the current official prep book from the makers of the ACT exam with practice tests used in previous test administrations. Materials are included in the course fee.

You must register for the exam separately.

4 Saturdays         Sept. 27-Oct. 18                   1-5 p.m.
CRN 81977         Outreach-Rm. 204               Fee $135

Last updated 7/31/2014