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New students: Register now for orientation

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

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

Quad-Cities Campus orientation sessions will be:

  • Thursday, Aug. 13 from 2-5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 13 from 6-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 15 from 9 a.m. to noon

East Campus orientation will be:

  • Friday, Aug. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon

To register, go to

Veterans can relax, study in BHC center

Veterans Center 10-3-14 (web)Black Hawk College offers veterans and active-duty military students and employees a place to relax, network, study and find resources to help them transition into college and careers.

The BHC Veterans Resource Center at the Quad-Cities Campus is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Building 4, Room 117, but can be open other hours depending on demand or need.

Thanks to a BHC Foundation grant, it now also offers many art supplies to allow veterans and military students to express themselves creatively.

The center has a break room with almost all the comforts of home – a quiet room, space for studying, having lunch or coffee with others, meetings and recreation, and an office staffed with veterans and a coordinator to answer questions and make referrals.

For more information or a personal tour, contact Marceia Duhm, coordinator of career and veterans services, at 309-796-5838 or 309-796-5191 or


Last updated 7/23/15

Learn about professional, continuing education programs Aug. 6

The 7th Annual Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) Open House will be from 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6 at the college’s Outreach Center, 301 Avenue of the Cities, East Moline, IL.

BHC congratulates 2015 GED® and high school grads

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2015 grads Hope Lieving and LeAnn Hopkins

Black Hawk College celebrated the accomplishments of more than 50 students June 11, 2015, at the annual GED® and High School Graduation Celebration.

The event recognized Adult Education and Optional Education students from across the college district who completed all GED® or high school graduation requirements during the 2014-15 school year.

Approximately 20 students earned their GED® and 34 high school students who attended the BHC Optional Education program earned their diplomas from their home high schools.

A new session of High School Equivalency and Optional Education high school credit classes provided by Black Hawk College begins in August. Most classes start Wednesday, Aug. 12.

Classes are available at no cost to the student. Call or visit one of the Black Hawk College learning sites listed below for more information.

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2015 grads Colton Jones, Montana Adams and Danny Anderson

Outreach Center
301 Avenue of the Cities, East Moline

Adult Learning Center
4610 Blackhawk Commons Drive, Rock Island

Community Education Center
404 E. Third St., Kewanee

High Roads Advantage
2004 S.E. Third St., Aledo

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. 17.

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.

Gillman receives Small Business of the Year Award

Small Business of the Year Award winner (web)Brenda Gillman, president of PakSource in Rock Island, recently received the 2015 Small Business of the Year Award from the Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center (IL PTAC) at Black Hawk College. Gillman (left) is pictured with Vicky Miller, director of the IL PTAC at BHC.

The regional award is for excellence in government contact execution for certifications, strategic planning, perseverance and long term implementation of plans.

Gillman received the award at the 2015 Small Business Government Contracting Symposium. More than 660 participants from across the country learned about the government contracting opportunities with the Rock Island Arsenal and how to do business with large government contracting prime contractors.

IL PTAC provides advocacy and counseling to help businesses through the complicated and difficult intricacies of obtaining federal, state and local government contracts. The center at Black Hawk College serves 10 Illinois counties – Bureau, Carroll, Henry, Jo Davies, LaSalle, Lee, Mercer, Putnam, Rock Island and Whiteside.


Last updated 7/2/2015

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.

Horses help break ground for new BHC Veterinary Technology Center

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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!