Grad helps make play possible at Family Museum

Laughter and the pitter-patter of tiny feet would soon fill the Family Museum in Bettendorf. During the last quiet moments before the doors opened, Black Hawk College graduate Sara Hodgini noted those sounds are perks of her position as the museum’s business and community relations manager. “There is nothing better than hearing kids laughing and […]

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BHC student wins statewide scholarship

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Comlan Blaise Kinto of East Moline is one of six students in Illinois to receive a $1,000 Illinois Community College Faculty Association (ICCFA) scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to full-time community college students who have completed at least 30 credit hours and have a minimum 3.5 GPA. Applicants have to provide a statement of their […]

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Onder, Steele receive Golden Apple Award from students

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The Phi Theta Kappa chapter at the Quad-Cities Campus recently presented the Golden Apple Award to two faculty members. During the honor society’s Nov. 24 induction ceremony, the Golden Apple Award was given to: Dr. Seref Onder, criminal justice instructor – nominated by Alexia Ramirez Linda Steele, adjunct ESL instructor – nominated by Blaise Kinto […]

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Nontraditional student finds her path

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She arrived in the United States at age 15, married, pregnant and full of hope. “We moved because I wanted my baby to have a better future,” Alma Lievanos said. “I knew if I stayed in Mexico, I wouldn’t be able to give him the education or the life he deserves.” Her son is now […]

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Congratulations to East holiday door-decorating winners!

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Congratulations to the Community Education Center for winning first place in the East Campus door-decorating contest! Student organizations voted for the winners. Pictured with the new traveling trophy – made by Chad Kilstrom – are Shawn Oetzel, Shannon Westphal and Debra Rhoades. Their door décor theme was “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” Taking second place was […]

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Grad: “It’s never too late to go back”

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Black Hawk College graduate Scarlet Behrens’ career path brought her to an unexpected place: Niabi Zoo. “I still have those moments where I take a step back and think, I work at a zoo,” she said with a smile. Scarlet Behrens is the guest services manager at Niabi Zoo, which is a Rock Island County […]

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Students share native dishes at 4th International Food Competition

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BHC students recently participated in the English as a Second Language Mentor and Mentee Program’s 4th Annual International Food Competition at the Quad-Cities Campus. International and U.S. students prepared 17 dishes from 14 countries – Bolivia, Chin State (Myanmar/Burma), Germany, Hungary, India, Iraq, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Togo, the United States and […]

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Fast track your education with minimester

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Minimester is just around the corner! Get registered if you want to complete a college class in just three weeks. This speedy session is Dec. 16 through Jan. 3. If you are a Black Hawk College student looking to earn a few credit hours before next semester or if you are attending another college and […]

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BHC volunteers sort 865 pounds of trash

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Black Hawk College students and employees recently dug into dozens of bags of trash, sifting through 865 pounds by hand to find out what recyclables are ending up in the trash. Every five years, the college is required by the State of Illinois to identify the kinds of waste generated on campus and how much […]

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Food pantries help fuel student success

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The Black Hawk College food pantries provide students with food for thought. The Hawk’s Cupboard at the Quad-Cities Campus and the Emergency Food Pantry at the East Campus feed students in need. “It takes a little bit of worry off their plate so they can focus on their studies,” said Jen Holldorf, special populations coordinator. […]

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