Community resources for BHC students without internet or electricity

Today we start our academic year, a year that is guaranteed to be unlike anything any of us has experienced before. Black Hawk College recognizes that many of our Quad Cities area students and faculty continue to feel the effects of last week’s derecho storm and do not have electricity and/or internet in their homes.

Students who need to access campus internet or computer labs to attend classes that may be completely online can visit the Quad-Cities Campus in Building 1, Room 305 and Building 3, Room 101. There is limited space available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please understand campus screening protocols will be followed at the entry points to our buildings.

Wi-Fi symbol in blueIn addition, there are community resources available for internet access. Some internet service providers are offering temporary, free service to students who need to study remotely. There are also community resources available at local libraries. Some of them have computers for the public to use, and students who have their own laptops can use the library’s Wi-Fi when they are in range of the building.

Here are links to several Quad-Cities libraries in Illinois:

Main Library Branch – 401 19th St.
30/31 Branch – 3059 30th St.
Southwest Branch – 9010 Ridgewood Road

Here are links to several Quad-Cities libraries in Iowa:

Main Street Library – 321 N. Main St.
Fairmount Street Branch – 3000 N. Fairmount St.
Eastern Avenue Branch – 6000 Eastern Ave.

For more information about campus reopening and Fall 2020 plans, visit the Campus Reopening and Fall 2020 Plans page. There are more technology resources and other FAQs under the Students button.

If you are a student who is having difficulty accessing your BHC online classroom in Canvas, please reach out to the faculty member teaching the class and let them know. You are also welcome to call 309-796-5000 for assistance in connecting with student services to assist with next steps.

To get around town in the Quad Cities, please note that BHC students can ride Metrolink buses for free by showing their student ID.

We’re ready for you, and we look forward to learning together.