In the valley, on the prairie,
In our cities and our towns,
Black Hawk College calls to those who look
Toward futures not yet known.
Those whose hopes lead to exploring
Opportunities to learn
In our classrooms and on farmsteads
As paths of knowledge turn.
Students challenge old assumptions
And sharpen new-found skills,
Finding strength to keep on growing
In a world that can’t stand still.
As we look toward brighter futures
We reflect upon our past
Where our dreams and skills were nurtured
From the first day to the last.
Words by Dorothy Beck and Paul Cioe
Music by Gustav Holst (“Thaxted,” public domain)
Music arranged by Black Hawk College Professor Dr. C. Edgar Crockett
Edited by Black Hawk College Professor Jon Palomaki
This version was developed over the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters. Its premiere performance was Thursday, April 27, 2017, at the Black Hawk College Board of Trustees meeting at the Quad-Cities Campus in the Sustainable Technologies Building. It was performed by the Black Hawk College Chamber Singers as directed by Jon Palomaki with Christine Engebrecht accompanying on piano.