Learning Assistant Program

Great opportunity for STEM majors

students in white lab coats conduct an experimentBecome a BHC Learning Assistant in biology, chemistry, mathematics or physics.

As a Learning Assistant you'll play a crucial role in supporting educational programs and facilitating effective learning experiences within the classroom. This position is responsible for assisting instructors with the classroom discussions. Learning Assistants also  collaborate with faculty and program coordinators to enhance the overall learning outcomes and promote the success of aspiring educators.

It’s a great opportunity to experience college level instruction from the front of the classroom!

Details about the Learning Assistant Program

  • To qualify, BHC students must:
    • Provide a faculty or teacher recommendation.
    • Be currently enrolled.
  • Those considering education as a major are preferred, particularly in a STEM field.
  • Includes a pedagogy course. The tuition for the pedagogy course is paid for by the learning assistant program.
  • Learning Assistants are considered work-study students and will earn $13/hour.

Scholarships available when you transfer to WIU

Black Hawk College, in partnership with Western Illinois University, is offering a NOYCE Teacher Scholarship to BHC students who commit to completing one of the secondary education options in biology, chemistry, mathematics or physics at Western Illinois University.

To qualify, BHC students must:

  • Have a minimum 2.75 GPA.
  • Intend to declare a major in secondary education teacher licensure in science or mathematics.
  • Commit to teach one year in a high-needs school district for every semester of scholarship support received.

This scholarship covers the full cost of tuition, room and board at Western Illinois University and is renewable for qualified applicants. BHC students get preference over other non-BHC/non-WIU applicants.

Apply for NOYCE Teacher Scholarship at Western Illinois University » 

About the BHC and WIU partnership

The Learning Assistant Program and the NOYCE STEM Teacher Scholarships are made possible through a $1.4 million National Science Foundation NOYCE STEM Teacher Scholarship Track I grant that Western Illinois University received in partnership with Black Hawk College. The goal of this grant is to produce more highly-qualified STEM teachers for our area high schools.

This material is based upon the work supported by the National Science Foundation under Award No. 2243323.

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