Olson, Smith win Student Poetry Contest

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Black Hawk College is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2021 and hosted a Student Poetry Contest as part of the celebration. All students were invited to compose a poem on the theme of “What Education Means To Me.” Upon review of the scoring tally from the five-member judging panel, there was a tie.  Rather than […]

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Georgia transplant makes QC, BHC home

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The future is full of possibilities for Black Hawk College graduate Ty Lewis. He isn’t sure what he’ll be doing when he completes his bachelor’s degree in 2022, but one thing is certain: he’s determined to make an impact. “A lot of people invested in me,” Lewis said. “I want to be able to help […]

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BHC grad Chad Pregracke: ‘Expand your mind’

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Chad Pregracke’s good work has made him a household name in the Quad Cities and beyond. The founder of Living Lands & Waters’ recognitions even include the Jefferson Award for Public Service, America’s top honor for public service. Before earning awards by the dozen, Pregracke earned something closer to home: his Associate in Arts at […]

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BHC grad, chiropractor’s future is vibrant

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Dr. Crystal Strode’s job brings her to tears regularly, but in the best way. The moment when a patient who came in with chronic pain feels relief is always emotional. “It brings people to tears, it brings me to tears,” she said. Dr. Strode is a chiropractor and a Black Hawk College East Campus alumna. […]

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Homelessness, injury, sobriety: a graduate’s story

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Jerry Jett hit an all-time low in his early 50s: he was homeless during a brutal Midwest winter. The extreme weather without adequate shelter resulted in frostbite, and most of his toes needed to be amputated. He doesn’t remember much from his time in the hospital, but he does remember how his life changed afterward. […]

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Meet new student trustee Dillon Sheiss

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Great opportunities. That is how Dillon Sheiss describes attending Black Hawk College and being the college’s new student trustee. BHC students elected Sheiss – who is pursuing an Associate in Science-Ag Transfer degree focusing on animal science – to serve as student trustee for 2021-22. The position alternates between the two campuses each year. The student […]

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Community College Month faculty spotlight: Katie Johnson

Katie Johnson loves her job, so it is no surprise the associate professor of speech encourages prospective students to attend Black Hawk College. “Black Hawk is a great start to your higher education career,” she said. “The class sizes are small and you will really get to know your teachers.” What you might not realize, […]

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Alumna’s career in construction is like winning the lottery

It’s like winning the lottery. That is how Sonia Shepard of Davenport, Iowa, describes getting a job in construction. “The life that I have now is amazing,” she said. Shepard graduated from Black Hawk College’s Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP) in 2015. “I’ll never forget that day,” she said of graduation. “It changed my […]

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BHC grad, immigrant makes a difference at World Relief

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Black Hawk College graduate Alejandra Martinez’s experiences propelled her to a career helping immigrants and refugees. Born in Valle de Santiago, Guanajuato in Mexico, Martinez arrived in the United States when she was in fifth grade. “It was difficult, it was hard, I felt very alone,” she said. “I felt distant from my classmates.” Martinez […]

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Grad’s dream job combines her three passions

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A desire to make an impact in the lives of children and their learning journeys is the spark that has fueled Pam Lynch’s career path. The Sherrard High School graduate selected Black Hawk College because of the early childhood education programming. She earned her Associate in Applied Science in child development in 1993. Lynch is […]

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