Nontraditional student finds her path

student sitting on a white bench against a brick wall

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 […]

Read More »

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

woman leaning against a railing with a camel in the background

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 […]

Read More »

Fast track your education with minimester

female student in front of computer monitor

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 […]

Read More »

Food pantries help fuel student success

women standing behind a table filled with food pantry items

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. […]

Read More »

Chamber CEO got started at Black Hawk College

man in suit in front of a desk with a Q-shaped logo on the wall featuring a cityscape

Uncertainty bought Paul Rumler to Black Hawk College after high school. He had plans to study engineering at a four-year university after graduating from Moline High School, but it didn’t feel quite right. After a lot of thought, he decided to switch directions and attend Black Hawk College instead, where he graduated with his Associate […]

Read More »

Love for math adds up to a fulfilling career

smiling instructor in office with shelves filled with math books behind her

Assistant professor Robyn McVey loves that with math, once you arrive at the right answer, the task is completed. While there is only one correct answer, McVey has discovered multiple ways to explain how to solve problems during her decade teaching at Black Hawk College. “Some people do need a different take,” she said. “I’ve […]

Read More »

Veterans services help students succeed

veterans standing in front of painting of raising the flag on Iwo Jima

Veterans and those still serving have the benefit of year-round resources and camaraderie at Black Hawk College. Marine veteran Thomas Reagan, BHC Coordinator of Veterans Services, is dedicated to helping veterans and active military members transition into civilian life. Reagan is a source for veterans to learn more about their options through the GI Bill, formally […]

Read More »

Music grad sings Black Hawk College’s praises

woman sitting at a piano

Morgan Sarber gained lifelong friends, an associate’s degree, and the foundation she needed to succeed while studying at Black Hawk College. Initially she decided on Black Hawk College because it was cost-effective and close to her hometown of Geneseo. The college’s music opportunities happened to be a huge bonus, though. Sarber earned a Music Achievement […]

Read More »

Travel the Trick-or-Treat Trail Oct. 30

student and horse dressed in disco costumes with kids in costume petting the horse

Black Hawk College East Campus will transform into a spooky destination for the Trick-or-Treat Trail on Wednesday, Oct. 30! The college encourages the community to bring their ghosts and goblins out to grab goodies while exploring campus from 5-7 p.m. More than 1,500 community members attend this annual event. For many of the trick-or-treaters, this […]

Read More »

Instructor inspired student to teach history

Kewanee High School teacher standing in front of a quilt featuring the school's mascot, a boilermaker

Marland Rachel has nothing but great memories of his time studying at Black Hawk College. “The atmosphere was awesome. All the instructors were very helpful,” he said. “I never had a bad day at Black Hawk.” Rachel encourages prospective students to consider Black Hawk College: if you want to earn an associate degree and then […]

Read More »