Nursing runs in the family for recent grad

The passing of a torch was marked with a pin. Leigh Westbrook celebrated her graduation from Black Hawk College’s Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program at a nursing pinning ceremony in December. Graduates select a special person to pin them, with the event marking the completion of their ADN educations. For Westbrook, that special person was […]

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Grad’s passion is productions

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After work, the odds are good you can find Alex Richardson behind the scenes at Playcrafters Barn Theatre in Moline. “I have a blast doing it,” he said. “To me it’s not like more work, or a chore, to leave here and go and spend hours doing that.” The Black Hawk College graduate and employee […]

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Five tips for spring semester success

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Whether this is your last semester or you’re getting ready to take your first class at Black Hawk College, we have some tips for you. Check out these ideas to help you make the Spring 2020 semester a great success, and get your decade started off right! Prepare for classes Make sure you have all […]

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Grad helps make play possible at Family Museum

Laughter and the pitter-patter of tiny feet would soon fill the Family Museum in Bettendorf. During the last quiet moments before the doors opened, Black Hawk College graduate Sara Hodgini noted those sounds are perks of her position as the museum’s business and community relations manager. “There is nothing better than hearing kids laughing and […]

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Nontraditional student finds her path

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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Fast track your education with minimester

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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 […]

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Food pantries help fuel student success

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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. […]

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Chamber CEO got started at Black Hawk College

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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 […]

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Love for math adds up to a fulfilling career

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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 […]

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