Student’s calling is grass-fed cattle

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Black Hawk College ag student Cole Peterson’s internship site is unconventional, even in the world of farming. Acres and acres of mostly cover crops, more than a hundred cows, a few dozen ewes, and about 700 chickens make up Grateful Graze in Cambridge, IL. Grateful Graze never feeds the animals grain, and the farm is […]

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Trustee Q&A: Chair Fritz Larsen grateful to give back

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Fritz Larsen, chair of the BHC Board of Trustees, ran for election because of the opportunity to give back to his alma mater and the community. While studying at Black Hawk College, he played basketball, scoring than 1,000 career points, and met his wife and best friend in a business law class. Larsen says he […]

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Pharmacist began at Black Hawk College

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Black Hawk College helped make it possible for Hannah Turner to achieve her longtime career goal of becoming a pharmacist. “I’m thankful for the choices I made,” she said. Turner, who graduated from Moline High School in 2011, received the BHC Presidential Scholarship. The top 10% of graduating seniors at in-district high schools receive free […]

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Ag grad travels and educates for internship

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BHC graduate Justin Slabaugh’s summer internship lets him share his passion for showing livestock. He is traveling the country as an intern for Stock Show University, which holds free educational livestock clinics. Slabaugh, of Goshen, Indiana, graduated with his Associate in Science – Ag Transfer degree in May. He is transferring to Kansas State University […]

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Graduate plans career in law

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When Amadou Ndiaye crossed the stage on graduation night, he achieved a hard-won educational milestone. His first steps to earn a college degree occurred thousands of miles away in Senegal, Africa, where attending school every day was not guaranteed. For several years he even missed out on months of school because of school being closed. […]

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Alumnus loves golf career

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BHC alumnus Mike Downing has made a living on the green. “My father was a PGA golf professional, so I grew up around the profession,” he said. “I knew that is what I wanted to do at an early age.” Downing is head golf professional at Short Hills Country Club in East Moline. Previously, he […]

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Guest post: College was for me after all

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This guest blog post is by 2019 BHC graduate Kristie Amato, of Moline, IL. I did not choose a traditional educational path. I did not begin my college career until 2016, just before my 45th birthday. After high school, I married and had eight children. During that time I owned and operated a licensed family […]

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Fresh start leads Chicago native to BHC

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Chicago native and BHC student Chiquita White moved to the Quad-Cities with her family for a fresh start. White said it felt like home when they visited for her husband’s job interview. He got the job, and the Quad-Cities officially became home. Going back to school While living in Rock Island, White realized she wanted […]

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Celebrate BHC nursing grads

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You can find Black Hawk College nursing graduates doing what they love in emergency rooms, operating rooms and clinics. As National Nurses Week comes to a close it is a great time to honor the nurses in our community. Started in 1993, the purpose of National Nurses Week is to celebrate the nursing profession and […]

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BHC got me here: grads pursue dream degrees

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Black Hawk College is a great place to begin your higher education. No matter what your interests are, from agriculture to music, we have you covered! Do what you love while you learn. Read on to hear the stories of three BHC graduates who are now earning bachelor’s degrees at universities. BHC Transfer Programs allow […]

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