To meet the demands of an ever-changing agriculture industry, Black Hawk College East Campus offers a variety of career and transfer programs to ensure students are prepared with advanced training. Our graduates hold positions in agribusiness management, crop and livestock production, veterinary clinics and hospitals, and ag equipment dealerships. They are mechanics, farm operators, herdsmen, riding instructors and horse trainers.
The East Campus has specialized ag facilities, including an agricultural mechanics lab, equine facility, greenhouse and veterinary hospital.
Students complete two internships as part of the Associate in Applied Science degree. Black Hawk College also offers internships to students in an ag education/FFA program as part of the Growing Agriculture Science Teachers Grant through the Illinois State Board of Education.
Faculty emphasize hands-on instruction in all coursework. Instructional labs are held off-site in many courses to keep learning connected to a changing industry.
• Crops & Soils Judging Team
• Horse Judging Team
• Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Western and Hunt Seat Equestrian Team
• Livestock Judging Team
• Agribusiness Club
• Auto/Ag Mechanics Club
• Horticulture Club
• Sci Pi Club
Special events on campus:
• Ag Visit Days
• FFA judging and leadership contests
• Roping and barrel racing clinics
• Speed Show Series
• Annual Ag Recognition Reception
Programs AND HIGHLIGHTS
Curriculum is offered in the areas of agribusiness management, agriculture mechanics, ag production technology, equestrian science, horse science technology, pre-veterinary medicine and veterinary technology. A number of faculty-chosen ag and equine scholarships are available.Request Ag Program information
If you plan to transfer to a four-year institution, you can earn one of three associate degrees: Associate in Arts, Associate in Science or Associate in Science-Ag Transfer.
If you plan to go right into the workforce after graduation, you can earn a certificate or Associate in Applied Science degree by enrolling in one of the career programs offered through the department.