“Completing my education was a personal challenge. It pushed me to open up and expand myself into someone I almost didn’t recognize. It was the hardest – but most rewarding – thing I’ve ever done.” 

LuAnn Sopiars, 2017 Administrative Assisting
Associate in Applied Science graduate


“I discovered things I was good at. I researched things I was interested in. I fought hard to understand things I struggled with. I made great friends and spent some of my best years at Black Hawk College.” 

Josh Hinz, 2016 Engineering Technology
Associate in Applied Science graduate

Business, Computer and Engineering Technology

Begin your BUSINESS OR TECH CAREER at black hawk college

The Business, Computer and Engineering Technology Department offers a variety of career programs to prepare you to go directly into the workforce. We also offer courses that will satisfy the first two years of study at many four-year institutions. Faculty and advisors work with you to meet your career goals or create a transfer plan to the school of your choice.

Areas of Focus
BHC students planning to transfer into business and tech-related majors to complete a bachelor’s degree can explore sample transfer plans:

Business (Accounting, Economics, Finance, Human Resources, Management, Marketing, & Supply Chain)
Computer Science
Computer Science (Information Systems)
Computer Science (Networking)
Computer Science (Security)

Where do you want to transfer?
If you already have a transfer school in mind, your advisor will customize a transfer plan for that college or university. BHC also has many transfer guides and agreements already established with four-year institutions in a variety of majors.
Transfer Guides and Agreements »


Department HIGHLIGHTS

Business, Computer and Engineering Technology-Related Careers
Students taking courses in the department go on to careers in many fields, such as accounting, administrative assisting, business information technology, business management, financial services management, international business, legal office professional and small business management (entrepreneurship). Opportunities for employment for engineering technicians are in aerospace, electrical and electronic, maintenance, industrial, mechanical, electromechanical, environmental, and civil engineering fields.

Hands-on Training
State-of-the-art labs and equipment offer hands-on learning.

  • Computer labs
  • Networking and hardware work stations
  • Engineering technology lab

 Job opportunities
Our instructors connect with local employers to find out what courses and skills graduates should have when entering the workforce. This means you’ll have a competitive advantage in today’s job market, and most certificates and degrees require students to complete an internship that provides real-world experience.

 Run your own business
Our business classes can help you develop the necessary knowledge and skills to manage your own business. Courses promote community involvement and require networking in the area to build lasting professional relationships, get inspired and practice soft skills necessary to succeed as a small business owner.

 Did you know …
Students completing the Associate in Applied Science degree are required to complete nine professional networking hours as well as log 240 hours of work experience outside of the classroom before graduation. This could be through job shadowing, volunteering and attending business professional seminars and events. These experiences prepare you with the financial, decision-making and communication skills that businesses expect.

Engineering Technology degree program

Students can enter into a wide range of career fields within industrial settings after two years of study while also providing the option of university transfer upon graduation. After completing the first year of fundamentals, students will have the opportunity to focus on one of three engineering technology tracks: electrical, mechanical and manufacturing.

Non-majors welcome!
We offer elective courses that can fulfill degree requirements as well as events open to all interested students.

Student Clubs and EventsStudents reassembling a computer as part of a club competition
Faculty serve as advisers for business and computer-related clubs, which offer students opportunities for field trip and campus events.

  • BITS – Black Hawk College IT Society
  • Alpha Beta Gamma Business Honor Society
  • Leadercast
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Scholarship Opportunities

  • The Black Hawk College Foundation has many scholarships for students. These and many others can be found at the BHC scholarships page.
  • BHC Presidential Scholarship: In-district high school seniors in the top 10% of their graduating class at the end of seven semesters are eligible for the Black Hawk College Presidential Scholars Award.
  • Transfer scholarships are also available at many transfer institutions.

Career and Transfer Program Information
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. If you plan to transfer to a four-year institution, you can earn an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree.

Program Name Code Award Credits Category Department Keywords
Program Name Code Award Credits Category Department Keywords
Engineering Technology Mechanical Track (AAS) 5187 AAS Degree 64 Trade and Technical Career Programs Business, Computer and Engineering Technology
Associate in Science 1545 AS Degree 64 AgricultureArt, Design and Performing ArtsBusiness, Computer and Engineering TechnologyCommunication, Humanities and LanguagesEnglish and ReadingHealth and Human ServicesMathematicsNatural Science & EngineeringPsychology and SociologySocial Sciences
Associate in Arts 1045 AA Degree 64 AgricultureArt, Design and Performing ArtsBusiness, Computer and Engineering TechnologyCommunication, Humanities and LanguagesEnglish and ReadingHealth and Human ServicesMathematicsNatural Science & EngineeringPsychology and SociologySocial Sciences
ProE Certificate 5783 Certificate 15 Trade and Technical Career Programs Business, Computer and Engineering Technology
Manufacturing Processes Certificate 5884 Certificate 21 Trade and Technical Career Programs Business, Computer and Engineering Technology
Engineering Technology Fundamentals Certificate 5782 Certificate 21 Trade and Technical Career Programs Business, Computer and Engineering Technology
Engineering Technology Manufacturing Track (AAS) 5187 AAS Degree 64 Trade and Technical Career Programs Business, Computer and Engineering Technology
Engineering Technology Electrical Track (AAS) 5187 AAS Degree 64 Trade and Technical Career Programs Business, Computer and Engineering Technology
CNC Manufacturing Certificate 5983 Certificate 29 Trade and Technical Career Programs Business, Computer and Engineering Technology
Intro to CNC Manufacturing Certificate 5982  Certificate 14 Trade and Technical Career Programs Business, Computer and Engineering Technology
AutoCAD Certificate 5796 Certificate 17 Trade and Technical Career Programs Business, Computer and Engineering Technology
Web Developer Certificate 5746 Certificate 31 Computer Technology Career Programs Business, Computer and Engineering Technology
PC Application Programmer Certificate 5849 Certificate 30 Computer Technology Career Programs Business, Computer and Engineering Technology
Network+ Prep Certificate 5656 Certificate 12 Computer Technology Career Programs Business, Computer and Engineering Technology
Network Administrator Certificate 5679 Certificate 31 Computer Technology Career Programs Business, Computer and Engineering Technology
Business Software Certificate 5868 Certificate 12 Computer Technology Career Programs Business, Computer and Engineering Technology
IT Support Technician Certificate 5875 Certificate 25 Computer Technology Career Programs Business, Computer and Engineering Technology
Computer Information Technology – Network Administration (AAS) 5378 AAS Degree 64 Computer Technology Career Programs Business, Computer and Engineering Technology
Computer Information Technology – IT Support Technician (AAS) 5378 AAS Degree 64 Computer Technology Career Programs Business, Computer and Engineering Technology
Computer Information Technology – Secure Software Development Track (AAS) 5378 AAS Degree 64 Computer Technology Career Programs Business, Computer and Engineering Technology
Team Leader Certificate 5737 Certificate 41 Business Career Programs Business, Computer and Engineering Technology
Small Business Management Certificate 9598 Certificate 30 Business Career Programs Business, Computer and Engineering Technology
Medical Office Receptionist Certificate 5581 Certificate 35 Business Career Programs Business, Computer and Engineering Technology
Banking and Finance Certificate 5695 Certificate 32 Business Career Programs Business, Computer and Engineering Technology
Business (AAS) 5435 AAS Degree 62 Business Career Programs Business, Computer and Engineering Technology
Administrative Assisting (AAS) 5468 AAS Degree 61 Business Career Programs Business, Computer and Engineering Technology
Administrative Office Support Certificate 5968 Certificate 28 Business Career Programs Business, Computer and Engineering Technology
Accounting (AAS) 5466 AAS Degree 61 Business Career Programs Business, Computer and Engineering Technology
Accounting Clerk Certificate 5831 Certificate 33 Business Career Programs Business, Computer and Engineering Technology
A+ Prep Certificate 5729 Certificate 12 Computer Technology Career Programs Business, Computer and Engineering Technology