Business Skills - Black Hawk College

Business Skills

Program Description

In-person vs. virtual classroom vs. online?

  • An in-person class provides the traditional on-site instruction.
  • A virtual classroom provides real-time, online instruction. A student is responsible for the technology needed to attend the class.
  • An online class provides online instruction but not in real-time. A student is responsible for the technology needed to complete the class.


Promotion for Nonprofits  

Instructor: S. Wren

Nonprofit organizations don’t always have the luxury of having a marketing and advertising department. They need ways to get the message about their programs and fundraisers to the public as quickly and inexpensively as possible. Many nonprofits have no idea how to contact the individuals who can get their message out to the public. This class will give you a crash course in writing press releases that are ready to be printed or read on-air, how to get that message to the right individuals to be shared, and how to submit information directly to local media calendars and websites.

1 Wednesday     Mar. 10                5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Bldg. 2 – Rm. 114A                          Fee $19

In-person CRN 10866      Virtual classroom CRN 10867


Breaking into Freelance Writing   

Instructor: S. Wren

Do you enjoy blogging? Are you the person who volunteers to do the writing jobs at work? If you’ve ever looked at a magazine or website and thought, “I could do that,” you’re ready to start freelance writing. The first class will show you where to find markets that pay, how to avoid common pitfalls, managing the business, and much more. You’ll also learn how freelancers juggle multiple roles and projects to meet their deadlines and bring in paychecks.

During the second session, we’ll discuss developing article ideas and researching and pitching to markets. Students will be asked to work on a sample query letter for the second session.

During the third session, we’ll review and critique query letters so students will be ready to submit and start their freelancing careers!

3 Wednesdays   Mar. 17 – Mar. 31            5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Bldg. 2 – Rm. 114A                Fee $39
In-person CRN 10868     Virtual classroom CRN 10869


How to Start Your Airbnb Business and Become a Superhost 

Instructor: C. Sammon

Airbnb is global and in demand because travelers are looking for affordable and safe accommodations for their family, friends or themselves outside of the traditional hotel market. Learn how to run a successful Airbnb business from an Airbnb Superhost with international experience. You will learn how to set up your account and communicate with prospective guests as well as review the rules, policies and safety precautions to take when getting started. Common problems with guests and how to handle them as well as how to become a Superhost will be covered. Have the Airbnb app installed on your Smartphone, iPad/tablet, or laptop. 

1 Wednesday     Feb.10                  6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Virtual Classroom CRN 10870      Fee $19


1 Wednesday    Apr. 14                 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Virtual Classroom CRN 10871      Fee $19


State of Illinois – Becoming a Substitute Teacher or Substitute Paraprofessional   

Presented by Rock Island Regional Office of Education (RIROE)

There is an immediate need for substitute teachers and substitute paraprofessionals in Illinois. Have you ever wondered what it takes to fill one of these positions?  Are you looking for a career change? Staff from the Regional Office of Education will explain the process and explain how the school districts manage their call lists.

1 Monday                  May 10           5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Outreach – Rm. 406                             Fee FREE

In-person CRN 10872      Virtual classroom CRN 10873

The class is FREE; however, registration is required.


One-on-One Introduction to Voiceovers   New
Prerequisite:  Must be at least 18 years old

Explore the fun, rewarding possibilities of the voiceover industry! Discover current trends and how they make it easy and affordable for just about anyone to get involved. You’ll learn about different types of voiceovers and tools you’ll need to find success. Your instructor, a professional voice actor from Voices For All, will take notes as you read a real script in this one-on-one video chat setting, and offer some coaching to improve your delivery. You’ll receive a professional voiceover evaluation later. One-time, 90-minute, introductory class. Learn more at

Fee: $49 – Please contact the PaCE Department at 309-796-8223 to register for this class.


Veterinary Medical Terminology
To work in the veterinary field, you need to understand the medical language unique to the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of animals. This online course will teach you the definition and uses of veterinary medical terminology.

You will master veterinary medical terminology through a simplified learning process that builds on commonly used word parts. Each course lesson is designed to build on this foundation, with the material and illustrations focusing on the new word parts and definitions needed for success in the veterinary field.
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