Business Skills - Black Hawk College

Business Skills

Program Description

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In-person vs. virtual classroom?

  • An in-person class provides the traditional on-site instruction.
  • Virtual classroom provides real-time, online instruction. A student is responsible for the technology needed to attend a class virtually.


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       Oct. 7                     5:30 – 7:30 p.m.                    Bldg. 2 – Rm. 114A              Fee $19

In-person CRN 80998                         Virtual classroom CRN 80999


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   Oct. 14 – Oct. 28         5:30 – 7:30 p.m.                Bldg. 2 – Rm. 114A              Fee $39
In-person CRN 81000                             Virtual classroom CRN 81001


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. Please bring to class your Smartphone, iPad/tablet, or laptop, with the Airbnb app already installed. 

1 Tuesday           Oct. 13                         6:00 – 7:30 p.m.        Outreach – Rm. 103    Fee $19

In-person CRN 81002


1 Tuesday           Nov. 10                        6:00 – 7:30 p.m.        Outreach – Rm. 103    Fee $19

In-person CRN 81003


State of Illinois – Becoming a Substitute Teacher or Substitute Paraprofessional

Program Presented By: Regional Office of Education #28 for Bureau, Henry, and Stark Counties

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 Wednesday       Oct. 28                   11:00 a.m. – Noon               Kewanee CEC – Rm. 102           Fee FREE

In-person CRN 81004                         Virtual classroom CRN 81005

The class is free; however, registration is required.