Counseling

From time to time, we all face difficult challenges that impact our lives. It is helpful to have caring support as we learn to cope with our circumstances. A BHC counselor can help you with your concerns, problems and challenges.

Let’s Talk

All counseling services are free to current BHC students. To schedule a confidential appointment, please call, email or stop by our office on either campus.

During your first appointment, a professional counselor will:

  • help clarify your concerns
  • explore ongoing counseling needs
  • determine if additional services would be beneficial

We will help you whether your concerns are personal, educational or social. We assist you in exploring alternatives, weighing consequences and learning new skills to help you cope with and resolve the problems you are facing. Everything you discuss during your counseling session will be completely confidential.

Common Student Concerns » Additional Resources »

Counseling Events

Be sure to keep an eye out for these special events hosted by BHC Counseling:

  • Social Services Fair each in the fall
  • Therapy dog assistance the week before finals each fall and spring
  • Awareness month activities

SUICIDE PREVENTION 

ASK!! Are you or is anyone you care about suicidal? Here are some links that may help! As always, you are more than welcome to talk to a BHC counselor about how to start the conversation, how to help someone you think might be hurting, or how to help yourself!

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. National Suicide Hotline: 800-273-TALK


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Advising

Black Hawk hosts many Campus Tours & Get-To-Know BHC Events for potential students and their family members. BHC advisors are also knowledgeable first contacts who can answer your questions about starting college, discuss your educational goals, and inform you of BHC’s resources to help you succeed.

Reading and following all steps below will smooth your entry to Black Hawk College. Please attempt the steps below before seeking further assistance. For help, email an Advisor at ADVQC@bhc.edu. Provide all relevant information in your communication with us.

We look forward to having you with us this semester!

STEP 1. Apply to attend BHC at www.bhc.edu/apply

For Program of Study on the application, choose *NDS – TRANSFER
After two business days check your email for instructions on how to log into your myBlackHawk student portal and email: http://myblackhawk.bhc.edu/


STEP 2. Course descriptions and pre-requisite requirements

See the current BHC catalog at https://www.bhc.edu/academics/catalog/
For course transferability, use MyCreditsTransfer and Transferology.

MyCreditsTransfer is designed to facilitate transfer within Illinois using the nationally available tool, Transferology. Find the courses that transfer between institutions, degree requirements your courses satisfy and different majors that institutions offer.

Your home institution has the final say about accepting courses for transfer. Before registering, discuss your plans with your home institution.


STEP 3. Determine course availability


STEP 4. Satisfy course pre-requisites before you register

A BHC Advisor will ask you to document that you’ve met any pre-requisite by providing unofficial transcripts of completed course work. An advisor may also request to see applicable placement scores.

Email a BHC advisor at ADVQC@bhc.edu:

  • Your email should include the BHC course (i.e. PSYC 101); your first name, middle initial, last name and your BHC ID#.
  • Make a screen-shot of your transcript and attach it to an email to the Advising Center at ADVQC@bhc.edu. Do not send us a link to your transcript. In most cases we cannot open them due to password protection.
  • The transcript must clearly include your name; the college name; course numbers, names and credits; attendance dates; final grades and cumulative GPA.
  • An advisor will review your transcript and respond to you by email or phone. If you’ve met the prerequisite, the advisor will enter an override on your account so you can register.


STEP 5. Final details

  • Online Learning Information: bhc.edu/online
  • Tuition and fees, payment due dates, payment methods: bhc.edu/tuition or visit the Student Billing page in myBlackHawk.
  • Book requirements, purchases and rentals: https://www.bhc.edu/on-campus/bookstore
  • Financial Aid questions: Finaid@bhc.edu or 309-796-5400
  • Campus Maps: bhc.edu/locations
Category: Advising

It’s fairly common to be undecided about your future or how to get the most from college as a new, or returning, student. BHC’s faculty and professional staff can help you with these important concerns.
College Credit Course

CES 100: College Experience and Success (3 credits)
This course is highly recommended for first-time college students who want to improve their readiness for college-level studies, promote their academic success and get the most from being a college student.

Career Services Center (CSC)
Visit the CSC to learn about the wide range of career options available. Take a career assessment of your skills and interests to discover career possibilities that may be good fits for you. You can also learn now to research careers and job openings. Also, watch for career workshops offered throughout the year!

Advising
Educational advisors will assist you with college readiness, student know-how, self-discovery, goal setting, and career exploration so you get the most from your college experience.

Counseling
Meet with a BHC counselor to take a variety of career or personal inventories which can assist you with career and educational planning.

Career programs range from short-term certificate programs to Associate of Applied Science degrees. Career programs give you up-to-date skills that prepare you to enter the workforce.

Transfer programs prepare you to continue your studies at a four-year university or college. At Black Hawk College you’ll earn an associate degree in all transfer programs, complete the general education courses accepted by most universities, and begin taking courses in your major area.

Absolutely! With good planning, you can attend BHC part-time and progress toward your goal. Meet with your advisor every semester to stay on track.

The course load that is best for you depends on a variety of factors, such as other commitments, study skills, time-management skills, and self-discipline. To determine the course load which is most appropriate for you, please refer to the following guidelines:

Employment obligations
Working 40 hours per week
Working 30 hours per week
Working 20 hours per week
Working less than 20 hours        
Course load if working
3-6 credit hours
3-9 credit hours
6-12 credit hours
12-18 credit hours

An educational advisor can assist you with course selection whether you are following a career program at BHC, completing an associate degree before transferring, or preparing for a major when you are uncertain of where you will transfer. For advisor availability and to schedule an appointment for educational planning please see Advising.

Online courses could be a convenient way to be a student.  Learn what it takes to be a successful online learning student including Is Online Learning for Me?  Online instruction is generally not recommended for new college students; please consult an advisor before enrolling in an online course.

Seeing your completed courses and final grades is fast! Log into your myBlackHawk account, open the Student tab, then click on Degree Audit. Your degree audit can also be used as an unofficial transcript. If your myBlackHawk account has expired, simply complete a new admissions application. Your welcome letter will include login information.

Dropping a class can delay reaching your academic goal, could change your status from full-time to part-time, or possibly impact your current and future financial aid. Even so, dropping a class may be your best option. Before deciding, visit with your instructor and an educational advisor. Advisors can also talk with you about adding a class and update your academic plan so you stay on track to graduate.

Make a transfer planning appointment with a BHC educational advisor to help you navigate up-to-date resources for four-year colleges and universities.

It is helpful to have caring support when coping with your circumstances. Our professional counselors are here to help you with your concerns, problems and challenges whether they are personal, educational or social. Counseling services are confidential.

You can also visit www.bhc.edu/counseling 

Category: Advising

Counseling

All of our counselors have master’s degrees and extensive coursework of additional post-graduate study.

A counselor is a faculty member as well as a master’s degree-level professional trained in counseling. Counselors also work with faculty and staff as consultants and trainers.

An academic advisor is a professional staff or faculty member trained to assist students with academic planning. Advisors make referrals for various student concerns to counselors or other campus services.

Due to a high demand for services, and to ensure that the greatest number of students can receive services, the college sets a limit on the total number of individual counseling appointments students may receive. Please discuss the specifics of this policy with your counselor.

No, counseling can also assist with the following:

  • Adjusting to new surroundings/circumstances or a new culture
  • Building self-esteem
  • Choosing a major or career path
  • Coping with grief, loss and depression
  • Learning new communication skills
  • Learning stress management
  • Overcoming math or speech anxiety
  • Overcoming social anxiety
  • Resolving a conflict with a teacher, friend or relative
Category: Counseling

Disability Services

Encourage the student to contact a member of the Disability Services staff. You may want to contact the office yourself to follow up on your referral.

  • Follow the steps to receive accommodations.
  • Initiate all services and do so in a timely manner.
  • Seek assistance when you experience problems with accommodation services.
  • Contact the Disability Services Office
  • Submit current and appropriate documentation of disability which determines eligibility and supports request for accommodations.
  • Meet with Disability Services staff to develop accommodations plan.
  • • Meet with the DS Staff and sign the Disability Accommodations Notification Form (PDF), each semester.
  • Students are encouraged to deliver their Accommodation Forms during the first week of the semester.
  • Introduce yourself to your instructor and discuss your accommodation needs the first week of classes.

These rights would include:

  • Equal access to the educational, services and programs
  • Reasonable and effective accommodations according to the student’s disability
  • Confidentiality
  • Respectful and fair treatment

The ADA does not require colleges to provide personal assistants, individual personal tutors, or personal assistive technology. Accommodations are not made which would reduce academic expectations, alter the curriculum or which would eliminate essential components of any course.

Student Resources

Black Hawk hosts many Campus Tours & Get-To-Know BHC Events for potential students and their family members. BHC advisors are also knowledgeable first contacts who can answer your questions about starting college, discuss your educational goals, and inform you of BHC’s resources to help you succeed.

Reading and following all steps below will smooth your entry to Black Hawk College. Please attempt the steps below before seeking further assistance. For help, email an Advisor at ADVQC@bhc.edu. Provide all relevant information in your communication with us.

We look forward to having you with us this semester!

STEP 1. Apply to attend BHC at www.bhc.edu/apply

For Program of Study on the application, choose *NDS – TRANSFER
After two business days check your email for instructions on how to log into your myBlackHawk student portal and email: http://myblackhawk.bhc.edu/


STEP 2. Course descriptions and pre-requisite requirements

See the current BHC catalog at https://www.bhc.edu/academics/catalog/
For course transferability, use MyCreditsTransfer and Transferology.

MyCreditsTransfer is designed to facilitate transfer within Illinois using the nationally available tool, Transferology. Find the courses that transfer between institutions, degree requirements your courses satisfy and different majors that institutions offer.

Your home institution has the final say about accepting courses for transfer. Before registering, discuss your plans with your home institution.


STEP 3. Determine course availability


STEP 4. Satisfy course pre-requisites before you register

A BHC Advisor will ask you to document that you’ve met any pre-requisite by providing unofficial transcripts of completed course work. An advisor may also request to see applicable placement scores.

Email a BHC advisor at ADVQC@bhc.edu:

  • Your email should include the BHC course (i.e. PSYC 101); your first name, middle initial, last name and your BHC ID#.
  • Make a screen-shot of your transcript and attach it to an email to the Advising Center at ADVQC@bhc.edu. Do not send us a link to your transcript. In most cases we cannot open them due to password protection.
  • The transcript must clearly include your name; the college name; course numbers, names and credits; attendance dates; final grades and cumulative GPA.
  • An advisor will review your transcript and respond to you by email or phone. If you’ve met the prerequisite, the advisor will enter an override on your account so you can register.


STEP 5. Final details

  • Online Learning Information: bhc.edu/online
  • Tuition and fees, payment due dates, payment methods: bhc.edu/tuition or visit the Student Billing page in myBlackHawk.
  • Book requirements, purchases and rentals: https://www.bhc.edu/on-campus/bookstore
  • Financial Aid questions: Finaid@bhc.edu or 309-796-5400
  • Campus Maps: bhc.edu/locations
Category: Advising

It’s fairly common to be undecided about your future or how to get the most from college as a new, or returning, student. BHC’s faculty and professional staff can help you with these important concerns.
College Credit Course

CES 100: College Experience and Success (3 credits)
This course is highly recommended for first-time college students who want to improve their readiness for college-level studies, promote their academic success and get the most from being a college student.

Career Services Center (CSC)
Visit the CSC to learn about the wide range of career options available. Take a career assessment of your skills and interests to discover career possibilities that may be good fits for you. You can also learn now to research careers and job openings. Also, watch for career workshops offered throughout the year!

Advising
Educational advisors will assist you with college readiness, student know-how, self-discovery, goal setting, and career exploration so you get the most from your college experience.

Counseling
Meet with a BHC counselor to take a variety of career or personal inventories which can assist you with career and educational planning.

Career programs range from short-term certificate programs to Associate of Applied Science degrees. Career programs give you up-to-date skills that prepare you to enter the workforce.

Transfer programs prepare you to continue your studies at a four-year university or college. At Black Hawk College you’ll earn an associate degree in all transfer programs, complete the general education courses accepted by most universities, and begin taking courses in your major area.

Absolutely! With good planning, you can attend BHC part-time and progress toward your goal. Meet with your advisor every semester to stay on track.

The course load that is best for you depends on a variety of factors, such as other commitments, study skills, time-management skills, and self-discipline. To determine the course load which is most appropriate for you, please refer to the following guidelines:

Employment obligations
Working 40 hours per week
Working 30 hours per week
Working 20 hours per week
Working less than 20 hours        
Course load if working
3-6 credit hours
3-9 credit hours
6-12 credit hours
12-18 credit hours

An educational advisor can assist you with course selection whether you are following a career program at BHC, completing an associate degree before transferring, or preparing for a major when you are uncertain of where you will transfer. For advisor availability and to schedule an appointment for educational planning please see Advising.

Online courses could be a convenient way to be a student.  Learn what it takes to be a successful online learning student including Is Online Learning for Me?  Online instruction is generally not recommended for new college students; please consult an advisor before enrolling in an online course.

Seeing your completed courses and final grades is fast! Log into your myBlackHawk account, open the Student tab, then click on Degree Audit. Your degree audit can also be used as an unofficial transcript. If your myBlackHawk account has expired, simply complete a new admissions application. Your welcome letter will include login information.

Dropping a class can delay reaching your academic goal, could change your status from full-time to part-time, or possibly impact your current and future financial aid. Even so, dropping a class may be your best option. Before deciding, visit with your instructor and an educational advisor. Advisors can also talk with you about adding a class and update your academic plan so you stay on track to graduate.

Make a transfer planning appointment with a BHC educational advisor to help you navigate up-to-date resources for four-year colleges and universities.

It is helpful to have caring support when coping with your circumstances. Our professional counselors are here to help you with your concerns, problems and challenges whether they are personal, educational or social. Counseling services are confidential.

You can also visit www.bhc.edu/counseling 

Category: Advising

All of our counselors have master’s degrees and extensive coursework of additional post-graduate study.

A counselor is a faculty member as well as a master’s degree-level professional trained in counseling. Counselors also work with faculty and staff as consultants and trainers.

An academic advisor is a professional staff or faculty member trained to assist students with academic planning. Advisors make referrals for various student concerns to counselors or other campus services.

Due to a high demand for services, and to ensure that the greatest number of students can receive services, the college sets a limit on the total number of individual counseling appointments students may receive. Please discuss the specifics of this policy with your counselor.

No, counseling can also assist with the following:

  • Adjusting to new surroundings/circumstances or a new culture
  • Building self-esteem
  • Choosing a major or career path
  • Coping with grief, loss and depression
  • Learning new communication skills
  • Learning stress management
  • Overcoming math or speech anxiety
  • Overcoming social anxiety
  • Resolving a conflict with a teacher, friend or relative
Category: Counseling

Encourage the student to contact a member of the Disability Services staff. You may want to contact the office yourself to follow up on your referral.

  • Follow the steps to receive accommodations.
  • Initiate all services and do so in a timely manner.
  • Seek assistance when you experience problems with accommodation services.
  • Contact the Disability Services Office
  • Submit current and appropriate documentation of disability which determines eligibility and supports request for accommodations.
  • Meet with Disability Services staff to develop accommodations plan.
  • • Meet with the DS Staff and sign the Disability Accommodations Notification Form (PDF), each semester.
  • Students are encouraged to deliver their Accommodation Forms during the first week of the semester.
  • Introduce yourself to your instructor and discuss your accommodation needs the first week of classes.

These rights would include:

  • Equal access to the educational, services and programs
  • Reasonable and effective accommodations according to the student’s disability
  • Confidentiality
  • Respectful and fair treatment

The ADA does not require colleges to provide personal assistants, individual personal tutors, or personal assistive technology. Accommodations are not made which would reduce academic expectations, alter the curriculum or which would eliminate essential components of any course.

This is up to you – it can take as little as one hour each quarter or several hours each week. You decide which services to utilize. You should be committed to meeting with your TRiO advisor on a regular basis, and taking advantage of the available resources.

The program offers many social and educational events each semester. In the past, these have included trips to music concerts, area plays, museums, college campus visits and cultural trips to Chicago. The SSS program also provide opportunities to attend a variety of campus activities that participants can attend together.

Yes! SSS makes the transition smoother by offering one-on-one academic and career advising as well as workshops on managing your time efficiently, getting along with instructors, financing your education, planning your four-year degree and beyond, and many other topics. Our goal is to help you learn the skills to be a successful student.

SSS tends to have expectations rather than requirements. It is expected that you will be committed to earning your degree and that you will take advantage of SSS services that meet your academic needs. The SSS staff will make recommendations for you that we expect you to carefully consider. There are criteria and requirements in order for you to receive grant aid and check out items from the program, but the criteria are based on things you should be doing as a successful college student.

SSS provides a personal college “safety net” from the time you enroll in the program through graduation. The program can help you build on your strengths and address your areas of concern. By becoming a participant, you will gain access to services and opportunities not available to other students on campus. Our goal is to help you graduate and transfer successfully. We will work with you individually to help you be successful.

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