Additional Counseling Resources

Counseling services offered by the college are free. However, a referral to a community resource may result in a fee by that individual or service.


Confidentiality

Records of counseling sessions can never become part of a student’s transcript or academic and education records.

We understand that counseling often involves the disclosure of sensitive, personal information. Your counseling information is confidential. No information about who is receiving counseling or the nature of their visits is released without the written permission of the person. Exceptions to this include subpoena, in cases of current child abuse, or if there is an expressed intent to harm one’s self or another.

Black Hawk College counselors adhere to the ethical standards and practices of the American Counseling Association, Alexandria, Va.


Emergencies & Crisis Information

A crisis event exists whenever a person’s behavior poses imminent danger of:

  • causing harm to self or others; or
  • impeding the lawful activities of other members of the campus community or causing significant property damage; or
  • interfering with the health, safety or well-being of other members of the BHC community.

If you have a crisis emergency while on campus contact the counseling department immediately.

During other hours:
Call Robert Young Center at 309-779-2031 or
24-hour Crisis Intervention at 309-779-2990

For physical safety emergencies:
Call the BHC Police Department at 309-796-5911
or
Call 911
If calling from an on-campus phone, dial 5911

National crisis hotlines:

  • AIDS Hotline – 202-332-AIDS (2437)
  • Alcohol and Drug Helpline – 800-821-HELP (4357)
  • Childhelp, Child Abuse Hotline – 800-4-A-CHILD (422-4453)
  • Crisis Hotline – 888-793-4357
  • DC Rape Crisis Center Hotline – 202-333-7273
  • Grief Recovery Helpline – 800-445-4808
  • National Hopeline Network – 800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Suicide Prevention – 800-273-8253

Resources:

  • HalfOfUs.com offers you self-help tools and articles. Topics such as anxiety, depression and substance abuse are covered.
  • Suicide Prevention Guide was created to help college students who have considered or previously attempted suicide that aims to provide resources for help.
  • The Crisis Text Line is the only 24/7 crisis-intervention line that conducts all of its conversations exclusively by text message. Text START to 741741.

Policies & Forms

In accordance with the Student Optional Disclosure of Private Mental Health Act (IGP 59.1), Black Hawk College is providing students the opportunity to authorize, in writing, the disclosure of certain private mental health information to a designated person of your choosing.

The Student Optional Disclosure of Private Mental Health Information Act in the state of Illinois provides you with the opportunity to designate an adult whom you would like us to contact in the event that you experience a mental health emergency that puts you or others at risk for serious injury or death. You are not required to designate a contact. If you would like to designate an Emergency Mental Health Contact please fill out the online form.

Student Mental Health Emergency Contact Release Form

This Act states that an institution of higher learning may disclose mental health information if a qualified examiner makes a determination that the student poses a clear danger to himself, herself or others to protect the student or other person against a clear, imminent risk of serious physical or mental injury or disease or death being inflicted upon the person or by the student on himself, herself, or another. The qualified examiner shall, as soon as practicable, but in no more than 24 hours after making the determination under this section, attempt to contact the designated person and notify the designated person that the qualified examiner has made a determination that the student poses a clear, imminent danger to himself, herself, or others.

If you desire to designate a person that would receive certain private mental health information in such a situation, complete the form and indicate if you authorize, or decline to authorize, the disclosure of the information.


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 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, 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 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, 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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