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An educational advisor helps you develop a program of study based on your needs, abilities and interests. Educational advisors are available to you year-round, whether you are currently enrolled or thinking about attending.

Advisors and faculty members are partners interested in your success at Black Hawk College. We encourage you to meet with faculty members who are experts in their fields and may provide you with valuable direction, especially when you are ready to graduate.

Our mission: Advising Center staff promote the mission of Black Hawk College by developing intentional partnerships with students to foster success in education, career, and lifelong learning.

How we carry out our mission: Students are assigned to a specific educational advisor upon application to Black Hawk College.  Advisors believe that establishing and maintaining positive working relationships with students is key to student growth and success. Students should meet with their advisor regularly to ensure educational goals are met in a timely manner. Educational advisors are available year-round.

At a minimum, students should follow these meeting schedules:

  • Meet in February/March for Summer/Fall semester planning
  • Meet in September/October for Spring semester planning

Advising Tools

Check out any of the following tutorials on our YouTube channel

  1. Change of Program
  2. Schedule Change
  3. Graduation Application
  4. Pre-Advising Planning


Welcome! We’re glad you’ve chosen to become a student at Black Hawk College.

Prior to scheduling a meeting: Please complete the three easy steps outlined in the New Student Pre-Advising Planner.

Once you have completed all three steps, you can schedule your advising appointment via your myBlackHawk account on the Student tab.


Advisors are available for virtual, phone or on-campus appointments. Students are encouraged to meet with advisors to complete a plan for graduation during non-registration periods.

There are three ways you can make an appointment:


Advising Events

Advising sponsors many events throughout the year. Please follow our Facebook page and keep an eye on the myBlackHawk announcements. In addition, check your student email account on a regular basis. Advisors will send you information that relates to your specific needs.

East Campus Advisors – Galva, IL

vashti berryVashti Berry
Coordinator of Orientation and Educational Advisor
Meet Vashti (video)

Brian BeertBrian Beert
Meet Brian (video)

Quad-Cities Campus Advisors – Moline, IL


Darin DunphyDarin Dunphy
Meet Darin (video)

Photo of KrisKristian Clayton
Meet Kristian (video)

Jen Holldorf
Meet Jen (video)
Please note that Jen advises students who are pursuing career and technical certificates and degrees only

Cathryn Lass

Cathryn Lass
Meet Cathryn (video)

Melissa MedendorpMelissa Medendorp
Meet Melissa (video)

Nan ReddyNan Reddy
Meet Nan (video)

jen schmidtJennifer Schmidt

Advising questions or concerns?

While advisors can address many of your questions and concerns, feel free to contact the Director of Advising Services:

Darcie McAndlessDarcie McAndless
Director of Advising Services


How to add classes after registration:  

How to drop classes after registration:

View which classes you have left to complete your degree or certificate: 

How to change your major: 

Other Resources: