Whether you are currently enrolled or thinking about attending, educational advisors are available to you year-round. You will be assigned to a specific educational advisor when you apply to Black Hawk College, and should then meet regularly to ensure your achieve your educational goals in a timely manner.

Attending Summer/Fall? Plan a meeting for February/March.

Attending in the Spring? Plan a meeting for September/October.

But feel free to contact us anytime! Advisors are available for virtual, phone or on-campus.

  • Online: Through your myBlackHawk account.
  • Call the Quad-Cities Campus: 309-796-5100
  • Call the East Campus: 309-854-1709
  • Email: or a specific advisor (Find Your Advisor Below...)


  1. Apply to Black Hawk College.
  2. Complete the "Hawk's Journey" in myBlackHawk.
  3. Follow the instructions in the New Student Pre-Advising Planner.

Meet Your Advisors

Students are assigned to Educational Advisors depending upon the Program of Study and/or first letter of the last name. Career and Technical Advisors (CTE) work with students who intended to earn a certificate or degree and enter the workforce upon graduation. Transfer Advisors work with students who intend to earn the Associate of Arts or Science degree and transfer to a four-year school upon graduation.

East Campus CTE and Transfer Advisors

Vashti Berry: East Students Last Names A-G

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Coordinator of Orientation and Educational Advisor
Meet Vashti (video)

Brian Beert: East Students Last Names H-Z

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Meet Brian (video)

Quad Cities Transfer Advisors

Melissa Medendorp: QC Students Last Names A-F

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Meet Melissa (video)

Jennifer Schmidt: QC Students Last Names G-K

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Kristian Clayton: QC Students Last Names L-R

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Meet Kristian (video)

Darin Dunphy: QC Students Last Names S-Z

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Meet Darin (video)

Quad Cities CTE Advisors

Grant Iles: View Program Assignments

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List of Programs:

Art Technology Certificate
Assistant Teacher Certificate
Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate
Criminal Justice Tech Cert
Criminal Justice Technology AAS
Early Childhood Education AAS
Early Childhood Educator Certificate
Health Information Management AAS
Medical Assisting Certificate
Medical Coding Specialist Certificate
Medical Office Receptionist
Music Industry Certificate
Visual Communication AAS
Patient Care Assistant Certificate
Last names A-E:
General Occupational and Technical Studies (GOTS)
Associate Degree Nursing
Physical Therapy Assistant
Practical Nursing Certificate
Radiologic Technology
Surgical Technology AAS

Nan Reddy: View Program Assignments

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Meet Nan (video)

List of Programs: Last names F-Z
General Occupational and Technical Studies (GOTS)
Associate Degree Nursing
Physical Therapy Assistant
Practical Nursing Certificate
Radiologic Technology
Surgical Technology AA

Advising Center: View CTE Program Assignments

Please call the advising center to schedule an appointment:

A+ Prep Certificate
Accounting AAS and Certificate
Administrative Assisting AAS
Administrative Office Support Certificate
Auto CAD Certificate
Banking and Finance Certificate
Business AAS
Business Software Certificate
Court Reporting Technology AAS
CNC Manufacturing Certificate
Computer Information Technology AAS
Cybersecurity AAS
Emergency Medical Services AAS
EMT – Paramedic AAS and Certificate
Engineering Technology AAS and Certificate
Intro to CNC Manufacturing Certificate
IT Support Technician Certificate
Manufacturing Processes Certificate
Network + Prep Certificate
Network Administrator Certificate
Pro E Certificate
Small Business Management Certificate
Welding Certificates

Specialty Advisors

Darin Dunphy: Online AA Students

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Meet Darin (video)

Cathryn Lass: Students with an AAS Degree Moving Towards Earning a Bachelor’s Degree

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Meet Cathryn (video)

Advising questions or concerns?

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

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Director of Advising Services

How-To Videos

Check out any of the following tutorials on our YouTube channel

  1. Pre-Advising Planning
  2. How to Register
  3. Graduation Application
  4. Using Degree Audit and Planning Ahead

Advising Resources


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: 

Advising Events

Advising sponsors many events throughout the year. Please follow our Facebook page and keep an eye on the myBlackHawk and myAdvising Canvas announcements. In addition, check your student email account on a regular basis.