Whether currently enrolled or thinking about attending, you can count on BHC educational advisors year-round. Meetings may occur in-person in the East Campus (Galva) and Quad-Cities Campus (Moline) Advising Centers, remotely (Zoom) or by phone depending upon your preference and advisor availability.

Once your application for admissions has been processed, you will be assigned to an educational advisor. Your advisor is your constant go-to resource on campus and will support you proactively and holistically. You will partner with your advisor to create a long-term educational plan using the Degree Audit tool located in myBlackHawk. Check your student emails often as your advisor will email you regularly. Lastly, plan to join the Canvas myAdvising course where you will find answers to many questions and access helpful resources and success tools.

 New students

  1. Apply to Black Hawk College.
  2. Complete Hawk's Journey in myBlackHawk.
  3. Follow the instructions outlined at the end of Hawk's Journey for next steps.

Meet your advisors

You will be assigned to an educational advisor depending upon your 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.

Once you have access to myBlackHawk, you can easily schedule an appointment there.
How to schedule an appointment with your advisor (PDF)

East Campus (Galva) CTE and Transfer Advisors

Vashti Berry: East Campus | Students with last names A-G

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Coordinator of Orientation and Educational Advisor
Meet Vashti (video)

Marian Dilworth: East Campus | Students with last names H-Z

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Quad Cities (Moline) Transfer Advisors

Melissa Medendorp: QC Campus | Students with last names A-G

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Meet Melissa (video)

Kristian Clayton: QC Campus | Students with last names H-O

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Meet Kristian (video)

Darin Dunphy: QC Campus | Students with last names P-Z and Online AA

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Meet Darin (video)

Quad Cities (Moline) 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
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
Surgical Technology AA

Jennifer Schmidt: View Program Assignments

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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:

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.