Pharmacist began at Black Hawk College

Black Hawk College helped make it possible for Hannah Turner to achieve her longtime career goal of becoming a pharmacist. “I’m thankful for the choices I made,” she said, noting she started pharmacy school without debt while many of her peers owed $120,000 or more. Turner, who graduated from Moline High School in 2011, received […]

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Ag grad travels and educates for internship

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BHC graduate Justin Slabaugh’s summer internship lets him share his passion for showing livestock. He is traveling the country as an intern for Stock Show University, which holds free educational livestock clinics. Slabaugh, of Goshen, Indiana, graduated with his Associate in Science – Ag Transfer degree in May. He is transferring to Kansas State University […]

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Graduate plans career in law

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When Amadou Ndiaye crossed the stage on graduation night, he achieved a hard-won educational milestone. His first steps to earn a college degree occurred thousands of miles away in Senegal, Africa, where attending school every day was not guaranteed. For several years he even missed out on months of school because of school being closed. […]

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Alumnus loves golf career

BHC alumnus Mike Downing has made a living on the green. “My father was a PGA golf professional, so I grew up around the profession,” he said. “I knew that is what I wanted to do at an early age.” Downing is head golf professional at Short Hills Country Club in East Moline. Previously, he […]

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Guest post: College was for me after all

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This guest blog post is by 2019 BHC graduate Kristie Amato, of Moline, IL. I did not choose a traditional educational path. I did not begin my college career until 2016, just before my 45th birthday. After high school, I married and had eight children. During that time I owned and operated a licensed family […]

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BHC got me here: grads pursue dream degrees

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Black Hawk College is a great place to begin your higher education. No matter what your interests are, from agriculture to music, we have you covered! Do what you love while you learn. Read on to hear the stories of three BHC graduates who are now earning bachelor’s degrees at universities. BHC Transfer Programs allow […]

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Nursing graduate finds his passion

Nursing ended up being the ultimate destination of BHC graduate Ian Hutto’s winding career path, and a perfect fit. “A college education and nursing degree, along with my now two years of nursing experience, have given me more confidence and meaning in my life than I ever thought possible,” he said. His educational journey Hutto […]

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BHC equine program attracts Venezuelan student

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Ezequiel Bustamante is more than 2,500 miles from his hometown, but he has found a second home at Black Hawk College. “I feel like the United States, Black Hawk College and Texas are part of me,” he said. “I feel proudly to be here.” Bustamante has ridden horses all his life, but he did not […]

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BHC got me here: alumni transfer near and far

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We do transfer right! Black Hawk College transfer graduates earn their bachelor’s degrees at a variety of colleges, ranging from those close by to universities throughout the Midwest and beyond. Read on for three graduates’ transfer stories. Learn more about our transfer programs. Dylan Freeman Degree earned at Black Hawk College: Associate in Arts Graduation year: […]

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BHC got me here: graduates’ transfer tales

These graduates shared their stories of earning the first half of their bachelor’s degrees at BHC before transferring to universities! Did you know we have about 130 transfer agreements and guides in place with about 23 four-year colleges and universities in Illinois, Iowa and beyond? Learn more about our transfer programs. Baylee Burklund Black Hawk […]

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