Alumni - Black Hawk College

Alum: BHC is a great place to find your path

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Brandon Maeglin found the footing for his future at Black Hawk College. The Moline High School graduate started at Black Hawk because he wasn’t sure what he wanted to study. “It was well-known it was a good place to go for a cost-effective solution to get your gen eds and have them transfer once you […]

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Grad leverages her love of learning as a museum curator

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Black Hawk College Associate in Arts graduate Shannon Boynton found the perfect job to continue her journey as a lifelong learner. In August 2020, she became the museum curator for the Essley-Noble Museum in Aledo, IL. The Mercer County Historical Society manages the museum, which showcases local history and offers genealogy resources. “I like learning. […]

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BHC alumna now helps students’ dreams come true

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Zenaida Landeros was once a Black Hawk College student earning scholarships. Now, the BHC alumna is the executive director of the Quad-Cities Foundation, and she loves helping make students’ dreams possible. “When I saw that an organization that once supported my dreams was looking for leadership, I was excited to be part of that,” she […]

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BHC art grad inspired by travel

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Traveling serves as her inspiration, but Amber Dale’s college education took off close to home at Black Hawk College in Moline. “My husband and I enjoy backpacking through the national parks, which has been a big inspiration for a lot of my personal work,” she said. Her love for the national parks resulted in her […]

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Transfer grad found affinity for math at BHC

Taking a risk can be rewarding. That was one of many life lessons Black Hawk College 2020 graduate Abigail Wadsworth learned while earning her degree. The Silvis resident started at Black Hawk because she didn’t know what she wanted to study, and the college was close by and affordable. You might recognize Wadsworth from a […]

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Disability Services fuels student success

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Disability Services provides students with accommodations to assist them in accomplishing their goals. “Black Hawk College has a dedicated staff to help students with disabilities receive the resources and assistance they need to succeed in their educational journey,” said Rachael Weeks, Disability Services Coordinator. Disability Services provides reasonable accommodations for people with qualified, documented disabilities. […]

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Orthodontist started at Black Hawk College

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A desire to move forward brought Dr. Michelle McManus to Black Hawk College. After graduating from Rockridge High School, she postponed college for a year to work in hopes she would figure out what she wanted to do. “I still had no idea, but I wanted to start school and at least get the process […]

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Physical therapy assistant grad stays connected

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Robin Edwards felt nervous at her interview for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program, but not for long. Larry Gillund, Black Hawk College associate professor and director of the program, soon put her at ease. “I was very scared. I was in my 40s,” the 1972 Muscatine High School graduate said. “He made me feel welcome.” […]

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BHC grad, award-winning teacher inspires students

Black Hawk College alumna Margarita Raya Mojica pursued her career as a bilingual teacher because she recognized a need. “I became a teacher to be the kind of teacher I needed when I was growing up,” she said. She needed a teacher who could talk to Spanish-speaking parents and who inspired and encouraged students facing […]

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BHC got me here: grads share their transfer stories

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You can earn the first half of your bachelor’s degree at Black Hawk College then transfer to a four-year college, near or far. Read on to hear the stories of three BHC graduates who are now earning bachelor’s degrees at universities. BHC Transfer Programs allow you to transfer to a four-year institution ready to earn your […]

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