Nontraditional student finds her path

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She arrived in the United States at age 15, married, pregnant and full of hope. “We moved because I wanted my baby to have a better future,” Alma Lievanos said. “I knew if I stayed in Mexico, I wouldn’t be able to give him the education or the life he deserves.” Her son is now […]

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Grad: “It’s never too late to go back”

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Black Hawk College graduate Scarlet Behrens’ career path brought her to an unexpected place: Niabi Zoo. “I still have those moments where I take a step back and think, I work at a zoo,” she said with a smile. Scarlet Behrens is the guest services manager at Niabi Zoo, which is a Rock Island County […]

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Chamber CEO got started at Black Hawk College

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Uncertainty bought Paul Rumler to Black Hawk College after high school. He had plans to study engineering at a four-year university after graduating from Moline High School, but it didn’t feel quite right. After a lot of thought, he decided to switch directions and attend Black Hawk College instead, where he graduated with his Associate […]

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Love for math adds up to a fulfilling career

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Assistant professor Robyn McVey loves that with math, once you arrive at the right answer, the task is completed. While there is only one correct answer, McVey has discovered multiple ways to explain how to solve problems during her decade teaching at Black Hawk College. “Some people do need a different take,” she said. “I’ve […]

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Music grad sings Black Hawk College’s praises

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Morgan Sarber gained lifelong friends, an associate’s degree, and the foundation she needed to succeed while studying at Black Hawk College. Initially she decided on Black Hawk College because it was cost-effective and close to her hometown of Geneseo. The college’s music opportunities happened to be a huge bonus, though. Sarber earned a Music Achievement […]

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Instructor inspired student to teach history

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Marland Rachel has nothing but great memories of his time studying at Black Hawk College. “The atmosphere was awesome. All the instructors were very helpful,” he said. “I never had a bad day at Black Hawk.” Rachel encourages prospective students to consider Black Hawk College: if you want to earn an associate degree and then […]

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BHC degree gives grad options and confidence

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When Abbie Radech first told her customers she was going to Black Hawk College, they worried she would leave her current career. Radech is the owner/operator at RiverView Salon in Port Byron, where she has worked for 15 years. She assured them she had no plans of leaving: she wanted to fine-tune her business skills. […]

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Alumna makes music and an impact

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When a student’s face lights up while learning, Black Hawk College graduate Stephanie Moen knows she is where she belongs. That place is C.R. Hanna Elementary School in Orion where she teaches music to every student, from kindergartners to fifth-graders. During music class, the students sing, play instruments and move to the beat. Moen changes […]

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BHC grad makes it in marketing

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Two Rivers YMCA marketing director and Black Hawk College graduate Abbey Taets has an eye for design. She launched her graphic design and marketing career after earning her Associate in Applied Science degree in visual communication in 2013. Initially when Taets enrolled at Black Hawk College, she wanted to study psychology. She planned on transferring […]

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BHC grad, athlete kicked off career in sports

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Black Hawk College grad Destiny Brown’s educational path led her to a football field. The Davenport native is executive assistant and director of game day operations for the Quad City Steamwheelers. “I’ve played sports my whole life and I love the environment of being surrounded by the love of the game,” Brown said. Her duties […]

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