Alumni - Black Hawk College

Find your fit at Black Hawk College

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As we celebrate Community College Month in April, it’s a great time to reflect on and celebrate the impact Black Hawk College makes. It’s also a great time to start planning your college education. Find your fit by visiting, virtually or in person. You will learn what Black Hawk College has to offer and how […]

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Alumna’s career in construction is like winning the lottery

It’s like winning the lottery. That is how Sonia Shepard of Davenport, Iowa, describes getting a job in construction. “The life that I have now is amazing,” she said. Shepard graduated from Black Hawk College’s Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP) in 2015. “I’ll never forget that day,” she said of graduation. “It changed my […]

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BHC grad, immigrant makes a difference at World Relief

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Black Hawk College graduate Alejandra Martinez’s experiences propelled her to a career helping immigrants and refugees. Born in Valle de Santiago, Guanajuato in Mexico, Martinez arrived in the United States when she was in fifth grade. “It was difficult, it was hard, I felt very alone,” she said. “I felt distant from my classmates.” Martinez […]

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Grad’s dream job combines her three passions

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A desire to make an impact in the lives of children and their learning journeys is the spark that has fueled Pam Lynch’s career path. The Sherrard High School graduate selected Black Hawk College because of the early childhood education programming. She earned her Associate in Applied Science in child development in 1993. Lynch is […]

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Alumna finds fulfillment helping youth

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A college education felt unattainable to Daisy Moran. She didn’t thrive academically in high school and finances were limited. She planned to join the military, but her mom encouraged her to apply to Black Hawk College. “The reason why we chose Black Hawk College was because it was very affordable,” Moran said. Now, she has […]

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Alumnus: 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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