Alumni - Black Hawk College

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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Nursing runs in the family for recent grad

The passing of a torch was marked with a pin. Leigh Westbrook celebrated her graduation from Black Hawk College’s Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program at a nursing pinning ceremony in December. Graduates select a special person to pin them, with the event marking the completion of their ADN educations. For Westbrook, that special person was […]

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Grad’s passion is productions

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After work, the odds are good you can find Alex Richardson behind the scenes at Playcrafters Barn Theatre in Moline. “I have a blast doing it,” he said. “To me it’s not like more work, or a chore, to leave here and go and spend hours doing that.” The Black Hawk College graduate and employee […]

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Grad helps make play possible at Family Museum

Laughter and the pitter-patter of tiny feet would soon fill the Family Museum in Bettendorf. During the last quiet moments before the doors opened, Black Hawk College graduate Sara Hodgini noted those sounds are perks of her position as the museum’s business and community relations manager. “There is nothing better than hearing kids laughing and […]

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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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