Alumni - Black Hawk College

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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Horse science instructor enjoys challenge of riding

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Horse science instructor Sarah Schobert embraces growth and learning, for both her students and herself. “I love the challenge riding brings,” she said. “Every day is a new thing and you’re constantly learning more.” In her personal time, you might find Schobert running, playing cards or in the saddle. “Luckily my job is a huge […]

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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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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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