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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Miss Illinois graduated from Black Hawk College

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Ariel Beverly has many titles: Black Hawk College graduate, Illinois State University alumna, art teacher and now, Miss Illinois. “Being crowned Miss Illinois was absolutely surreal,” she said. “I had never had an out-of-body experience until that moment.” Beverly will compete in the Miss America pageant in Connecticut on Dec. 19, 2019, which will be […]

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Pharmacist began at Black Hawk College

Black Hawk College helped make it possible for Hannah Turner to achieve her longtime career goal of becoming a pharmacist. “I’m thankful for the choices I made,” she said. Turner, who graduated from Moline High School in 2011, received the BHC Presidential Scholarship. The top 10% of graduating seniors at in-district high schools receive free […]

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Ag grad travels and educates for internship

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BHC graduate Justin Slabaugh’s summer internship lets him share his passion for showing livestock. He is traveling the country as an intern for Stock Show University, which holds free educational livestock clinics. Slabaugh, of Goshen, Indiana, graduated with his Associate in Science – Ag Transfer degree in May. He is transferring to Kansas State University […]

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Graduate plans career in law

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When Amadou Ndiaye crossed the stage on graduation night, he achieved a hard-won educational milestone. His first steps to earn a college degree occurred thousands of miles away in Senegal, Africa, where attending school every day was not guaranteed. For several years he even missed out on months of school because of school being closed. […]

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Alumnus loves golf career

BHC alumnus Mike Downing has made a living on the green. “My father was a PGA golf professional, so I grew up around the profession,” he said. “I knew that is what I wanted to do at an early age.” Downing is head golf professional at Short Hills Country Club in East Moline. Previously, he […]

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Guest post: College was for me after all

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This guest blog post is by 2019 BHC graduate Kristie Amato, of Moline, IL. I did not choose a traditional educational path. I did not begin my college career until 2016, just before my 45th birthday. After high school, I married and had eight children. During that time I owned and operated a licensed family […]

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BHC got me here: grads pursue dream degrees

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Black Hawk College is a great place to begin your higher education. No matter what your interests are, from agriculture to music, we have you covered! Do what you love while you learn. Read on to hear the stories of three BHC graduates who are now earning bachelor’s degrees at universities. BHC Transfer Programs allow […]

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