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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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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Celebrate National Transfer Student Week 2019

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Black Hawk College is celebrating National Transfer Student Week (Oct. 18-25, 2019) with a packed calendar! Before we get into the activities, though, let’s talk about transferring: Black Hawk College is a great place to earn the first half of your bachelor’s degree. There are several associate degree options available and plenty of resources available […]

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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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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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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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Fresh start leads Chicago native to BHC

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Chicago native and BHC student Chiquita White moved to the Quad-Cities with her family for a fresh start. White said it felt like home when they visited for her husband’s job interview. He got the job, and the Quad-Cities officially became home. Going back to school While living in Rock Island, White realized she wanted […]

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Celebrate BHC nursing grads

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You can find Black Hawk College nursing graduates doing what they love in emergency rooms, operating rooms and clinics. As National Nurses Week comes to a close it is a great time to honor the nurses in our community. Started in 1993, the purpose of National Nurses Week is to celebrate the nursing profession and […]

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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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