Black Hawk College

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Black Hawk College
Former names
Moline Community College
Type Community college
Established 1946 (1946)
President Dr. Bettie Truitt
Undergraduates 6,400[1]
Other students
586 (Dual enrollment high school programs)
Location Moline, Illinois, United States
41°31′43″N 90°24′39″W / 41.52861°N 90.41083°W / 41.52861; -90.41083Coordinates: 41°31′43″N 90°24′39″W / 41.52861°N 90.41083°W / 41.52861; -90.41083
Additional campuses Galva, East Moline, Kewanee, Rock Island
Colors           Black, Gold
Nickname Quad-Cities Braves
Affiliations National Junior College Athletic Association

Black Hawk College is a community college in Illinois with campuses in the cities of Moline and Galva.


Black Hawk College is a community college with campuses located in Moline and in Galva (5 miles (8 km) south of Kewanee). Founded in 1946 as Moline Community College, it became Black Hawk College in 1961. It offers courses in the traditional liberal arts, vocational education, and adult education.

Since Moline Community College was founded in 1946, it was colocated with Moline High School in the Beling Building on 16 Street, Moline. The high school moved to new facilities in 1958. Illinois Governor Otto Kerner appointed nine members to the newly created Illinois Junior College Board in August, 1965. In 1966, Steve Ferry, president of the Black Hawk College Student Council, and Dr. Charles Carlson, Dean of Students, worked together to inform the community about the importance of voting 'YES' for the upcoming referendum. The Stuart Jamieson Farm was offered as a gift to the college, provided the college would erect a new building (6600 34th Avenue, the current site of the Moline Black Hawk College Campus). The referendum passed and construction began. The first new building broke ground in 1967.

In 1967, the college expanded operations to Kewanee, Illinois, and in 1971, opened the East Campus just south of Kewanee, in Galva, which also houses the agriculture and horticulture programs. The Illinois Community College Board approved the college as one college with two campuses in 1989.[2]

In addition to the full-service campuses in Moline and Kewanee (Galva), the college owns the Outreach Center in East Moline, the Adult Learning Center (formerly the Technology Center) in Rock Island, and the Community Education Center in Kewanee, and leases space at the Illinois workNet Center in Moline.[3]

The college employs more than 400 full-time and 350 part-time employees at both campuses.


Black Hawk College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. The college is also recognized and certified by the Illinois Community College Board.[4]

Black Hawk College offers more than 150 arts and sciences college transfer and career training programs. The college annually enrolls over 8,300 college credit students, 3,000 Adult Basic Education students and 6,000 Continuing Education/Vocational Training students.[5] It offers dual enrollment to high school students seeking an early start on their college education.[6]


Black Hawk College competes in several intercollegiate sports as a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), Illinois N4C Conference, and Arrowhead Conference. The sports offered at the Quad-Cities Campus include men's golf, basketball, and baseball and women's volleyball, basketball, and softball. The sports offered at the East Campus include women's volleyball, and men's and women's basketball.[7]

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Black Hawk College". Statement of Affiliation Status. Higher Learning Commission. 23 May 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  2. ^ History of Black Hawk College
  3. ^ Black Hawk Locations
  4. ^ Black Hawk Accreditations
  5. ^ Black Hawk Data page
  6. ^ "Black Hawk College, Illinois Community College -". The CollegeBound Network. Staten Island, NY. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  7. ^ Black Hawk athletics
  8. ^ "HARE, Phil, (1949 - )". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 

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