Black Hawk College's New Adult Learning Center

June  05, 2014

      Students and staff of Black Hawk College gathered in west Rock Island this morning, but it wasn't for class. The college held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new Adult Learning Center, located on 11th Street at 46th Avenue. For over a decade, the center was located at the nearby Watch Tower Plaza, but it moved so the city could help Walmart build a new supercenter.

      The college's new center opened in January. Mary Crider, the Adult Education Coordinator, says the center held classes at Century Woods and Maple Ridge apartments, and Manor Homes during the transition. 

       "With this new facility, we've been able to bring everyone back and out of those locations and everyone's under one roof. And it's great for the teachers because they can collaborate with each other, and it's great for the students because now they feel they're apart of Black Hawk College."

      The 14,000 square foot facility has three computers labs, six classrooms, and the first testing room the center's ever had. Crider says the space is ideal for ESL and GED classes, testing, and professional and continuing education. And the location is ideal for many students who ride the bus. Mayor Dennis Pauley says Black Hawk's new facility is important for this part of the city. 

      "They take their name literally: Community. They have representations throughout the entire community--some in Rock Island. Some in Moline. Some in East Moline. And we're right here at the end of Black Hawk Road. What else could be more appropriate? It's great. It's perfect."

      Black Hawk College first opened the Adult Learning Center in 1999, and it currently serves around 500 students.


(Photo: Black Hawk College President Thomas Baynum, Rock Island Mayor Dennis Pauley, and faculty and staff of the Adult Learning Center.)