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Black Hawk and Augustana Sign New Agreement

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Augustana College President Steve Bahls signing the agreement, with BHC President Tim Wynes and Vice President for Instruction Dr. Amy Maxeiner.

Hoping to encourage local students to get their degrees in the Quad Cities, Black Hawk College and Augustana College have signed a new agreement.

The agreement signed Thursday will make it easier for Black Hawk students to transfer to Augustana. Augustana Provost Wendy Hilton-Morrow says the agreement will help students get a quality education close to home.

"Those opportunities and resources include: an Augustana academic advisor who will help them to dream about what direction in which they want to go, an Augustana professor from their desired major to discuss course choices, topics, and available opportunities."

The agreement formalizes a process that has been going on for years. It gives Black Hawk students access to Augustana libraries, facilities, and evening classes and there's no additional fee for a joint application.

BHC and Augustana College alumnus Alejandra Martinez.

One person who attended both colleges is Alejandra Martinez. She graduated from Black Hawk in 2017, Augustana in 2020, and now works as an Immigration Specialist for World Relief Quad Cities. She credits both for providing her with a good education and welcoming environment.

"Both professors and faculty at Black Hawk College and Augie are...I don't know how to say it, but they are more than just teachers. And they truly are passionate about what they do."

Black Hawk College already has transfer agreements with more than two dozen schools, and interested students can apply to Augustana at the same time they begin taking classes at Black Hawk.