BHC receives $125,000 for short-term training programs

Posted Online: Dec. 13, 2012, 8:12 pm
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By Anthony Watt
Black Hawk College has received $125,000 to help people without work find new careers.

The money takes the form of scholarships provided by Hubbell-Waterman Foundation through United Way of the Quad Cities, according to a news release from the college.

The scholarships are focused on short-term training programs, including pharmacy technician, production welding and truck driving, according to the college.

"We are now signing up people for the classes that begin in January," said Glenda Nicke, dean of adult and continuing education at Black Hawk.

The program at Black Hawk began in 2011 with an initial $125,000, Ms. Nicke said. So far, the program has helped about 120 people with tuition, fees, books and other supplies.

As of Nov. 30, at least 90 had completed a program, and at least 54 have found employment, she said. Others have gone on to more classwork.

Ms. Nicke said the scholarships fill a niche because many of the courses they fund are not covered by more traditional forms of financial aid."This really fills a gap in support."

Requirements for the scholarships include an interview with Black Hawk advisers, who screen applicants to determine if they know what their chosen course might entail and have made preparations for things such as child care to help them get through their course work, the college said.

They also must be able to show they are laid off or working reduced hours, and a history of regular employment.

For more information, call Terri Sacco at (309) 796-5178 for the CNA program or Kathy McCabe at (309) 796-8229 for the other short-term programs.


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