Students will find a new, clear path between two Quad-Cities schools: Black Hawk College and Augustana College.
An agreement announced today gives current Black Hawk College students access to Augustana College resources and advisors before enrolling at the four-year institution. Students can get a sense of the opportunities available at Augustana, and take a free course, as they decide where to finish their bachelor's degrees.
“As we gear up for the new academic year, we’re thrilled for what opportunities are before us,” said Augustana President Steve Bahls. “This agreement aims to keep bright, talented students in the Quad Cities for their college careers.”
Through this articulation agreement, students applying to Black Hawk with the intention of completing an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree may apply to Augustana at the same time. After completing their A.A., they can continue at Augustana to complete their Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree.
“Black Hawk is a great place for students to begin their bachelor's degree,” said Tim Wynes, president of Black Hawk College. “By completing the A.A. degree first, our students earn a college degree along their path toward a bachelor's degree. This agreement helps them transfer seamlessly to Augustana.”
Black Hawk College students who choose to attend Augustana will have opportunities to explore the campus through library, database, campus facilities and event access. Students will get an Augustana ID card and can attend sporting, cultural and arts events.
During enrollment at Black Hawk, students also will be introduced to an Augustana academic advisor to start planning before transferring.
Augustana will offer two special evening courses available to Black Hawk students interested in getting ahead on coursework. The partnership presents a range of advising, planning and social opportunities for students.
There is no extra fee for dual application. Students also may apply to Augustana during their first and second year attending Black Hawk. Application to Augustana does not obligate the students to attend or limit their ability to apply to other schools.
“This program is an option we encourage Black Hawk students to strongly consider,” Wynes said.