March 19, 2013
A long-held dream of students and administrators at Black Hawk College will soon be realized. Today ground was broken at the Moline campus for its first student housing. The Villas at Black Hawk will have 120 beds, and be located next to Parking Lot 4 - just north of the campus and across 34th Avenue, and technically in East Moline.
College president, Thomas Baynum, says housing for community college students is becoming more and more common across the country.
"The more students know and recognize that full-time enrollment leads to better success, the more students know being on campus and being engaged with their fellow students, faculty, and staff, leads to better success - the more we know that, the more important student housing gets to be."
Rachel Pitchford, student government president at the Moline campus, says the Villas will have a big impact on recruitment and retention.
"The opportunities that on-campus housing will provide for our international students, long distance commuters, our athletes and our students seeking the full campus experience are extraordinary."
The Villas at Black Hawk are a joint effort of the college, the Black Hawk College Foundation, and the developer, Bluffstone LLC. The project should be completed by mid-summer, and in time for the fall semester. Based in Bettendorf, Bluffstone currently owns and manages more than 2,000 beds on nine college campuses.