First Look At Blackhawk Technical College, Beloit Center

First look at BTC Beloit Center

By Samantha Johnson

sjohnson@beloitdailynews.com

Published: Friday, August 21, 2009 11:55 AM CDT

OneofthemanyclassroomsinthenewBlackhawk TechnicalCollege’s Beloit Center is set up for phlebotomy classes. Staff photo by SamanthaJohnson

OneofthemanyclassroomsinthenewBlackhawk TechnicalCollege’s Beloit Center is set up for phlebotomy classes.
Staff photo by SamanthaJohnson

Open House set for Sept. 18

When classes begin on Monday at Blackhawk Technical College’s Beloit Center,students and fac ulty alike will be standing in the old Woolworth’s in the former Beloit Mall.

“It’s always fun when people ask, ‘what old store a r e we s t a n d i n g i n ? ’ ” M e g a n O s t r o ws k y , B e l o i t Center Coordinator said.

Although the keys were turned over to BTC on Aug. 1, Wednesday evening was the first time the College Board had taken an official tour.

“We love it,” BTC president Eric Larson said, beaming. “It’s a very nice facility.”

Andwitha35.8 percentincreaseinstudents fromlastfall,thenewcenterwasneeded,particularlyaftertheold location in the bas ement of the T urtle Creek Bookstore flooded last year.

The college also has hired additional faculty in relation to the student enrollment increase.To replace retiring professors, two more professors were hired, in addition to 13 faculty members hired on a one-year basis.

The Beloit Center for BTC will hold a public open house from 2-6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18 at 50 Eclipse Center.

The 15,000 square foot center holds seven class areas and one community education center, a nursing skills lab with a phlebotomy area, two computer stations with 24 computers eac h, and testing areas for s tudents with disabilities .

“It’s a great addition, and there will be plenty of room for all the students,” Ostrewsky pointed out. Each room is also equipped with a control panel, allowing all technical aspects to be streamlined.

Inadditiontobasic education,GED/HSEDandEnglishasasecondlanguageclasses,theBeloitCenteralsooffers generaleducationcourses,CPR,business,management,computerand officecareercourses.Those interestedcan enrollinthenewstudentsuccesscourses foranyonebeginningorreturningtocollege.Learnanewhobbyorfreshen job skills through the community education courses .

For more information, visit www.blackhawk.edu/beloitcenter or contact Megan Ostrowsky at 608-757-7620 or e-mail info@blackhawk.edu.

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