Online catalog and two-year schedules

Blackhawk Technical College recently unveiled two website features geared to provide current and prospective students the complete information they will need to make their academic careers as successful as possible.

Blackhawk.edu features an online guide that details a student’s academic class time commitments as the student delves into one of our more than 50 educational options including associate’s degrees, one- and two-year technical diplomas or professional certifications.

In addition, the website also includes an in-depth college catalog that reviews everything a student needs to know about gaining admission and attending BTC.

BTC strives to provide current and future students a clear blueprint to college and career success. With these website additions, that goal is now easier to attain.

Foremost is the online guide that will show a student a prospective class schedule that covers the full term of any program the school offers.

For example, if a student is considering BTC’s accounting program, by clicking on accounting, a complete schedule of classes with times and days for the two-year program will appear.

“BTC has worked to improve course scheduling because we have learned through surveys that students’ ability to enroll in the classes they need at times convenient to them is very important,’’ said Dr. Dianne Nyhammer, BTC’s vice president of learning.

“Without being able to see beyond one semester when required courses would be offered, students have had a difficult time staying on track.  This challenge is even greater for part-time students who might enroll in just one or two courses a semester. We wanted to make it easier for students to plan ahead into the future to help them achieve their educational goals.”

The objective is to allow students to identify in sequence classes they will need in a particular program and balance their college, personal and employment commitments accordingly.

Blackhawk offers 19 two-year associate degrees, six two-year technical diplomas, 15 one-year technical diplomas, seven less-than-one-year technical diplomas, 13 certificates, an electrical apprenticeship and five non-postsecondary offerings (GED, HSED and ESL).

Another tool to success is the catalog, a one-site-tells-all about Blackhawk that is found on Blackhawk.edu at the college catalog link under the College Information heading.

The catalog is a guide to planning your degree, diploma or certificate for new students entering BTC during the 2015-16 academic year.

It is divided into seven sections – College Overview, Admission, Paying for College, Policies, Student Support Services, Academic Programs and Course Descriptions. When a student clicks on a particular section, he or she will find more links detailing specific topics pertinent to the section.  

Returning students will find it helpful from their first class of the new semester through commencement. Virtually every question you might have about BTC is answered.