By: Kylen Mills
Several Rock Island businesses are moving out for Walmart. But one business has found a new home in another new development.
The Black Hawk College Adult Learning Center is relocating just down the street to 11th and Black Hawk Road, and teachers we spoke with say they're thrilled to move into a brand new facility.
"We're really excited. Once everything gets in, it's going to be wonderful, yea really excited," said Adult Learning Center ESL Instructor Shannon Triber.
After calling the Watchtower Plaza home for 14 years, the Black Hawk College Adult Learning Center got the news last year to make way for Walmart.
"We were surprised. And so the idea of course of having to move you think how is that going to work is the location going to work, how will our students get back and forth," said Dean of Adult and Continuing Education Glenda Nicke.
But as Triber tells us, the learning center was outgrowing their old home
"Lack of windows, lack of board space, lack of space lack of storage space we had three teachers sometimes more sharing one classroom," said Triber.
The city helped relocate the Adult Learning Center to the new Blackhawk Commons. Teachers and administrators say the chance for a bigger, newer building was a blessing.
"The technology, the sunlight, it really is just adequate space is what we needed. So I'm ecstatic," said triber.
And administrators say there's no hard feelings about the move; they're just ready for a fresh start in 2014.
"As we went through the process we really saw that this was going to be a wonderful opportunity for the college, for the students and hopefully for the community," said Nicke.
While they're still putting some finishing touches on the building, Tuesday will be the first day of classes at the new center.