Black Hawk College and its president, Dr. Thomas Baynum, were honored Aug. 24 by the USO of Illinois for the college’s involvement in the inaugural USO Life Skills Resources Program. The USO works with the Army’s Community-Based Warrior Transition Unit to help soldiers transition from military life to civilian life. Since last spring, Black Hawk College staff has assisted more than 170 members of the military with their resumes, cover letters, interviewing skills and more through the USO Life Skills Resources Program. Serving veterans is not a new mission for Black Hawk College. When the college conducted its first classes in September 1946, 73 percent of the 239 students were World War II veterans. Inman presented Dr. Baynum with a USO challenge coin as a token of appreciation. Sgt. 1st Class Adam Bolthouse with the Community-Based Warrior Transition Unit also presented Dr. Baynum with his unit’s challenge coin.

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