Creating Internships, Veterans Support

January 18, 2010

Creating Internships

There are many Harper College students who'd like to have internships. And, Harper College Career Center Director Kathleen Canfield says, there are plenty of Chicago-area businesses that would like to have interns. The College is working to bring the two together. On Friday, February 5, Harper will host its first-ever Employer Connection Breakfast, uniting College faculty and administrators with dozens of Chicago-area employers in an effort to hammer out promising internship opportunities for Harper students. More than 200 Northwest suburban employers were invited, representing a range of career fields - from healthcare and engineering to interior design, marketing and finance. "Our role as an educational institution is to do all we can to prepare these students for solid future careers," Canfield says. "We're trying to attract employers to this event that haven't worked with Harper before - in the hope that, together, we can get students in the door of great companies." Some area businesses don't realize Harper students are available, or don't know how such internships would work, Canfield said. Internships can prove invaluable for students, providing them with work experience and helping them beef up their resumes in a competitive job market.


Media Note: This event is not open to the public, but reporters and photographers are welcome to attend and talk with Harper faculty and administrators and local employers. The event will include a presentation on the benefits of hosting interns. Harper experts also are available to talk about the importance of internships in college students' academic careers. Contact Erin Brooks, Media Relations Specialist, at 847.925.6159 or


Veterans' Support

Michael James Tumilty served six years in the United States Air Force before enrolling in Harper College's Nursing program and joining the growing ranks of veterans-turned-college students. It's a sharp change of pace - but he's finding support and camaraderie in Harper's new Veterans Club, a group aimed at helping veterans forge relationships with other former military men and women who now are taking classes on campus. The fledgling club, led by Assistant Political Science Professor Bobby Summers, will look to recruit members and boost its numbers at the annual Spring Semester Club Expo, from noon until 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 27 in the Student Center on the main floor of Building A. "Veterans who join will have a place where they can come together and be among others who can relate to their experience," says Tumilty, of Algonquin. The number of Illinois veterans attending Harper College increased by more than 22 percent between fall 2008 and fall 2009. The Post-9/11 Veteran's Educational Assistance Act of 2008 drove more veterans to college campuses statewide, promising them help in achieving a college education. "Many veterans are taking advantage of that, and it's up to us to help them find success in every way that we can," says Thomas Warfield, who assists student veterans in his role in Harper's Office of Student Financial Assistance. The club's first meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, January 28 in Room A243, Building A. The National Survey of Student Engagement, among other studies, has shown that college students who participate in co-curricular campus activities are more immersed in their college experience and have better success rates than other students. The Veterans Club needs at least 10 members to be officially recognized by the College's Student Activities Department. The group will be one of nearly three dozen campus organizations seeking to recruit members at the upcoming Expo. For more information on the clubs or the Expo, call 847.925.6242 or visit

Media Note: Veterans Club members and adviser Bobby Summers are available for interviews relating to Harper's club and the importance of veterans' support on college campuses. Contact Erin Brooks, Media Relations Specialist, 847.925.6159 or


Climbing Computer Classes

With the economy down, increasing numbers of adults are turning to community colleges to reenergize their resume. Fall semester enrollment in Harper College's Continuing Education (non-credit) computer training courses was up 30 percent from 2008, reflecting a desire for classes that can lead to greater marketability in a tech-savvy job market. "It was all tied into the economy," says Martha Karavitis, Continuing Education Computer Training Coordinator. "Many of our students were current professionals who perhaps still had a job but needed to update their skills to better their career. Others were laid off and looking to become more competitive as they looked for jobs." Enrollment gains were particularly substantial in the College's non-credit Computer-Aided Drafting courses, with a large number of local mechanical engineers and architects looking to learn new ways to apply their know-how and keep up with trends. Those courses teach professionals to create electronic drafts of designs that otherwise would have been done on paper. Harper enrollment in non-credit web animation, multimedia and project management computer courses also spiked last term. "Many people realize that computer tech skills are great ones to acquire, because computers will not go away," Karavitis says. "If anything, computers will become even more relied upon, and the skills needed to use them will become more advanced." Many of Harper's non-credit coursework culminates in certificates. Other computer programs offered through Continuing Education prepare students for industry certification. Harper offers numerous non-credit computer training options, including graphic arts, Java programming, network security and support and electronic bookkeeping. To enroll in a class, or for more information, call 847.925.6300 or visit


Press Contact: Erin Brooks, Media Relations Specialist, 847.925.6159,


Mozart and More

Works by Mozart and Brahms will be performed at Harper College's fifth annual Chamber Music Festival, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 23 in the College's Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. This year's edition will feature faculty members from Harper's Department of Music, and include performances by the Harper Chamber Winds and the critically acclaimed Anaphora String Quartet ensembles-in-residence. Tickets are $15 for general admission, with discounts available for seniors and students. Children ages 12 and under will be admitted free. For tickets, call 847.925.6100 or visit To learn more about studying music at Harper, visit


Press Contact: Erin Brooks, Media Relations Specialist, 847.925.6159,


Reading Minds

Mentalist Christopher Carter - a mind reader and magician who uses hypnotism in his shows - will kick off Harper College's Spring Welcome Week with a free show on Wednesday, January 20. Carter's performance, at noon in the Student Center Lounge on the main floor of Building A, is open to all. Carter, who developed an interest in mindreading and magic at a young age, promises plenty of awe at his Harper show - saying he'll persuade audience members to see things that don't exist and take control of fluorescent light bulbs, turning them on at his command as students hold them. Welcome Week, a series of activities that salute the start of Spring Term 2010, also will feature Harper information tables, a Harper Hawks pep rally, free hot chocolate and a live remote broadcast by the student-run radio station. All events are free. Harper's main campus is at 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. For more information, call the Student Activities Office at 847.925.6242 or visit


Press Contact: Terry Karow, Marketing and Public Relations Specialist, 847.925.6627,


Photo Opportunities

Event: Computer Kids Program. Elementary District 21 students whose parents are in Harper literacy courses are able to learn digital concepts and computer technology in this new class.

Date: 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through March 17.

Location: Harper College Northeast Center, 1375 Wolf Road in Prospect Heights

Press Contact: Erin Brooks, Media Relations Specialist, 847.925.6159,


Event: Spring Semester Club Expo

Date: Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 27

Location: Student Center Lounge, main floor of Building A

Press Contact: Erin Brooks, Media Relations Specialist, 847.925.6159,


Event: Mindreader Christopher Carter performing free show for Welcome Week

Date: Noon on Wednesday, January 20

Location: Student Center Lounge, main floor of Building A

Press Contact: Terry Karow, Marketing and Public Relations Specialist, 847.925.6627,


Event: Chamber Music Festival featuring performances by Harper faculty

Date: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 23

Location: Performing Arts Center

Press Contact: Erin Brooks, Media Relations Specialist, 847.925.6159,