Manufacturing Program Honored

Harper College's new Advanced Manufacturing program is the winner of a prestigious national award recognizing innovative workforce training programs.

Harper has been selected as the Exemplary Initiatives winner for Community and Workforce Needs by the University of Nebraska-based National Council of Instructional Administrators.

The College's Advanced Manufacturing program, which partners with more than 70 area manufacturers to place students into paid internships that let them earn money while attending classes, was awarded a $13 million federal grant this fall to expand the program to community colleges statewide.

"We created this program to address a workforce issue and challenge manufacturing stereotypes. There are high-paying jobs available for people with the right skills, and our goal is to deliver training that enables them to succeed," says Sally Griffith, Assistant Provost and Dean of Career Programs at Harper. "To be honored for this is exciting, and we're hopeful it will add momentum as we work to expand the program and prepare students for the 21st century jobs."

The award will be formally presented in April. For program details, visit or call 847.925.6940.

Press Contact: Erin Brooks, 847.925.6159