Coaches key to One Million Degrees

A new Harper College program is relying on professionals to help make a difference in students’ lives. Earlier this year, Harper partnered with One Million Degrees, a Chicago-based nonprofit that helps low-income, highly motivated students achieve success in school, work and life. Forty-one scholars have already been selected for the program, which will officially launch in the fall semester.

On Tuesday, July 8, Harper President Dr. Ken Ender will host a coach recruitment event at 6 p.m. for the program on the patio of the Wojcik Conference Center on Harper’s main campus, offering attendees an opportunity to network with other coaches and learn more about the new program.

“One Million Degrees coaches are volunteers from various career fields who want to play a critical role in the success of an OMD scholar,” said Kris Hoffhines, director of the One Million Degrees program at Harper. “The coach is there as a professional mentor to help the students set long and short term goals as related to their career choice, as well as writing a resume, networking skills, tips for ‘elevator speech’ and offering exposure to the career field that they’re interested in.”

Hoffhines said invited individuals have a “significant connection” to the College, such as members of the Foundation Board, Distinguished Alumni and Harper retirees, as well as current One Million Degrees coaches who live in the Northwest suburbs. Scholars will ideally be paired up with someone from the industry in which they’re interested later this summer.

In addition to personal coaching, OMD scholars will benefit from private tutoring, monthly professional development workshops, financial literacy training and financial assistance. OMD scholars are graduating from community colleges at a rate of 70 percent – three times the national average – and transferring to four-year colleges and universities or entering the workforce in high-demand fields.

The One Million Degrees program is currently in the process of recruiting coaches interested in playing a critical role in the life of a student from a variety of industries.

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