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Child Learning Center receives state's highest designation

Harper College's Child Learning Center has received the Gold Circle of Quality designation from ExceleRate Illinois, the state's new quality rating and improvement system for early learning and development providers.

December 22, 2014
English professor places second at statewide poetry competition

Harper College Associate Professor Jessica Walsh recently placed second in the 10th annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competition.

December 22, 2014
Two fashion students shine at international competition

Harper is making a name for itself in one of the fashion capitals of the world. Two students were the only Americans to place in the prestigious Hand & Lock embroidery competition in London.

December 18, 2014
Santa Claus for Paws to help furry friends in need

The organizers of Harper's Santa Claus for Paws event are making their annual call for food and items to benefit dog and cat shelters.

December 18, 2014
Get in the holiday spirit at popular Sing-Along Messiah Concert

Harper College's Festival Chorus will take a cue from a longstanding Chicago holiday tradition and hold its second annual Sing-Along Messiah Concert.

December 11, 2014
Harper, area high school districts highlight partnership at White House Summit

Harper President Dr. Ken Ender joined the superintendents of Districts 211, 214 and 220 at the recent White House College Opportunity Summit.

December 10, 2014
Have an entrepreneurial spirit?

Understanding business fundamentals is key to the success of a business. With that in mind, Harper College's Small Business Development Center is holding a series of free workshops this winter aimed at assisting both prospective and current business owners in their ventures.

December 10, 2014
HSO to perform holiday classics

The Harper Symphony Orchestra will perform several holiday classics during a family-friendly concert Dec. 14.

December 10, 2014
Holiday big band concert the latest One Book, One Harper event

The One Book, One Harper community reading initiative's latest event will be a festive big band holiday performance, "A Swingin' Season with The Steve Cooper Orchestra."

December 8, 2014
New Studio V to hold grand reopening

The professional, student-run Studio V boutique recently opened in a newly renovated - and far more visible - space on the east side of campus. Check it out at the grand reopening celebration on Dec. 4.

December 2, 2014
Harper partners with Illinois Holocaust Museum for lecture

Harper College has partnered with the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie for an annual lecture by Dr. Peter Hayes, an internationally respected expert in Holocaust history.

December 2, 2014
Meet the man behind PostSecret

Frank Warren, the man behind the blog phenomenon, will come to Harper Dec. 4 to share stories and discuss how the anonymous postcards he posts can have tremendous healing powers.

December 1, 2014
Clay Guild sale to feature original pieces

Just in time for the holidays, Harper College student and instructor artists will showcase hundreds of original, one-of-a-kind clay pieces at the semiannual Harper Clay Guild sale.

December 1, 2014
Ethics Bowl team earns berth to national competition

Harper College's Ethics Bowl team placed second at the Upper Midwest Regional Championship, earning the group a berth at the national competition in California.

November 25, 2014
Report: Community colleges a solid investment for students, employers

A new study released by the Illinois Community College Board finds that Illinois community colleges significantly contribute to the economic vitality of their regions and state.

November 21, 2014
Start career in one semester with Public Safety Dispatcher program

Imagine a program that prepares you for a career in just one semester. Harper College's Public Safety Dispatcher Certificate does just that, offering students a competitive edge in a growing field.

November 21, 2014
Hundreds expected at 13th annual Latino Summit

Harper's 13th annual Latino Summit will show about 450 high school students the importance of higher education.

November 19, 2014
Cupcake battle

Two Harper College baking students are on a mission: Come up with a delectable cupcake that will garner the most votes in a head-to-head taste-off against Elgin Community College.

November 19, 2014
Native Pride Dancers to put on free performance

The Native Pride Dancers, a group that aims to educate, inspire, motivate and empower diverse communities to bridge the cultural gaps through Indigenous traditions, will visit Harper for a free performance.

November 14, 2014
Stage production of "Fiddler on the Roof" opens

Half a century after its debut on Broadway, Harper College will stage the classic musical "Fiddler on the Roof."

November 14, 2014
Students, instructors to have big presence at national sweets show

Baking and culinary students are earnestly whipping up to 3,000 small pastries, pies and treats in preparation for America's Baking and Sweets Show this Friday.

November 11, 2014
Community Veterans Day events to look at past and present

Harper College will observe Veterans Day by honoring those who served in the past while also exploring the challenges facing those currently returning from international conflicts.

November 7, 2014
One Book, One Harper film screening

Harper College will show a free screening of "Hail the Conquering Hero," the latest event highlighting the One Book, One Harper reading initiative.

November 7, 2014
Manufacturing info session

Less than two weeks after Harper's president met in a closed-door meeting with President Barack Obama to discuss new initiatives aimed at boosting U.S. manufacturing, the College will hold a manufacturing careers information session to help usher in the next generation of skilled workers.

November 4, 2014
Harper holds first Value Chain Experience event

Harper College for Business will hold its first Value Chain Experience Breakfast on Friday, Nov. 7.

November 3, 2014
Social Media Boot Camp for small business

Harper's SBDC will hold a Social Media Boot Camp tailored to new and existing Northwest suburban small businesses.

October 31, 2014
USTA selects Harper for grant

The United States Tennis Association has awarded Harper a grant to help offset the cost of improving the tennis courts.

October 31, 2014
Thousands expected at 22nd annual DeaFest

Thousands of people are expected to attend the 22nd annual DeaFest at Harper College, a celebration of deaf culture and pride.

October 30, 2014
Ebola awareness panel, other events highlight International Education Week

A slate of free events will highlight International Education Week, an event designed to raise awareness of different cultures while stressing the importance of thinking globally.

October 28, 2014
Healing Through Art Therapy

Catherine Clarke, a survivor of domestic abuse and a veteran of the Women's Program at Harper, is sharing her journey with an art exhibit, "After the Jump: Healing Through Art Therapy."

October 24, 2014
Class to explore most frightening horror films

Looking to get into the Halloween spirit? "Hysterics: Horror and Hysteria in Film," a one-day, non-credit class, will offer plenty of spooks.

October 22, 2014
New workshops to help prospective adult students

Harper is launching a series of workshops to help prospective adult learners find their way. Learn about support services, financial aid and how to transfer prior credit.

October 22, 2014
Eight new Distinguished Alumni to be inducted

Eight recipients will be honored at the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards, an annual event saluting former students for outstanding career and community achievements.

October 20, 2014
Financial Boot Camp for businesses

Harper College offers a Financial Boot Camp geared specifically toward local small businesses. The unique program features a series of two-hour workshops focused on all aspects of small business financial management.

October 20, 2014
View partial solar eclipse at Observatory

Coming on the heels of the "blood moon" lunar eclipse that graced the pre-dawn sky earlier this month, another celestial event will take place during daylight hours on Oct. 23.

October 15, 2014
Culinary class to explore sausage-making craze

Homemade salamis, gourmet sausages, charcuterie plates. Harper is hopping on the culinary bandwagon with "Sausages, Pates and Cured Meats," a new hands-on class that will explore the basic production of prepared meats such as bacon, sausage and terrines.

October 15, 2014
Exhibit to feature comics artists

Three innovative cartoonists with Chicago connections and visionary tendencies will highlight Harper College's latest art exhibit, "Like Comics Without Panels."

October 10, 2014
Harper to host Latino Music Festival

Harper College will serve as one the host sites for the ninth annual Latino Music Festival, a celebration of music from Latin America, Portugal and Spain ranging from the colonial period to the 21st century.

October 9, 2014
Harper to hold Open House for high school students

High school juniors and seniors - along with their parents - are invited to attend Harper's Open House from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9.

October 7, 2014
"Why Victims Stay"

A community education event Wednesday, Oct. 7, marking Domestic Violence Awareness Month will explore why victims stay in abusive relationships.

October 6, 2014
"Girls of Atomic City" author to visit Harper

During World War II, few in Oak Ridge, Tenn., knew they had been working on the Manhattan Project, the top-secret research and development program that produced the first atomic bombs. "The Girls of Atomic City" author Denise Kiernan, who draws on the voices of those women, will visit Harper on Tuesday, Oct. 7.

October 6, 2014
SBDC selected to promote international connections

Harper College's Small Business Development Center in Schaumburg is one of eight in the country - and the only one in Illinois - chosen for a new federal program aimed at building relationships and increasing trade with Central and South American businesses.

October 1, 2014
Majors in Minutes

Research shows students who declare a major are more likely to graduate and incur less debt. That's the idea behind Harper College's first Majors in Minutes, a speed dating-style event on Tuesday for the undecided student.

September 29, 2014
Learn more about Engineering Pathways at info sessions

The Engineering Pathways program, which guarantees admission to the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois, program is holding a series of information sessions beginning Saturday, Sept. 27.

September 26, 2014
Faculty Fellows Program to increase workplace diversity

To better serve the changing student body, Harper recently launched the Faculty Fellows Program and welcomed its inaugural cohort. The initiative aims to have a workforce that more closely resembles the racial and ethnic makeup of the community.

September 26, 2014
Band band concert to kick off One Book, One Harper

"The Greatest Generation" will serve as the fourth installment of One Book, One Harper, an annual initiative that encourages the community to read the same book and take part in a variety of related academic, cultural and social activities. A big band concert will kick off this year's events.

September 23, 2014
Music professor honored, will perform concert

An adjunct faculty member at Harper College has been tapped as one of "15 Noteworthy Art Professors in Chicago" by the Art Career Project.

September 22, 2014
How businesses can use Facebook to get results

Harper's Small Business Development Center will hold a free seminar to show businesses how to run an effective Facebook marketing campaign.

September 22, 2014
Series of lectures to mark Banned Books Week

Harper College will mark this year's Banned Books Week with a series of lectures that highlight the value of free and open access to information.

September 19, 2014
New Student Trustee sworn in

Between a full class load, the cross country and track teams, volunteering and a leadership role in student government, Marisa Andreuccetti has become pretty adept at time management. So, despite her already full schedule, she didn't hesitate to step in as Harper College's new Student Trustee.

September 18, 2014
StringFusion to put on performance

With former Cirque du Soleil electric violinist and Harper College faculty member Edgar Gabriel at the helm, StringFusion is a dynamic ensemble. The group will perform at Harper on Friday night.

September 15, 2014
One Million Degrees welcomes first Harper scholars

One Million Degrees, which empowers low-income, highly motivated community college students to succeed in school, in work and in life, has welcomed its first class of Harper scholars.

September 11, 2014
Marketing boot camp revamped

The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Harper College has revamped its Small Business Marketing Boot Camp, a series of classes that teach key marketing fundamentals with practical applications.

September 10, 2014
Annual Hullabaloo to draw thousands

One of Harper College's longest-standing traditions is Hullabaloo, an annual back-to-class expo for students. This year's event will be the biggest yet.

September 8, 2014
A poem a day

Associate Professor Jessica Walsh is writing a poem a day throughout September for the 30/30 Project, a poetry awareness initiative that benefits the nonprofit Tupelo Press.

September 5, 2014
The sky, up close

Summer may be winding down, but Harper College is still offering front-row seats for some blockbuster celestial shows. Through mid-November, the College will host close-up viewings of the night sky at the Karl G. Henize Observatory.

September 3, 2014
Laura Brown named new Chief Advancement Officer

The Harper College Board of Trustees has approved hiring Laura Brown as the College's new Chief Advancement Officer and Executive Director of the Harper College Educational Foundation. Brown most recently served as Vice President at McHenry County College.

September 2, 2014
"Atlanta Trilogy" to wrap up with final play

The Harper College Theatre Department will complete its staging of playwright Alfred Uhry's "Atlanta Trilogy" with a production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Last Night of Ballyhoo."

August 27, 2014
"Fiddler" auditions

On the 50th anniversary of its first production on Broadway, Harper College will stage the classic musical "Fiddler on the Roof" this November. The winner of nine Tony Awards, "Fiddler" tells the story of Tevye, a Jewish father attempting to hold on to religious traditions while his daughters embrace change.

August 27, 2014
Harper offers free motorcycle safety training

More than 34,000 motorcyclists were killed and an estimated 1.2 million people treated for motorcycle-related injuries between 2001 and 2008. Harper offers free motorcycle safety training to try to reduce those numbers.

August 21, 2014
Student spends summer interning at Fermilab

Not every college student can boast he knows his way around a particle accelerator. Thanks to an internship at Fermilab in Batavia, Harper College student Eric Meyers can say exactly that.

August 20, 2014
Harper announces new partnership with Roosevelt University

Harper and Roosevelt University have partnered to offer students direct admission to Roosevelt's doctoral program in pharmacy, saving time and money.

August 20, 2014
Harper to host Chicago-area movie premiere

The Kimball Hill Family Deaf Institute at Harper College is widely recognized as the standard in higher education. So it's fitting that the creators of "No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie" were on board with holding the film's Chicago-area premiere on the Palatine campus.

August 12, 2014
Harper launching English Series for Professionals

With the Northwest suburbs continuing to see dramatic demographic shifts, Harper College this fall will launch the English Series for Professionals, designed for professionals who want to improve their language skills to achieve success in their career and everyday life.

August 8, 2014
Chicago art exhibit features student work

Students from Harper College art classes are taking their work off campus and into the Chicago art community.

August 8, 2014
Lifelong Learning Institute to hold program preview

Shirley Garrison carries around a thick, black notebook filled with meticulous notes. The 86-year-old history buff loves to flip through the pages, recalling the wide range of classes she's taken from a look at the first Mayor Daley to one woman's journey from her homeland to Ellis Island.

August 5, 2014
Calling prospective adult learners

Rodney Howell knew it was time to walk the walk if he was going to pursue his goal of one day mentoring disadvantaged youth. Although he'd bring plenty of life experiences to the table - he grew up in the former Cabrini Green housing project - there wouldn't be much substance behind a plea to stay in school.

August 5, 2014
New album features Jim Croce's 1973 concert at Harper

Harper College is at the heart of a new compilation of Jim Croce songs about to be released, nearly 41 years after the folk-rock singer-songwriter died in a plane crash.

July 29, 2014
Harper trustee to lead statewide community college advocacy group

Harper College Trustee Bill Kelley has taken over the reins of Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA), a statewide group that has been a vocal advocate for increasing state funding for all community colleges in Illinois.

July 29, 2014
Harper, Eastern Illinois University ink transfer agreement

Harper College has partnered with Eastern Illinois University to offer a Bachelor of Arts degree in General Studies.

July 22, 2014
Forty years after demo, professor's band takes off

Harper College English professor Greg Herriges never expected his band Athanor to get a record deal. When that finally happened in 2013 - forty years after recording their first collection of demos - he assumed that was as far as the band could go.

July 22, 2014
New Learning and Career Center offers sneak peak

Harper College's new Learning and Career Center in Prospect Heights aims to build better lives and a stronger community by providing essential programs and services - right in your neighborhood.

July 15, 2014
Fast Track graduation

The thought of going to school - on top of working and raising a child with special needs - could have prevented Katie Gockenbach from ever taking that first step toward a degree. But the single mother from Lake Zurich knew the journey would be possible given the right environment.

July 9, 2014
Administrator chronicles years as Wrigley usher

When Bruce Bohrer came to Harper College in 1976, the Chicago Cubs were headed to yet another forgettable, sub-.500 record.

July 7, 2014
Coaches key to One Million Degrees

A new Harper College program is relying on professionals to help make a difference in students' lives.

July 7, 2014
Adults headed back to the classroom

Rodney Howell knew it was time to finish school if he was going to pursue his goal of one day mentoring disadvantaged youth. "It's hard to tell people the importance of getting an education when you haven't done it yourself," Howell said. Today, the 56-year-old is on the verge of graduating with a degree in human services.

June 24, 2014
Golf Open raises money for scholarships

More than 115 area golfers gathered earlier this month for some friendly competition - and to make a meaningful difference in the lives of countless students.

June 24, 2014
Inspirational stories abound at GED graduation

David Rivera was a junior in high school when he dropped out of school. His wife, Iris, was just a freshman. More than 30 years later, the Hoffman Estates couple will finally don their long-awaited cap and gown at Harper College's GED graduation ceremony.

June 19, 2014
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright to visit Harper

Playwright Alfred Uhry clutched the iconic gold statuette during his acceptance speech at the 1990 Academy Awards and quipped, "I guess I'm lucky that my grandmother was such a terrible driver."

June 11, 2014
Dinner and Jazz on tap at annual event

Enjoy an outdoor barbeque topped off with the sounds of jazz at the 43rd annual Harper College's Dinner and Jazz Concert, an outdoor tradition featuring a buffet and a performance by the Ken Spurr Jazz Quartet.

June 11, 2014
Take the Fast Track to a credential

Harper College's Fast Track program makes it possible to gain skills, earn credentials and succeed in today's competitive employment market while leading an already busy life. Prospective students are invited to an information session at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, at the Harper Professional Center, 650 E. Higgins Road in Schaumburg.

June 9, 2014
Two Harper students awarded top transfer scholarship

Not one - but two - Harper College students have been awarded the nation's most prestigious scholarship for transferring community college students.

May 21, 2014
Small Business Boot Camp

The Small Business Development Center's four-part Small Business Boot Camp will show entrepreneurs what they need to know to develop, implement and manage real-world social media marketing - and how to analyze and improve their results.

May 19, 2014
Delegating with Purpose

Harper College for Business will put on "Delegating with Purpose," the final session in its 2013-2014 Leadership Seminars series on topics ranging from coaching others for peak performance to dealing with difficult people.

May 14, 2014
Golf Open

Area residents are invited to tee off in the name of student success at the Harper College Educational Foundation's 26th Annual Golf Open, which raises critical funding for scholarships and programming campus-wide.

May 13, 2014
"Fearless" Fashion Show

Fashion lies in being bold. That's the theme Harper College's Fashion Design students are embracing for this year's Fashion Show, "Fearless."

May 8, 2014
Astronomy Day

Explore the wonders of the universe at Harper College's annual Astronomy Day, a celebration of astronomy sponsored by the Physical Science Department and Northwest Suburban Astronomers.

May 8, 2014
Jazz concert, alumni reception

Enjoy the swinging big band sound of the Harper College Jazz Lab Band at a concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at the Performing Arts Center on the College's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

May 8, 2014
Relieving stress before finals

Since prepping for finals can be pressure-packed, Harper College will create a stress-free zone on Wednesday, May 7, to ensure students get into a healthy mindset.

May 6, 2014
Inaugural Scholarship Recipient Dinner

Liz Franke credits an ultrasound technician with saving her son's life. She was just 20 weeks pregnant with Julien when the technician discovered he had a kidney disorder known as ureterocele. Had it not been for the ultrasound, Julien would have been at home when his oxygen levels dropped to dangerously low levels at 3 days old.

April 30, 2014
Speed dating for social service agencies

Imagine speed dating, but for social service organizations. It's an idea that Nancy McDonald, Information Specialist at the Rita and John Canning Women's Program at Harper College, came up with after spending countless hours meeting separately with dozens of area providers.

April 30, 2014
Creative Conference

Any and all creative thinkers are welcome to the Harper College Graphic Arts Design Club's first Creative Conference from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the Avanté Center, Room Z105, on the College's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

April 30, 2014
Little Black Dress contest a highlight of juried fashion show

Coco Chanel introduced the little black dress as an essential staple of every woman's wardrobe back in the 1920s. Nearly a century later, students newest to Harper College's Fashion Design program will enter their designs into a little black dress and Chanel-inspired jacket competition.

April 28, 2014
Fifth annual Jazz Festival

Jeff Hedberg & C11 will offer a taste of music originally recorded in the '50s and '60s by Mel Tormé and Art Pepper at Harper College's fifth annual Jazz Festival.

April 24, 2014
Deaf Institute hosts 10th annual volleyball tournament

More than 600 people from as far as St. Louis and Iowa are expected to attend the Harper College Deaf Institute's 10th annual Coed Volleyball Tournament.

April 23, 2014
PGA Clinic

Harper College students looking to improve their golf games will get a crash course from an expert on Wednesday, April 23.

April 23, 2014
New Student Trustee sworn in

Colin Weber is no stranger to leadership positions - both in the academic and athletic arenas. Now, the Wheeling resident will represent his peers in the board room as Harper College's new Student Trustee.

April 17, 2014
Call for Distinguished Alumni nominations

Harper College is accepting nominations for its 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards, an annual honor saluting former students for outstanding career and community achievements.

April 15, 2014
Free College and Career Expo for Kids

Dozens of demonstrations and hands-on activities will be available at this year's College and Career Expo, put on by Harper College to inspire area students and their parents to prepare earlier for higher education.

April 14, 2014
Etiquette dinner

Don't underestimate the importance of knowing which fork to use for the salad course. How you conduct yourself at the table can impact business relationships and your credibility, according to career experts.

April 14, 2014