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Student works in manufacturing lab

The “skills gap” has become a popular buzzword, and for good reason. In 2016, nearly half of U.S. employers reported that they faced difficulty filling jobs due to lack of available talent. Both nursing and manufacturing in particular face a critical shortage of skilled workers, a trend driven largely by the aging baby boomer generation. Harper College has heeded the call to close the skills gap, in part by emphasizing partnerships with the business community.

Students walk through Harper College campus

The Education and Work Center (EWC) in Hanover Park, which provides basic skills training and employment services to a traditionally underserved area, recently received a $225,000 operations grant thanks to the successful efforts of Sen. Cristina Castro, Rep. Fred Crespo and Hanover Park Mayor Rodney Craig.

Rebecca Lake addresses conference attendees

Harper College has emerged as a national leader in apprenticeship programs, combining on-the-job learning experiences with job-related instruction. This week, nearly 100 community and technical colleges from across the country came to campus to get a glimpse into how Harper makes it all work.

HEED Award logo

Harper College has received the 2018 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

Jairo Viales

As a professor at the National University of Costa Rica and a tenured elementary and high school teacher for the Costa Rican Ministry of Public Education, Professor Jairo Viales has gained a breadth of experience as an educator. In August, he began a new role as a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at Harper College, the sixth Fulbright that Harper has hosted.


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