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Sammi Sandefur stands in her yard

On the surface, it looked like smooth sailing for University of Iowa-bound Sammi Sandefur, but the final months leading up to graduation were anything but a pleasure cruise.

Silvia Astudillo with her family at the pumpkin patch

The ripple effect of COVID-19 impacted not only the way college students learned as they made the rapid transition to online classes, but it tossed them into unanticipated financial instability. Without the immediate support provided by Harper Student Emergency Relief Fund, some students feared losing the roof over their heads.

Harper College graduate Rochelle Washington holds her decorated cap

Harper College celebrated its Class of 2019-2020 in a virtual commencement ceremony that lauded graduates for their resilience and underscored the importance of connectedness.

Harper College's Jazz Ensemble performs virtually

When Harper College moved to online classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it effectively canceled the Harper College Jazz Ensemble’s spring concert. So the ensemble's director, Jeff Hedberg, orchestrated virtual performances with musicians playing their individual parts from home.

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic forced many businesses to close, the number of local employers seeking help has skyrocketed. The Small Business Development Center at Harper College has seen its demand for consultation more than double.


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