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Serving the community as a firefighter, paramedic, police officer or emergency dispatcher, is not a job for just anyone. Studying this industry will help you build communication and quick response skills, plus the ability to stay calm under pressure. These careers in the public service field, in addition to others, are satisfying and in-demand.

Harper College offers several degree and certificate programs designed to prepare you for immediate employment or career advancement in public service, or to prepare you to transfer to a four-year university to complete a bachelor’s degree.

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Harper's on-site laboratory spaces give you the chance to get hands-on experience working through realistic scenarios and using professional equipment.

Transfer to a bachelor's program, or earn an AAS degree or certificate to start your career in public service.


Explore our programs

Harper College offers a number of public service career and transfer programs. To get started, select one of the program areas below:

Interested in another subject? If you are interested in transferring to study a public service-related subject not listed here, please meet with an academic advisor to learn what courses to take to meet your academic goals.

Public Service News

Get the latest news from Public Service programs at Harper College.

Judges Night

At the Northwest Suburban Bar Association (NWSBA) sponsored Judge's Night, held on May 11, 2022, at Cafe La Cave in Des Plaines, IL, two Harper College Paralegal Studies Program students, Daisha George and Jennifer Machuca, were awarded the Honorable Timothy C. Evans Scholarship for Paralegal Studies sponsored by the NWSBA in the amount of $1500 each. Read More

2022 LEX Inductees

The AAfPE Board of Directors created the Lambda Epsilon Chi Honor Society (LEX) and there are now schools all over the country recognizing the academic achievements of outstanding paralegal scholars. Read More

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Harper College approved leaving tuition unchanged for the third consecutive year coupled with other measures aimed at keeping costs down for students. Read More

Maria Vargas Paralegal Studies

Maria Vargas received her law degree in Mexico. After becoming a U.S. citizen, she earned her paralegal certification at Harper College to work in immigration law. Read More

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The two-year Igniting Paths to Success Scholarship will award full tuition, fees and books to 1,000 students beginning this fall. Read More

Get Started

To get started with criminal justice, fire science, EMT, public safety, or other public service courses offered at Harper College, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, submit a request information form, or submit an online application now.

Last Updated: 11/7/22