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.
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.
University Center and Saluki Step Ahead agreements provide Harper students the opportunity to complete a four-year degree with Southern Illinois University at a lower cost.... Read More
Study: Harper grads earn $650K more after completing a degree or certificate.... Learn more
The two-year Igniting Paths to Success Scholarship will award full tuition, fees and books to 1,000 students beginning this fall.... Read More
The agreement allows members of more than 100 police agencies to share equipment and personnel via a task force that responds to major civil disturbances.... Read More
Two Harper College students have received the Honorable Timothy C. Evans Scholarship for Paralegal Studies. Evans, who has served as chief judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County for nearly two decades, recently presented the... Read More
Several Northwest suburban communities are teaming up to help address a nationwide trend: the growing shortage of police officers. Together with Harper College, they’ll offer a Police Officer Training Workshop on March 13 that... Read More
Judaea Bradford earned her associate degree in paralegal studies in May 2020. She shares her experiences at Harper and in her new paralegal career. ... Read More