Harper College

New Student Programs

Access and Disability Services is committed to easing the transition from high school to college for new students at Harper. Below are a few programs that are run through our office that offer some extra support to students that are registered within our office:

The ACES Program is designed for new students registered with Access and Disability Services to help them with the transition from high school to college.

ACES is ideal for students with diagnoses of a Learning Disability (LD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) who received extra support and services in K-12.

The ACES Program includes:
- An individualized accommodation plan and personalized communication with your instructors.
- Advising support from an assigned Academic Advisor.
- Enrollment in the ACES section of FYS 101; this First Year Seminar course will focus on college readiness, Harper College resources, and executive functioning skills.
- Monthly check-in meetings with the ACES Coordinator to set goals and stay on track.
- Monitoring of student progress with Starfish, an early alert tool, to provide additional support/referrals to campus resources as necessary.

Apply for the Fall 2024 ACES cohort. Spaces are limited.

For more information, please contact Katie Garcia at gk29120@harpercollege.edu.

The College Awareness Program (CAP) is a transition program designed for high school seniors with disabilities.  Its mission is to reach students within the Harper district and inform them of the accommodations and programs available through ADS, and the benefits of attending a local college. The College Awareness Program helps students become familiar with the campus and prepares them for college life. Contact us at ads@harpercollege.edu.

The Transition Autism Program is designed to meet the specific needs of autistic students as they transition from high school to college. TAP promotes academic, career and personal success.  This unique program provides a summer transition workshop, a first semester transition course (FYS 101), peer mentoring, specialized academic support, job readiness workshops, social activities, and a parent support component. 

TAP selects a new cohort of 20 students each Fall semester. To be considered for the TAP Program, applicants must graduate and accept their high school diploma before the Fall start of the program. 

The application for the Fall 2024 cohort is now closed.  (The Fall 2025 cohort application will open in January of 2025.) 

For more information, please complete this information request form or call our office at 847.925.6266.


Last Updated: 6/24/24