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CE Now!: Harper College

CE Now!: The Harper College Continuing Education Blog

Nate Ruben and Angela Schiavon

Entrepreneurship and new businesses play a large role in the U.S. economy. As Harper College’s Entrepreneurship Program continues to grow, so will the opportunities for students to create their dream business.


Ribbon Cutting

Harper College held a ribbon cutting ceremony on February 8 to officially dedicate the new Center for Student Veterans and Military-Connected Students and recognize the College’s ongoing efforts to expand services aimed at increasing student veterans’ success.


Adrian Bala

“Daniel is a Marine veteran who served two combat tours in Iraq in 2005 and 2006. He was a sergeant and a true leader. He suffered a C5 spinal cord injury in a fluke accident that rendered him a quadriplegic... Who could care for Daniel as we did? We found that person in Adrian.”


Bill Zuber

“When I graduated high school, I had no idea what I wanted to do. My parents were going through a bitter divorce, and my mother did not support me going on to college. I decided to go to a community college and see what happens,” recalled Bill. Not exactly a strong plan for success.


The Center for New Students and the Career Development Center offer a free workshop series for adult students or prospective students who are considering a new career direction. This spring, three workshops will be offered to help you define what you are looking for in a career and identify careers that will be a good fit for you.


January 12, 2018

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From the Army base to the books at Harper College, Saly Phom has overcome countless obstacles to get where she is today.

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Greg Dowell cuts the ribbon at University Center dedication

Harper College and three strategic partners are working to make earning a bachelor’s degree even more accessible. DePaul, Northern Illinois and Roosevelt universities helped dedicate the new University Center at Harper College, which provides students with a unique opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree from a four-year university – on Harper’s campus and at a lower price point.


Students perform an ultrasound

Harper College’s Diagnostic Cardiac and Medical Sonography programs are seeking volunteers interested in receiving free ultrasounds.


December 21, 2017

We welcome ALL students to Harper College – whether in August, January or the summer term. Harper is a place where students discover their passions and interests. The most important thing is to START.


Fast Track student speaker Drew Kong

Frustrated at his previous job, Drew Kong decided to go back to college. Today, the new graduate of Harper College's Fast Track program boasts four supply chain management certificates and a full-time position with a leading global security provider.


Harper recognizes Northwest Community Healthcare with a plaque

When Harper College opened its doors 50 years ago, it created a steady pipeline of graduates – nurses in particular – who have gone on to provide high-quality, community-focused care at Northwest Community Healthcare. The Harper College Educational Foundation recently recognized about 50 of those alumni during a reception at NCH through its Stand Up and Be Counted program, an initiative that celebrates area employers that hire Harper alumni.


Print Expo attendees meet with employers

Harper's graphic arts program recently hosted a Print Expo introducing area high school students to career opportunities in the field. About 120 high school students visited with a variety of print professionals including suppliers, manufacturers, printing and finishing companies, professional organizations and four-year colleges and universities.


Harper Symphony Orchestra performing

The Harper Symphony Orchestra will perform a variety of holiday classics during its winter concert, “A Joyful Celebration,” on Sunday, Dec. 10.


Harper College students walk through campus

Harper College’s new Back Porch Revue – a nod to American folk music of the early 20th century – is gearing up for its debut concert. The performance will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 17, in the Performing Arts Center.


Kevin Prchal

Local singer-songwriter Kevin Prchal is channeling his artistry into a worthy cause this holiday season. Prchal, who when not performing on the Chicago-area music scene can be found working in Harper College’s marketing department, wrote an original song, “Believe,” for Harper’s Giving Tuesday initiative. Check out the music video.


Kim Duchossois

Over the past few years, Barrington-area philanthropist Kim Duchossois has become a valued donor to Harper and an ambassador on behalf of the College's work. To recognize her generous support, which cumulatively totals more than $1 million, Building D will be known as the Duchossois Family Educational Center.


Harper College Avante Center

The Harper College Board of Trustees has approved a bond refinancing resolution that will save taxpayers in Harper’s district approximately $19.6 million through 2028.


Book cover of Out of the Wreck I Rise

Author and longtime Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg will visit Harper College on November 21 to explore addiction and sobriety during a discussion of his book, “Out of the Wreck I Rise: A Literary Companion to Recovery.”


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The Harper Ensemble Theatre Company will present “Hair,” the original American Tribal Love Rock Musical, from November 10 through November 19 at the Performing Arts Center. Both Harper College and "Hair" are celebrating their 50th anniversary.


Harper College students walking through campus

Harper College has received the 2017 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.


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Alison Walwark is the recipient of the 2016-2017 Joseph Yohanan Architectural Technology Endowed Scholarship award and the 2016-2017 Rita and John Canning Women's Program at Harper College scholarship award.


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Darren Buchanan is the recipient of the 2016-2017 Gap Fashion Scholarship Fund and the 2016-2017 Marilyn Shiely Coste Memorial Endowed Scholarship.


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Nikhil Paidipally is the 2016-2017 Harold Cunningham Memorial Mathematics Scholarship recipient.


Calvin Byrd

Did you know that more than 300 military-connected students (active/reservists, veterans and eligible dependents) are currently enrolled at Harper? One such student is Calvin Byrd.


Zaira Ponce and her son

“Remember, Mom, when you used to work two jobs? Remember how you had to work on Christmas, New Year’s Day and all the other holidays?” Zaira Ponce and her twelve-year-old son talk about how their life used to be and picture how different their future looks now that she is getting her associate degree. It is a future where she is a social worker, helping others, and working in a job that includes benefits. A future where she and her son can spend time together. A future she never imagined possible, but one that is now getting closer and closer because people at Harper believed in her.


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Marcus Dover is the 2016-2017 Shirley Gross-Moore Endowment for Underrepresented Students recipient.


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Sabrina Balint is the 2016-2017 Glen Reeser Scholarship to Promote Creativity in STEM Studies recipient and the 2016-2017 Drs. Robert H. and C. Jayne Wilcox Otter Chemistry Endowed Scholarship recipient.


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Syed Muhammad Wali Rizvi is the 2016-2017 Walter E. and Elizabeth M. Schroeder Memorial Endowment recipient and the 2016-2017 Mathematics and Science Endowment recipient.


Building D on Harper College campus

Many business owners aren't prepared to retire, and their businesses aren't ready to transition to the next leader. The Harper College Educational Foundation will address those issues with a free presentation on Succession Planning for Family-Owned and Closely Held Businesses on Wednesday, November 8.


October 25, 2017

Lilly Vasquez and her children

“Are you okay?” Three little words that made all the difference. That’s what Harper Counselor Shari Pergricht asked Lilly Vasquez one day during a counseling appointment. “I just broke down in tears,” recalled Lilly. Lilly had been taking classes sporadically at Harper, as time and money permitted. She could only be away from home for a short period of time without raising her husband’s suspicions. He didn’t approve of her getting an education; he was emotionally, physically and psychologically abusive. Married for 20 years and the mother of three children, Lilly felt trapped.