CE Now!: The Harper College Continuing Education Blog

Mili Tomar

International student Mili Tomar's unique perspective and drive to improve the world through research are just part of why she's been awarded the Jack Kent Cooke scholarship, which provides up to $40,000 annually for up to three years.


April 18, 2018

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Financial Aid experts share their advice on the best ways to search for scholarships. Whatever the amount, a scholarship can help your student with their college expenses. Multiple scholarships are even better. Add them together and scholarship money can pay for books or a class or two.


Language of Angels cast

The Harper Ensemble Theatre Company presents a story of grief, loss, guilt and karma in “Language of Angels,” a ghost-ridden drama by playwright Naomi Iizuka. The play runs April 20 to April 29 at the Building L Drama Lab.


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Deborah Damko’s brother graduated from Lake Forest College. Her sister graduated from Northern Illinois University. And Deborah…well, in 1975, she had started college – at Harper, in fact – but she had never finished. Until now.


Rafael Arroyo

Thanks to innovative apprenticeship programs at Harper College, students are gaining critical job experience while continuing their education.


Four Fishing Well Recipients

The Rotary Club of Schaumburg/Hoffman Estates has been so impressed by the early success of its innovative Fishing Well Scholarship through Harper College, the club couldn’t pass up an opportunity to increase its support even more.


Navin Cabrera

Last semester was not easy for Navin Cabrera, a dental hygiene student. He wasn’t succeeding. He was falling asleep in class and his grades were suffering.


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Harper College is one of three colleges and universities recognized by NAFSA: Association of International Educators with the 2018 Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award for Campus Internationalization. Named after the late Senator Paul Simon, the NAFSA Simon Awards recognize outstanding innovation and accomplishment in campus internationalization. Harper is also proud to be the only community college recognized this year.


Valerie Burton and Mallory Drevline

Two Harper students earned a trip to NASA through a vigorous competition for the coveted NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars program (NCAS). Valerie Burton and Mallory Drevline were among 171 community college students from across the country to be selected for the NCAS three-day, onsite experience.

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Niki Safakas and her sister Christina

Harper College Student Trustee Niki Safakas knows first-hand the financial burden that a scholarship can alleviate. As a recipient of the Foundation’s Thomas E. Irwin Scholarship, she’s been able to shift her focus from her job to classwork, music and leadership development. She’s hopeful the Harper College Promise Scholarship Program will offer similar relief in the future to her parents, who will soon have three daughters in college at the same time.


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Since enrolling at Harper College, Karina Guillen has taken big strides to make the most of her learning experience in the Early Childhood Development program - and she's only just getting started.


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.