CE Now!: The Harper College Continuing Education Blog

Gary Davis and Dr. Ender

The Illinois Community College Trustees Association has honored Harper College President Kenneth Ender with the Gary Davis Ethical Leadership Award.


June 05, 2018

Jessica Flores riding a horse.

Jessica Flores’ educational goal is to be a veterinarian, and she enrolled in Harper’s study abroad program to Costa Rica to build her resume and gain experience in animal biology. While in Costa Rica she studied snake coloration patterns between the dry tropical forests and the tropical rain forests


Dr. Nancy Castle

Dr. Nancy Castle was 16 years old when she arrived at Harper College in 1973. During her time on campus, she explored an interest in psychology and built a foundation of skills and confidence that she later parlayed into a nationally recognized career in the field.


Linda Kolbusz-Kosan and Ken Kosan, Founding Donors, Kolbusz-Kosan Endowed Scholarship

As older adults getting married, we didn't need to have a traditional gift registry. Instead, we endowed the scholarship and asked guests to donate. Now the scholarship could continue in perpetuity. We felt it was the best way to assist students while celebrating a special time.


Maria Coons

One of Harper College’s leaders is among Chicago’s Notable Women in Education for 2018. Dr. Maria Coons, Chief of Staff and Vice President of Institutional Planning and Strategic Alliances, is among 17 women representing an impressive cross-section of Chicago-area colleges and universities recognized for the Crain’s honor.


Students from an Apprenticeship Cohort

Learn how your student can become a registered apprentice and earn a FREE A.A.S degree while starting a full-time paid job.


Harper graduates sit at commencement ceremony

Harper College’s Commencement Ceremony on Saturday was a particularly special one, marking the 50th such ceremony in Harper’s history and the close of the College’s yearlong 50th anniversary celebration.


Lavleen Mal

Lavleen Mal, a 20-year-old student from India, was elected by his peers to serve a one-year term as Student Trustee. Mal, who has an advisory vote, was sworn into his new position at the May board meeting.


Ruth Morales and family

Ruth's future looked dim. She was 16 years old, pregnant and still in high school. People were counseling her to give up her baby - saying if she didn’t, she wouldn’t amount to anything. She proved them wrong. Thanks to the support she received at Harper, she is graduating with honors and transferring to a four-year school. Her goal is a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.


Anthony Tamras and Drake Roberts hold the DeoBlock

Harper College students Anthony Tamras and Drake Roberts are poised to take their young company, DeoTech LLC, to the next level. They’ve spent the past two years developing, tweaking and hopefully perfecting the DeoBlock, a portable deodorizer that combats bad smells with a plant-based gel infused with essential oils. The Palatine High School graduates came to Harper so they could focus on launching the business.


David Coleman

Harper College’s upcoming Commencement Ceremony marks the close to Harper’s 50th anniversary year and the unveiling of a time capsule to be displayed in the David K. Hill Family Library for the next half century. The ceremony will also feature commencement speaker David Coleman, president and CEO of the College Board, an organization that administers the SAT, Advanced Placement program and other standardized tests.


Derrick and Joni Hamilton cut the ribbon

Harper College has named its surgical technology suite in honor of longtime supporters Derrick and Joni Hamilton. The Inverness couple, who have donated more than $100,000 in support of the College and the Promise Scholarship Program, was recognized during a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony.


Haroon Wilson

With a love for Health Information Technology and a deep appreciation for the opportunities Harper College has provided, the future is bright for Haroon Wilson.


Trustee Diane Hill speaks at the library dedication

David and Diane Hill have been passionate advocates for education and transformational leaders to Harper through their service and generous financial support. It’s only fitting, then, that the reimagined library be known as the David K. Hill Family Library. The College on May 3 held a rededication and naming ceremony to recognize the Hills’ significant contributions and celebrate the campus’ bustling new hub.


Emily Reddy, Pili Rios and Ed Dolik

Harper College students Emily Reddy and Ed Dolik finished first and second, respectively, in a head-to-head cupcake showdown against Elgin Community College at the 2018 Bon Appetit Community Food and Drink Festival in Hoffman Estates.


Michele Smith and Brian Knetl

Not one, but two Harper College administrators have been awarded the prestigious Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence, a leadership program aimed at preparing the next generation of community college presidents. Michelé Smith, Vice President of Workforce Solutions/Associate Provost for Curriculum, and Brian Knetl, Associate Provost, are among 40 Fellows from across the country – and the only recipients from Illinois – selected by the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program.


Dr. Maria Coons testifies before Congressional subcommittee

Harper College administrator Maria Coons testified on Capitol Hill about workforce development issues and the College's efforts in the areas of career and technical education and apprenticeships.


Clay Guild pieces for sale

The Harper College Clay Guild will once again hold its spring pottery sale on May 2-3, offering the public a chance to shop for one-of-a-kind pieces.


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.


Deborah Damko

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.


Harper College

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.


Karina Guillen

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.