Community Partnerships

Dr. Kenneth L. Ender presided over a period of significant challenge and opportunity in the education landscape. Below are some of Harper College's accomplishments under Dr. Ender's leadership:


  • Created the Northwest Educational Council for Student Success (NECSS), a groundbreaking partnership between Harper and its three sender high school districts.
  • Won a multi-year grant and formed the Illinois Network for Advanced Manufacturing (INAM), a group of 21 Illinois community colleges, funded via a $12.9 million TAACCCT grant to address a statewide skills shortage in advanced manufacturing.
  • Established University Center partnerships with Northern Illinois, Roosevelt, and DePaul Universities.
  • Established public-public and public-private partnerships with Palatine Park District and Northwest Community Healthcare for the operation and renovation of the Health and Recreation Center.
  • Launched the Ambassador Program with area elementary and junior high schools where more than 50% of the students qualify for the free or reduced lunch program.
  • Launched the apprenticeship program, partnering with local employers to provide education and on-the-job training. 
  • Established the partnership for the Hanover Park Education and Work Center (EWC), representing a collaborative partnership that meets the educational needs of several communities.
  • Launched two doctoral completion programs: Northern Illinois University HARTE program and Ferris State community college leadership program, allowing employees and other local constituents to complete a doctoral degree on Harper's campus.
  • Launched the Northern Illinois Workforce Coalition (NIWC), bringing together local workforce board professionals and community college workforce leaders.

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Last Updated: 8/19/21