Workforce Solutions

Harper College is increasingly focusing on the needs of the business community it serves with a variety of resources to help build, train and retrain the local workforce.

Harper College Promise Scholarship Program

Local public high school students from districts 211, 214 and 220 have the opportunity to earn free tuition to Harper College by working hard during their high school years. Students who qualify for the Promise Program need to demonstrate solid grades, an ability to work hard, graduate on time and give back to the community. In addition to earning tuition, Promise Scholars are given opportunities to participate in mock interviews and job shadowing with the over 80 local businesses that are supporting the program as Promise Business Partners.

Harper College Business Solutions

Provides customized, professional training programs to help employers stay competitive and train their employees on new skills.

Apprenticeship Program

Harper College offers over 10 registered apprenticeship programs, ranging from general insurance to supply chain management. Apprentices graduate debt-free and are already employed. Apprenticeships help businesses that are losing skilled workers to retirement in rebuilding their workforce.

Job Placement Resource Center

Businesses may advertise, at no cost, job opportunities to Harper College students and alumni using the “Hire a Hawk” online job board.

Illinois Small Business Development Center at Harper College

Offers no-cost, confidential one-on-one guidance and workshops with seasoned business advisors to help small business owners achieve marketing, financial and operational success.

Angel Grants

Sponsored by a private donor, Angel Grants provide grant funds (up to $15,000)
to expanding businesses and seed money for start-ups. Applicants must be clients of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Harper College or enrolled in Harper College’s Entrepreneurial Program.

Business EdVantage

Businesses within the Harper College district can have their employee take classes at Harper College at the in-district tuition rate, no matter where the employees live.

Wojcik Conference Center

Offers facilities to host business meetings from groups of 5 to 250. Facilities include a 250-person amphitheater, small meeting rooms, and a hotel-class dining room. For more information please call 847.348.5100.

For more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Harper College Educational Foundation at 847.925.6490 or foundation@harpercollege.edu.