Harper Stories

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It's been an expansive and successful career for Lisa Smith, Supply Chain Management Coordinator, but ultimately success to her is helping her students succeed.


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Many students have already decided to attend Harper College this fall, while others are still exploring options. While it is never too late to get started at Harper, there are benefits to timely action. Attending New Student Orientation and registering early allows students the wide variety of courses and schedules to suit their personal needs . Additionally, greater financial opportunities, like scholarships, are available earlier. While course options still exist later in the summer, students may not be able to put their first choice schedule together.


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On the stage and in the gym, Cynthia Burrows finds her calling as both an educator and a lifelong learner.


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From Tom and Jerry cartoons, to studying abroad in France and Spain, to the classroom at Harper College, a love for language has guided Linda Schumacher for as long as she can remember.


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With a passion for language and culture, Maria Vital is set to take the business world by storm.


Promise Scholar volunteers

Organizations large and small are benefiting from the thousands of volunteer hours being completed by the Harper College Promise Scholars. The Friends of the Mount Prospect Public Library couldn’t be more thrilled to be the beneficiary of the extra hands and strong backs of the Promise Scholars.


March 19, 2019

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Having two young children and a full time job didn't stop Kim Dang from earning her degree. Now she has a career and is the example she's always wanted to be for her daughters.


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Emergency and Disaster Management was the dream career, Harper College was the place. Learn about Hillary Gack's road to success.


February 20, 2019

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All the stars aligned when Angelica Avalos realized she wanted to study Geographic Information Systems at Harper College, and she's only just getting started.


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Get to know the 2018-2019 Vice President of Student Government Association.


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Get to know a little more about the 2018-19 Student Trustee.


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Harper College professor of Nutrition, John Athamanah, finds inspiration in helping students enrich their lives.


December 18, 2018

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Yusra Iftegar believes passion and hard work are the keys to success in the Nutrition program at Harper College.


November 29, 2018

LCC Food drive

For five years in a row, Harper’s Learning and Career Center in Prospect Heights has hosted the Prospect Height’s Police Department’s annual Thanksgiving food drive and distribution. More than 139 local families, including 30 families of Harper students, were helped by this year’s drive.


November 28, 2018

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Samuel Giordano, Fire Science Technology Program Director at Harper College, is motivated by preparing the next generation of Fire Science students for the challenges ahead.


November 27, 2018

Ana Sandoval and her daughter

Ana Sandoval was in her second year of college, studying accounting; the first in her family to go to college. But her family was struggling to make ends meet in Ecuador. The economic crisis was crushing them. Hoping for a better life, she petitioned for a visa to the U.S. and, as luck would have it, she was approved. Unfortunately, the rest of her family was not. She would have to leave everything she knew behind and strike out on her own to pursue life in America. She was 22 years old and about to brave a whole new world.

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November 15, 2018

Jeanine Liska

"This career will not be handed to you on a silver platter. I had to work hard to achieve my dreams and I love being able to help my students achieve theirs." – Jeanine Liska, Fire Science Technology Alumni, Faculty and Firefighter/Paramedic at Schaumburg Fire Department


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Fall is not the only time for students to start at Harper. We are available now to help your student enroll this upcoming January. If your son or daughter is still deciding what they want to study, that’s okay! Harper offers 10 different Areas of Interest they can explore during their first semester to further narrow what major or career they want to pursue.


Cristian Martinez

Cristian Martinez is Harper College’s newest Diverse Faculty Fellow. His field is biology; his passion is insects. He received his Ph.D. in insect ecology at the University of Illinois - Chicago, where he also obtained his bachelor’s in biology. In between, Cristian worked in the insect department of the Field Museum of Natural History. Read about the Diverse Faculty Fellow experience.

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Noel Dickerson and family

If you were a temporary file clerk sitting in the lunch room with a bunch of corporate executives, would you have the nerve to point out that a piece of the company’s financials just wasn’t adding up? Noel Dickerson, a Fast Track student, did.