Harper Stories

November 15, 2018

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"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 students achieve theirs." – Jeanine Liska, Fire Science Technology Alumni, Faculty and Firefighter/Paramedic at Schaumburg Fire Department


Harper College winter on campus

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.


Urn Envy by Mary Jane Kirkwood

Mary Jane Kirkwood has been an art student at Harper for 25 years. She entered her piece, Urn Envy, in the Spring 2018 Juried Student Exhibition because she had received so many compliments on the piece, particularly the glazing. She never imagined Dr. Ender would select it for this year’s President’s Art Selection Award.

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Welcome, Harper Hawks! Whether you’re a new or returning student, the first week of school can be a bit overwhelming. Check out answers to some of our most frequently asked questions below and get ready for a great semester.


Students parents Orientation

Join us for an upcoming Parent and Family Orientation session and we'll provide all the details about the top 10 most important things to be aware of.


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Through our Apprenticeship Program, students experience a real full-time job while also earning an Associate in Applied Science degree.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 Services 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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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.


Alison Walwark

Alison Walwark is the recipient of the 2016-2017 Joseph Yohanan Architectural Technology Endowed Scholarship award and the 2016-2017 Rita and John Canning Women's Program at Harper College scholarship award.