Harper Stories

December 04, 2019

Student in graduation cap, shrugging shoulders.

Debunk common financial aid myths and learn how Harper College is here to help you navigate your financial aid process.

November 18, 2019


For Oscar Tapia, becoming a personal trainer is a labor of love.

Celeste Tomaz and her family

Four years ago, Celeste, her second husband and their two children moved to the United States hoping for a better life. Neither she nor her husband had graduated high school. They are doing their best to support their family, but it is a struggle. Celeste felt guilty that she hadn’t finish her education. She knew that to get a better-paying job, she needed to get her high school equivalency (HSE) diploma. Harper was close by, and its HSE program had a good reputation, but that didn’t mean it was going to be easy.


Nicole Berthold looks back on the memories in the graphic arts program that prepared her for her career.


The graphic arts program is the reason Michael Curiel is where he is today, and he couldn’t recommend it enough to anyone aspiring to have a career in the graphic arts industry.


The graphic arts facility helped Julie DeMarco find an internship, which led to her being hired full time as a graphic designer.


As a graduate of the graphic arts program, Julia Franiak uses the skills and industry knowledge that was learned daily in her current position as an art director.


Alec Majerchin left Harper College with much more confidence in himself and his abilities to begin his career.

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The graphic arts program taught Elsie Schwartz real world design processes she would need to know in order to thrive in the industry of printing.

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Stephanie Battista owes her entire career to Harper’s graphic arts program.


Thanks to the teachers, adjuncts and staff in the graphic design department, Myk Little was able to thrive during his time at Harper College and beyond.

October 29, 2019


Mukila Maitha, Geography Instructor at Harper College, grew up being exposed to diverse cultures. This experience sparked his interest in the world around him.

Ranjani Murali

Ranjani Murali became a Diverse Faculty Fellow this fall, but she has been at Harper since 2015 as an adjunct faculty member teaching English.

Personal Training

The reasons to work with a personal trainer are, literally, personal. Perhaps you want to learn how to exercise safely and effectively or need someone in your corner encouraging you. Maybe you need to be accountable to someone to keep working out or someone to develop a plan that will help you achieve your personal goal.

Bethanie-Michelle Statler

Bethanie-Michelle Statler entered Ohio State University thinking she could study biology and become the medical doctor her mother had hoped she would be.

September 25, 2019

Student studying

Our financial aid experts describe how to best prepare for the FAFSA and how they are here to help.

President's Art Award

Teresa Hernandez is the youngest student to receive the President's Art Selection Award. Her piece, "Again and Again," was created for an assignment in Professor Perry Pollock's Drawing II class.

Sergio Soda

Sergio Sosa was living with his grandparents in El Salvador until his mother was finally able to have him join her in the United States. He was 15 years old and did not speak English. He started his freshman year of high school in ESL classes. This past May, he earned his associate degree, graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA, wrestled in the national tournament, volunteered at a medical clinic, received the Excellence in Discipline award for Biology and was awarded a full tuition scholarship to Lake Forest College.

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Sushila Jackson kisses her dog on the head

Sushila Jackson is a survivor. She will be graduating from Harper this summer, the first female to earn an A.A.S. in Information Technology - Computer Support here at Harper. It wasn’t easy, and her path wasn’t linear.

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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.