Harper Stories

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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


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

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.