Harper Stories

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Over the years, you helped me delve into subjects I loved, like geology and noir fiction. I found new subjects that ignited my curiosity, like astronomy. I also found subjects that, shall we say, I will not pursue further.

Desiree Peerman at her new job

Desiree Peerman was one semester into her college education at Harper College when the pandemic hit and rocked her world.

Wen Lie sews masks

While the Community Resource Center closed due to the pandemic, the work of Partners for Our Communities did not stop. They continued serving families in need through a variety of programs, and now there were more families in need than ever. Wen Liue felt compelled to help. She approached POC’s director Kathy Millin with an idea. Wen asked, “You have sewing machines that are going unused, could I borrow one so I can sew cloth masks for people?”

November 18, 2019


A career in personal training offers flexibility and good money. But for Oscar Tapia, becoming a personal trainer is a labor of love.


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.

Elsie Schwartz

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.

stephanie battista

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.

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.

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.

Front-facing photo of female Cynthia Burrows

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


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

A front-facing photo of female Harper alumni, Kim Dang

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.

we are harper, hillary gack

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

February 20, 2019

Front-facing photo of Geographic Information Systems student, Angelica Avalos.

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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