Harper Stories

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.

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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 Center 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 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.

Zaira Ponce and her son

“Remember, Mom, when you used to work two jobs? Remember how you had to work on Christmas, New Year’s Day and all the other holidays?” Zaira Ponce and her twelve-year-old son talk about how their life used to be and picture how different their future looks now that she is getting her associate degree. It is a future where she is a social worker, helping others, and working in a job that includes benefits. A future where she and her son can spend time together. A future she never imagined possible, but one that is now getting closer and closer because people at Harper believed in her.

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Darren Buchanan is the recipient of the 2016-2017 Gap Fashion Scholarship Fund and the 2016-2017 Marilyn Shiely Coste Memorial Endowed Scholarship.


Nikhil Paidipally is the 2016-2017 Harold Cunningham Memorial Mathematics Scholarship recipient.

Calvin Byrd

Did you know that more than 300 military-connected students (active/reservists, veterans and eligible dependents) are currently enrolled at Harper? One such student is Calvin Byrd.


Sabrina Balint is the 2016-2017 Glen Reeser Scholarship to Promote Creativity in STEM Studies recipient and the 2016-2017 Drs. Robert H. and C. Jayne Wilcox Otter Chemistry Endowed Scholarship recipient.

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Marcus Dover is the 2016-2017 Shirley Gross-Moore Endowment for Underrepresented Students recipient.

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Syed Muhammad Wali Rizvi is the 2016-2017 Walter E. and Elizabeth M. Schroeder Memorial Endowment recipient and the 2016-2017 Mathematics and Science Endowment recipient.

October 25, 2017

Lilly Vasquez and her children

“Are you okay?” Three little words that made all the difference. That’s what Harper Counselor Shari Pergricht asked Lilly Vasquez one day during a counseling appointment. “I just broke down in tears,” recalled Lilly. Lilly had been taking classes sporadically at Harper, as time and money permitted. She could only be away from home for a short period of time without raising her husband’s suspicions. He didn’t approve of her getting an education; he was emotionally, physically and psychologically abusive. Married for 20 years and the mother of three children, Lilly felt trapped.

joan mundstock

When Joan Mundstock enrolled at Harper College 50 years ago, little did she know that she would continue to enroll as a lifelong learner at age 75.

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When Roger Mussell was hired at Harper College 50 years ago, his office consisted of a small table, a folding chair, and a telephone. Learn how Roger used what he had to develop the Electronics Technology Program that continues to thrive today.

Jackie Cooney, Ask a stupid question day

In honor of my past and present students, I have decided to celebrate “Ask a Stupid Question Day.” On Thursday, September 28, 2017, I will place a box and a stack of index cards on the short desk in Harper’s Avanté Center, Room Z132. I invite anyone with a question related to Geology, Paleontology or Astronomy to write it out on the index card and place it in the box. These questions may be anonymous, and the answers will be posted outside of Room Z132.

September 11, 2017


For Harper alum Jermaine Pigee, the future was uncertain until he enrolled at Harper College. Learn more about how Jermaine went on to do what nobody thought was possible.