Harper Stories

December 18, 2020

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Ergonomic Solutions – “where the office meets the road”! Nancy and Mark Wunderlich design their mobile office spaces so that employees can work efficiently, in a comfortable space that doesn’t compromise their well-being. There’s no need to precariously balance that valuable laptop on top of the car when you have a fully functioning office space in your vehicle.

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December 02, 2020

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Sarah Mawhorr wanted two things from her career. First, she wanted to be in a profession that fit with her personal life, and second, she wanted to be the one making the rules. Sarah’s solution… start her own business! The catch was that to launch the business, Sarah would need to start from scratch.

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October 06, 2020

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The 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens October 1, 2020. By applying early, you will be considered for the maximum number of financial aid awards. Filing the 2021-2022 FAFSA is easy and fast, especially when using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to electronically transfer their federal tax return Information directly into the FAFSA form. 

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It’s no secret: Students who start at Harper and transfer can save up to $63,000 on the cost of their bachelor's degree. We asked a handful of Harper students what they would do with an extra $63,000.

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This year, Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 3) has been declared a state holiday. While Harper College and other colleges/schools will be closed, students as young as 16 years old have the opportunity to serve as election judge, a paid position.

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Every year, September marks Suicide Prevention Month, which is a month dedicated to discussing suicide prevention, mental health resources and bringing awareness to warning signs. In addition, September 6 - 12, 2020 marks National Suicide Prevention Week. While talking about suicide can sometimes feel like a taboo topic in society, it's important and necessary to be aware of the warning signs and ways in which we can talk openly and honestly about suicide in order to help reduce stigma and potentially save lives.

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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.

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As we begin a new semester, let’s not forget that we have the ability to help students start off on a positive note.

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Harper Faculty on the Remote Learning Essentials Harper Stories Here we are at the start of a new adventure. This isn’t the semester that any of us had in mind, but no matter who you are or what you’re feeling, we are here to support you every step of the way. Not only does that support come in the form of virtual tutoring, advising and counseling services – it’s here whenever you need it from our awesome faculty. To get you started on the right foot, Harper faculty came together to share the five essential items for succeeding in a remote learning environment.

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COVID-19 is a pandemic that changed the sense of normalcy in many aspects of life, including education. Often, education is an in-person experience with hands-on and observation opportunities, so that students see first-hand how things work. Here are some tips and strategies to support your college student during this time.

Paralegal Janet Tan

After two decades of teaching, Janet Tan wanted a change. She found her experience and interests were a fit with the Paralegal Studies program. But she had a perception that she might be too old to return to college.

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Harper College Fashion Design students share their work through "Imagine," the 2020 Fashion Show Spring Review.

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

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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?”

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While mental health should be acknowledged and promoted every month, the month of May is usually dedicated to bringing awareness to mental health and emotional wellness. Great progress has certainly been made towards reducing the stigma and support for those living with various mental health issues and illnesses, yet it's still a topic that often becomes the "elephant in the room" in many spaces.

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Your family may have experienced challenges due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please know that, even though we are no longer working from campus, we are here to help you remotely. As we look forward to the upcoming semesters, know that we can guide you through registration for summer and fall courses and provide resources to help you pay for college.

Frank Moriarty owner of Honey with Style and Sweet Cyndees Bees

Creamed honey is similar to jams and jellies in that it’s very spreadable and pairs well with items like toast, bagels, and croissants. But creamed honey has a more butter-like texture. If you’ve never tried creamed honey, you can find Frank & Cyndee at various craft fairs and farmers’ markets around the area.

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On a national level, April marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). While the month typically entails a variety of in-person events and programs to bring awareness to the important month, the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted these interactions across the world. As people continue to grapple with the vast shifts in everyday life due to physical distancing protocols, it's even more important to be aware of how we can all be an active bystander in preventing sexual assault and other forms of interpersonal violence.

Looking to get ahead this summer?

Encourage your students to take advantage of Harper's low cost tuition while staying ahead on their degree requirements this summer.

Facemasks designed by area students and produced by the Makerspace.

Career and Technical Education teachers from Buffalo Grove and Wheeling high schools have designed and are now producing a protective face shield, with help from Harper College’s Makerspace and Entrepreneur Center.

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