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Finding scholarships to pay for college expenses can feel a bit overwhelming but in the long run they can really pay off! Here are some valuable tips to help you (or the college student in your family) find money.

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December 14, 2022

Debbie Lawrence

Hearing loss currently affects an estimated 48 million people in the United States alone. The World Health Organization projects that by 2050, 2.5 billion people in the world will have some degree of hearing loss. At least 700 million people—that’s one in ten of us—will require hearing rehabilitation. Debbie Lawrence, founder of Easy Signing, knows these statistics all too well. In fact, for a while, she was one of those statistics. At the age of twenty-seven, Debbie was temporarily blind and deaf from the results of viral encephalitis and meningitis. This gave her a unique perspective of living without sight and sound, fueling her passion to create innovative ways of developing communication without barriers.

December 14, 2022

Juliette Molina

To say that COVID-19 was a global game-changer would be the understatement of a lifetime. Businesses of all types have faced unprecedented operational challenges and economic losses; particularly those in the service industry. JPMorgan Chase, in its article, “Small Business Finances in Illinois during the COVID-19 Pandemic” cited personal service firms as having been the hardest hit, with a negative revenue growth rate worse than that of the restaurant industry. Now, imagine the impact on a business that literally provides face-to-face service. Beauty professionals found themselves in a worst-case-scenario, with their industry all but shut down due to the pandemic. Confronted by this dire challenge, veteran freelance makeup artist Juliette Molina Bundhund launched Beauty By Juliette, a new business that would not only survive, but thrive.

Calliope Design

Pablo Picasso once said, “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” Artist and entrepreneur Caryn Mitchell creates art that not only awakens souls, it makes them sing. She believes that art should inspire and spark joy as well as transform a space. In addition to creating stunning custom works, Caryn has begun to expand her palette by offering retail pieces. She also brings her artistic passion to identity design, designing branding in harmony with her clients’ corporate culture and goals.

Phyllis Ziccardi and Andrew Ziccardi

Approximately 50 billion water bottles per year are sold in the U.S., yet many people are unable to open them due to manual dexterity issues. Andrew Ziccardi realized this on a sweltering day in 2010, when an elderly woman asked him to open a water bottle for her. The realization sparked a quest to invent a product that would empower people to easily twist off the small lids. In 2015, Andrew launched Ergonomic Bottle Caps, LLC, with its flagship consumer product, ErgoOpenerTM, available on Amazon as well as in stores in Illinois, Arizona and Ohio.

November 14, 2022

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Get your pick of classes and the best payment options by registering during priority registration (November 14, 15 and 16), and learn more about Enrollment Day, November 17.

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November 07, 2022

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Flip through or download the 2022 edition of Point of View, Harper College's award-winning arts and literary magazine.

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Many of us have faced difficult challenges and times of uncertainty during these past couple of years. Financial stresses were at the top of the list for many families. Follow these tips to keep your college goals on track.

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Joshua Emeka Emeruem sees Harper as the foundation for his career in graphic design.

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Gain an accurate understanding of the financial aid application process by reviewing common myths and learning the facts.

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Watch this short video and learn about Harper's ESL endorsement for certified teachers and the TESOL certificate for those who want to teach English to speakers of other languages.

October 01, 2021

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The 2022-2023 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opened October 1, 2021. By applying early, you will be considered for the maximum number of financial aid awards.

September 09, 2021

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Check out poetry, short stories and visual arts submitted by Harper students in the 2020-21 edition of Point of View, Harper College's award-winning arts and literary magazine.

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Fall classes begin next week and we can't wait to see you in the classroom, whether on campus or online. Here's what you need to know.

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August 12, 2021

Joaquina, engineering student at Harper

Joaquina's was class president and the top of her class. Hear why she chose to start at the Harper Pathways to Engineering program over the top-ranked engineering schools she got accepted to.

July 22, 2021

Andrea Pedersen of Nutritional Decadence

Many people want to eat healthier foods, but it’s so hard to give up the decadent foods that we all love. Andrea Pedersen saw this trend as an opportunity to sell the unique chocolate syrup she had developed and start her own food business, Nutritional Decadence. In 2020, Andrea launched Cocolasses® on Amazon and through her own e-commerce website.

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Go behind the scenes of Harper's 2021 Student Fashion Show, Unmasked, with these images.

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Harper Graphic Arts student Konstantina Tsonis designed the poster for Harper's 2021 fashion show, “Unmasked: Spirit of the Times.” Here are ten questions with Konstantina.

UIUC Student Max Mauschbaugh

Max Mauschbaugh, a 19-year-old sophomore at UIUC, took advantage of the remote learning environment to take his physics class at Harper this spring.

Last Updated: 11/14/22