Harper Stories

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.

Sergio Soda

Sergio Sosa was living with his grandparents in El Salvador until his mother was finally able to have him join her in the United States. He was 15 years old and did not speak English. He started his freshman year of high school in ESL classes. This past May, he earned his associate degree, graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA, wrestled in the national tournament, volunteered at a medical clinic, received the Excellence in Discipline award for Biology and was awarded a full tuition scholarship to Lake Forest College.

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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.

lisa smith

It's been an expansive and successful career for Lisa Smith, Supply Chain Management Coordinator, but ultimately success to her is helping her students succeed.

A Harper adviser discusses registration options while seated with a set of parents.

Many students have already decided to attend Harper College this fall, while others are still exploring options. While it is never too late to get started at Harper, there are benefits to timely action. Attending New Student Orientation and registering early allows students the wide variety of courses and schedules to suit their personal needs . Additionally, greater financial opportunities, like scholarships, are available earlier. While course options still exist later in the summer, students may not be able to put their first choice schedule together.

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.


From Tom and Jerry cartoons, to studying abroad in France and Spain, to the classroom at Harper College, a love for language has guided Linda Schumacher for as long as she can remember.


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.

Lavleen at a microphone

Get to know a little more about the 2018-19 Student Trustee.

Lydia standing in front of an American flag

Get to know the 2018-2019 Vice President of Student Government Association.

Front facing photo of Harper College professor of Nutrition, John Athamanah

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

sam giordano

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.

November 15, 2018

Front-facing photo of 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