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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.


2020 Harper Student Fashion Show

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


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?”


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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.


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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.

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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.


March 17, 2020

Daniellah Salario owner of Salario Senior Care

Many families have experienced how difficult it can be to care for elderly family and friends. Trying to do it all yourself can be emotionally and physically challenging. But the alternative of moving someone out of their home is often not an appealing option. To assist seniors and their families, Daniellah Salario decided to start her own home care business.

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March 13, 2020

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Corey Axelrod is well acquainted with the challenges and biases that people who are deaf and hard of hearing face; he himself is a member of that community. Even though cultural diversity and inclusion are values that most businesses espouse, many of them are not properly equipped to create equitable and inclusive experiences for those who are deaf and hard of hearing. Corey Axelrod founded 2axend to help institutions implement policies and practices that are responsive to the needs of that community.

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March 12, 2020

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Are you are trying to eat healthier, but find that it’s a challenge because healthy meals can take more time to prepare? Then Planti Meals is for you! Planti Meals offers a delicious menu derived from a plant-based diet. All Planti Meal dishes are vegan and use organic produce, grains, and spices. Plus, they are gluten-free and contain no preservatives or oils. Planti Meals can be delivered to your home or office for lunch, or you can pick one up at select Chicago area retailers.

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February 25, 2020

PJ McGuire owner of Wrapperoo

If you’re like most people, your morning routine is probably a bit hectic. Anything that could help simplify things would be an improvement. Wrapperoo might be just what you’re looking for! Wrapperoo is a hair towel that easily transforms into a water and heat resistant styling cape. It’s the all-in-one solution to protect your skin and clothes from those annoying drips and spills. Sort of like the Swiss Army Knife of your hair and beauty routine!

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February 25, 2020

Zaia Dinkha owner of CarNewba Detailing

A vehicle is a major investment. Having it detailed by a professional is a great way to maximize the life of your vehicle. However, for most people, it isn’t easy to find time during the day to drop off your car somewhere for detailing. Just have CarNewba come to you! CarNewba is a mobile automotive detailing service that offers high quality at a competitive price with maximum convenience. Appointments can be scheduled at your home or even your office.

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February 14, 2020

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Spiritual wellness refers to our ability to develop congruence between our own values and actions. Moreover, this wellness dimensions allows individuals to define purpose in their lives and make meaning of certain life events Spiritual Wellness is about exploring and establishing our own personal morals, ethics and what we stand for as individuals in the world.

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The coronavirus may be making scary national headlines at the moment, but we should all be thinking about ways to protect ourselves from the flu as well. Those that have been affected by the coronavirus thus far have traveled to the region of China where the virus first appeared. The flu, on the other hand, is very active in the US right now. Moreover, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that over 15 million people have fallen ill from the flu.

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Own your awesome by checking in with yourself every once in a while and taking some time out to remind yourself of all the things you’ve accomplished as it’s easy to overlook the day-in and day-out progress you’ve made along the way or the successes that have occurred.

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There are plenty of wellness-based mobile apps out there to go around, some more helpful than others. While this is not a complete list, here are a few of my favorites that have helped me with my wellness habits.

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