Strategic Alliances and Innovation
The Strategic Alliances and Innovation Division houses the Grants Office and Innovation
Accelerator and provides support for the College’s Board of Trustees. It is also focused
on creating and sustaining alliances with local, regional, and national entities.
Strategic Alliances and Innovation collaborates with faculty, staff, administrators,
and students across the College to pursue external funding to support the College’s
mission and Strategic Goals and to minimize risk and maximize innovation in the accelerated
development and incubation of new emerging technology programming.
The new Innovation Accelerator at Harper is responsible for leading the College in
the areas of emerging technology programming with a focus on emerging programming
funded via grants and other sources of funding. Innovation drives revenue and enrollment
growth, helps with recruitment, and ensures we stay ahead of our competitors while
meeting regional workforce demands. Innovation also helps generate new business models
and creates new products, services, and technologies designed for a changing market.
For FY23, the Innovation Accelerator is collaborating to develop community education,
continuing professional education, and college credit courses and programs in artificial
intelligence, cybersecurity, and cloud technologies.
The Grants Office leads the identification of grant funding opportunities, proposal
development and submission, and administration of awarded grants through external
funding sources that support programs and services offered by Harper College and the
Strategic Alliances and Innovation Staff
Dr. Maria Coons
Dr. Susanne Brock