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Ryan Helsdingen and his siblings

Ryan Helsdingen was about to commit to the University of Illinois when he heard Harper was launching its Engineering Pathways program. The oldest of six kids, he just couldn't pass up the opportunity to save tens of thousands of dollars. Five years later, the Harper (and U. of I.) alum has minimal debit and recently landed a full-time job working as an electrical engineer at a downtown Chicago firm.

Diane and David Hill

Harper College will name its library the David K. Hill Family Library in recognition of David and Diane Hill’s significant contributions.

Harper College

Harper College will celebrate Engineers Week with its first Explore Engineering event on February 25. High school students and their parents can learn all about Harper’s storied program – which dates back nearly 50 years – and its exceptional faculty, curriculum and transfer partnerships.

Harper College

In addition to the nearly $23 million in scholarships, grants and tuition waivers awarded to its students each year, Harper College offers two premier academic scholarships for exemplary students: the Distinguished Trustee Scholarship and the Academic Recognition Award. Applications are due March 1.

Cups for a Cause

The Harper College Clay Guild will sell handmade cups to support the WINGS Program (Women in Need Growing Stronger) on Valentine's Day, February 14.

Harper College featured on WGN-TV.


PALATINE, IL – For the past five-plus years, landing that first job has been complicated by the economy, mountains of student load debt, unpaid internships, older workers not retiring and kids moving back home. WGN-TV’s Lourdes Duarte reports on the first job detours many 20-somethings and their families are taking, and how they’re adapting. Harper students Andrew Castro and Andrea Zito share their stories.

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