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$50,000 check presentation

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Illinois Manufacturers' Association (IMA) awarded a joint $50,000 endowment to fund Harper College scholarships in memory of manufacturing leader Ron Bullock, former CEO of Bison Gear. Harper named its CNC lab the Ron Bullock Memorial CNC Laboratory.

Arne Duncan speaks at graduation

A rain delay and soggy conditions couldn’t dampen the spirits of the record number of graduates who crossed the stage at Harper College’s 49th annual Commencement Ceremony.

Harper College 2016 graduate

In 2009, Harper set a goal to produce 10,604 additional degrees and certificates by 2020 - its share of the 5 million additional college graduates President Barack Obama challenged America to produce. On Saturday, Harper will surpass that goal - three years early.

Wali Rizvi

Harper College student Wali Rizvi is still trying to wrap his head around the news he’s been awarded the most prestigious scholarship for community college students in the country. He's one of about 50 students nationwide to receive the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, which provides up to $40,000 per year for three years.

Kevin Long's folio technique students

Students in Associate Professor Kevin Long’s Folio Technique class faced a rather intimidating – and exhilarating – final exam. Instead of putting pen to paper or testing in a lab, they performed pieces to Chicago Shakespeare Theater Casting Director Bob Mason, who was charged with providing the performers with critiques and coaching.

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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