Fast Track

Accelerated programs for adult learners.

Fast Track is an accelerated, part-time program with full-time results. Fast Track is designed specifically for adults who want to complete their career certificate/degree by attending class just one night a week.

Pre-selected and pre-scheduled classes run from just five to eight-weeks in length and allow students to do more work independently, outside of class and online, so they can balance a busy life. The program is offered in a cohort format in which a group of students attend all program courses together. Research shows adults learn better when they are surrounded by peers.

Your Advantages

  • Experienced and Professional Faculty
  • Consistent Schedule 
  • Affordable Tuition and Scholarships
  • Transfer Credits to Complete Your Bachelor's
  • Accelerated Pace
  • Adult-Friendly Learning Environment 
  • Convenience

Fast Track Degree

Fast Track Certificates

 Fast Track General Education Degree Completion

 Fast Track Overview

Our expert faculty blends theory and industry knowledge. They teach in an adult-friendly learning style that develops your leadership and critical thinking skills. And, your classroom comes alive as fellow students share their experiences, insights and knowledge while the group works to solve real world challenges.

Condensed class schedules are pre-planned and pre-packaged for your convenience. Attend class just one night a week.

Classes are held at the same time each week. Your courses are pre-selected and pre-planned for you-no scheduling hassle.

Harper's tuition is an incredible value and educational investment that will pay dividends for years to come. Tuition (in-district residents) is just a fraction of the cost of four-year universities. And you can expect to complete the entire degree program for about $8,000 (tuition and fees). Certificates can be attained for significantly less.

The Office of Student Financial Assistance offers scholarships and financial aid programs for those who qualify. Contact a representative for more information. And, if you work in-district but live out-of-district, Harper offers you in-district tuition if the company you work for is part of Harper's Business EdVantage. (To find out if your company is registered, call 847.925.6847. If they are not registered, we can do that for you, too.)

You can also take advantage of all of the benefits offered to Harper College students including the Career Center, free math/accounting tutoring, the Writing Center, computer labs, fitness center (fee) as well as qualify for student discounts to area attractions and entertainment venues.

Harper partners with colleges and universities that offer nontraditional, online programs, and/or on-campus adult-friendly degree completion programs to allow you to transfer quickly and complete your bachelor's degree. Colleges and universities recruiters are on-site multiple times each semester to meet with you and answer your questions. Degree requirements vary by school.

Many programs allow you to work with a cohort of fellow motivated adult learners-you and your contemporaries will take the same series of classes together. Learning in a cohort is an innovative way to develop a strong community which provides you with a rich educational experience that supersedes the classroom. In additional to the cohort format, faculty tailor their teaching to meet the needs of adult learners. There are many opportunities for active participation through discussions, simulations, exercises, group work, projects and demonstrations. Some programs include an "externship" experience which gives you real world work experience to best prepare you for immediate employment. Get details at an upcoming info session.

Depending on the degree or certificate you choose and the time you begin, courses are offered at:

Harper Professional Center (HPC)
650 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg

Most classes meet one night a week with two or more vacation breaks a year. Certificate programs may be completed in significantly less time.

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