CE Now!: The Harper College Continuing Education Blog

Brayan Aguirre

Brayan Aguirre believes he has to work harder than most other 20-year-olds. When the Harper College student isn’t immersed in his nursing prerequisite courses, he’s helping to support his family through his job at a rehabilitation facility in Hanover Park. Despite that commitment to achieving his goals, Aguirre lives day-to-day in a cloud of fear and uncertainty. The reason? He wasn’t born in the United States.

Dr. Ken Ender speaks at 50th Anniversary Gala

Harper College’s 50th Anniversary Gala was a resounding success, surpassing the Educational Foundation’s lofty goal of raising $1 million for the Promise Scholarship Program.

Harper College students walking through campus

Harper College, Northern Illinois University and Township High School District 211 have been selected to participate in a one-year “design challenge” that aims to dramatically move the needle on bachelor’s degree completion for community college students. The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation is funding the nonprofit Education Design Lab to lead the Seamless Transfer Pathway Design Challenge, which chose just four groups of two- and four-year institutions nationwide.

September 11, 2017


For Harper alum Jermaine Pigee, the future was uncertain until he enrolled at Harper College. Learn more about how Jermaine went on to do what nobody thought was possible.

Professor Sam Giordano

Although Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are wreaking the most havoc more than 1,000 miles away, there are some important lessons area residents can take away from these – and other – natural disasters. Professor Sam Giordano, coordinator of Harper College’s Emergency and Disaster Management program, weighs in.

Campus Involvement

As a family member to a college student, you likely understand the importance of involvement in clubs and organizations, but you may not know how to help your student get involved. Harper College Hullabaloo is an event that showcases clubs, organizations, and campus resources.

Harper College students walking through Quad

Harper College’s Diagnostic Cardiac and Medical Sonography programs are seeking volunteers interested in receiving free ultrasounds. Available ultrasound exams include carotid artery (participants must be at least 50 years old) and arteries/veins of the legs (participants must be at least 18 years old).

Harper College students on campus

Harper College is highlighting the small-scale work of artists from across the country at its 40th annual Small Works exhibition, which runs through September 29.

Jackie Cooney, Supplemental Instructor

Every semester is like my first semester because every student is unique, and I need to meet them where they are and adapt to them as they have to adapt. My name is Jackie Cooney. I am the Supplemental Instructor for all the geology courses. What I do is help you build the necessary skills, concepts, and geological relationships to succeed in this class…

DePaul President Dr. Gabriel Esteban and Harper President Dr. Ken Ender

A new partnership provides Harper College students with an opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree from DePaul University on the community college’s campus in Palatine. Beginning this fall semester, DePaul will begin admitting students in three degree programs: a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Media; a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Studies, Business Administration major; and a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.

Betty Gialdini

When Betty Giladini approached Harper College's founding president Dr. Lahti about starting a fashion design program, he merely smiled and said "get started." Learn more about Betty's journey and the impact her dedication had on Harper College.

Clara Basch on the Harper Pompon Corps in 1969-70

The Basch family, which fled Cuba's new communist regime in 1960 to settle in the Northwest suburbs, believes education opens doors to opportunity. For many of the Basches, Harper College has been that gateway. During this 50th anniversary year, we will share stories like the Basches' to honor our proud past, and we'll aspire to an even stronger future. And we invite the community, whose unwavering support has helped Harper emerge as a leader in community colleges across the country, to join in the celebration.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 poster

Harper College will host an outdoor movie screening of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (PG-13) on Friday, August 25.

August 09, 2017

Dr. Vicki Atkinson

If you are a parent of a new student at Harper, I bet you have some questions about these important 'getting started' topics. Take a look at these common questions that most parents have and let us know how we can assist.

Avante Center, site of the upcoming solar eclipse viewing party

Harper College is gearing up for the first total solar eclipse to sweep the entire width of the contiguous United States in nearly a century. A viewing event will take place on August 21 in front of the Avanté Center, where about 87 percent of the sun's surface will be covered.

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If your student is interested in pursuing a career in Massage Therapy, a career that is projected to grow 22 percent from 2014 to 2024, Harper College is now offering a free introductory course.

Rachel Kereszturi and Michelle Feiger

There wasn’t a dry eye to be found at a recent reception of the Harper College Educational Foundation’s HOPE Giving Circle, where two remarkable young women were awarded $10,000 scholarships. Recipients Michelle Feigler of Buffalo Grove and Rachel Kereszturi of Rolling Meadows, both entering their second year at Harper College, each shared their journeys and highlighted the tremendous impact that the group’s support is already making on their lives.

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Harper College is launching a new surgical technology program this fall in response to a growing need in the health care industry.

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Now in its 15th year, the Lifelong Learning Institute at Harper College provides enriching and entertaining continuing education opportunities to adults ages 55 and older. You can get a free sampling of all the LLI has to offer during a program preview on August 2 in the Wojcik Conference Center.

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This fall, Harper College will offer a new certificate program to prepare people to teach English to non-English speakers. Associate Professor Alina Pajtek recently answered questions about the new TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate.

Harper College students

Harper College’s Apprenticeship program will hold a series of information sessions this summer for prospective students interested in earning a salary while learning the skills for a career and graduating with no debt.

Health Information Tech talking to a healthcare professional

If your student has an interest in healthcare, Health Information Technology is quickly emerging as an in-demand career. Read the top five reasons your student should consider a career in Health Information Technology.

Gabriela Sanchez receives diploma

Nearly 90 graduates, many of whom have overcome numerous challenges and obstacles, recently earned their High School Equivalency diploma. Among them was Gabriela Sanchez, a Palatine resident who left high school to care for her terminally ill father.

Jessica Sandacz's piece

Several disturbing yet important stories unfold in Harper College’s new art exhibit, “Down the Rabbit Hole: A Deeper Look into Drugs and Alcohol,” which runs through July 13.

Dwayne Esper

ABC 7 Chicago recently aired a segment on Harper student athlete Dwayne Esper and his journey to compete at the Summer Deaflympics next month in Samsun, Turkey. Esper, who competes for Harper’s track and field team, was struggling to raise the $5,000 needed to fund his trip. Viewers came through, pushing Esper past his goal less than 24 hours after the “Chicago Proud” segment aired.

Golfers putt at Harper College Golf Open

More than 100 area golfers gathered earlier this month for some friendly competition – and to make a meaningful difference in the lives of students. In the end, the Harper College Educational Foundation's 29th Annual Golf Open raised more than $115,000 to support scholarships and programming.

Victor Del Vecchio and Katie Lea Coy all smiles after the Ruck March

Two student veterans recently laced up their boots and strapped on their (rather heavy) backpacks over for the fourth annual Ruck March. Participants, carrying 20-plus pound rucks, marched 20 miles from Veterans’ Memorial Park in Glencoe to the southern end of Lincoln Park in Chicago to support veterans.

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Harper College’s popular “Jazz Under the Stars” concert on June 21 is one of the events kicking off the College’s 50th anniversary celebration.

Bill Kelley and Michele Smith receive ICCTA award

The Illinois Community College Trustees Association selected Harper College for its Equity and Diversity Award, which recognizes exemplary commitment by the board and president to achieving diversity, equity and inclusion in the college’s education programs.

John Major at the wheel

Harper College radiologic technology student John Major was the big winner on a recent episode of "Wheel of Fortune."