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Harper College will be closed for Thanksgiving Break on Wednesday, Nov. 22, through Sunday, Nov. 26.

CE Now!: The Harper College Continuing Education Blog

Kevin Prchal

Local singer-songwriter Kevin Prchal is channeling his artistry into a worthy cause this holiday season. Prchal, who when not performing on the Chicago-area music scene can be found working in Harper College’s marketing department, wrote an original song, “Believe,” for Harper’s Giving Tuesday initiative. Check out the music video.

Kim Duchossois

Over the past few years, Barrington-area philanthropist Kim Duchossois has become a valued donor to Harper and an ambassador on behalf of the College's work. To recognize her generous support, which cumulatively totals more than $1 million, Building D will be known as the Duchossois Family Educational Center.

Harper College Avante Center

The Harper College Board of Trustees has approved a bond refinancing resolution that will save taxpayers in Harper’s district approximately $19.6 million through 2028.

Book cover of Out of the Wreck I Rise

Author and longtime Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg will visit Harper College on November 21 to explore addiction and sobriety during a discussion of his book, “Out of the Wreck I Rise: A Literary Companion to Recovery.”

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The Harper Ensemble Theatre Company will present “Hair,” the original American Tribal Love Rock Musical, from November 10 through November 19 at the Performing Arts Center. Both Harper College and "Hair" are celebrating their 50th anniversary.

Harper College students walking through campus

Harper College has received the 2017 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

Zaira Ponce and her son

“Remember, Mom, when you used to work two jobs? Remember how you had to work on Christmas, New Year’s Day and all the other holidays?” Zaira Ponce and her twelve-year-old son talk about how their life used to be and picture how different their future looks now that she is getting her associate degree. It is a future where she is a social worker, helping others, and working in a job that includes benefits. A future where she and her son can spend time together. A future she never imagined possible, but one that is now getting closer and closer because people at Harper believed in her.

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Darren Buchanan is the recipient of the 2016-2017 Gap Fashion Scholarship Fund and the 2016-2017 Marilyn Shiely Coste Memorial Endowed Scholarship.


Alison Walwark is the recipient of the 2016-2017 Joseph Yohanan Architectural Technology Endowed Scholarship award and the 2016-2017 Rita and John Canning Women's Program at Harper College scholarship award.


Nikhil Paidipally is the 2016-2017 Harold Cunningham Memorial Mathematics Scholarship recipient.

Calvin Byrd

Did you know that more than 300 military-connected students (active/reservists, veterans and eligible dependents) are currently enrolled at Harper? One such student is Calvin Byrd.

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Marcus Dover is the 2016-2017 Shirley Gross-Moore Endowment for Underrepresented Students recipient.


Sabrina Balint is the 2016-2017 Glen Reeser Scholarship to Promote Creativity in STEM Studies recipient and the 2016-2017 Drs. Robert H. and C. Jayne Wilcox Otter Chemistry Endowed Scholarship recipient.

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Syed Muhammad Wali Rizvi is the 2016-2017 Walter E. and Elizabeth M. Schroeder Memorial Endowment recipient and the 2016-2017 Mathematics and Science Endowment recipient.

Building D on Harper College campus

Many business owners aren't prepared to retire, and their businesses aren't ready to transition to the next leader. The Harper College Educational Foundation will address those issues with a free presentation on Succession Planning for Family-Owned and Closely Held Businesses on Wednesday, November 8.

October 25, 2017

Lilly Vasquez and her children

“Are you okay?” Three little words that made all the difference. That’s what Harper Counselor Shari Pergricht asked Lilly Vasquez one day during a counseling appointment. “I just broke down in tears,” recalled Lilly. Lilly had been taking classes sporadically at Harper, as time and money permitted. She could only be away from home for a short period of time without raising her husband’s suspicions. He didn’t approve of her getting an education; he was emotionally, physically and psychologically abusive. Married for 20 years and the mother of three children, Lilly felt trapped.

joan mundstock

When Joan Mundstock enrolled at Harper College 50 years ago, little did she know that she would continue to enroll as a lifelong learner at age 75.

Ilce Perez, left, and Toni Preckwinkle

Harper College student Ilce Perez's ideas on how to improve relationships between citizens and law enforcement officers led to her first-place award in the Illinois Academy of Criminology’s Transform the Criminal Justice System essay contest. Perez, a criminal justice student, had an opportunity to present her ideas to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle during a recent ceremony.

Harper College students walking through campus

Harper College will hold a film screening of “Embrace,” a social impact documentary that explores the issue of body image. The free event will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, October 19, in the Building J Theatre.

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When Roger Mussell was hired at Harper College 50 years ago, his office consisted of a small table, a folding chair, and a telephone. Learn how Roger used what he had to develop the Electronics Technology Program that continues to thrive today.

Student-led tour during Open House

Harper College will hold its annual Fall Open House, offering prospective students and families the opportunity to discover how they can move their future forward. The event, which is for high school students and parents, will take place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12.

Jackie Cooney, Ask a stupid question day

In honor of my past and present students, I have decided to celebrate “Ask a Stupid Question Day.” On Thursday, September 28, 2017, I will place a box and a stack of index cards on the short desk in Harper’s Avanté Center, Room Z132. I invite anyone with a question related to Geology, Paleontology or Astronomy to write it out on the index card and place it in the box. These questions may be anonymous, and the answers will be posted outside of Room Z132.

Harper students with Haas Automation car

Harper College took to the fast lane earlier this month at the Chicagoland 300 NASCAR race in Joliet. A decal with the College’s logo graced the rear quarter panel of the No. 00 Haas Automation Ford Mustang, which driver Cole Custer led to a seventh-place finish.

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).