CE Now!: The Harper College Continuing Education Blog

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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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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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Harper College will host a free outdoor movie screening of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” on Friday, June 9.

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Learn how your student can become a registered apprentice and earn a FREE A.A.S degree while starting a full-time paid job.

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Harper College Financial Aid experts relay tips for filling out the 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid at upcoming workshops, walk-ins and prearranged appointments.

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Harper Alum, Loretta Dreyer, reflects on her time as a student at Harper College and all the good things in her life that followed.

$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.

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Harper College partners with large and small industry leaders to open doors for students through paid, on-the-job apprenticeship opportunities. Learn about the four apprenticeship opportunities that are now accepting applications.

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.

Nancy, a DACA student

Last year, Nancy visited the Harper College Educational Foundation offices with a question. "My tuition is due tomorrow, as is my rent. I can only afford to pay one of the bills. Can you help me?" Nancy, an honors student with only one semester to go before she was eligible to graduate from Harper, was ineligible for federal financial aid because she was an undocumented student. She had applied for scholarships from the Foundation, but given the volume of applications the Foundation receives, had not been chosen to receive one. Nancy was in need of...

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.

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Abolanle Salami enrolled at Harper College after migrating to the area from Nigeria with her two kids. Here she reflects on the people and resources at Harper that helped her achieve her dream of getting a college degree.

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Harper alum, Adriana Poterash, was able to build the dream life she's always wanted thanks to the education and support of Harper College.

The Fall semester is quickly approaching and at the Center for New Students and Orientation, we are preparing our new Harper College students to hit the ground running. New Student Orientation is currently available and being offered at various days and times to fit your busy summer schedule.

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Dr. Meg McEnery-Schnoor’s career as a special education teacher and school administrator began while attending Harper College in 1989. A professor suggested that she consider teaching special education because he felt she had the patience, desire and intelligence to foster learning in special needs populations.

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At the tender age of 13, Reveca (Becky) Torres was in an automobile accident and fractured her spinal cord, paralyzing her arms and legs. In 1999, unsure if she could physically pursue her dream career in fashion, she enrolled at Harper.

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In his longtime role as Schaumburg's mayor, Al Larson has delivered his share of speeches. Each time, he recalls the words of wisdom handed down years earlier in a Harper College classroom headed by now-retired Instructor John Muchmore.

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Dr. Jaime Quezada dropped out of high school with an uncertain future. The son of Mexican immigrants, Jaime lacked the confidence to pursue better opportunities for himself, but had the dream of becoming a doctor.