Harper Stories

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Students from an Apprenticeship Cohort

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.

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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.

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...

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

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Dexter Gardner inspires young people to achieve their best and pursue an education at Harper. While attending Harper, he was president of the Black Student Union and also was instrumental in forming the Harper Gospel Choir club.