Harper Stories

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.


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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.


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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.

Author: Jenyl Keeton | Tags: parent-story | Read More


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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.


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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. 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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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.


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As a child, Dr. Beverly Goodman dreamed of being a National Geographic photographer. Instead, as an adult, she's been honored by the publication as an Emerging Explorer - the latest inductee in a family of heroes she grew up idolizing.


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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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While it was happenstance that brought Charles Cann to Harper College in 2001 - a detour on a leisurely drive while visiting Schaumburg from Ghana - the legacy he left behind was full of purpose, passion and the commitment to succeed.


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James Lathouris is a visually impaired Harper College student who, thanks to the college's Access and Disability Services Program, has been able to pursue his dream of one day working for Microsoft.