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Harper Stories

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.


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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.


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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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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.


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


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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.


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.


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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

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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.