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Harper College 50th Anniversary

Be a part of Harper's 50th anniversary celebration.

CE summer 2017

Non-Credit Continuing Education

  • Career development, personal enrichment, motorcycle safety, the Lifelong Learning Institute, Center for Music and Arts, and InZone.
Strategic Plan

Harper College Promise Scholarship

  • A scholarship offered to every student in Harper's district that would fund up to two years of college.

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.

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.

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.

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The North Central Community College Conference (N4C) awards student athletes the distinction of Academic All-Conference if the students achieve a GPA of 3.0 in the Fall and/or Spring Semesters.  Students must pass a minimum of 12 semester hours to receve the award. Eighty-eight Harper student athletes met the standard for the 2016-2017 academic year.

The NJCAA released the All-American Team for the 2017 DIII Baseball Season.  Harper Hawks, David Dugger (/Rich Central High School) made the team as a Designated Hitter.  Dugger was First Team All-Conference,First Team All Region and Hawks Co-MVP.

Harper College Director of Athletics and Fitness, Doug Spiwak, announced that Jim Macnider will take on the role of Head Men's and Women's Track and Field Coach for the Hawks.  Coach Macnider will continue to coach the cross country teams in the fall as well. Coach Macnider has won six national championships with the men's cross country team in the six years he has been the head coach.  He also added a women's national championship team in the fall of 2016 after coming in second place at nationals in 2014 and 2015.  Coach Macnider is taking over for Coach Zellner who is retiring after thirty seven years of teaching and coaching at Harper.  Coach Macnider has served as the distance coach for the track and field team since coming to Harper in 2011.  Director of Athletics, Doug Spiwak, commented that Coach Macnider's experience and success made him the natural choice for the transition. Spiwak also commented that "there is no one more qualified  and excited about the position than Jim. I am looking forward to seeing where the program will go under his leadership."  Furthermore, "Mac has an excellent rapport with the student athletes and is focused on their success."

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