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posted: 7/16/2014 7:24 AM

New Learning and Career Center offers sneak peak

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Harper College News Bureau

Harper College's new Learning and Career Center in Prospect Heights aims to build better lives and a stronger community by providing essential programs and services – right in your neighborhood. It's happening through a physical and programming overhaul at the facility, which in the fall will start offering several new skills and career credentials in fields with a positive job growth outlook.

To help get the community started, Harper will hold two information sessions from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, and 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26, at the LCC, located at 1375 Wolf Road in Prospect Heights. Sessions will take place in English, but representatives speaking Spanish will be on-hand for assistance. Free childcare will be available.

"The idea is to achieve your dreams in your neighborhood," said Dr. Kenya Ayers, dean of Academic Enrichment and Engagement. "We're working to meet the community's needs and break down barriers to higher education and better jobs."

The changes are a response to discussions with community and business leaders, as well as an analysis of Prospect Heights and Wheeling that showed 28,000 residents don't speak English, 16,000 residents began college but didn't earn a degree and another 5,000 residents never finished high school.

In addition to career and certification programs, the Learning and Career Center offers prep courses in ESL, adult literacy ESL, GED and citizenship.

Those attending the free info sessions will learn about programs, financial aid and scholarships and free resources such as WIFI, a library and computer labs. Harper will waive the application fee at the sessions. There will also be light refreshments and giveaways. To RSVP, visit harpercollege.edu or contact Juanita Bassler at 847.925.6230 or jbassler@harpercollege.edu.

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