Harper asks suburban businesses to join Promise program

  • Harper College President Kenneth Ender addresses an audience of more than 60 business and community leaders Wednesday about the college's Promise program, which offers two years of tuition-free college education to Northwest suburban students who meet academic and community service benchmarks.

      Harper College President Kenneth Ender addresses an audience of more than 60 business and community leaders Wednesday about the college's Promise program, which offers two years of tuition-free college education to Northwest suburban students who meet academic and community service benchmarks. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Annmarie Belmonte from Argosy University's arts and science department, left, along with Julie Robinson of the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce and Dan Weidner, director of career and technical education at Northwest Suburban High School District 214 talk at a breakfast hosted by Harper College on Wednesday to promote its Promise program.

      Annmarie Belmonte from Argosy University's arts and science department, left, along with Julie Robinson of the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce and Dan Weidner, director of career and technical education at Northwest Suburban High School District 214 talk at a breakfast hosted by Harper College on Wednesday to promote its Promise program. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 2/17/2016 6:46 PM

Representatives of more than 45 businesses and organizations attended a breakfast Harper College hosted Wednesday to encourage the business community's involvement in the Palatine school's Promise program.

Attendees learned how they could participate in the scholarship program, which guarantees two years of tuition-free classes at the Palatine college to Northwest suburban students who meet certain academic and community service criteria through high school and at Harper.

 

The program's business partners will help ensure that Promise students -- current high school freshmen -- have the work-related advice and skills they need before heading into the workforce after college.

High school students in Palatine-Schaumburg District 211, Northwest Suburban District 214 and Barrington Area Unit District 220 are eligible for the program. To qualify for free tuition, they must keep their grades up, limit school absences and perform community service.

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