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News from the Reference Desk

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center‘s four comprehensive school search databases offer detailed profiles of undergraduate, graduate, nursing, and vocational and technical schools in the United States and Canada, providing an indispensable tool for students researching and planning their education. Frequent updates keep the data–from Peterson’s Nelnet, LLC–current, accurate, and reliable.

The undergraduate school search, for instance, offers in one convenient place the most current information on more than 4,500 schools in the United States, Canada, and related regions that offer two-year and/or four-year degrees. All schools included have full accreditation or are pre-accredited and grant degrees at the associate’s and/or bachelor’s level. Users can search based on location, institution type, enrollment, faculty/student ratio, tuition, sports, campus setting, campus housing, admissions difficulty level, and areas of study.

Coming Soon: Significant updates to the graduate school data!

By Steve Browne on March 10, 2014 Categories: Education, Employment, Web Resource

Harper College: Alternative Electrical Energy Certificate

 Harper College has started an Alternative Electrical Energy Certificate. The College’s solar energy course – a first step toward the new Alternative Electrical Energy Certificate – drew 16 students for the fall term. Launched by a $63,000 Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation grant, which helped with the purchase of new lab equipment, Harper added a wind energy course to the curriculum this spring. The entire Alternative Energy Certificate program, geared to those already in the industrial electronics industry and those just starting out, requires credits in solar and wind energy and a variety of other electronics courses.

By MPPL on June 9, 2011 Categories: Education, Employment, Environment

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs

The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs assists veterans, their dependents and survivors in obtaining the benefits they are entitled to under the laws of the United States, and the State of Illinois or any other governmental agency, through its forty-three Veterans' Services Offices located statewide; to evaluate and approve veterans' education and training programs available at colleges, universities and vocational training centers in Illinois, to provide skilled nursing and domiciliary care for eligible veterans; and administer State grants and benefits to eligible Illinois veterans.

The guidebook, Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs: Benefits for Veterans, is available online.

By MPPL on February 8, 2011 Categories: Education, Employment, Veterans

College and Scholarship Sources

Need a good starting point to review college and financial aid information?  Here are a few suggested sources to consider.

Take a look at our Teen Zone: College & Career page and also our Web Resources by Subject on Research & Reference: Education & College Search.

We have an online version of  Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans: A Guide to Education-Related Financial Aid Programs for Students and Professionals accessible through the Gale Virtual Reference Center.  Please ask one of our Reference Librarians to assist you in locating any of these items.

The following titles are available in our College Reference area:

CT R 378.34 COL The College Board Scholarship Handbook

CT R 378.34 SCH Scholarship Almanac (Peterson’s/Thomson Learning)

CT R 378.34 COL Getting Financial Aid (College Board)

CT R 378.3 SCH The Scholarship Book

CT R 378.3 PET 2009 Scholarships, Grants and Prizes (Peterson’s)


These titles can also be checked out:

DVD 378.3409 FOU 411 on Finding College Funds

378.34 ULT The Ultimate Scholarship Book

378.34 SCH Scholarships (Kaplan)

378.3097 TAN 501 Ways for Adult Students to Pay for College

378.1616 COL College Essays That Made a Difference (Princeton Review)


Two additional recommended sites are FAFSA and

By MPPL on December 28, 2010 Categories: Education, Finance

Women's Program at Harper College

The Rita and John Canning Women's Program at Harper College supports the education and employment goals of people in economic need.  These may be single parents, displaced homemakers, women who have experienced domestic violence, non-traditional career seekers or those with limited English proficiency.  The program gives the opportunity to build computer skills, career development, and job searching assistance.

By MPPL on December 21, 2010 Categories: Education, Employment, Health, Jobs, Literacy

District 214 Community Education

Information about the ESL (English as a Second Language), ABE (Adult Basic Education), Read to Learn Adult Literacy, Citizenship, GED (English and Spanish) programs are available through District 214 Community Education.

Download 214 ESL_ABE_Citizenship 847-718-7725

Services to help you apply for Public Benefits/Food Stamps Assistance/Health Care, Jobs, and the Women’s and Children’s Center are also detailed in the following link. 

Download 214 Outreach  847-713-7719


By MPPL on September 13, 2010 Categories: Education, Employment, Health, Immigration, Literacy

FAFSA Filing Options

You may choose any of these three methods to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):

•Apply online at (Recommended) or
•Complete a PDF FAFSA (Note: PDF FAFSAs must be mailed for processing) or
•Request a paper FAFSA by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or 1-319-337-5665. If you are hearing impaired, please contact the TTY line at 1-800-730-8913.

By MPPL on March 23, 2010 Categories: Education

Credible job sites

The Chicago Tribune published an article recently, "Scammer profiting on woes of the jobless". The article addresses what to be watchful of when selecting which Web sites to post your resume to or submit an application to.  The Library's listing of suggested job sites and other job-search information is available at and is updated often.   Please call or visit the Reference Desk should you need assistance accessing this information or retrieving the article.

By MPPL on February 17, 2010 Categories: Education, Jobs

Improve skills to increase job opportunities

Free classes to improve adult basic math, reading, and writing are available through the Community Education program/Township H.S. District 214.  Preparation for the GED is also offered.  Please contact Barb Sabaj at 847-718-7798 or visit to register – classes start in early February.

By MPPL on January 20, 2010 Categories: Education, Employment, Jobs