CHICAGO - William Rainey Harper College - one of the nation's few triple-A rated community colleges - plans to enter the market as early as today with $153 million of general obligation bonds. The deal will triple the suburban Chicago school's outstanding debt.

The transaction comes as enrollment at Harper and other Illinois community colleges is expected to spike amid a weak economy. Such conditions historically spark interest in less expensive schools as recently out-of-work adults return to school for job training programs.

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