Your donation can keep a student in college, right here in our community where they live and work.
Give to the Max - Matching funds for Scholarship designations. Designate "Wes Hedstrom Scholarship" on your gift, no matter how much you pledge, and your dollars will be matched. Thank you to Thelma Hedstrom for her generous gift. It was 10 years ago this year that Wes died, and we are so grateful his legacy lives on with this scholarship.
What is Cook County Higher Education?
CCHE is a non-profit organization established in 1996 to address four critical issues facing our rural remote community:
With the nearest college or university over 100 miles away (125 miles on average), CCHE makes it possible for local residents to earn a certificate, diploma, or degree that leads to living wage employment right here in our community.
CCHE collaborates with accredited regional colleges and universities to bring these degree programs here, to our residents, where we live and work. Certificate and degree programs include nursing, education, human services, business administration, and many, many more – about as individualized as our community! Coursework is delivered via face-to-face with local instructors, online, or using Interactive Television – a real time classroom experience at our North Shore Campus.
What else do we do besides offer degree programs?
We offer support, which includes after-hour computer lab access, mentor support (and if you are interested in becoming a mentor, let me know!), course registration, financial aid, study skill workshops (writing & math in particular), and much more. CCHE students have achieved a 90% completion rate, in large part (according to the students) due to the support they receive. The national average is 75%, so we are proud of our students!
Have we made a difference?
US Census results indicate CCHE has had an impact. From 2000 to 2010, high school graduates and higher (Associate through PhD) increased 4.6% and Bachelor’s degree & higher increased 5.6%, with no appreciable increase in population during that time. According to CCHE data, since 1996, 532 residents (about 10% of our county population) have earned a certificate or degree.
What do the students say?
“This is the first time I have had a living wage job”
“I like being an example for my children”
“I am so glad I can stay here in Cook County while earning my degree!”
And most often: “Thank you! I could not have done this without Higher Ed.”
Your support helps assure CCHE can continue to provide higher education opportunities in our community!
Thank you for your gift of education.