Cook County Higher Education 300 West 3rd Street Grand Marais


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CCHE Graduate!

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Cook County Higher Education 300 West 3rd Street Grand Marais

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Bill Hansen giving testimonial about the value of CCHE

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Kelsey (CCHE Program Coordinator) at an event.

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Free Mental Health Workshop-Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning

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CCHE Event

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Sarah (Student Services Coordinator) at an event.

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Preping for the Great Place Grant Project.

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Dr. Halbersleben presenting on Winston Churchill-Lifelong Learning

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Howard Hedstrom giving testimonial about the value of CCHE.

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Dr. Halbersleben presenting on Winston Churchill-Lifelong Learning

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Mark Abrahamson an Instructor at CCHE

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Barb Heiderman giving testimonial about the value of CCHE

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Mike and Nancy Carlson Scholarship Quilt Photo by Bill Blank

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Kings and Queens of England Course-Lifelong Learning

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Networking Luncheon and Learning Sessions-Workforce Development

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CCHE Student

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CCHE Student and Board Member

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Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aid Students Class of 2015-College Course

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Nancy & Mike Carlson Scholarship. Photo courtesy of News Herald.

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CCHE Board Members at a CCHE Informational Event

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Lovely women in hats at the Afternoon Tea silent auction fundraiser at Naniboujou

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Mark Abrahamson giving testimonial about the value of CCHE

Your donation can keep a student in college, right here in our community where they live and work.

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:

  • Extreme isolation
  • Skilled worker shortages
  • Limited career advancement
  • Lack of higher education opportunities

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.

Health Care Students Trained and Supported by Higher Education and working locally in Cook County as of May 2015:
• 6 of 15 North Shore Hospital Nurses
• 7 of 9 RN and LPNs at the care center
• ISD 166’s school nurse
• Grand Portage nurses and community care staff
• 21 of 31 nursing assistants at our care center (a 4-credit class with living wage employment)
• 4 of 4 trained medication assistants at the care center
• Several staff nurses at the Sawtooth Mountain clinic
• Nurse Practitioners – they began their education with the nursing assistant program
• 9 National Ski Patrol in the past three years – working paid and as volunteers
• 2 of 3 Medical Lab techs, plus other lab personnel, including radiologic techs

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.

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Organization Information

PO Box 57
300 W. 3rd Street Grand Marais, MN 55604

(218) 387-3411



Your donation can keep a student in college, right here in our community where they live and work.

EIN: 411920590

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