The Education You Need Where You Live
Cook County Higher Education (CCHE) at The North Shore Campus:

    Accredited classes, training, and degree programs that meet your needs
    We provide student support: mentors, financial aid resources, and more
    532 residents have earned certificates or degrees
    CCHE students have a 90% success rate (national average is 75%)
    Our non-profit is supported by state and county funding, grants, and local donations

The students tell it best, saying, "Thanks to CCHE, I earned my degree and got a job without having to leave my family to go to school!" Use the Donate Now button to make a contribution today to support your local students. Thank you!


Hibbing Community College has added a Pharmacy Technician AAS Degree program that you can complete almost entirely online.  HCC’s two-year Pharmacy Technician AAS 60 credit degree program will prepare students for entry-level pharmacy technician positions and those who complete the program will be eligible to complete the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination.  The program places an emphasis on pharmacy settings including retail, hospital and industry.

The course lectures are taken online through Hibbing Community College.  Hands-on lab requirements will be offered in Hibbing and will most likely consist of one to two weekends per semester, depending on the class.  Classes will begin on August 25.

For more information, please call Kirstin at Cook County Higher Education 387-3411 or pick up a Pharmacy Technician packet at the North Shore Campus.
Cook County Higher Education 300 West 3rd Street Grand Marais, MN 55604


We honor Mark Abrahamson!

For the past seventeen years Mark has been our instructor for all of our nursing assistant classes, in addition to teaching licensed practical nursing and registered nursing clinicals’s. Almost all of those students have gone to work in the health care field, most of them right here in Cook County.

To honor his passion and commitment we will be dedicating the lower level nursing lab classroom to him, and installing a plaque naming the room the Mark Abrahamson Classroom. You will have a chance to hear from Mark and his students their stories, and learn about what an impact this has had on our community. This will be a great chance to see and hear the impact of your continued support of Cook County Higher Education!

If you cannot attend the Open House event, would you please consider renewing or upgrading your friendship level? We are using the friendship dollars for our students support services, which includes our mentor program, textbook scholarships, instructor services (like Mark), and some nursing classroom needs.

Thanks to board members, staff, and other generous patrons of education, we have matching funds on the table, so this is an excellent time to make your contribution count even more. Please use the enclosed donation envelope to mail your contribution, or pledge online at and use the Donate Now button.

Thank you again, and I hope we will see you at the Open House.


Thank you to Senator Tom Bakk , Representative David Dill, and Scott Harrison of the Cook County EDA for a great presentation at the Business Networking Luncheon here at Cook County Higher Education on October 22nd.  It is always a pleasure to have so many vibrant community members at CCHE.  Scott Harrison opened the event with a comprehensive overview of Cook County’s economic status. Senator Bakk and Representative Dill followed with compliments to Cook County residents for their passion for local and state issues, the power of our individual voices, and our collective strength as a community when leveraging for state funding or other local issues, such as the taconite relief dollars.

During the hour and a half that they spoke Bakk and Dill also pointed out that Cook County is a destination for many of our state legislators, and as a result we need to remind them of the challenges we face in our rural location: the rough condition of long stretches of Hwy 61, and our limited tax base with 90% of our County Federally property, to name a few.  Along with a dynamic, interactive presentation, those that attended the event also ate a delicious meal catered by The Pie Place.  Cook County Higher Education hosted this event thanks to support from the Cook County Chamber of Commerce, Sivertson Gallery, the Grand Marais State Bank, and the Lake Superior Trading Post.

Reminder give to the max day is coming up on November 14th!


Our construction is almost complete! The extra classroom, study, testing, and office space has been well worth the effort!

This project was made possible thanks to a $100,000 grant from Blandin Foundation, in addition to grants from the Center for Energy and Environment, Minnesota Power Foundation, and the North Shore Health Care Foundation.  Thank you so much for your support!


Cook County Higher Education is now a
PC's For People Computer Depot

PC's for People Mission statement: "To create new opportunities by providing personal computers and education to people who have limited experience with technology due to social, physical and/or economic circumstances."

Thanks to PCs for People, we have used desktops and laptops available at reduced cost.  We ask that applicants have financial need - or otherwise fit the above description.  If you are interested in purchasing a used PC (laptop or desktop) stop by CCHE for an application.


CCHE  events made possible thanks to a generous workforce development grant from IRRRB


Licensed Practical Nurse Program Available through Itasca Community College

Have you ever dreamed of becoming a Nurse or wondered what steps you would have to take to get there?  Cook County Higher Education is here to help answer your questions.  In as little as two years you could be ready to work as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).  Itasca Community College offers practical nursing classes online with skills and clinical experience on site in Grand Rapids one long weekend per month.  Prerequisite classes begin this fall.  For more information, please contact Cook County Higher Education at 387-3411 or email


Boreal News List

The Boreal News List is now open to all community members!

What is it? The list is a place where community announcements, events, ride requests and other items of community interest are posted. Announcements posted to the news list are sent to the email addresses of all news list subscribers. We at Cook County Higher Education often use the news list as a way to get infomration out about our building being open/closed, classes we are hosting, or events.

How do I sign up? In the past, you had to be a Boreal member to send and receive these updates. You still have to be a Boreal member to send information to the news list, but now receiving the announcements is FREE and open to everyone! To sign up, simply click here and fill out the form!


Do you know about MOOCs?

A Massive Open Online Course is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings, and problem sets, MOOCs provide interactive user forums that help build a community for students, professors, and teaching assistants (TAs). MOOCs are a recent development in distance education.[1]

EdX is a MOOC provider:

EdX courses are free for everyone. Some courses have a fee for ID verified certificates of achievement but are free to audit. Others offer a free honor code certificate of achievement to anyone who meets the completion requirements.
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Upcoming Events

GED Testing
Feb 27, 2013 - Flexible Dates and Times-Call for appointment.
Proctor: Paula Sundet Wolf or Kelsey Rogers Kennedy

Community Connections: Local Non-Profits Together Brown Bag Lunch
Apr 17, 2014 - 11:30am-1pm
Tracy Benson

Apr 29, 2014 - 11-1pm

Group A: New Supervisors and Managers-Success Strategies for the Effective Leader
Starts May 20, 2014
Inez Wildwood

Group B: Experienced Mangers and Business Owners Success Strategies for the Effective Leader
Starts May 21, 2014
Inez Wildwood

Welding Certificate Program Starting This Fall
Starts Sep 2, 2014

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