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3 Day Basic Welding Class

3 Day Basic Welding Class
Start Date:
Oct 11, 2019
October 11th, 12th, and 13th (Friday-Sunday) 9am-5pm
Don Hammer
Cook County Higher School - Industrial Tech Room
$300.00 plus $55 material fee Total: $355
Additional Information:
3 Day Basic Welding Class

Instructed by Don Hammer (What a great name for a blacksmith!)
October 11th, 12th, and 13th  (Friday-Sunday)
Cost: $300.00 plus $55 material fee Total: $355
*Funding should not be a barrier, please contact us for further details.
218-387-3411 | highered@northshorecampus.org | www.northshorecampus.org

This course provides the student with an understanding of basic welding fundamentals and the ability to properly and safely use gas and electric welding equipment to perform welding and cutting procedures in the flat position. There will be a sculptural dynamic to this course that will address basic layout and fabrication techniques.

MCN Beginner Grant Writing: Getting Started

Start Date:
Oct 17, 2019
Annie Harala of Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Cook County Higher Education 300 West 3rd Street Grand Marais
$35 for MCN members / $40 for nonmembers
Additional Information:
MCN Beginner Grant Writing: Getting Started
October 17th
Instructor: Annie Harala of Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Cost: $35 for MCN members / $40 for nonmembers
* Workshop scholarships available by request.
Preregistration Required: ww|w.northshorecampus.org  | 218 387.3411 | highered@northshorecampus.org

This workshop will introduce grantwriting to nonprofit professionals who have less than one year of experience with the skill. Many people who work in nonprofits find themselves in the position of “accidental grantwriter” and do not feel fully equipped for the challenge. This session will provide a balance of applicable content and resources to deepen participants’ knowledge of and skills in grantwriting.

Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the basics of grantseeking. This session will dig into the basic elements of foundation research and grant planning. This is a beginner-level workshop.

Learning Objectives:
Deepen your understanding about the Minnesota funding landscape.
Learn about the types of foundations providing grants to Minnesota’s nonprofits.
Develop an understanding of the sections of a grant proposal including budgeting and evaluation.
Workshop participants will receive a copy of the Handbook for Successful Grant Writing that covers topics ranging from research and planning to a glossary of commonly used terms. The Handbook is only available to participants and is not otherwise for sale.

Annie Harala is the Northeast Minnesota regional coordinator at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, based in Duluth. Through this part time position, Annie provides local activities, initiatives and connections to the resources MCN provides in the Northeast Region of Minnesota.

Annie Harala is an engaged leader in Northeast Minnesota. She has worked in nonprofits, schools and county government for the last 10 years, Annie has extensive experience working in greater Minnesota’s rural and urban communities in the areas of health policy, youth engagement, community empowerment and electoral work. She holds a degree in Public Relations with a minor in English from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She recently completed a term as an elected At-Large member of the Duluth School Board and serves as an active member on a number of local and statewide boards. Annie is passionate about community leadership and engagement, livable communities, great public education for all students, and enjoying a deep belly laugh at least twice daily.


CCHE Fundraiser - Presents North Shore Royalty with Local Legend and Olympian Cindy Nelson

CCHE Fundraiser - Presents North Shore Royalty with Local Legend and Olympian Cindy Nelson
Sep 4, 2019
Summit Chalet - Lutsen Mountains
Cost: $50 Pre-Purchased / $60 at the door (includes gondola pass, appetizers, and presentation)
Additional Information:
Cook County Higher Education Fundraiser - Presents North Shore Royalty
Special Presentation by Local Legend and Olympian Cindy Nelson 

Join us from 5pm-6:30pm at Lutsen Mountains Summit Chalet
Come listen to Cindy share her exciting life story, where it all began... 
  • Ride the Gondola to the Summit between 4:30-5pm
  • Silent Auction at 4:45pm
  • Appetizers, and Cash Bar at 5pm
  • Karen Blackburn Presentation 5:15pm
  • Cindy Nelson Presentation 5:30pm
Cost: $50 Pre-Purchased / $60 at the door  (includes gondola pass, appetizers, and presentation)

Cindy Nelson:
In her distinctive voice, Cindy Nelson will artfully blend her experiences and life lessons into a presentation for us to enjoy at Cook County Higher Education's Fundraiser.   

Cindy Nelson burst onto the ranks of international ski racing in 1971. Fearlessly schussing her way to the top seed in her first two World Cup competitions! Ski racing fans and the world’s sport media took immediate notice of this unknown from Minnesota. In the Finish line, the young and inexperienced Cindy told her US Ski Team coach, "I can be better, I know I can! I can WIN!"

Skiing came naturally for Cindy. She learned to ski soon after she had learned to walk. Along with her four siblings, Cindy first donned her skis at the tender age of two! The Nelsons loved to ski, it was FUN and a way of life at their family-owned and operated ski resort in Lutsen, MN.

With this natural confidence, technical prowess and her quiet "can do" attitude, she rose to become one of the top skiers in the world from 1971-1985. A career impeded by injuries, Nelson was not deterred and learned to overcome fear and face the challenges of international competition. Her spectacular career is highlighted by four Olympic and four World Championship team berths, where she won three World Championship medals and one Olympic medal. Cindy held top seed ranking in all three of the Alpine disciplines during her 14-year career and was considered Americas's finest combined skier of the modern era. Nelson also, became the first American to win a World Cup DH, the first skier to win a World Cup Super GS and the first woman to hold the position of Chief of Course for a major Alpine competition.

Upon retiring from international ski racing, Nelson remained deep in the heart of skiing. She spent seven years as the Director of Skiing for Vail Associates, where she worked in PR. Marketing, RE, Ski School and Mountain Operations. In 1992, Cindy started her own business focusing her energies on her work in television broadcasting, personal appearances and consulting.

Artist Talk and

Sep 9, 2019
Panel Discussion: The Water Cycle
Cook County Higher Education
Free to attend
Additional Information:
Artist Talk: Clay: Influences and Forms
Ellen Shankin
May 17 | 7 pm

Artist Talk: Artist Process: Finding Your Way
Donna Bruni
June 7 | 7 pm

Artist Talk: Painters Who Use Color and Light
Kat Corrigan
July 3 | 7 pm

Artist Talk and Author Reading
Shannon Brunette and Kathryn Savage
July 26 | 7 pm

Panel Discussion: The Water Cycle
Moira Bateman, Annie Hejny, Moheb Soliman & Nick Wroblewski
September 12 | 7 pm

Afternoon Tea Fundraiser: God Save the Queens - Reprise

Afternoon Tea Fundraiser: God Save the Queens - Reprise
Oct 15, 2019
Karen Halbersleben
Naniboujou Lodge and Restaurant
Cost: $50 Pre-Purchased / $60 at the door (includes: Afternoon Tea and Talk)
Additional Information:
Afternoon Tea Fundraiser: God Save the Queens - Reprise
Presenter: Karen Halbersleben
Naniboujou Lodge and Restaurant

October 15th
3:30pm Doors Open: Silent Auction and 50/50 Drawing
4:00pm Karen Blackburn Presentation & Tea Served
4:30pm Karen Halbersleben Presentation Reprise

Six women have been crowned Queen Regnant of England since 1066, ruling for a combined 198 years of turmoil and triumph. We will consider how their gender influenced their years on the throne and seek to understand what is unique about a nation that sings with pride "God Save the Queen."

5:00pm Door Prizes and Silent Auction Winners

Wear a lovely hat—rentals available
Photo booth with Queen Elizabeth II
Door Prizes
Silent Auction
50/50 Drawing (bring cash or checks)

The tea is a delightful semi-formal event—much like a garden party, so ladies and gentlemen, please wear a nice hat. Like last year, we will have hats for rent if your wardrobe does not run to hats.

This year you will be able to use your credit card, cash or check for auction purchases. However, you will want to have cash or a check on hand to participate in the 50/50 drawing!

Tickets: $50 per person advance registration; or $60 at the door

Program Objectives

College Courses, Degree Programs, and Training Workshops offered in conjunction with regional colleges and universities using Interactive Television (ITV), online, and local instructors.

Mentoring and computer support resources for distance learning students, high swiss replica watches speed Internet access from a small computer lab, testing services for enrolled and prospective students, and information resources for degree programs, training, financial aid, library books, and more. In addition, CCHE provides two types of scholarships that provide annual support to distance learning students enrolled in degree programs, and textbook scholarships that are awarded based on financial need.

Work with local and regional businesses, organizations, and learning institutions to best serve the higher education needs of the community, and promote services already available, such as Adult Basic Education services, and Community Education classes.

Program Highlights

  • 532 residents have earned a certificate or degree working through CCHE since we opened our doors in 1996.
  • Annually, over 100 residents are enrolling college certificate or degree programs, and over 200 students enroll in CEUs or work related certificates
  • CCHE has served more than 2800 people - over 40% of the county population
  • As many as 12 scholarships are awarded annually thanks to two scholarship funds established in memory of Wes Hedstrom and Michel Beaupre
  • Enrollment continues to rise annually

New Opportunities

The North Shore Campus is an affordable alternative to the expense of a college campus, with  flexible programming that directly addresses the economic needs of our community. The decision to expand was based on solid research regarding student needs, employment needs, economic trends, and sustainability

Ron McGriff, the consultant who helped us choose our new facility location states, “Through effective promotion and high quality staff assistance, the CCHE program continues to grow and be a very important service for the region. Interviews with students revealed the high regard held for the abilities and assistance of CCHE staff members and also the importance to them of the availability of the organization’s services.”

Service and program expansion includes our Guest Lecture series, the Tech Squad project, and an increase in locally offered degree and certificate programs.

Course Delivery Available to CCHE Students

Locally offered courses are taught by local instructors.

Interactive Television (ITV)
ITV provides real time connection with a campus classroom, often linking several locations for one class. 

Courses, certificates, and degree programs are online, and sometimes incorporate video components, such as Skype, Wimba, or ViVu. High speed Internet access is usually a must, so students taking online classes generally arrange afterhour access to the CCHE computer lab.

In addition to enrolled students, CCHE serves hundreds of adults, including high school students, who are researching their education options. Students who elect to take on-campus courses often make their decisions after exploring their options by utilizing the materials in our resource center. CCHE is not limited by the resources of one educational system, so individuals are able to consider quality distance education opportunities offered by institutions from around the world.

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PC's For People

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."

PCs for People have used desktops and laptops available at reduced cost.  If you are interested in purchasing a used PC (laptop or desktop) please apply online at https://www.pcsrefurbished.com/sales/salesHome.aspx 

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