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CANCELLED: 5 Dysfunctions of a Team Half Day Workshop

Start Date:
Jun 17, 2019
Time:
1pm-4pm
Instructor:
Meg Thoreson
Location:
Cook County Higher Education
Cost:
60.00
Registration:
Additional Information:
97% of team members believe lack of alignment impacts the outcome of a task or project!

This workshop is focused on building more effective teams and will be valuable to anyone who is interested in teamwork and it will benefit  individuals who feel they are on team that needs improvement. From workplace teams to community organizations to church teams, the tools in 5 Dysfunctions of a Team are designed to help working groups achieve more collectively than any individual could alone.  These tools are used by businesses, churches, sports teams, non-profits and community organizations.

How well a team functions directly impacts success. Since its publication in 2002 Patrick Lencioni’s The Five Dysfunctions of a Team has become the world’s most definitive source on practical information for building teams. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team outlines the root causes of politics and dysfunction on the teams where we work and volunteer and the keys to overcoming them.

In this half-day workshop, participants will be introduced to Lencioni’s Dysfunction Model and strategies to eradicate them from teams.

In this highly interactive workshop facilitator Meg Thoreson will:
* Present An in-depth overview of Lencioni’s Five Dysfunctions
* Model and lead the participants through an assessment exercise to help them understand the dynamic of their own team(s)
* Facilitate discussions on root causes of dysfunctions and lead activities focused on steps to overcome them.
* Coach participants to test and adopt new approaches to teamwork and leadership

Each participant will receive a complimentary participant workbook including a summary article of “The Five Dysfunctions.”

Presenter:
Meg Thoreson has owned Solon Springs Mercantile for 17 years and is a fourth-generation business owner. She founded Arnson Solutions in 2009 and over the past decade Meg has trained and advised hundreds of entrepreneurs in dozens of industries, including conducting over 100 full-day EOS sessions with business’ leadership teams. She incorporates Lencioni’s work with teams in both business and governance. Meg’s passion is living and working in the less populated areas of our region and she understands that it takes a unique approach and few different tools for businesses to thrive in rural and less populated areas.
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CANCELLED: Business Budgeting: What you can do this summer!

Start Date:
Jun 17, 2019
Time:
9am-Noon
Instructor:
Meg Thoreson (Arnson Solutions) & Steve Surbaugh (Cascade Vacation Rentals)
Location:
Cook County Higher Education
Cost:
60.00
Registration:
Additional Information:
Business Budgeting: Preparing for Road Construction - What you can do this summer!

This workshop will cover:
* Data collection – information that can help build your business’ custom road construction plan and your business even if you won't be impacted by construction.
* Relationships – preserving your relationships with customers, employees, suppliers, vendors and bankers
* Preparation in the business – Savings and lines of credit, inventory on hand, entry/exits and other temporary renovations

Presenter:
Meg Thoreson has owned Solon Springs Mercantile for 17 years and is a fourth-generation business owner. She founded Arnson Solutions in 2009 and over the past decade Meg has trained and advised hundreds of entrepreneurs in dozens of industries, including conducting over 100 full-day EOS sessions with business’ leadership teams. She incorporates Lencioni’s work with teams in both business and governance. Meg’s passion is living and working in the less populated areas of our region and she understands that it takes a unique approach and few different tools for businesses to thrive in rural and less populated areas.

Steve Surbaugh is a 4th generation real estate professional with several years in the industry. He is also the co-owner of Cascade Vacation Rentals.

Youth Technology Day Camp

Youth Technology Day Camp
Start Date:
Aug 5, 2019
Time:
9:00-3:30 (1/2 hour lunch break)
Location:
Cook County Higher Education
Cost:
200.00
Registration:
Additional Information:
August 5-9, 2019 (5 Days) 
Small Group - 15 Spots - Grades 6-12
$200 Per Person
* Don't let fiances be a barrier contact CCHE about scholarship options.

Exploring IT Careers – Finding your passion
This fun and interactive week will include both hands-on and heads-on learning. Each day will focus on a main theme to allow students to explore the many pathways leading to rewarding IT careers.

Day 1:  Excel – a must for all IT professionals
Day 2:  Project Management, Agile and SCRUM – how the IT pros get work done
Day 3:  Computer Networking – configuring the devices that run the Internet
Day 4:  Introduction to Scripting; Software Development – automation is key
Day 5:  Cybersecurity Topics – detecting and preventing security breaches

“This will be a fun and interactive week for the students,” said Joan Bernard, “They will be engaged in both hands-on experience and heads-on learning.  Each of the five days will focus on a main theme to allow students to explore the many pathways leading to rewarding IT careers.”  Students participating in the Technology Camp will be learning technical topics including project management, computer networking, scripting and software development and cyber security.

About the instructor: The instructor for this course is Joan Bernard. Joan earned a B.S. in mathematics and computer science and her Master’s in Education. She has over 24-years experience in the IT industry. Joan now is a faculty member in the Computer Networking Department at Hennepin Technical College in the Twin Cities and
holds the current professional certifications: Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and CompTIA Network+. She is currently pursuing her graduate certificate in Information Assurance and Information Technology Security, as well as working toward additional industry certifications in cybersecurity.

In addition, Joan was a recipient of the 2017 Educator of the Year award for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. In 2018, she was nationally recognized with the Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty award by the American Association of Community Colleges. Joan is also the Lead IT Summer Trainer for  Genesys Work s in St Paul, a nonprofit organization providing pathways to career success for high school students in under-
served communities through skills training, meaningful work experiences, and impactful relationships.  Joan has an abundance of energy and passion for teaching that shines through when working with youth.  David Blackburn, former ISD 166 technology intern, will be assisting with this camp and sharing his technical work experiences with the class participants.

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Guest Lecture: Using DNA Results in Your Genealogical Research

Guest Lecture: Using DNA Results in Your Genealogical Research
Date:
Jun 20, 2019
Time:
7pm
Instructor:
Patricia Coleman
Location:
Cook County Higher Education
Cost:
Donations Appreciated
Registration:
Additional Information:
In-home DNA test kits have become readily available and many people have now tested. All of the major test companies offer options of ethnicity estimate and matching to people who share DNA with the test taker. A number of people are confused by their results and not sure what to do with them after receiving them. First there will be a brief discussion about what each of the major testing companies offer and how they present the results. Ethnicity estimates and how they can be used will be discussed next. The majority of the lecture will be on understanding and using the DNA results as another piece of evidence in your family genealogy.

Biography
Patricia Coleman is a genealogist. Starting with the family tree her Dad made years ago, she entered the data into Ancestry. Immediately she found second cousins she’d not known before. After adding DNA results to her tree she’s been able to extend her paternal grandfather’s line of the family back a generation. Her primary focus has been using DNA results to enhance the family tree and to find cousins as well as researching Irish records. Patricia has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of CA, Davis. She worked as a research chemist in industry for 30 years and then as an instructor at Eastern Michigan University for 6 years. Her scientific background has been a huge asset in her genealogical research. Currently she is the US moderator for the DNA Painter Facebook User Group.

Artist Talk: Painters Who Use Color and Light

Date:
Jul 3, 2019
Time:
7pm
Instructor:
Kat Corrigan
Location:
Cook County Higher Education
Cost:
Free to attend
Registration:
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

July Guest Lecture: Wolves at our Door

July Guest Lecture: Wolves at our Door
Date:
Jul 18, 2019
Time:
7pm
Instructor:
The International Wolf Center in Ely
Location:
Cook County Higher Education
Cost:
Donations Appreciated
Registration:
Additional Information:
Since humans first drew petroglyphs to record their observations, wolves have populated the art, literature and culture of our planet. The howl of the wolf sends shivers of fascination and love, or fear and distrust, up the backs of people around the world. Join Cook County Higher Education and Cameron Feaster of the International Wolf Center to learn about wolf biology and the complicated history between humans and wolves.

The International Wolf Center in Ely, Minnesota advances the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wildlands and the human role in their future. Cameron Feaster is the Program Specialist at the International Wolf Center. After graduating of Western Carolina University with a Bachelor's degree in Biology: Ecology and Evolution, Cameron studied and worked with a variety of species from Dusky Gopher Frogs in Mississippi, to Red Wolves in Eastern North Carolina. Cameron has been working with the International Wolf Center for 5 years.

Artist Talk and Author Reading

Date:
Jul 26, 2019
Time:
7pm
Instructor:
Shannon Brunette and Kathryn Savage
Location:
Cook County Higher Education
Cost:
Free to attend
Registration:
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

August Guest Lecture: Exploring Minnesota’s Natural History

August Guest Lecture: Exploring Minnesota’s Natural History
Date:
Aug 15, 2019
Time:
7pm
Instructor:
Erik Moore-University Archivist for the University of Minnesota
Location:
Cook County Higher Education
Cost:
Donations Appreciated
Registration:
Additional Information:
In 1872, the Minnesota Legislature established the Minnesota Geologic and Natural History Survey under the auspices of the University of Minnesota. For the next 5 decades, researchers recorded and documented Minnesota’s natural resources, plant life, and animal varieties. The University of Minnesota Archives is home to these records including documents, field notebooks, and photographs. Covering all areas of Minnesota, including the North Shore, these materials provide today’s researchers and citizen scientists the ability to trace native species and compare with today’s environmental data.

This presentation will provide a background on the University of Minnesota Archives, the history and outcomes of the Minnesota Geologic and Natural History Survey, and an opportunity to digitally view the field notebooks and photographs created 100+ years ago.

Erik Moore is the University Archivist for the University of Minnesota. He is also Co-Director of the University Digital Conservancy, Minnesota's institutional repository. He has degrees in Library & Information Sciences and Historical Studies.

Sponsored by: Poplar Haus

Afternoon Tea with Olympic Skier Cindy Nelson

Afternoon Tea with Olympic Skier Cindy Nelson
Date:
Sep 4, 2019
Time:
3:30-5pm
Instructor:
CINDY NELSON
Location:
Naniboujou
Cost:
TBD
Additional Information:
Join us for a fun-filled afternoon
Naniboujou’s delicious afternoon tea

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.

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!

Wear a lovely hat—rentals available
Door Prizes
Silent Auction
50/50 Drawing (bring cash or checks)

This years Speaker: Cindy Nelson-
ABOUT CINDY NELSON

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.

Today, her business is known as, Cindy Nelson Ltd. and although her primary source of work is still ski related, she has now broadened her services to include golf activities. Skiing and golf are her passions. However, unlike skiing where she is revered…in golf, she’s the one seeking perfection! Now Cindy spends more time playing golf than skiing and sports a single digit handicap, making her a ringer for any foursome. The two sports offer an ideal environment for Cindy’s work, where she shares her knowledge and passion seeking to enhance the overall experience for others through her Corporate Outings, Personal Appearances and Motivational Speaking.

Nelson’s interest in the golf world goes beyond her duties at Cindy Nelson Ltd., she is deeply involved in her family’s real estate project, "The Heritage" on the Superior National Golf Course in Lutsen, MN.

Still trying to make a ‘difference’, when Cindy is not busy with work, she takes an active interest in non-profit organizations. She is a Trustee Board member of the US Ski and Snowboard Foundation and the Steadman Hawkins Sports Medicine Foundation.

In her free time, she enjoys the many recreational activities of her home in Vail. "I’ll be in the mountains sharing the day with my family and yellow lab, Blaze. Or, you can find me on the links…or the slopes still searching for that perfect turn!"

Artist Talk and

Date:
Sep 9, 2019
Time:
7pm
Instructor:
Panel Discussion: The Water Cycle
Location:
Cook County Higher Education
Cost:
Free to attend
Registration:
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

Program Objectives

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

FAIRNESS, OPPORTUNITY AND ACCESS
Mentoring and computer support resources for distance learning students, high 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.

SOCIAL CAPITAL
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 panerai replica watches 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

ON-SITE COURSES
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.

ONLINE CLASSES
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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