Support Cook County Higher Education

North Shore Campus Funding
If the CCHE office and staff were not here, students would lose their support services! Thus, contributions to general operating expenses provide real and tangible support for area residents as we work to provide these valuable educational services to the community. We currently have Three full time employees. Funding comes from state and county grants, project grants, workshop events, and your generous support.

Areas of Need
We always need help!  Areas of immediate financial need are: donations to help pay our mentors, donations for several local scholarship funds, including a textbook scholarship fund, and donations (especially estate gifts) to our endowment to help assure CCHE continues to serve future generations of students.  We can also use volunteers, mentors, committee members (we have rewarding committees) and board members.  Please call or email to inquire about details.

How to Give
Become a Member of CCHE and Donate Now:
  • $25 Friend
  • $50 Guide
  • $100 Mentor
  • $250 Sponsor
  • $500 Patron
  • $1,000 Champion
  • $2,500 Philosopher
  • $5,000 Benefactor
Use the Donate Now button to make a donation, or send your donation directly to CCHE at PO box 57, Grand Marais, MN 55604. Thank you!

Cash and stock: This is the simplest way to give and provides immediate benefits for students who rely on Cook County Higher Education. These gifts can qualify for income tax deductions. And, if your securities have appreciated in value, giving them as a charitable contribution can help you avoid capital gains taxes.

Estate: Whether you are in the process of updating your estate plan, or just beginning, there are a variety of charitable tools available to meet your financial and philanthropic goals. A gift through your estate can be as simple as a bequest to Cook County Higher Education in your will or trust, or a beneficiary designation of a life insurance policy, retirement plan or financial account. You may find life-income gifts, such as a charitable gift annuity or a charitable remainder trust a good choice, providing you with immediate tax savings and annual income for you and/or your spouse or other loved one. Your support will help sustain CCHE through perpetuity.

We would be happy to explore the best choices for you and work with your attorney or financial advisor if you decide to make a planned gift to benefit Cook County Higher Education. We would love to have the opportunity to talk to you about naming possibilities if you are interested in supporting the cost of a classroom. Stop in and see the plans!

If you're considering a gift and would like more information: Contact CCHE Director, Paula Sundet Wolf at 218-387-3411. As with all estate decisions, please consult an attorney, a tax professional or an investment professional for advice before finalizing your gift choice.


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 dedicatedthe lower level nursing lab classroom to him, and installed a plaque naming the room the Mark Abrahamson Classroom.



Cook County Higher Education Sponsors
Arrowhead Electric Cooperative
Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts
Grand Marais Family Dentistry
Lutsen Mountain
Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior
Odyssey Resorts

North Shore Federal Credit Union

Boreal Community Media
Cascade Vacation Rentals
Clearwater Historic Lodge
Hedstroms Lumber Company
Institute for Structural Integration
Joynes Ben Franklin
Mathison & Vos, Attorneys at Law
North Shore Superior Pest Mgmt
North Shore Timber Services

1010 Interiors
Buck's Hardware Hank
Coldwell Banker Realtors
Cook County Home Center
Cook County News Herald
Cook County Whole Food Co-op
Drury Lane Books
Grand Marais Art Colony
Grand Marais Chamber of Commerce
Grand Marais Municipal Liquor Store
Grand Marais Playhouse
Grand Marais State Bank
Grand Marais Wellness Center
Jackie of all Trades
Jeweler of the North Shore
Johnsons Foods
Licari, Larsen & Co. Ltd
Natalie Sobanja Pottery & Massage
Naniboujou Lodge
North Coast Stables
North Shore Music Association
North Shore Winery
Northern Lights Lighting
Sivertson Gallery
Statewide Insurance
Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply
Superior National at Lutsen Golf
Timberwolf Realty
Tuscarora Lodge & Canoe Outfitters
Works Construction & Maintenance
WTIP North Shore Community Radio
Yellow Bird Art Studio

Ancient Traditions Healing
Edwin E. Thoreson, Inc.
Greg Mueller Studios
Heavy Duty Sewing
Java Moose
Lutsen Liquors and H’Lills Boutique
Poplar Haus Restaurant and Lodge
Sawtooth Lumber
Tall Tales Yarn Shop
Thomsonite Beach Inn & Suites
Tire & Auto Lodge
Voyageur Brewing Company

Almost Home Appliance
Berglund Plowing
Betsy Bowen Studio
Blue Moose
Caribou Cream Maple Syrup
Cook County YMCA
Fika Coffee
Fly Box & Company
Great Gifts
North Shore Pharmacy and Dog Hus
Rockwood Lodge & Outfitters
Senty Shiatsu Therapy & Therapeutic Massage
Sydney's Frozen Custard
Terra Bella Floral and Gifts
Trail Center Lodge and Restaurant
Worlds Best Donuts

2013 - 2015 GRANT PROJECTS
    Producing Academic Warriors: $12,000 from the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation for "Producing Academic Warriors", a project designed to increase retention rates for at-risk students enrolled in college courses.  CCHE has been offering basic math, algebra, writing, and study skill mentoring and instruction (a total of 16 workshops) to over 75 students in our rural-remote community.
    Student Support and Scholarships: $75,000 from the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation for a Student Support Services project to provide quality support services to adults and high school students pursing certificate and degree programs that lead to living wage employment.  Of this request, $20,000 is designated as Scholarship Funds for Cook County adults, administered by the CCHE Scholarship committee through an application process.
    Workforce Development: $50,000 from Iron Range Resources (IRRRB) to offer workforce development training for area businesses in 2013 and 2014.
    Dressed Up with Someplace to Work: $2,500 from the Cook County Community Fund for “Dressed UP with Someplace to Work”, a startup project addressing a critical need: students gain education skills for local employment, but desperately need resume and job interview skills coupled with the need to learn how to dress for success.  This project is in collaboration with First and Second Thrift store in Grand Marais.
    Mental Health Training Workshops: $5,000 from the North Shore Health Care Foundation to offer several mental health training workshops, some free to the public. These training workshops will be offered early in 2015.
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