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

    Accredited classes, training, and degree programs
   Student Support: mentors, financial aid resources, and more
    Over 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

"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!


The Cook CountyLocal EnergyProject (CCLEP)is a nonprofit organization working for energy efficiency and clean, local, renewable energy development in Cook County, Minnesota. Here are some short and fun videos of local people implementing energy efficiency.

We have a new scholarhsip in honor of Nancy and Mike Carlson.  The Nancy and Mike Scholarship Fund is for students seeking a degree or certificate in literacy or education, and will include programs in early childhood education, K-12 licensure, higher education, and special education. 

Nancy and Mike Scholarship memorials can be made at the North Shore Federal Credit Union; Cook County Higher Education has a Nancy and Mike Carlson Scholarship savings account so you can directly deposit your donation. If you prefer, you can mail a scholarship fund contribution to Cook County Higher Education, PO Box 57, Grand Marais, MN 55604.  Checks can be made out to CCHE (designate Nancy & Mike Carlson Scholarship on the check). You can also stop in at CCHE – we are located at 300 West 3rd Street in Grand Marais, and are open Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

If you wish to make your contribution online, click the “Donate Now” button on the CCHE web page: or go directly to our donation website at:  Just copy and paste the links. The CCHE Razoo website has a lovely picture of Mike and Nancy receiving the Citizen of the Year award; the photo is courtesy of the Cook County News Herald.


Minnesota Association Country Veterans Services Officers Back to School Special: eKnowledge Offers $250 SAT and ACT Test Prep Programs for Under $20.00  Order Online Today: or Call 951-256-4076


Searching for Employment in Cook County?

Just a few examples of sites to check out for employment on the shore:


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 is 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 are 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


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
Jul 16, 2013 - Register Online at:
Proctor: Kelsey Rogers Kennedy

Local Student: Carrie Palmer's Arctic Canoe Trip
Dec 11, 2014 - 7pm
Carrie Palmer

Down Memory Lane networking luncheon and presentation
Dec 18, 2014 - 11:30am-1pm Luncheon
Gene Glader

1 Couple: War of the Roses, pt. 2 - Elizabeth II January 12 - March 16, 2015
Starts Jan 12, 2015
Dr. Karen I. Halbersleben

1 Person: War of the Roses, Elizabeth II January 12 - March 16, 2015
Starts Jan 12, 2015
Dr. Karen I. Halbersleben

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