Cook County Higher Education Building Use                                                                                  3/20/2020

Cook County Higher Education’s mission is to provide “Education Where You Live.”  As part of meeting the mission, our building and technology have historically been available 24/7 for student use. We are continuing to offer access, but with some stipulations.  Two students may be in the building at one time: one upstairs in the large classroom and one in the lower level. Students are asked to use hand sanitizer as they enter the building and clean the work station table and computer before and after use. Hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes can be found at each work station. Bathroom use in the building is restricted to the downstairs bathroom. CCHE staff will clean and disinfect the building to the best of our ability twice a week. Like any other public space you enter, our campus cannot be 100% germ free and anyone entering should have that expectation and act accordingly.

If you do not have a current key card to access the building, and would like to have one, please contact staff at (218) 387-3411,, through the chat function on our website, or through Facebook and Instagram.

For all other uses, the building is closed. CCHE Staff are working remotely. Room rentals are suspended until further notice and Cook County Higher Education workshops and classes have been cancelled through April 19th. If you have questions or concerns about programming, please email

Along with everyone else in this ever changing new reality, we will re-evaluate as events unfold.

We know that all college students are unsure of what will be happening and how the spring semester will progress. We want to do what we can to support them. Lenna, our Student Support Coordinator, is available at to answer questions and respond to your concerns. She will also be creating some informative short videos – so look for those on Facebook and Instagram.

It is important that we limit the spread of COVID-19. PLEASE stay home if you have the option.

Karen Blackburn

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To do our part to “flatten the curve,” Cook County Higher Education is cancelling our scheduled classes and workshops through April 19, 2020. We hope to reschedule these classes later this spring and/or hold some of them on-line. We will contact registered students on Monday and refund your class fees.  Please check our website and Facebook page for updates. We will be constantly monitoring the situation and make adjustments when necessary.

For the time being, the Cook County Higher Education campus will remain open. We will continue to provide FREE student support for our local students and students required to attend school on-line. We can proctor tests, provide space for skills training, provide Wi-Fi and computer access, help with navigating on-line systems, match students and mentors, and provide general support through this time of change. Our student computer room has hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes to use on the computer keyboards, and we have enough room in our building for safe social distancing.

Our new website,, allows 24/7 access to frequently asked questions and information.  Please use the chat function on our website or Facebook messenger, as well as phone and email, to contact us with questions if you are not comfortable using our campus.  We can provide many services remotely.

Please call or email with questions or concerns., 218-387-3411.

Karen Blackburn

Executive Director

Cook County Higher Education (CCHE) is a non-profit organization established in 1996 to address four critical issues facing our rural remote community: extreme isolation, skilled worker shortages, limited career advancement, and lack of higher education opportunities. With the nearest college or university over 100 miles away, CCHE makes it possible for local residents to earn a certificate, diploma, or degree that leads to living wage employment right here in our community. In the past 10 years, CCHE has expanded its offerings to include college prep, workforce training and lifelong learning opportunities.

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