25 Years of Education Where You Live

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, training & development, and lifelong learning opportunities.

Our Vision

CCHE inspires, prepares, and empowers all individuals to achieve their educational, career, and personal goals to the benefit of our community, organizations, and businesses.

Our Goals

  • Maintain the North Shore Campus as a quality education resource facility for the community.
  • Provide student support services that offer a path to opportunity and remove barriers for all interested students.
  • Ensure that all members of the community are aware of our services and benefits to both individuals and the community as a whole.
  • Provide training and education programs and services that reflect community needs.
  • Strengthen organizational and information technology resources of the North Shore Campus in order to deliver high-quality access to education for the community.

Our Mission

CCHE provides education, training, access, and support based in Cook County, Minnesota.

Higher Ed helped me obtain my master’s degree by finding a wonderful tutor to help me write my papers. I never would have finished my degree without the support from the office. I would not have this wonderful education without them. Thank you!

Online Master's Degree student

Staff and Board Retreat, June 2021

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Friendly, knowledgeable and ready to help you with ANY question you have about learning and education.

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Board & Committees

Dedicated, thoughtful, wise guides working together to ensure we all have ‘Education Where We Live.’

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Students & Alumni

Our students are as varied as Cook County residents. Could you be a CCHE student?

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CCHE went from concept to reality in 1996, from office to campus, from a single employee to five-member staff. Find out how CCHE began.

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In the News

Discover CCHE through past news articles, and interviews.

FY 2020
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FY 2020
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FY 2018
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CCHE acknowledges that we are located on traditional, ancestral, and modern-day lands of Indigenous people. These lands were stolen by white settlers who forcibly pushed out Indigenous people. Despite attempts at erasure, the Ojibwe nation, and before them the Dakota and the Cree nations – and other Indigenous peoples from time immemorial – have persisted. We recognize that this Land Acknowledgement is but one step in unmasking systems of oppression. To read the full statement and learn more about our commitment to this work click here.