25 Years of Education Where You Live

Cook County Higher Education (CCHE) is a non-profit organization located in Grand Marais, Minnesota that was 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

cche staff


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

cche board

Board & Committees

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

history of higher ed


CCHE went from concept to reality in 1996, from office to campus, from a single employee to a team of four. Find out how CCHE began.

cche in the news

In the News

Discover CCHE through past news articles, and interviews.

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