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Lifelong Learners at CCHE enjoy great discussions, innovative classes, and new friendships. Lifelong learning supports an individual’s desire to obtain new knowledge outside of the formal education system. All lifelong learning events are presented in a non-competitive and informal atmosphere where interest in learning is the primary consideration. Lifelong learning sharpens and expands the mind.

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Rose did a good job teaching Beginning Swedish with an upbeat manner and making it fun. Ending the class with a group dinner was also a nice touch and a way to introduce some of the Swedish culture.

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They offer a number of classes, workshops and opportunities for learning throughout the year in a number of different subjects for a number of different age groups.

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Recorded Events

Just Breathe! Techniques to Calm, Balance & Center Yourself
2 hours
This presentation explores simple techniques to bring a natural calm to both body & mind as well as cultivate several different practices to support your day-to-day well-being.
Backyard Photography
1 hour
Join Professional Photographer, Jay Grammond as he leads us on a photographic journey of possibilities that will get you out of the house and into your own yard, or local park this Fall.
Eight Pressure Points for Neck Pain Relief
55 minutes
Learn eight different acupressure points including their location and indications as well as how to best activate each point.
Blood Quantum
1 hour
The presentation covers the traditional way of community membership, the history of blood quantum, the changes that were made in the 1960s and its effects, and the current efforts of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe constitution reform Committee.
Sustainability in Northeast MN – Now and in the future
1.5 hours
What does a sustainable Northeast MN look like? Hear about ideas, projects, and dream with us the future we want to see.
Elder Abuse
1.5 hours
This training is for any and all community members seeking to gain awareness on preventing and responding to elder abuse. Learn from MN Elder Justice Center as well as local elder service providers: Care Partners, Grand Portage Human Services, Cook County Health & Human Services, and Violence Prevention Center.
Beyond Diversity 101
1 hour 45 minutes
Workshop Outline: Framing: Diversity, the Changing Landscape, and Equity; Exercise: Understanding and Addressing Microaggressions; Understanding Implicit Bias, with video; Privilege, Accountability, and Allyship; Scenarios: How can I show up as an ally? (note: this is customized to Cook County Higher Education’s context); Exercise: Next Steps – Personally and Organizationally
Mental Health Awareness Month: Sharing a lived experience of resiliency and hope
1.5 hours
Please join us to hear Jeff read from his book describing his lived experience with facing and responding to his loved one’s mental health needs. Mental health resources in Cook County will also be provided.
Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation with Hamline University
30 minutes
Hamline University made a conscious decision to move from a paradigm of merely recognizing social issues, to actually wrestling with them in multiple contexts―classroom settings, campus meetings, and community engagements. Thus, the university is modeling the expectation of not just knowing better, but doing better.
Renewable Energy & Sustainability Initiatives in Cook County
1 hour
In this presentation you will learn about renewable energy projects and sustainability initiatives happening through our local utility providers. We will also learn about clean energy purchasing options available through Arrowhead.
Beginning Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) – Session 4
1 hour
We welcome you to join us in starting to learn Anishinaabemowin with instructor, Chelsey Commisso, Niijii Indigenous Mentorship Outreach Coordinator. During our pre-recorded sessions we encourage you to pause and practice along the way. We have provided handouts, resources, and homework to help with your learning.
Beginning Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) – Session 3
1 hour
We welcome you to join us in starting to learn Anishinaabemowin with instructor, Chelsey Commisso, Niijii Indigenous Mentorship Outreach Coordinator. During our pre-recorded sessions we encourage you to pause and practice along the way. We have provided handouts, resources, and homework to help with your learning.
Beginning Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) Session 2
1.5 hours
We welcome you to join us in starting to learn Anishinaabemowin with instructor, Chelsey Commisso, Niijii Indigenous Mentorship Outreach Coordinator. During our pre-recorded sessions we encourage you to pause and practice along the way. We have provided handouts, resources, and homework to help with your learning.
Beginning Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) – Session 1
75 minutes
We welcome you to join us in starting to learn Anishinaabemowin with instructor, Chelsey Commisso, Niijii Indigenous Mentorship Outreach Coordinator. During our pre-recorded sessions we encourage you to pause and practice along the way. We have provided handouts, resources, and homework to help with your learning.
Community Policing and Cultural Intelligence
1.5 hours
Join Dr. Shawn Williams, assistant professor at Saint Cloud State University, to learn about what law enforcement is currently doing to improve cultural intelligence. Williams brings 17 years of police officer experience with him among being the creator and only MN POST certified instructor of cultural Intelligence in Law Enforcement.
Zoom Two: Maximizing your Zoom Meetings/Presentations
1 hour
Liven your zoom meetings and presentations up with new tricks to keep your group engaged. We’ll cover: webinar vs. meeting, saving to cloud vs. computer, gallery vs. speaker view, breakouts, annotation, whiteboard, polls, and registration
Zoom: The Basics, Part 1
23 minutes
In this session we’ll go over the basics of Zoom as a tool for connecting. The presentation covers: screen share, chat, renaming, virtual backgrounds, where to find the meeting id, mute and unmute, and security measures.
Aging Well
1 hour
This presentations introduces a life-changing approach to making the most of longevity through learning and practice. Each class participant will receive materials designed to create a unique path for aging well
Whose Land Is This
30 minutes
Presenters Carol Mork and Hillary Freeman share what they discovered about the land where they live, it’s connection to the 1854 treaty, and about dynamic Grace A Schaefer who bought the land in 1912.
Sharing Your Values Rather Than Your Valuables
1 hour 15 mins
In this presentation you will learn ethical wills and why you might consider creating one, Death Doulas and dying your way.
Your Life, Your Legacy
1.5 hours
Regardless of age, estate planning is critical to ensure your final wishes are honored. Legacy planning is the act of imagining and preparing for how you want to bequeath your property and assets to your loved ones after your death.
We are Treaty People – Q&A Follow-up
1 hour
This is a follow-up to the We Are All Treaty People presentation to answer some of the questions that came up during that presentation.
We Are All Treaty People
1.5 hours
This webinar will provide an overview of the histories and legacies of treaty-making in Minnesota. We will discuss the 16 treaties that specifically ceded land in Minnesota to the United States between 1837 and 1861, focusing, in particular, on the treaties that impacted Northern Minnesota. We will conclude the discussion by examining the legacies of these treaties, especially the (lack of) relationship many non-Indigenous Minnesotans have towards these treaties today.
Understanding Equity
2 hours
Join Nina McCune for a presentation on how to build a framework that could be employed in a variety of settings to ensure all people have access and the opportunity to engage the resources, institutions, and outcomes necessary for equity.
Restore Lake Superior’s Coastal Forest
2 hours
The North Shore Forest Collaborative will share how private North Shore landowners can help restore Lake Superior’s coastal forest. This includes providing information about how landowners can prepare their private land forests for winter, tree planting/protection, and prepping for Spring tree planting season.
Understanding the Impact of Historical Trauma
2.5 hours
This presentation will introduce the concepts of Historical Trauma and Epigenetics from the American Indian perspective and help us begin to uncover the ongoing impact on our children, families, communities, and ourselves.
Understanding the Genocide of Indigenous Peoples
1 hour
This lecture will explore the histories and legacies of genocide and mass violence perpetrated against the Indigenous peoples of North America broadly from the sixteenth century to the present by introducing competing definitions and concepts of physical and cultural genocide and settler colonialism.
Defining Genocide and the Holocaust
1.5 hours
This presentation will introduce you to the historical origins and legacies of contemporary genocide.
Holocaust Survivor’s Daughter Documentary
1 hour
This film reveals an ancient Jewish culture through the eyes of one Minnesota family that survived the Holocaust in Greece.
Cultural Lenses
1.5 hours
The Cultural Lenses workshop is designed to enhance cross-cultural understanding, relationships, and engagement in our community.
Uganda: My Peace Corps Story
2 hours
Join Bill Hansen for his narrative of his many adventures, culminating in the sudden and unexpected interruption to his volunteer service in Uganda due to the pandemic.
History and Stories of Sawbill
2 hours
Listen to Bill Hansen share the history and stories of Sawbill Canoe Outfitters.
Notorious North Shore Gangsters, Gamblers, and Ghost Stories
1.5 hours
North Shore Buried Treasure? Mobsters, Gangsters, and Organized Crime? Things that go Boo in the Night? Listen to Jaye weave these fantastic legends with researched facts and all the fascinating details!
Stories of the North: Women of the BWCA
1 hour
This presentations covers stories of the women who have lived and worked in the BWCA, starting with the earliest stories that have been passed on to us, through the era of fishing resorts and logging, and into the present.
A Critical Reading of the News and Other Media
30 minutes
This lecture will provide an introductory framework to “reading” the news and other media with a critical lens.
Wills and Revocable Living Trusts – The Basics
1 hour
Ruthanne Hedstrom Vos, Estate Planning Attorney with Mathison & Vos, PLLC, will help demystify the legal terminology and outline the basic elements of Wills, Revocable Living Trusts, and how each might be used in an estate plan.
Local Herbals a Two Part Series: Introduction to Local Herbals & Starting a Medicinal Herb Garden
3 hours
Join master herbalist Brigette Nies of Ancient Traditions Healing for this two-part series that discusses local medicinal herbs, starting your own herb garden, sustainable harvesting, and preserving methods.
Self-Care: Creating Everyday Healing Rituals, Part 2
1.5 hours
Part 2: Embark on a journey with Brigette Nies of Ancient Traditions Healing to explore a collection of simple self-care practices and daily well-being rituals that can be done at home.
Self Care: Creating Everyday Healing Rituals, Part 1
1.5 hours
Embark on a journey with Brigette Nies of Ancient Traditions Healing to explore a collection of simple self-care practices and daily well-being rituals that can be done at home.
What DOES a Doula Do?
1 hour
This video discusses the role Doulas can play in your life. Presented by Birth and Death Doulas.  
Estate Planning Essentials
1 hour
In this presentation Ruthanne Hedstrom Vos, Estate Planning Attorney with Mathison & Vos, PLLC, outlines the essential legal documents and the information needed to complete them.

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EDUCATION WHERE YOU LIVE

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.