Cook County Higher Education classes, events, notices and announcements

Cook County Higher Ed North Shore Campus, Grand Marais, and other locations
Tue, 10/21/2014 (All day) - Fri, 01/02/2015 (All day)

Cook County Higher Education in Grand Marais hosts a variety of classes and events. All are at the Higher Ed North Shore Campus at 3rd Street and 3rd Avenue in Grand Marais, unless otherwise noted. Higher Ed also coordinates continuing education programs in the community and partnerships with educational institutions.

 College Knowledge Month events: A series of free informative programs about college and job preparation will be offered at the Higher Ed campus as part of College Knowledge Month in October.


  • "Landing the Perfect Job," October 27, 5:30 – 7:30 pm. This workshop will cover the job search process, putting together an effective resume and cover letter, and anticipating job interview questions.


  • "College Bound Underground Network,"October 7 - 28, 6:30 – 9 pm.  Discussions about past schooling experiences and concerns about going back to school, hosted by Dr. Robert Pratt.


  • "Career Cafes," October 1 - 29, 11:45 - 12:45 pm. All are invited to bring bag lunches and learn from people working in various fields what their jobs are like, what types of training are needed, and the job outlook for the future is.  Each meeting will feature a different career path.
  • NEW!  Study Skills Course, Oct 21 -Nov 12, 5:30-7 pm. Retired Education Professor and college student counselor Dr. Robert Pratt  helps participants of all ages learn the characteristics, study skills, and strategies of a successful student. Participants are welcome for any or all sessions. 
  • "Writing the Successful College Paper," October 23, 5:30 - 7 pm. Instructor Erin Altemus will cover the elements of successful college papers and the process of writing a college level paper.

Advance registration is appreciated for the events but not required. 

Guest Lecture Series: Joyce and Peter Fergus-Moore will present "On the Ground in Palestine: An Eyewitness Account of Life Under Occupation," on Saturday, October 25, at 2 pm.

Heavy equipment forklift operator training will be offered on Wednesday, October 29, from 12:30 to 4:30 pm, with instructor Bill Gun. Participants will earn a Certificate of Completion for a State Mandated Safety and Operations Training.

Students who live and work in Cook County and are planning to attend college classes online, by ITV or correspondence, are eligible to apply for two scholarship programs. The Wes Hedstrom Scholarship, in honor of longtime resident and Cook County Commissioner Wes Hedstrom, is for year-round Cook County residents enrolled in distance degree programs. The Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation Scholarship, created through the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation in honor of Lloyd K. Johnson, is for year-round residents enrolled or in the process of enrolling in a distance degree certificate, diploma or degree program. 

Applications for both scholarships are due November 1, for spring 2015 courses.

Combined Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Course: Higher Ed, in conjunction with Lake Superior College, will offer a combined nursing assistant and home health aide course beginning in January or February 2015. This course is a prerequisite for most LPN and RN programs. Home health aides provide routine individualized healthcare for the elderly, convalescents, and persons with disabilities at the patient's home or in a care facility. Certified nursing assistants are responsible for a variety of duties within the medical facility, including assisting patients with mobility and exercise, eating, grooming, and hygiene;and checking vital signs. Classes will be held at the North Shore Campus and at the North Shore Care Center. The instructor is Mark Abrahamson. Financial aid is available, including both loans and scholarships. 

Cook County Higher Education is located at 3rd Street and 3rd Avenue in Grand Marais. Office hours are 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Thursday. Registration and more information about classes and events are available at 387-3411, or; on the website,; and on Facebook,