educated workforceItasca County boasts a strong education system. Its five public high schools combine to graduate 94% of their students and are at the centers of their communities. They provide strong support networks from pre-K through graduation and build connections that last for a lifetime. Highlights include:

  • Classes for college credit, including the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, College in the Schools (CITS) classes, and post-secondary enrollment options (PSEO)
  • Applied Learning Institute (ALI) for vocational education through local community colleges     
  • Career Pathways program gives students exposure to careers in high-demand fields

Itasca Area Schools Collaborative (IASC) is a cooperative effort to offer the same curricular opportunities in seven school districts in and around the county, in coordination with Itasca Community College:

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Nashwauk-Keewatin School District

Itasca Community College

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Iron Range Engineering

College of St. Scholastica

Itasca Community College

Itasca Community College



At the post-secondary level, Itasca Community College enrolls over 1,200 students, and its leading programs—CNA, engineering, and forestry—all meet direct needs in the local economy. ICC also draws on the resources of the Northeast Higher Education District (NHED), an innovative leader in engineering education and in other areas. Unique NHED programs include:

Bemidji State Universit

College of St. Scholastica


University of Wisconsin-Superior

Four 4-year institutions sit within 80 miles of Itasca County: Bemidji State University, the College of St. Scholastica, the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

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