Exceptional educational opportunities exist within the Laurentian Chamber area, offering instruction from preschool through the post-secondary level. Minnesota boasts the fourth-highest graduation rate in the nation, and its K – 12 academic scores are second highest in the nation. Students have greater access to computers than 45 other states, and K – 12 scores in northeastern Minnesota are higher than average.
Area preschools and kindergartens include AEOA Headstart and Chicagami Children’s Development Center.
With a combined commitment toward academic excellence, diverse extra-curricular activities and life-long learning, three public school districts exist to accommodate elementary and secondary grade schools.
These include Eveleth/Gilbert School District 2154, Mountain Iron/Buhl School District 712 and Virginia School District 706. Additionally, the Laurentian Environmental Center offers science-based school programs and outdoor recreational activities both during the school year and in the summer.
Parochial schooling is available in the area as well, consisting of Marquette Catholic School, New Life Christian School and Range Christian Academy.
These schools offer quality education, low teacher-to-student ratios and a faith-based learning environment.
Mesabi Range Community and Technical College — providing students with opportunities to choose from two-year degrees and technical and career diplomas and certificates — has campuses both in Eveleth and Virginia. Accounting, Agriculture, American Indian Studies, Art, Astrophysics, Biology, Business, Computer Science, Criminology/Criminal Justice, Pre-Dentistry, Education, Pre-Engineering, Forestry/Natural Resources, Human Services, Pre-Law, Pre-Medicine and Social Work are just a few of the many two-year transferable degree programs available.
Top-quality career and certificate programs are provided in areas such as Automotive Technician, Carpentry, Fire-Suppression Technician, Masonry, Practical Nursing and Welding.
Please visit http://laurentianchamber.org/ community/education.htm and http://www.mr.mnscu.edu/ for more information about education in the Laurentian Chamber area.