RAISE: Retraining, Academic Instruction, & Skills Enhancement

RAISE: Free College.

Raise your wage. Your job prospects. Your knowledge. Education is the key to opportunities - a new job, a career change, a promotion. But education often comes with expenses that make it unattainable for many. We believe in a bright, legendary future, with opportunity for all to achieve their educational goals. Through the Retraining, Academic Instruction, and Skills Enhancement (RAISE) initiative, we aim to provide education to all, regardless of cost.

Funding Partners

With the support of the State of Minnesota Office of Higher Education, Minnesota State System of Colleges and Universities, and Douglas County, we're pleased to offer grants to students in a variety of circumstances, making educational opportunities free for many of the students we serve.

Douglas County, Minnesota
Minnesota State
Minnesota Office of Higher Education


Individual courses for skill-building or college credit are available to those who live or work in Douglas County, MN. Many courses begin mid-May, so inquire early! For full details including course dates, download the Summer 2022 RAISE Offerings PDF using the link below:

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Alexandria College RAISE Flyer Summer 2022 Download Alexandria College RAISE Flyer Summer 2022 Document pdf

Tuition-free enrollment in select academic programs may be available to eligible Minnesotans through the Minnesota Future Together Grants program, offered by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.


Available to Douglas County, MN Residents/Employees

Skill-building courses

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers
  • Heartsaver First Aid
  • Medication Aide
  • Microsoft Training - Data Storage: OneDrive and Teams
  • CDL Endorsement - Hazmat
  • CDL Endorsement - School Bus/Passenger
  • Forklift Operator Training
  • ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification
  • Certified Nurse Assistant

Courses for College Credit

A variety of courses are available in Accounting, Anatomy & Physiology, English/Communications, Computers, Manufacturing, Marketing, and more.

Download the Summer 2022 RAISE Flyer for the complete list of offerings.

Limit of one skill-building course or credit course offering per student per semester. All credit courses count toward a certificate, diploma, or degree. Must meet eligibility requirements. Use "Request Information" link below to inquire.