Coon Rapids campus was the first community college to have a permanent campus in the Twin Cities area.
Tirzah Wiebolt Staff Writer
October marks the 50th anniversary of Anoka-Ramsey Community College moving into its current space on the Mississippi River. In October 1967 the Coon Rapids campus site became the first permanent site for a community college in the metro area.
After the first two years of having classes in the Centennial School District’s high school in Circle Pines, Anoka-Ramsey got its own building in Coon Rapids right on the river.
The college’s first name in 1965 was Centennial Campus of Metropolitan State Junior College. In 1967, the name was changed to Anoka-Ramsey Junior College.
In 1973, all community colleges dropped the “junior” off of their names and the school officially became Anoka-Ramsey Community College.