Politicians and administrators discuss the importance of Anoka Tech’s anniversary.
By Julia Yates
On October 5 at Anoka Technical College (ARCC’s sister college), Senator Jim Abeler, ARCC/Anoka Tech President Kent Hanson, and retired Anoka Tech instructor Caroline Rosdahl discussed the importance of Anoka Technical college within the community, and for student success.
“It is about vision. It is about community.” Said Senator Jim Abeler regarding Anoka Tech’s longevity. Anoka Tech started out as “eight acres under a
roof,” commented Caroline Rosdahl. Rosdahl witnessed the development of the college because she was the first faculty member hired at Anoka Technical College.
Today, 50 years later, it is a thriving college that offers 35+ degrees, diplomas and certificates; it is a impactful part of the community with a 90% placement rate, and a mission statement that supports personal development and community impact.
Kent Hanson, the president of Anoka Tech and ARCC, explained that Anoka Technical College is so great because, “[Anoka Tech] provides students with high demand skills… dedicated faculty, advisor[y] committee members, hands on practical education, one on one support, strong alumni network and students come for a rewarding career.”
Anoka Technical College proves to be committed to student success by maintaining a 19:1 student to faculty ratio. It is due to this commitment, determination to advance students and support to the community that Anoka Technical College celebrates its 50th anniversary.
No celebration is complete without fun activities. The different programs and clubs on campus had a large array of activities for visitors to enjoy. The horticulture booth gave visitors an opportunity to play mini golf and other tables provided activities, including spin painting.
Along with activities, students represented their programs of study, such as a student who asked to be referred to simply
as Emalynn, representing the Occupational Therapy Assistant program. She said that occupational therapy is a field that helps people, “live the best life you can live.” Emalynn decided on this program after seeing the uniqueness, and beneficial sides of what the Occupational Therapy Assistant career has to offer. Anoka Tech was the best place to pursue her passion because Anoka Tech was, “One of the few schools that have this program in the cities,” in addition to being the most affordable college to pursue a degree.
The clubs and program areas showed the diversity of interest and study fields that exist at Anoka Technical College, making it easy to see why the college has been going strong for 50 years.