College Announces Cast for "The Miser"

Annual Cambridge Campus Scholardazzle Fundraiser Gains Importance in Troubled Financial Times

College Now Offers Degree with Health Emphasis to Help Meet Market Demands

Economy, New Program Spur Enrollment at the College

College Winter Musical "Hormel Girls" Draws Sold Out Audiences

International Ceramics Artist at College March 25

Annual Scholardazzle 'Dazzles' the Bottom Line for Deserving Students

The Dining Room to Hit Anoka-Ramsey Community College Stage, Feb. 27 – March 7

Winners Announced at All for Art Student Art Exhibit at Blaine City Hall

Juried Exhibit by Anoka-Ramsey Community College Art Students Promotes Professionalism

College Hosts 170 Students for Business Professionals of America

Students Sweep Honor Awards

New Women's Volleyball Coach Ready to Rack Up Wins at College

College Continues 50% Off Tuition Grant for Unemployed in Summer Semester

College Student Named 2009 Coca-Cola Scholar

Astronomy Club Brings Universe to College April 2

Public Invited to Third Annual Student Fine Arts Exhibition

College-City-Military Collaboration Results in Cost Savings; Fitness Center for Students

College Welcomes Tanzanian Human Rights Organizer, April 23

College, UMC Awarded $269,088 MJSP Grant

College Hosts Educational Event for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, April 9

College Spring Play Timely Retelling of "The Miser"

College, Sign Zone Awarded $225,175 MJSP Grant

College Announces College on Your Corner in St. Francis

Information Sessions about B.S. Degree in Special Education at Cambridge Campus

Peoples Bank Strengthens Commitment to College Education with Donation to $52,500 Endowment

Register Now for College on Your Corner in Monticello

College Offers Science Night at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, April 27

College Welcomes Author of “Wearing a Hijab for the First Time”

College Speech Faculty Recognized With Project of the Year

Bachelor's Degree in Community Psychology Comes to College

Cambridge Campus Students Honored as Outstanding

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Students Honored as Outstanding

College Business Students Get Real Life Experience Assisting Lions Club

Anoka-Ramsey, St. Francis Students Get Rare Glimpse Inside Theatre Productions

Conference is Step in Path to Becoming Future Teachers for Students

College Faculty Named Distinguished Chapter Advisor

College Finishes Year in Flurry of Activity

Public Invited to First Annual Cambridge Campus Fine Arts Exhibition

Shovels Ready! Groundbreaking for Visual Arts Center at Coon Rapids Campus

College Student Art Sale-Unique Gifts, Good Cause, Great Value

Register Now! Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Rotary Golf Tournament, June 5

College Engineering & Physics Club to Build Hovercraft

Register Now! Anoka-Ramsey Community College Offers Courses in Becker

College Music Faculty Recognized With National Award

College's Visiting Writer Program Welcomes Heid E. Erdrich

Cambridge Campus Open House April 14 Offers Path to Success

Bachelor of Nursing Degree Comes to Anoka-Ramsey Cambridge Campus

Two Graduate Reading Programs Arrive at College

Anoka Kiwanis Continues Contributions, Support to College

College Offers Methamphetamine Education Day, April 18

College Offers Vets Assistance with New GI Bill Changes, April 29, May 7

Coon Rapids Campus Open House, April 16

Anoka-Ramsey Earns Birth in MCAC State Tournament

Anoka-Ramsey Drops Game to Rochester

Golden Rams Fall to Warriors

Rams start New Year with a win

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Knocks Off Spartans in Must-Win Game

The Golden Rams Close out Successful Regular Season

Get Ready to Win the State Championship!

Golden Rams Come Up Short vs. MSCTC-Fergus Falls

Golden Rams Fall to No. 1 Mavericks

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Women's B-Ball Team Takes Third in State

Men's Basketball Picks Up Road Victory

Anoka-Ramsey Women Top Ridgewater

Anoka-Ramsey Loses to No. 8 Ranked Blue Devils

College Continues 50% Off Tuition Grant for Unemployed in Summer Semester

March 23, 2009

Tuition compares to college costs of nearly 20 years ago.

The large-sized community college in Cambridge and Coon Rapids, Minn., Anoka-Ramsey Community College, once again reveals its commitment to the higher education needs of Minnesotans by extending its Workforce Retraining Initiative grant into summer semester 2009. With the goal of stimulating the economy through education, the grant provides summer courses at half price to those who qualify for unemployment. Anoka-Ramsey first offered this 50 percent grant just before the start of spring semester of 2009. More than 200 people took advantage of the opportunity.

Anoka-Ramsey already offers the lowest tuition and fees in the state. The Workforce Retraining Initiative offers a total cost per credit $76.75.  A price comparable to that offered by many colleges in the late 1980s – early 1990s.

“We work extremely hard here to keep college costs as low as possible for students because we see it as an investment in people, to keep our communities strong, competitive,” says Anoka-Ramsey President, Dr. Patrick M. Johns. “With unemployment rising, the time to act is now. We have heard from so many people who have lost their jobs and would not have been able to afford college if it wasn’t for this opportunity. They want to get back to work, and by obtaining additional training, they will be more marketable.”

The college is able to provide this opportunity by filling spaces available in courses already scheduled for summer semester. In addition, there is support among college faculty and staff to reallocate funds within the college to support this initiative. Some college employees have gone as far as offering donations through the college foundations.

Anyone who is eligible for unemployment benefits, and has documentation from the Minnesota Workforce Center, is eligible to take advantage of the half-priced tuition option. Those interested should start the process immediately by first gathering the unemployment documentation at Second, contact the college at 763-433-1410 to register for a Workforce Retraining Express Session. Facilitated by Anoka-Ramsey counselors and advisors, these sessions provide a one-stop meeting to complete the steps to becoming a student in summer semester.

The college offers several short-term retraining programs designed for those searching for quick career-change options. There are also two-year career degrees and four-year degrees from state universities on the Anoka-Ramsey campuses. For a list of program offerings, or to review the college course schedule, visit our Academics Web page.

If you qualify for unemployment and you are ready to take advantage of the half-priced tuition, call 763-433-1410 to register for a Workforce Retraining Express Session.

student Jennifer Proesel Jennifer Proesel (left) and her daughter Brooke are moving forward on their college plans. Jennifer had tears of joy in her eyes when she first became a student at Anoka-Ramsey Community College after being laid off from her job in retail management. Through the college's Workforce Retraining Initiative (50% tuition grant) she plans to pursue a degree in business and return to the market better equipped. Brooke is a high school senior considering attending Anoka-Ramsey next fall