"Many people have worked on this project for nearly four-years,"says Earl Potter, President of St. Cloud State University, of the partnership. "Having this degree offering at Anoka-Ramsey will make a substantial difference in the life of hundreds of students every year."
Special education is one of the fastest growing areas of education, as the need for special education teachers has been expanding for several years. State employment data show that many school districts are reporting shortages of qualified special education teachers.
"This is the most promising program I have worked on," says John Hoover, St. Cloud's Associate Dean of the College of Education. "This [special education] is an area of long-standing need in Minnesota. Further, to have a partnership with such a quality institution as Anoka-Ramsey will insure success."
"Research has shown that the nine county area served by Anoka-Ramsey has the lowest attainment rate of bachelor's degrees in Minnesota" says Luanne Kane, Anoka-Ramsey Dean of Educational Services. "This program is just one example of how Anoka-Ramsey is endeavoring to meet the educational needs of the areas we serve."
To be more convenient for working adults, such as paraprofessionals looking to advance to teaching by earning a degree, the special education degree courses at Anoka-Ramsey's Coon Rapids Campus are held Mondays through Fridays, 5 to 7:30 p.m.
For further information on the St. Cloud State University Special Education degree program, contact Anoka-Ramsey's Dean of Educational Services Luanne Kane at 763-433-1297.
ABOUT ANOKA-RAMSEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Anoka-Ramsey Community College, with campuses in Cambridge and Coon Rapids, has been a leading provider of higher education and training in East Central Minnesota since 1978 and the north suburban area of Minneapolis/St. Paul since 1965. Annually, the college serves more than 10,000 learners of all ages as they pursue associate degrees that transfer as the first two years of a bachelor's degree, or certificate programs that lead immediately to rewarding careers. In fiscal year 2007, the Continuing Education and Customized Training division generated more than 5,570 registrations in both credit and non-credit courses. Anoka-Ramsey Community College is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, which includes 32 institutions on 53 campuses.
ABOUT ST. CLOUD STATE UNIVERSITY
St. Cloud State University is located 70 miles northwest of the Twin Cities along the banks of the Mississippi River. The university offers 15,500 students 175 majors, minors and pre-professional programs in Business, Education, Fine Arts & Humanities, Science & Engineering, and Social Sciences, and 50 master's degrees through its School of Graduate Studies.
These organizations are members of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.