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December 11, 2008
Anoka-Ramsey Community College announces workforce grants to cover half of the cost of tuition on all credit and non-credit courses for the unemployed workforce in Minnesota through its newly developed "Workforce Retraining Initiative." The college is reallocating funds and several employees are offering donations through the foundation to support this program with the goal of stimulating the economy through education. Anoka-Ramsey already offers the lowest tuition and fees in the state at its campuses in Cambridge and Coon Rapids, Minnesota.

The Workforce Retraining Initiative offers a total cost per credit $76.75.

"Education is the key to economic recovery. It's an investment in people, in developing a skilled workforce so the state can be globally competitive," says Anoka-Ramsey President, Dr. Patrick M. Johns. "It's our mission as a community college to respond to the higher education needs of the community we serve and right now there is great need to assist the people who are suffering from losing their jobs in this deeply-troubled economy."

The Workforce Retraining Initiative is available for courses beginning spring semester 2009, Jan. 12. The college may extend this half-price tuition option into summer or fall semesters 2009 if funding remains available.

Anyone who is actively receiving or has exhausted Unemployment Insurance 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 http://www.uimn.org. 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 spring 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, visit www.AnokaRamsey.edu.

Courses are also offered online and at several off-site locations including Centennial High School, Columbia Heights High School, Elk River High School, Fridley Middle School, Monticello High School, National Sports Center (Blaine), North Branch Main Street School.

To review the college course schedule and the program available, visit www.AnokaRamsey.edu. 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.

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.