Anoka-Ramsey is Challenged with the Loss of Key Players

The Golden Rams Earn Two Home Victories Against Southern Division Opponents

Anoka-Ramsey Women's Basketball Season Ends at State

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New Coach for New Women's Soccer Program at Anoka-Ramsey Community College is Fired Up

The Golden Rams Split Matches in Illinois

Rams Split Weekend Games

Rams Defeat St. John's JV

Number of Season Bests in Victory over St. Thomas JV

Men’s Basketball falls to Madison Tech

Golden Rams Rally, Split Weekend Games

Cold Shooting Dooms Golden Rams

Anoka-Ramsey Community College is Committed to Local Sports Community

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Foundations Receive $100,000 Bremer Grant to Increase Effectiveness

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Foundation Fund Balance Hits $1,000,000

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Announcement: Comments Welcome on College's Nursing Program

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Announces Cast for “Man of La Mancha” Musical

Annual Candlelight Ski Encourages Winter Fun, Community-College Connection

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Welcomes Notable New Deans

College’s Scholardazzle Student Scholarship Fundraiser Unprecedented Success

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Students Enter Political Process

"Man of La Mancha" Hits Anoka-Ramsey Community College Stage Feb. 8 - 16

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Announces Student Leadership Awards

Collaborative Conference Highlights Expanding Holistic Health Field

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Scholardazzle Reaches New Heights Helping Students

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Winners of Anoka-Ramsey Community College Student Juried Art Exhibit Announced

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Anoka-Ramsey Community College Free Concert Celebrates Women’s History Month

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Championship Golf Added to Anoka-Ramsey Community College-Sports Center Partnership

Special Ed Degree Information Session at Anoka-Ramsey Community College March 4

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College/Area Businesses Collaborate to Simulate Interviews for High School Students

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Announces Cast for "Fools"

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Two Anoka-Ramsey Community College Programs Relocate to Professional Building

Stavem Family Establishes Endowed Scholarship at Anoka-Ramsey Community College

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Two Anoka-Ramsey Community College Students Named to All-Minnesota Academic Team

Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Tapemark Receive $358,000 MJSP Grant

Public Invited to Presentation By Award-Winning Storyteller April 1

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Faculty Edits Anthology about Mothers

Local Art Crawl Features Professional, Student Art

Public Invited to Third Annual Anoka-Ramsey Community College Student Fine Art Exhibit

Minnesota Secretary of State Visits Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Cambridge Campus Open House April 15

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids Campus Open House April 17

Brighton Beach Memoirs Play at Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Veterans Upward Bound Welcomes Director

World Premiere, Unprecedented Number of Musicians Perform at Anoka-Ramsey Community College Concert May 8

Legislators Back Growing Anoka-Ramsey Community College with $5.5 Million in Bonding Funds

Scholarships Light Way for Donors/Recipients at Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Moves Printed Course Schedule Online

International Artist at Anoka-Ramsey Community College April 30

Marrow, Blood Cell Donation Topic of Anoka-Ramsey Community College Science Night May 1

Public Invited to May 2 Choir Concert

Anoka Kiwanis Continues Contributions, Support to Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Welcomes New Regional Coordinator for Veterans Programs

Explore Great Writing During Book Reading and Discussion May 7

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Hosts Picnic to Honor Veterans May 8

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Anoka-Ramsey Community College Ceramics Raffle to Support Student Art Scholarships

Special Ed Bachelor's Degree Information Session at Anoka-Ramsey Community College May 6th

Minnesota College Students Choose Anoka-Ramsey President, Student as Outstanding Leaders

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Hosts Vets Upward Bound Information Nights

Anoka-Ramsey Faculty Recognized Nationally for Service to Womens' College Athletics

Activities Galore on Both Campuses

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Students Honored as Outstanding

Legislators Back Growing College with $5.5 Million in Bonding Funds

April 10, 2008
College constructs plans to respond to community requests for more, flexible options

New fine arts building

Anoka-Ramsey Community College received approval for its bonding request for construction of a new fine arts building on its Coon Rapids Campus to adjust to increased enrollments in its fine art and music programs. The college plans to go out for bid on the project by fall 2008.

Anoka-Ramsey Community College received a resounding "YES" from Minnesota state legislators and Governor Pawlenty, April 7, to its request for $5.5 million to fund four large facilities projects at the college campuses in Coon Rapids and Cambridge, Minn. The college's requests were part of a larger bonding bill request on behalf of all Minnesota State Colleges and Universities - some of which were not approved by legislators or were vetoed by the Governor.

"We are particularly pleased that all four requests made it in the final bill, which will allow us to continue to grow, and bring four-year degree offerings, as well as our fine arts, allied health and bioscience programs," says Dr. Patrick M. Johns, President of Anoka-Ramsey Community College. "Our community members are coming to us and requesting that we provide access to bachelor-level programs on campus, more flexible scheduling and more offerings that assist with changing careers. These bonding projects are key to fulfilling those requests."

The funded bonding projects for Anoka-Ramsey Community College include:

  • $300,000. Design planning for new facility at the Coon Rapids Campus to house bioscience programs, allied health programs and bachelor-level programs from universities. An additional $15 million for construction of the facility will be requested in the 2010 bonding process.
  • $3,800,000. Construction of an additional fine arts building at the Coon Rapids Campus to address growing art and music programs. An additional $5 million to renovate the current fine arts building will be requested in the 2010 bonding process.
  • $525,000. Renovate a classroom into a science lab at the Cambridge Campus. Additional funds to expand the Cambridge Campus will be requested in the 2010 bonding process.
  • $885,822. Replace air-handling units on Coon Rapids Campus.

Growth By Demand
As part of its mission, Anoka-Ramsey is committed to responding to the educational needs of the changing communities it serves. Key college constituents regularly confer with college leaders through a variety of college advisory groups and several President's strategic planning breakfasts. In addition, the Anoka County Commissioners and the City of Coon Rapids Council Members made a strong case to bring additional bachelor-level programming to Anoka County when both entities passed resolutions in support of Anoka-Ramsey's expansion plans.

The need for increased access to higher education is more than just the opinion of those living in Anoka-Ramsey's services areas of the north suburban metro area and East Central Minnesota. A 2004 study by Noel-Levitz revealed that populations in Anoka and Isanti Counties have lower than the state average number of individuals with two-year and four-year college degrees as well as a lower per capita income level than the state average. Also, these and the surrounding counties are projecting strong population growths in the next 20 years.

"We are the right place to come for a college education, especially if you want to stay close to home in East Central Minnesota or in the northern Twin Cities suburbs," says Johns. "If you want a bachelor's degree, we want to know about you and bring the program to one of our campuses. If you want to complete your generals, then transfer, we are the lowest-cost, high-quality choice. If you are making a career change and need a quick certificate program, we have many options for you."

"Our goal is to assist anyone who wants to advance their education." For more information about Anoka-Ramsey Community College projects or programs, call 763-433-1100 or visit

The Anoka-Ramsey Community College projects, funded by the bonding bill, are part of the statewide bonding bill that was approved by Minnesota legislators and Governor Pawlenty. This bill includes dozens of capital construction projects around the state including several for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU).