A second phase of the art expansion includes a 2010 bonding request for $5 million to renovate a current art building to increase and improve space for music programs including chorale, concert and jazz band, orchestra, practice rooms and more.
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 strategic planning breakfasts hosted by Anoka-Ramsey’s President, Dr. Patrick M. Johns.
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. These and the surrounding counties are also projecting strong population growths in the next 20 years.
“Anoka-Ramsey Community College offers a broad spectrum of educational opportunities to serve surrounding communities,” says Johns. “If you are seeking to obtain a bachelor’s degree close to home, complete generals and transfer to a four-year institution, or make a career change through a quick certificate program, we have many lowest-cost, high-quality options for you."