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TRIO Student Support Services

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) offers proactive and holistic advising, and personal support from start to finish at Anoka-Ramsey Community College. We work to foster an environment supportive of the success of low-income students, first-generation students, and students with disabilities. This is a free service provided by a federal grant.

  • Eligible participants must qualify as a first-generation college student, come from a low-income household, or have a documented disability.

    Participants must have earned a high school diploma or GED and must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or meet the residency requirements for federal student financial assistance. Unfortunately, PSEO and International students are not eligible to apply for this program.

  • Proactive Individual Academic Advising Including:

    • Course planning and registration assistance
    • Career guidance and choosing a major
    • Graduation and transfer planning (visits to four-year universities)
    • Financial aid and scholarship application assistance
    • Financial literacy education
    • Study skills
    • Social & cultural activities
    • Referral to campus and community resources

    Interested in joining Cambridge Campus TRIO SSS? View a short information session to learn more. 

    To learn more about Coon Rapids TRIO SSS services, schedule an appointment for an Information Session.

  • Please select the Campus you attend the most, or your TRIO Advisor to schedule an appointment.

    Schedule Cambridge TRIO Advising Appointment

     Schedule advising appointment with Carissa Johnson, Maria Struthers-Barlage or Monica Lilienthal, TRIO Advisors

    Schedule Coon Rapids TRIO Advising Appointment

    Schedule advising appointment with Phyllis Hayes - TRIO Advisor

    Schedule advising appointment with Mao Xiong - TRIO Advisor

    Schedule advising appointment with Phil Koessler - TRIO Advisor 

    Schedule Coon Rapids TRIO Informational Session 

    Schedule an Informational Session

  • How do I submit my application?

    Complete the Online Application

    Please contact us if you would like assistance in applying or if you have any questions about the program. Call 763-433-1170, option 1, or email us at

  • How do I submit my application?

    Complete the Online Application

    Please contact us if you would like assistance in applying or if you have any questions about the program. Call 763-433-1170, option 2, or email us at

  • Monica Lilienthal, 763-433-1855

    DIRECTOR OF TRIO Student Support Services
    Cambridge CAMPUS

    Education: St. Cloud State University, BS Community Psychology, MA College Counseling and Student Development

    Favorite Quote: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” –Nelson Mandela

    Carissa Johnson, 763-433-1943

    Carissa JohnsonTRIO Student Support Services Academic Advisor
    Cambridge Campus

    Education: North Hennepin Community College, AA; St. Cloud State University, BA Global Studies, MS Higher Education Administration

    Favorite Quote: "Pursuit of the life of the mind requires complete liberty of thought. Insofar as the academic community is devoted to the discovery of truth, its mission cannot be realized if barriers restrict the mind from meandering down paths of inquiry less traveled." Norman Finklestein 


    Maria Struthers-Barlage, 763-433-1872


    Education: Minnesota State Community and Technical College, AA; University of Minnesota Duluth, BA Psychology, MA Educational Psychology

    Favorite Quote: "Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal, nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." Thomas Jefferson 

  • PHIL koessler, 763-433-1304


    Education: University of Hawai'i Hilo, BA Mathematics

    Favorite Quote: “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” ― C. S. Lewis

    Phyllis Hayes, 763-433-1205

    TRIO student support services academic advisor

    Education: Concordia University, St. Paul, MA Family Science, CFLE, GCDF

    Favorite Quotes: “Education is the most powerful means of increasing individual opportunity and creating more prosperous, fair, and just societies. So to have the privilege of participating in that mission is as much as anybody could hope for in life.” –B. Joseph White, University of Illinois

    Mao Xiong, 763-422-6202


    Education: Family social Sci & Business Ed Integration BS

  • Student Life has compiled a list of resources to assist with basic needs such as food, housing and healthcare.

    Student Life Resources

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