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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 refugee. 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
  • Please contact TRIO SSS by emailing to request an application or more information. Program staff will respond with information and a TRIO SSS application.

    For additional questions, call 763-433-1170, option 1, ext. 2.

  • Please contact us if you are interested in applying. Call 763-433-1170, option 2, or stop by the TRIO office in Rm SC 122.

  • 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

    TRIO 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 

  • THOM NORDIN, 763-433-1424


    Education: Bemidji State University, BS Applied Psychology

    Favorite Quote: "Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you're doing, you will be successful." –Albert Schweitzer

    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

    Ann McArdle, 763-433-1556

    TRIO Student support services Academic Advisor

    Education: Anoka-Ramsey Community College, AA; St. Cloud State University, BS Community Psychology; Minnesota State University-Mankato, MA Educational Leadership

    Favorite Quote: "Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars." Norman Vincent Peale 

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