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.
TRIO Student Support Services
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 Coon Rapids TRIO Advising Appointment
Schedule Coon Rapids TRIO Informational Session
Monica Lilienthal, 763-433-1855
DIRECTOR OF TRIO Student Support Services
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
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
TRIO STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES ACADEMIC ADVISOR
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
INTERIM DIRECTOR OF TRIO STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES
COON RAPIDS CAMPUS
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
COON RAPIDS CAMPUS
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