Secondary Technical Education Program (STEP)

Welcome and thank you for showing interest in the Secondary Technical Education (STEP) Program at Anoka Technical College!

STEP is a high school in the Anoka-Hennepin School District, located on the campus of Anoka Technical College. Students can explore careers, take academic courses, and have the opportunity to earn both high school and college credit.

A variety of Anoka Technical College courses are taught at STEP. The classes are FREE to eligible students and can save students and their families hundreds of dollars in college tuition!

STEP is an option for:

  • Students in grades 10, 11 or 12
  • Students who learn best in “hands-on” activities
  • Students who want to explore advanced career and technical education
  • Students who are ready to prepare for highly skilled technical workplaces

What about transportation?


Students who attend STEP may drive or take the bus to and from their home high school.

What is the registration process?


All registrations are done through the high school registration process. Please see your school counselor for more information.

What is the schedule?


FULL DAY STUDENTS may attend one career class and three academic classes OR they may attend one career class, one plus class and two academic classes for each trimester they attend full-time at STEP

HALF DAY STUDENTS attend a career course and take their remaining courses at the home high school.

Anoka Tech courses for college credit taught at STEP


A variety of Anoka Technical College courses are taught at STEP. The classes are FREE to eligible students and can save students hundreds of dollars!  Students interested in college credit must complete the application process by the end of the first week of the trimester.
  • Accounting and Financial Careers II
  • Emergency Medical Careers I
  • Emergency Medical Careers II
  • Machine Technology II
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Welding Technology I
  • Welding Technology II – SMAW/GTAW

Applying to the college is easy!

The application process is done on the STEP campus on a designated date and time.

Qualifying for Automatic Admission

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible if they’ve earned a passing score on the 8th grade Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment in reading.

Other ways for juniors and seniors to qualify automatically are listed below:

  • Juniors must meet a 3.0 GPA in order to automatically qualify for admissions.
  • Seniors must meet a 2.5 GPA in order to automatically qualify for admissions.

Students who do not meet automatic admission requirements may right an essay to college staff to be further considered for admissions into the program.

  • submit a two-page, typed, double-spaced essay using a 12pt. font (directions and questions will be given to students at the high school).

Feel free to contact Enrollment Services or 763-576-7710! 

We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.