Andrew Geston, Enrollment & Success Coach
Student Services Room 114
Hometown: I call Golden Valley, MN my hometown although I have lived in North Dakota, Colorado and South Dakota at different times while I grew up.
Educational Background: I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in East Asian Studies from Minnesota State University Moorhead. I completed a TESOL certificate in Cambodia for LanguageCorps and used it for teaching ESL in China.
Best Adventure: Other than leaving the US to live in another country, I think my best adventure was taking a train by myself from the small town in China where I worked to a big city so I could take a plane to Thailand, then I took a taxi, and shared a ride with some strangers from Bangkok into the middle of Cambodia, then back the same way a week later. I had to communicate with the help of passers-by, hand signs, and luck, but it was fun.
Favorite aspect of Anoka Technical College: My favorite aspect of Anoka Tech is the welcoming atmosphere. People really love helping others here and that’s important for me because I’m still learning about the school and everything it has to offer.
Advice I would give to students who are applying to Anoka Technical College: Think about your strengths, interests, learning style, values, and natural talents. Use them to guide your decision. Self-awareness and knowledge of what motivates you allows you to choose the best academic program for you and succeed in that program.
Andrew's Programs: Automotive Technician, Health Information Technology, Medical Coding Specialist, Supervisory Management, Construction Electrician, Welding
LeAnn Brown, Director of Enrollment Services
Student Services 113
Hometown: I am from Tyler, Minnesota, which is in the far southwest corner of the state. I am the youngest of eight kids and we all grew upon on a farm. My high school graduating class consisted of 56 kids at Russell-Tyler-Ruthton HS.
Educational Background: I graduated from St. Cloud State University with a bachelor of science degree in English and from Minnesota State Mankato with a master of science degree in Educational Leadership. I am currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Communication Education at Minnesota State Mankato.
Best Adventure: I am not a very daring person, so my best adventure might be considered weak by most. My husband and I got married in Estes Park, Colorado. One of our wedding week activities with friends and family was whitewater rafting. I was scared out of my mind, but it was AWESOME!
Favorite aspect of Anoka Technical College: I love that we prepare our students to make a direct impact on this community. Our graduates improve their lives and their families’ lives. The skills Anoka Tech students gain make them ideal job candidates.
Advice I would give to students who are applying to Anoka Technical College: #1 Don’t miss class. #2 Get to know as many people on campus as possible. Connecting with others will make your college experience more fun, and you might wind up landing a job based on who you know!
Melissa McCarty, Enrollment & Success Coach
Location: Student Success Center 190F
Hometown: I am an Anoka County native, having grown up and graduated from high school in Coon Rapids. I currently reside in Andover with my husband and children. Therefore, I know the best kept secrets of Anoka County– ATC being one of them!
Educational Background: I graduated from University of Minnesota Duluth with a bachelor of applied science degree in Psychology. I am currently pursuing a master of arts degree in Counseling Psychology at Bethel University.
Best Adventure: My most memorable adventure was a family trip to Disney World for my grandfather’s birthday. Riding in the first seat of one of the fastest roller coasters with my grandpa on his 70th birthday was a moment I will never forget! This trip was a great reminder in balancing work and fun. Successful students must devote time to recreation in addition to studying.
Favorite aspect of Anoka Technical College: I love the welcoming environment at Anoka Technical College. Small class sizes, friendly staff and instructors who are devoted to student success are invaluable. No student is lost in the crowd at Anoka Tech!
Advice I would give to students who are applying to Anoka Technical College: I encourage all students to get involved on campus! Joining student clubs and attending campus events will increase your engagement at Anoka Tech by meeting new people and having fun! Remember that all clubs and activities are free to students. So get out there and get the most out of your experience here at Anoka Tech!
Melissa’s programs: Architecture and Construction Technology, Community Social Services, Emergency Medical Services, Horticulture, Machine Trades, Mechanical Drafting
Nicole Rawski, Enrollment Services Receptionist
: Orono, Minnesota. A small town on the edge of the Twin Cities, great for families and making good friends! Right next to Lake Minnetonka where boating is always a blast! Living in Orono, Minnesota, we had the privilege of being close-knit with some famous athletes/celebrities like Jimmy Jam, Kevin Garnett and Jimmy Kleinsasser.
Hobbies: I love crafts and party planning. With that said, my daughter is one lucky little lady. When it's her birthday, I go all out and make it all myself from the invites, party favors, outfit, and cake, too.
Best Adventure: Being a mom and watching my daughter grow. I find it so fascinating how children learn and change as the years go by.
Favorite aspect of Anoka Technical College: Our college community works together to help students achieve their lifelong educational goals. Our students meet new people and gain close friendships for life.
Advice I would give to students who are applying to Anoka Technical College: You are never too old to start or go back to school! Put your mind to it, strive and accomplish. Dreams do come true. You just have to work at it!
Crystal Svoboda, Enrollment & Success Coach
Student Services Rm 114
Hometown: I grew up in the country just outside of New Market and graduated high school from New Prague, Minnesota.
Educational Background: University of Wisconsin – La Crosse is where I received my bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation and master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education. Although I’m a true Minnesota girl, Wisconsin will always be my second home.
Best Adventure: My favorite adventure was traveling to New Zealand to visit my sister who was studying abroad. We did all types of excursions to different parts of the North Island, experiences ranging from bungee jumping to visiting vineyards.
Favorite aspect of Anoka Technical College: I love the Anoka Tech environment. Our student body is very dynamic and enjoyable to work with. Our wide range of programs that we offer allows for students to find their passion, obtain their education goals, and successfully move into their careers.
Advice I would give to students who are applying to Anoka Technical College: When applying to Anoka Tech, I would recommend asking questions. Any and all! Faculty and staff are here to assist students and we love doing it.
Programs: Health Technology, Practical Nursing, Medical Assistance, Surgical Technology, and Occupational Therapy Assistant.