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Foundation

Established in 1987, the Foundation’s purpose is to obtain and distribute the resources necessary to support the students, faculty, programs, and vision of Anoka Technical College. The Foundation provides support to the college in a variety of ways, including scholarships and program support.

Over the past 30 years, the Foundation, with the help of its many generous donors, has provided over $5,000,000 in support of Anoka Technical College students and programs.

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Planned Giving

Connect the Dots 2021

You can help Anoka Tech students move from education to graduation to career.

Due to COVID-19 guidelines, we cannot come together this year for the 2021 Connect the Dots event, but you can still make a difference by sponsoring a student scholarship. Anoka Tech students have remained resilient, and your scholarship support continues to make a significant impact for students across various programs.

Learn more about Connect the Dots 2021.

Sponsor or support student scholarships today.

Mission

To obtain and distribute the resources necessary to support the students, faculty, programs and vision of Anoka Technical College.

Foundation Board

Board President
Karen Skepper, Director Community & Government Relations
Anoka County

Board Vice President
Elizabeth Christensen, HR Director
Vista Outdoor

Board Treasurer
Michael Scholl, Vice President
Northeast Bank

Board Directors
Jason Alders, Plant Manager
Caterpillar Global

Eric Bass, Manufacturing Cell Manager
Graco Inc

Dennis Carter, Regional HR Director
Benedictine Health System

Julie Hogie, Director of Volunteer Services
Mercy / Allina

Steve Horstmann, Vice President of Operations
North Memorial Hospital

Bill Kingston
Kingston Technology Consultants

Brian Kovar, President
AID Electric

Jessica Lacher, Regional Executive Director
Bridges MN

Amanda Othoudt, Executive Director
Benton Economic Partnership, Inc.

Bruce Sayler, Director of Community Relations
Connexus Energy

Clint Schneider, Vice President Operations
Integer

Steve Swain, President
CNH Machine

Tara Thurs, Divisional HR Manager
Unison Comfort Technologies

Duane Vandenberghe, Vice President of Administration
Mate Precision Technologies, Inc. 

Joan Wood, VP Business Banking Liaison
21st Century Bank

Lee Zachman, President
RMS, A Cretex Company 


Ex-Officio Board Members

Kent Hanson, President
Anoka Technical College/Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Elaina Bleifield, Vice President of Student & Academic Affairs
Anoka Technical College

Jamie Barthel, Executive Director
Professional & Workforce Training and Foundations
Anoka Technical College/Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Pamela Russell, Development Director
Anoka Technical College Foundation

Lisa Sisson, Foundations Database Manager 
Anoka-Ramsey Community College/Anoka Technical College

Andrea Hevern, Foundations Administrative Specialist 
Anoka-Ramsey Community College/Anoka Technical College

Financial Controls Statement

Anoka Technical College Foundation FY20 Annual Report

Anoka Technical College Foundation FY20 Financial Statements

The Anoka Technical College Foundation, the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Foundation Coon Rapids Campus, and Anoka-Ramsey Community College Foundation Cambridge Campus take pride in the accuracy and integrity of the fiscal management and financial reporting within all three foundations. Staff and leadership within the three foundations are assisted in its day-to-day financial work through a contractual relationship with a reputable, national CPA firm, CliftonLarsonAllen. This firm has significant expertise working with non-profits, foundations, and higher-education. It is a well-respected firm that employs more than 4,500 professionals, including more than 1,800 CPAs, and serves approximately 150,000 clients across the country. 

Every three years, CPA firms are required to obtain an independent peer review of their system of quality control for their accounting and auditing practice. The most recent peer review report received by CliftonLarsonAllen expressed a rating of “pass,” which is the most positive report that can be received.

In addition, the three foundations undergo an independent financial statement audit once every three years. During the off years, each foundation undergoes an independent financial statement review by a well-established and reputable CPA firm, BerganKDV.  BerganKDV has more than 60 years of experience working with the nonprofit community. In the most recent independent financial statement audits for Anoka Technical College Foundation and Anoka-Ramsey Community College Cambridge Campus Foundation, the auditors expressed an “unmodified” opinion. Simply, an “unmodified” opinion is a clean opinion stating the financial statements are presented, in all material respects, in accordance with the applicable financial reporting framework. The independent financial statement audit for Coon Rapids is scheduled for this year.  We expect an “unmodified” opinion at the end of this audit as well. 

Foundation Scholarship Program

Fall 2021 semester scholarships will be available for Anoka Technical College students to apply for from April 1, 2021 to April 30, 2021.

To complete an application, visit Anoka Technical College Online Scholarship Application.

At the online application page, click on “sign in with your school account” and sign in with your Star ID and password.

Applying online:

  • saves time
  • ensures accuracy
  • ensures confidentiality

For detailed application instructions, review the Scholarship Application Guide.

More about Anoka Technical College Scholarships
Each semester, scholarships ranging from $500 to $2000 are awarded to students. Scholarships must be used for tuition, fees and books while you attend Anoka Technical College. Scholarships are available for both full-time and part-time students.

Annually, the Anoka Technical College Foundation awards more than $100,000 in scholarships through its two funding cycles: December for spring semester and June for fall semester.

Scholarship criteria includes scholastic achievement, financial need and special circumstances, educational and career goals and instructor recommendations.

Online Scholarship Application Available

Deadline to Apply

Students Notified by Email of Application Status

Semester of Scholarship Disbursement

 April 1, 2021  April 30, 2021  June 15, 2021  Fall 2021
 Oct. 1, 2021 Oct. 31, 2021  Dec. 20, 2021  Spring 2022

For more information, please contact Andrea Hevern at 763-433-1169 or Andrea.Hevern@anokaramsey.edu, or contact the Foundation at 763-433-1130 or Foundation@anokaramsey.edu.

Foundation Crisis Grants

The Anoka Technical College crisis grant program was developed to support students in a financial crisis by providing short-term assistance with essential needs.  This is a discretionary fund is made possible by donations from private donors, college faculty and staff, community partners, and students. 
 
More information and contact information about the Anoka Technical College foundation crisis grant can be found here

Contact

Foundation Badge

Foundation - MAIN
763-433-1130

Jamie Barthel
Executive Director
763-422-6082

Pamela Russell
Development Director
763-576-4015

Andrea Hevern
Administrative Specialist
763-433-1169

Lisa Sisson
Database Manager
763-433-1294