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December 15, 2023

A message from our leadership team

This message originally appeared in our 2023 newsletter. View other featured stories

At the heart of my authentic, servant leadership lies an unwavering passion for lifelong learning. I believe in fostering genuine growth, intellectually, professionally and ethically. I am continually inspired by the idea that when we lead with authenticity, transparency and humility, we not only uplift the academic pursuits of our students, but also cultivate a culture of trust, collaboration and continuous learning.

Our commitment to education, equity and economic development is embedded within my leadership. In a world marked by rapid change and diverse challenges, we will set a benchmark by integrating these three pillars. By prioritizing inclusive education, we will break down barriers and ensure that every student, regardless of their background, is given an equal opportunity to succeed. Moreover, the emphasis on economic development means we're preparing students for careers that will benefit them and the broader community. In being a technical college committed to lifelong learning, we want graduates to return in the future as they cultivate and expand upon their talents. It's a holistic approach to education that holds the promise of a brighter, more equitable future, and I am deeply honored to be a part of this journey.

Throughout this newsletter you will read stories of our students, alumni, faculty, staff and community partners succeeding when they connect personal priorities and professional aspirations. From mid-career transitions to Anoka Tech homecomings, the opportunities for personalized growth are without limit.

Choosing Anoka Tech isn't just about earning a diploma, certification, or degree; it's about embracing an education that is tailored to the real-world demands of today's industries. Our programs are designed with a keen focus on technical proficiency, ensuring students are not only knowledgeable but also adept in their chosen fields. This hands-on approach to teaching and learning bridges the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical application, leading to better job placements and career trajectories. At Anoka Tech, we believe that education is an investment in oneself, and we are committed to ensuring that this investment yields meaningful returns both personally and professionally.

Dimitria A. Harding, DBA, Ed.D.
Interim Vice President of Academic
and Student Affairs

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