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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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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 Auxiliary & 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, Advocacy & Marketing Director
Mary T. Inc

Amanda Othoudt, Economic Development Director
City of Elk River

Bruce Sayler, Director of Community Relations
Connexus Energy

Clint Schneider, CEO
Lisi Medical - Remmele

Steve Swain, President
CNH Machine

Tara Thurs, Senior Human Resources Manager
Pentair Equipment Protection

Duane Vandenberghe, Vice President of Administration
Mate Precision Tooling

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

The Anoka Technical College Foundation, the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Foundation – Coon Rapids, and Anoka-Ramsey Community College Foundation – Cambridge takes 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 Foundation, the auditors have 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

Spring 2021 semester scholarships will be available for Anoka Technical College students to apply for from October 1, 2020 to October 31, 2020.

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: January 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

Oct. 1, 2020

Oct. 31, 2020

Dec. 15, 2020

Spring 2021

 April 1, 2021  April 30, 2021  June 15, 2021  Fall 2021

*Students who require assistance may go to the Foundation Office (Rm 190B) in the Student Success Center.

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

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


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Foundation - MAIN

Jamie Barthel
Executive Director

Pamela Russell
Development Director

Andrea Hevern
Administrative Specialist

Lisa Sisson
Database Manager