Success & Retention Coaches (Enrollment Staff)

Our Director of Enrollment Services and Enrollment and Success Coaches are here to help.

Izy Mortenson, Enrollment & Success Coach

Izy Mortenson  Location: Enrollment Services 110


  Hometown: I grew up in Northfield, MN  - 45 minutes south of Minneapolis. 

Educational Background: I graduated from The University of St Thomas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.

Best Adventure: Camping in the middle of the ocean with my husband at Dry Tortugas National Park—located on an island 70 miles west of Key West, FL. Once the ferry leaves for the day, you are “stranded” with the other campers and a ranger, with no amenities or cell service. Originally built as a civil war fort (never used as a fort) to protect America on the southern coastline, the Fort Jefferson National Monument takes up the majority of the island where you are able to walk around the octagonal-shaped structure on the moat wall or the building itself. Now a National Park with a handful of campsites and great snorkeling opportunities in the clear, turquoise waters. The stars overnight were incredible, like nothing I’ve ever seen.  

Favorite aspect of Anoka Technical College: The staff and faculty really care about helping our students. It’s a great feeling to be part of a community that cares about every student’s success. 

Advice I would give to students who are applying to Anoka Technical College: Follow your dreams! Anoka Tech has great programs and opportunities, whether you are exploring a new career path or just beginning one.

LeAnna Wangerin, Director of Enrollment Services

Location: Enrollment Services 115


Hometown: I grew up in Rogers, Minn. and graduated from Elk River High School. I currently live in Plymouth, Minn. with my husband and two daughters.

Educational Background: I graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mass Communication–Advertising and a minor in Geography–Travel and Tourism. While in college, I completed an internship with Walt Disney World and experienced what it was like to see Disney from an insider’s perspective. It was a fun and memorable experience.

Best Adventure: I took part in a study abroad program while at St. Cloud State and studied in Northern England for six months while in college. I lived in a 12th century castle and traveled extensively throughout Great Britain, Ireland and Europe. It was an experience of a lifetime!

Favorite aspect of Anoka Technical College: The hallmark of Anoka Tech is our faculty and staff. Our talented instructors and dedicated staff are committed to help students reach their educational and career goals. Assisting students is our primary goal and we’re here to help students to see their potential.

Advice I would give to students who are applying to Anoka Technical College: Take advantage of this time to realize the possibilities in front of you. Students at Anoka Tech are taking steps to do something they really want to do in life. I encourage students to explore opportunities to help them learn what really motivates them to succeed in their education and ultimately their career.

Lucas Erie, Enrollment & Success Coach

Lucas Erie

   Location: Enrollment Services 109 


   Hometown: Simsbury, Connecticut

   Educational Background:  I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian Studies from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. I later went back to school in Kyoto, Japan to study the Japanese language intensively. 

Best Adventure:  I lived in Japan for three years after college. While there, I did a solo backpacking trip to a holy mountain in southern Honshu and camped in the ruins of a 9th century temple.

Favorite aspect of Anoka Technical College:  The staff. We are lucky to have great people at Anoka Tech that go above and beyond to help our students!

Advice I would give to students who are applying to Anoka Technical College:  Ask for help if you need it. The faculty and staff are here to help you reach your goals, but we can’t help unless you ask for it!

Melissa McCarty, Enrollment & Success Coach

Melissa McCartyLocation: Enrollment Services 115


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 – Anoka Tech 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!


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