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Anoka Technical College defies trends with second semester of increased enrollment

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After a seven percent increase in enrollment during the fall semester this academic year, Anoka Technical College defied the trends within the Minnesota State college and universities system with another enrollment increase this spring semester of 9.4 percent compared to spring semester 2019.

“I think that technical education has been undervalued for some time,” said Kent Hanson, president of Anoka Tech. “So, it’s exciting to see so many students returning to campus and so many new students investing in themselves for the first time through a technical education.”

While many factors likely contribute to the increased enrollment, the college’s continued commitment to investing in programs and evolving curriculum to meet workforce needs is a large piece of the puzzle.

According to Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s most recently published job vacancy numbers, of the 146,513 available jobs in Minnesota, Anoka Tech has programs that support training in most of the fields represented including healthcare, technology, construction, community social service, office administrative support, and manufacturing.  

In this academic year, Anoka Tech added eight new programs including the first cohort of a new paramedic degree program, a new certificate in Robotic and Laser Welding and a new manufacturing certificate in Quality Inspection.

“We’re committed to continue to demonstrate the value that a technical education can bring to our students and communities,” added Hanson.

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