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 Chair
Karen Skepper, Director Community & Government Relations
Anoka County

Board Vice Chair
Elizabeth Christensen, HR Director
Vista Outdoor

Board Treasurer
Dan Thomsen, Vice President
Northeast Bank

Board Secretary
Steve Swain, President
CNH Machine

Board Directors
Jason Alders, Plant Manager
Caterpillar Global 

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 

Amanda Othoudt, Executive Director
Benton Economic Partnership, Inc.

Bruce Sayler, Director of Community Relations
Connexus Energy

Clint Schneider, Vice President Operations

David Trask, Manufacturing Cell Manager
Graco Inc.

Tara Thurs, Division HR Manager

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 Directors and Staff

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

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

Lindsey Schiller, Foundation Development Director
Anoka Technical College/Anoka-Ramsey Community 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

Anoka Technical College students can apply online for fall semester foundation scholarships from April 1 to April 30, and students can apply online for spring semester foundation scholarships from October 1 to October 31.

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.

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, 2022  April 30, 2022 June 30, 2022 Fall 2022
Oct. 1, 2022  Oct. 31, 2022 Dec. 30, 2022 Spring 2023

For more information, please contact the Foundation at

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 fund is made possible by donations from private donors, college faculty and staff, community partners, and students.  

For more information or to apply, contact:

Danni Munro, Completion & Success Coach
763-576-4002 or
Office 111 in Student Services (Enrollment Services)


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Jamie Barthel
Executive Director

Lindsey Schiller
Development Director