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Anoka Technical College celebrates 50th Anniversary

Anoka Technical College marks its 50th Anniversary in 2017, celebrating 50 years of excellence in career and technical education.

Founded in 1967, Anoka Tech has become a fixture in the community, catering to those who work and live in Anoka, Minn., and the surrounding areas.  

The college first opened as Anoka-Hennepin Technical Education Center, offering certificates, diplomas and degrees in five programs, including Concrete Technology, Grain and Feed, Optical Technology, Auto Mechanics and Practical Nursing. Undergoing many name changes over the years, the college has expanded to offer more than 35 degree programs in many career interest areas.

With a campus in Anoka, Minn., Anoka Technical College is a member of the Minnesota State system, and it is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The college serves more than 2,800 learners of all ages, as they pursue certificates, diplomas and Associate of Applied Science degrees designed to lead immediately to rewarding, high-demand careers. 

In 2011, Anoka Tech was aligned with Anoka-Ramsey Community College. Together, the institutions serve more than 16,000 learners – as the largest community and technical entity in Minnesota.

A year-long celebration of Anoka Tech’s 50th Anniversary will kick off on Monday, July 10. During and after the event, historical highlights about Anoka Technical College will be shared on social media, using the hashtag: #AnokaTech50th

The 50th Anniversary Celebration, a public event, will be held from 3 to 6 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 5, at Anoka Technical College. The event will include a special presentation, guest speakers, activities and opportunities to tour the campus, as well as light refreshments. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. 

50th Anniversary Celebration
3 to 6 pm
Thursday, Oct. 5
Anoka Technical College

For more information, check out the 50th Anniversary Blog at

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