Metro North ABE Receives PONI Award

Recently Metro North ABE received the PONI Award for the TEAS Test Prep programming, recognized as an outstanding project that has met a unique need and demonstrates innovation.  TEAS test prep programming is offered for learners interested in preparing for the TEAS exam, a standardized online exam that is used as an admissions tool for several healthcare programs at local community and technical colleges, including all MANE (Minnesota Association of Nursing Education) nursing programs in Minnesota.  The TEAS Test Prep Team consists of members from Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Anoka Technical College, Metro North Adult Basic Education and Cambridge Isanti Adult Basic Education.

When we implemented the use of the TEAS exam as part of our admissions process for some healthcare programs, Jan Pomeroy, H2P Grant Manager approached Emily Watts, ABE Program Supervisor and asked if they would be willing to take the lead and offer a TEAS Test Prep class.  In collaboration with faculty from nursing and allied health divisions, ABE established the curriculum and has offered classes on ARCC’s Cambridge and Coon Rapids Campuses along with Anoka Technical College.  The curriculum has been shared across the state to other MnSCU colleges and is planned to be implemented in at least four other college/ABE programs this fall across the state.

Cambridge Campus Welcomes Clyde Bellecourt Sept. 30

Welcome Clyde Bellecourt, co-founder of the American Indian Movement (AIM), for a great dialogue and to enjoy American Indian food and music.

Pride or Prejudice: Explore One Native Culture in Minnesota                                                Wed., Sept. 30                                                                                                                              11:30 am to 1 pm                                                                                                              Cambridge Campus G201-202

Coon Rapids English Faculty September 2015

Elizabeth Tannen curating a new reading series at Five Watt Coffee called 555 Reads: Five Writers, Five Minutes, Five Watt, Tuesday, September 15, 8 pm. Tannen also has poems forthcoming this fall in Southern Humanities Review, The THIS Magazine, Extract(s), and Compose as well as a book review in Rain Taxi.

Kathryn Kysar will appear with jazz saxophonist Sean Egan for the National Beat Poetry Festival event at Dusty’s Bar in Minneapolis, Thursday, Sept. 10 and on a panel discussing working with a publisher with editor Ann Regan and fiction writer Will Weaver at the Minnesota Historical Society Press’s Writing Your Family Legacy conference on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Minnesota History Center. Kysar also has a poem out with Mizna this month.

H2P (Health Professions Pathways) Update

As a result of receiving a TAACCCT Round 1 grant provided by the DOL, H2P (Health Professions Pathways) valued at $1,310,758 over four years, 451 students were served at ARCC with 272 credentials or degrees that have been earned since the conception of the grant.  Participants were eligible by meeting the criteria defined by the grant: low skilled, low income, Veterans, and TAA and interested in a health care career.  The nine colleges committed to eight strategies to create new pathways that were developed through employer, education and workforce partnerships.  We implemented strategies designed to improve healthcare education by streamlining and enhancing the educational pathway to decrease time to completion and increase credential attainment and employment in needed healthcare sectors.  H2P staff, Corrie Anderson, H2P Data Manager and Jan Pomeroy, H2P Grant Manager served ARCC’s H2P participants by proactively advising and taking every opportunity to build relationships with students, connecting them with on and off campus resources to help them be successful, and offering career guidance and job placement assistance.

We would like to thank our valuable partners; our faculty and staff, ABE, Anoka County Job Training Center, H2P Advisory Board, and the Pharmacy Tech Advisory that supported H2P over the last four years.  Collaboratively we have made an impact and transformed students’ lives.  Thank you to Natasha Baer for her support, and Corrie Anderson and Jan Pomeroy the leaders of the H2P grant.

Announcing BA in Business at Cambridge Campus by Concordia University

Anoka-Ramsey Community College is proud to announce an exciting new partnership with Concordia University, St. Paul. Beginning this year, Concordia University will host a Bachelor of Arts in Business Degree on the Cambridge Campus of Anoka-Ramsey Community College.  We are excited that students now have the option to fully complete their bachelor’s degree without ever leaving the Cambridge Campus!

Concordia University OPEN HOUSE – Bachelor’s of Arts in Business 

Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Cambridge Campus, Room F223

  • Thursday, Aug. 13, 4:30 to 7 pm

This is an accelerated degree program that is designed to be completed in approximately 18-20 months.  Classes are scheduled one night a week at the Cambridge Campus. The BA Business program is designed for students who are interested in accelerating their degree completion and who require the flexibility of attending class based on their work/life schedule.

The application fee for this program is waived and Concordia University will expedite the admission process by paying for all college transcripts to be sent, once each application is received. Graduates of Anoka-Ramsey and Anoka Tech will automatically qualify to receive the $2,000 Transfer Advantage Scholarship. Anoka-Ramsey and Concordia University have worked hard to finalize an articulation agreement where selected Business courses taken at Anoka-Ramsey would be accepted for equivalent credit at Concordia University, saving students both time and money.

To learn more about this program, visit Concordia University’s website, or email TJ Cafferty at