Posted: January 19, 2000
Contact: Doug Anderson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 651-201-1426
Citing the high cost of building renovation, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees on Wednesday approved Chancellor Morris J. Anderson's recommendation to move Anoka-Hennepin Technical College's programs over the next two years to Hennepin Technical College (9 miles away) and Anoka-Ramsey Community College (4 miles away).
The chancellor's plan would allow the current Anoka-Hennepin site to be converted to a customized training center and, potentially, a program for high school students in partnership with the Anoka-Hennepin School District.
The board voted to ask the Legislature for $2 million as part of its capital budget request to plan and carry out some initial remodeling for the expanded programming at Hennepin Technical College and Anoka-Ramsey Community College. As part of its motion, the board also recommended that if the Minnesota Legislature acted to keep the school open, that it also appropriate enough additional funds to correct the long-term problems on the site.
"This was a very tough decision, but we had to look at the needs of the system as a whole," said Chancellor Anderson. "Our prime concern is making sure that our students receive a quality education, and that is difficult in a substandard building. A number of alternatives have been proposed, ranging from $7 million to $70 million, but a bare-bones renovation would not improve services to students."
The board has held three public hearings at Anoka-Hennepin Technical College to hear staff, student and community concerns about the college's future. The most recent was Jan. 12, and more than 200 people attended.
Under the chancellor's plan, current Anoka-Hennepin students have the opportunity to complete their programs. A transition committee will be appointed to analyze programs, personnel and facilities requirements, and provide recommendations to the chancellor by June 2000.
Minnesota's 31 state community and technical colleges, and universities serve more than 430,000 students across the state.