Colleges merge professional training centers

Two professional development training centers, the Corporate Center at Anoka Technical College and the Professional Training Center at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, have formally merged operations.

The result is a professional and workforce training center focused on meeting the training and development needs of businesses and individuals north of the Twin Cities and in east central Minnesota.

Under the direction of Jamie Barthel, the center will continue providing development training and non-credit educational opportunities in compliance/OSHA, health and wellness, manufacturing technology and industrial engineering, information technology and computer application, professional and organization development and personal interest.

Working collaboratively with both colleges the center will give individuals an opportunity to take non-credit classes to enhance their competency levels for both personal development and career advancement.

“By merging our teams and our areas of expertise, we can better serve our clients by offering a comprehensive experience that is customized to their organizational or individual needs,” said Barthel.

“The merger presents a significant opportunity to collaboratively bring our services and education offerings to the next level.

“We are excited to see this come together and to becoming a more resourceful partner for our customers.”

Merging the two operations is the result of a larger alignment.

In July 2011, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system aligned Anoka Technical College and Anoka-Ramsey Community College.

According to James McCormick, the former chancellor of the MnSCU system, the decision to align the colleges was a means to create efficiencies in administration and better coordination of programs as well as to strengthen partnerships with business and industries.

Anoka Technical and Anoka-Ramsey have complementary and similar strengths and fulfill related missions in helping the business community, according to Dr. Jessie Stumpf, interim president at Anoka Technical and Anoka-Ramsey Community colleges.

The leadership of both colleges views the merger as an excellent opportunity to combine resources, Stumpf said.

“The individual strengths of these two college entities have been substantial for many years,” she said.

“The merger makes them even stronger and helps establish themselves as premiere service providers with more resources and an expanded reach.”

For more information about new aligned professional and workforce training, visit or call 763-433-1200.