Colleges Join Professional Training and Development to Serve Community

August 02, 2012

Two leading 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 one dynamic Professional and Workforce Training center to focus on meeting the critical 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 Professional and Workforce Training 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 Professional and Workforce Training center [JB3] 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 areas of expertise, we can better serve our clients with comprehensive experience customized to their organizational or individual needs,” says 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 about 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. James McCormick, the former chancellor of the system, explained the decision to align the colleges as 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. The leadership of both colleges views the merger as an excellent opportunity to combine resources.

“The individual strengths of these two college entities have been substantial for many years,” says Dr. Jessica Stumpf, interim president at Anoka Technical and Anoka-Ramsey Community colleges. “The merger makes them even stronger and helps establish the aligned Professional and Workforce as the premiere service provider with more resources and an expanded reach.”

For more information about new aligned Professional and Workforce Training, please visit or call 763-433-1200.