College Scholarship Fundraising Event Jan. 31

Six Public Openings in MN Master Naturalist Volunteer Training at College

Anoka-Ramsey theater production selected for Kennedy Center Midwest regional competition

Las Hermanas Padilla at Anoka-Ramsey, Jan. 16 and 17

Ceramics fundraisers; public gets opportunity for one-of-a-kind art May 6

Be a Life Saver: College Offers Free Suicide Prevention Workshop April 16

Public Invited to 8th Annual Student Fine Arts Portfolio Exhibit Opening April 3

Join the fun: The IT Girl hits college stage April 18-26

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Students Enter Digital Age with Launch of New Web Site

College gears up undergraduate research opportunities to enrich learning, advance scientific knowledge

Two students named to All-Minnesota Academic Team

Students, community members improve natural habitats through MN Master Naturalist Program

Ramsey Lions Club Presents $25,000 to College Foundation

College Nursing instructor named an Educator of the Year

Lake Wobegon® Brass Band supports College Music program and plays on

Sponsors for scholarship event needed to change lives

College faculty member publishes first chapbook, Blood Ties

Three faculty members named 2014 Outstanding Educators by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

College Music Faculty Offer Free, Public Recital Feb. 7

College Art Faculty Offer Free, Public Talks about Craft

Can’t get a job? Get inspired by someone who got 50 jobs in 50 weeks April 29

27th Annual Minnesota Writer Program Welcomes Award-Winning Author Cary J. Griffith Feb. 13

College hosts 2014 One Book Cambridge Community-Wide Reading program May 8

Master falconer visit huge success

College Now Offers Pharmacy Technician Degree at Cambridge Campus

Faculty Members Recognized with 2014 State Arts Grants

College’s Free Candlelight Ski Event Set for Feb. 1

College student finds the know-how to empower survivors of human

Cast Announced for Upcoming Production of The IT Girl

College Scenic Designer Honored by Kennedy Center Theatre Festival Recognition

College women’s and men’s basketball teams make history: both teams win regional championships, advance to nationals

Two Rivers Reading Series Hosts Graphic Novelist Tyler Page April 8

College Announces Cast for Upcoming Production of And Then There Were None

College STEM Chicks encourage girls’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math

Scholarship Fundraising Event Breaks Record in Attendance and Profit

Science Night: Peregrine Falcon – Fastest Member of the Animal Kingdom, Feb. 25

College student finds the know-how to empower survivors of human

February 28, 2014

When Bukola Oriola started taking courses at Anoka-Ramsey Community College in 2012 she knew she had a calling to be an advocate for survivors of human trafficking. What she didn’t know was how to go about it.

A journalist in her native Nigeria with an associate degree in Mass Communications, Bukola first came to the U.S. in 2005 to cover a session of the United Nations. She soon came under the influence of a man who imprisoned her for two years. Subjected to torture, starvation, physical, psychological and emotional abuse, Oriola could leave the house only to work and was not allowed to keep any earnings.

Once she escaped, she began re-building her life and wanting to advocate for victims of human trafficking. In 2009, she wrote a memoir, “Imprisoned: The Travails of a Trafficked Victim,” and later produced nearly 20 episodes of “Imprisoned Show” as a volunteer television producer with North Metro TV public access. But she still lacked certain skills to be an effective advocate, she said.

For one thing, she didn’t know how to find the information she needed. She began taking courses at Anoka-Ramsey to better understand American culture and how to communicate. She also learned valuable skills in how to find credible facts and information.

“All the classes I have taken have been very helpful as far as understanding the American culture,” she said. Oriola also learned computer skills for producing brochures and flyers, among other things. “Anoka-Ramsey has also helped me be more committed.”

In August 2013, she founded The Enitan Story, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit that provides services to victims and survivors of human trafficking. Now, she routinely makes presentations and holds fund-raising events for local survivors of human trafficking.

And just last month, Oriola was invited to the White House as one of 20 survivors selected to participate in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Human Trafficking Survivor Forum.

“It was a rare privilege,” she said of her experience as a forum participant. And she credits Anoka-Ramsey’s courses, instructors and students with providing her with the know-how, skills and support to become a national spokeswoman for trafficking victims.

Conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime and other federal agencies, the forum was a platform for survivors of human trafficking to react to the federal government’s plan to provide and coordinate support for victims

 “It was a very successful forum,” Oriola said. “I was glad that the federal government considers our opinions, as survivors, to be relevant in combating human trafficking in the U.S.”

Oriola currently lives in Anoka and runs a hair braiding studio in Spring Lake Park. She plans to transfer to a four-year college next fall.








Anoka-Ramsey Community College student, Bukola Oriola, sightsees near the White House in Washington, D.C. where she was invited by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime to particpate in the forum  for survivors of human trafficking to react to the federal government’s plan to provide and coordinate support for victims.