With the second-largest nursing program in the state, Anoka-Ramsey Community College put their flagship offering on display. Members of the House Capital Investment Committee streamed into Anoka-Ramsey on Wednesday to see the nursing and business programs.
The college is requesting $16 million from the state to modernize and expand the building that houses nursing and business programs. With state funding, the college hopes to add classroom space and improve technology.
College president Kent Hanson says the upgrades are necessary accommodate increasing enrollment and will allow the college to keep pace with the growing demand for qualified nurses.
“It's really in the students’ best interest, it's in our community's best interest, and if you're a patient out there, it's in your best interest too.”
Anoka-Ramsey received $569,000 from the state bonding bill in 2018 to cover design work for the project. If included in the 2020 bonding bill, construction would begin next fall and take about a year to complete.