The Many Names of Anoka Tech

Since it was founded in 1967, Anoka Technical College has undergone many name changes.

The institution opened as a vocational technical school, which was first operated under Anoka-Hennepin Independent School District 11. The school was named Anoka Technical Education Center, or TEC for short, when it opened 50 years ago.

Soon after opening, the name of the school was changed. The college has since seen numerous name changes—many of these coming by way of legislative mandate.

A History of Name Changes

  • 1967 – Anoka Technical Education Center opens
  • Soon after opening – Anoka Area Vocational Technical School
  • 1960’s to 1970’s – Anoka-Hennepin Vocational Institute
  • 1971 – Anoka-Hennepin Vocational Technical Institute (AVTI)
  • 1987 – Anoka Technical Institute, under mandate from the State Board of Technical Colleges
  • 1989 – Anoka Technical College becomes the name for the first time, under legislative mandate
  • 1992 – Anoka-Hennepin Technical College
  • 2003 – Renamed Anoka Technical College, the name the college bears today

Throughout the years, Anoka Technical College has maintained a strong student and community focus. The college is guided by its mission: to provide innovative career and technical education to help students and communities live and learn well.

A Page Out of History

The date of July 10, 2017 marks the beginning of our year-long celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Anoka Technical College! Join us throughout the year, as we share historical articles, stories and images from the last 50 years, including a feature called A Page Out of History!

A Page Out of History

Pictured is the cover of the first yearbook ever produced for Anoka-Hennepin Technical Education Center, dating back to the academic year of 1967 –1968. On the inside cover, it reads “Dedicated to the Future.”

#APageOutOfHistory  #AnokaTech50th

Launching a Year of Celebration

As we launch the 50th Anniversary celebration of Anoka Technical College, employees of the college are invited to a summer launch party!

The launch party will feature games, contests, giveaways and more. There will be opportunities for staff to take selfies and share their school pride on social media, using the hashtag: #AnokaTech50th

50th Anniversary Employee Celebration
2 to 4 pm, Monday, July 10, 2017
Anoka Tech Cafeteria
Open to college employees

Check out these events at the celebration:
• Strike a pose at the 50th Anniversary Selfie Station
• Enjoy ice cream and great music
• Play games to win fun prizes
• Mix and mingle with Mingle Bingo

Save the date! The 50th Anniversary Celebration, a public event, will be held at Anoka Technical College from 3 to 6 pm on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017.