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The Anoka Technical College is celebrating a golden milestone this year, one that almost didn't happen.On Thursday night, the school marked its 50th anniversary by opening its doors to the public to give them a glimpse at the programs offered and demonstrations in various technical trades. But back in 2000, the MnSCU system wanted to close the school and move some of the programs across the river to the Hennepin Technical College. However, Governor Ventura and the State Legislature stepped up to fund the needed repairs to the facility to keep its doors open."The community really got up, joined hands, and met with legislators and the powers that be to make sure that this wouldn't go away," says Clifford Kurkowski, a former president of the Anoka Technical College. "Today when I walk the halls and see the results of the $12.5 million we got to save the college, it really is showing and the college looks fantastic, I'm really impressed."Just two years after the college was saved, the Secondary Technical Education Program (STEP) opened on campus. The facility houses various high school academic courses as well as career and technical education programs.