Principal Investigator

Dr. Robert C. Johnson

Phone: 320-308-2553

Fax: 320-308-2554


Dr. Robert C. Johnson is a Professor and the Chair of the Ethnic Studies Department and Pre-College Departments at SCSU.


His degrees are numerous and his experience is varied. B.A. 1967, Lincoln University; M.A.T. 1970, M.A. 1974, Ph.D. 1976, B.S. 1984, Washington University.has B.A in French, a Masters degree iin technology and social policies, a bachelor degree in mathematics, and a PH.D in educational research.


Dr. Johnson is passionate about showing students of any age that the path to higher education is an important step to take in their future successes.


Dr. Johnson is the 2012 recipient of the Robert L. Perry Memorial Mentorship Award by the National Association of Ethnic Studies for his work in promoting and nurturing the mentoring of the underrepresented youth in our communities.


Dr. Johnson founded Pipeline camps at SCSU more than 25 years ago. For more information see,



Program Project Manager

Debbie Beumer


Fax: 320-308-2554







Office Manager

Ryan Schultz


Fax: 320-308-2554














Ahmed Mohamed

Tech High School

320-252–2231, ext 3136


Ahmed has a Bachelor of Science in Math and Physics and his Master's Degree in Linguistics. He moved to the United States from Somali in 1997.

He has been with the Access and Opportunity Program since it's inception and is a veteran of the program. Ahmed has dedicated his entire professional career to the education field.





Twyla Nielsen

Apollo High School



Twyla is from St. Paul, MN and earned her B.S. in Education right here at St. Cloud State University. She earned her M.ED & PhD at North Dakota State University

Twyla has 20 years in experience in Education as an Elementary Teacher and K12 School Counselor

Her favorite thing about the AOP Program is the daily interaction with students and the opportunity to work with a great staff at North Junior High School


Chanmany Sysengchanh

Apollo High School - 11th -12th grades

320-253-1600, ext 2828

cs Chanmany is from Minneapolis, MN (Northside).  He graduated from North Community High School and received  a Bachelor of Elective Studies from St. Cloud State University.


He says his favorite thing about the program is seeing the wonderful students everyday.



Heather Thiesen

Apollo High School

320-253-1600, ext 2828


Heather attended Storden-Jeffers High School before heading off to higher education at Mankato State University where she earned a degree in Elementary Education K-6, and then Southwest Minnesota State University earning a degree in Educational Leadership.

She feels that the Access and Opportunity program is a way to make students aware that education is important; it is not easy, but responsibility and work ethic will help you survive.





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