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Office of the President

Welcome to Saint Paul College

Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D. President

On behalf of our faculty, staff and administrators, I want to thank you for considering Saint Paul College as your educational partner and your pathway to a bright future. We look forward to working with you each step of the way!

I would like to personally invite you to visit our beautiful campus. Take a tour and see our classrooms and hands-on laboratory and training facilities; talk to our student ambassadors, staff and faculty and experience our wonderful campus community.

Saint Paul College is a place that empowers students from all walks of life and places all around the globe as they navigate their different pathways. Whether your pathway is career and technical training, academic transfer, gaining skills to become a better employee, or enriching your life through life-long learning, we have a place for you at Saint Paul College!

When you visit Saint Paul College, I hope you notice “The student is” document that we have posted around our campus. It is our promise to you, and a reminder to ourselves, that the student is indeed the most important person on our campus – for without you there would be no need for our college. As you walk around our college, I hope you see what I see – that our team of staff and faculty advance the human cause through respect, individuality and civility—it happens here each and every day. We truly care about our students and each other.

Saint Paul College has a tremendous impact on the vibrant City of Saint Paul and surrounding communities. For over 100 years, the College has been here to serve the citizens, local industries and above all else, the students. With deep roots in career and technical education, along with academic transfer, Saint Paul College has prepared thousands of students for employment or transfer to four-year colleges and universities, both inside and outside the state of Minnesota. To date, we have graduated over 40,000 students.

We believe that our success is rooted in the thousands of students who find a home at Saint Paul College every year. Saint Paul College has been ranked the #1 community college in the nation by Washington Monthly magazine in 2010 and again in 2013, for student engagement in active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interaction, and support for learning. If you are looking for a caring, supportive, and nurturing learning environment where dedicated and knowledgeable faculty and staff are committed to your future and success, then Saint Paul College is the right place for you.

Learn more about the College and services for students, programs and career opportunities by exploring our Web site further or scheduling an on-campus visit.

Best wishes for success with your college plans and your personal goals.

Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D.

The mission of Saint Paul College is to provide "Education for employment...Education for Life."

The President’s Huffington Post blogs​

Community Colleges Need Their Community
Posted January 22, 2013
Saint Paul College is lucky. We are located in a great city full of opportunity for business, education, cultural and recreational events. At the end of... Read Post

Two Year Colleges Are the Bridges
Posted December 12, 2012
Saint Paul College is a comprehensive two-year community and technical college, and we're in the front and the back end of the business of higher education: dealing with those who aren't college ready and then needing to do our utmost to prepare our students to be career ... Read Post

What Can I Do for a Veteran?
Posted November 2, 2012
During our campus Veterans Day ceremony last year, Joe Buhain, our Respiratory Therapy program director and a Bronze Star Medal recipient who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, said this: "Someone once asked me, 'What can I do for a veteran?'... Read Post

Celebrating Labor Day and Preserving the Tradition of a Skilled Work Force
Posted August 31, 2012
As we look forward to the Labor Day holiday and celebration, I can't help but reflect on the important connection that Saint Paul College has to Labor Day. Our college is nearly... Read Post

Beyond the Buzzword "Underserved" 
Posted July 3, 2012
People, in general, seem to be getting a little tired of some of the buzzwords in education, such as "underserved." That word initiates a Pavlovian response, almost knee-jerk reaction in many -- "Quick! Pay attention! Do something!" In addition, the word "underserved"... Read Post

The Strength of Community Colleges
Posted May 1, 2012
Quality, affordability, accessibility, diversity and student success. These things are at the very core of community colleges, and it makes us all stronger. It certainly continues to make Saint Paul College stronger. When I think of community colleges and their mission... Read Post

Committed Citizens Make for Effective Intentional Partnerships
Posted September 16, 2014
Margaret Mead is often quoted as saying "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."  I get that. That ripple effect of starting small, and then reaching... Read Post

Avoiding the Need for Student Debt Relief
Posted June 24, 2014
Student debt relief is a significant and serious issue, and I applaud all of those who are finding solutions to help alleviate the financial burdens of student borrowers, such... Read Post

Community Colleges Play More Vital Role than Ever Posted February 4, 2014
What community colleges need to do is keep the role that we play in higher education visible and accessible to all citizens, just as we have been doing during this economic recovery... Read Post

Education Isn't Just Dollars and Cents
Posted October 30, 2013
Education isn't just dollars and cents; it goes beyond these finite things. Education fuels and ignites the mind. Ignites the soul. Learning is a transformative experience and there is no way to gauge that against the cost of... Read Post

A Skilled Workers Shortage Is a Great Problem to Have
Posted August 19, 2013
For career and technical education, a skilled workers shortage presents a great opportunity to have renewed and earnest discussions with employers, legislators... Read Post

When Reality Sets in for Graduates
Posted June 19, 2013
In May of this year, I spoke at the commencement ceremony of my alma mater, Southwest Minnesota State University, and also spoke at our own Saint Paul College... Read Post

College Affordability: Now Is the Time
Posted May 1, 2013
In real estate, it's location, location, location. For most college students, it's affordability, affordability, affordability. Although people will agree that the value of a good education is priceless, it doesn't mean that... Read Post

We Cannot Lose If We Focus on Student Needs  Posted March 12, 2013
As with everything in life, education is complex. There are all the different types of institutions, public and private, from preschool and K-12, colleges and universities, training... Read Post