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Saint Paul College A Community & Technical College

Fifth Week of Summer Term 2015

Greetings!

We’re excited to start our third, and final, summer session next week. There is still time to register! Classes begin on Monday, June 29, 2015.

I met with many important organizations and leade​rs this week including:

  • College Possible – to discuss ways that we can better ​serve our students and possible partnership opportunities
  • Scholarship America – to discuss the Dream Keepers Scholarship
  • Central Corridor Anchor Partnership - Executive Committee meeting at Augsburg College
  • Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation - board of directors orientation - I am grateful to our Foundation Board members for their volunteerism, efforts, tireless leadership, and contributions in support of Saint Paul College’s mission and vision.
  • Fox and Hounds Breakfast Group - I made an interactive presentation about Saint Paul College’s programs and services to the Fox and Hounds Breakfast Group, which is a group of many well-established and well-known Minneapolis business people who meet informally Wednesday mornings for breakfast. Each week they invite a different speaker and I was invited to highlight the significant role that the College plays in promoting and advancing workforce strategies and economic development opportunities in the Twin Cities. You can view my presentation by clicking on the following link: View the Higher Education and Serving the Community presentation.
  • Saint Paul College Executive Leadership Team to review strategies addressing Student Success, Narrowing the Achievement Gap (between students of color and white students), Student Graduate Employment Follow Up, and Enterprise Risk Management, which are areas of focus for the Management Team Group. Our next step is to share these strategies and solicit further feedback from the Management Team. More to come. Stay tuned.
  • Pipeline Project - Communication Year End Results meeting
  • United Hospital Foundation Board Meeting  - We toured the new Mother and Baby Center Facilities currently under construction. I was impressed with the state-of-the-art facility. Several of our alumni are currently working on this construction project. What a fantastic feeling to see our graduates making a difference in the lives of our community members with their masterful construction skills.​
  • University of Minnesota's Annual University Council for Workforce and Human Resource Education Panel – I was on the panel and discussed education issues as well as trends that are carried in Workforce Education. Additionally, we will host this group from around the U.S. for a tour of Saint Paul College on Saturday morning.
  • Charting the Future – I oriented new deans, directors, and executive leadership team members on the Charting the Future Initiative and next steps.

I am honored that I will walk alongside the Saint Paul College PRISM Campus Alliance club, college faculty and staff, and their friends and family, as we lead the parade and carry the Pride flag in the Minneapolis 2015 Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade on Sunday, June 28, 2015. I’m sure there will be added celebration with the news today that the Supreme Court extended the right to marry to same-sex couples nationwide in a landmark ruling. View PRISM Campus Alliance club Pride parade photos on Facebook

Earlier this week, coincidentally, I met six Saint Paul College alumni from our Electrical Technology and Pipefitting Programs in the airport who were working on a special out of state project. Nothing excites me more, than seeing our students making a difference in our community and the world. Likewise, we currently have a group of construction and carpentry students working with the House Our Heroes Minnesota Program. These projects truly make a positive impact. Housing our Heroes.

This week we also had several students from Saint Paul College who competed in the Skills USA National Competitions in Louisville and Ke​ntucky. Intentional opportunities like these for our students require dedicated faculty and staff, who serve as role models with unwavering commitment to student success.

Finally, Gallup recently released survey results about the quality of education in community colleges. The survey confirms that Americans have similar views on the quality of two-year and four-year college education. Read more information here

I sincerely thank you for all you do to help our students succeed. If we do not take care of our students, who will?

I wish you a relaxing weekend.

Best,
Rassoul​


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