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Fourth Week of Summer Session 2017

The fourth week of the summer session is well underway. The construction of the Saint Paul College Health and Science Alliance Center is winding down and I’d like to thank members of our college community who have patiently endured all phases of construction throughout the year.

Many Saint Paul College students are on campus for summer courses and registering for fall 2017. I would like to offer my humble gratitude to our dedicated faculty, staff, and administrative team who interact with our students everyday.

My week at a glance

A Community Conversation – On Saturday, June 17, Saint Paul College and the YWCA of St. Paul hosted a Community Conversation following the verdict of St. Anthony police officer, Jeronimo Yanez.

Saturday's Community Conversation was a small step towards building a community that intentionally and actively cares for its members. As Dr. Martin Luther King said; Our goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls​ as well as a quantitative change in our lives. For more information on A Community Conversation, please view the news story from Kare11.

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees Meeting – I attended the Minnesota State Board of Trustees meeting. The meeting focused on budget, student opportunity gaps, technology upgrades, student programs, and facilities projects for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

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Retiree Luncheon – Saint Paul College welcomed more than 70 retirees to campus for a luncheon on Thursday, June 22. It was wonderful to see so many dedicated and passionate Saint Paul College retirees on campus to to honor our past, present, and future. One highlight of this year’s event was our students speakers who shared their experiences at the College.

Twin Cities Pride Parade – I am proud to be part of the Twin Cities Pride Parade on Sunday, June 25, along with Saint Paul College PRISM Campus Alliance and Saint Paul College community members.

I would like to share an insightful blog written by a Saint Paul College staff member about her experience in the Saint Paul College Certified Wine Professional program: My Incredibly Fun & Harrowing Journey From Intrepid Oenophile to Certified Wine Professional.

Saint Paul College Machining Technology adjunct faculty member, Nancy Martinez, was recognized for her achievements at the America's Job Honor Awards. Martinez stated, “(education) Gave me an opportunity to experience real change and finally have a life that was worth living.”

I’d like to share an article from MinnPost about the shortage of skilled workers in Minnesota and how community and technical colleges – such as Saint Paul College – help bridge this gap. The State of Minnesota is currently working on the development of The Workforce Development Scholarship in an effort to attract students to career and technical programs. Read more at State creates scholarships for students at Minnesota technical colleges.

This week I met a student who is taking nine credits toward their business management degree at Saint Paul College this summer in addition to working two jobs. I am in awe of the amazing work ethic our students put forward on a daily basis. This student’s story is similar to many other Saint Paul College students. I am blessed to work at a college that truly cares for the well-being of our students. We are proud of all of our students educational journey.

When they start here, they can go anywhere.

As I often say if we do not take care of our students and our community, who will?

I wish you a relaxing weekend.

Best,
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
President/CEO
Saint Paul College

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