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Sixth Week of Summer Term 2015

The third and final session of Summer Term started this week. I am grateful to our dedicated staff who facilitate new and returning student registration, and also very grateful to our faculty, who are so involved and engaged with our students as they provide excellent instruction in their classes and labs.

This week has been a “catch-up” week for me, as the Vice President of Academic Affairs and I interviewed several faculty candidates for teaching positions. I also had the chance to meet with several community, government and business leaders this week:

  • Consulate General of Canada Minneapolis office covers five states: Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota, and is part of a network that represents Canada across the U.S. and around the world. I met with the Consul General to discuss potential faculty exchanges among Canadian community colleges and Saint Paul College.
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  • New Health and Science Alliance Center - Architects, Construction Contractor, Owner Representative, Project Manager, Minnesota State Universities and Colleges Facilities Construction Engineer, Vice President of Finance and Facilities, and Director of Facilities met to discuss the details of Saint Paul College’s new Health and Science Alliance Center. The $19 million building project is one of four projects funded for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system and a top priority of the MnSCU Board of Trustees. The Saint Paul College Health and Science Alliance Center will include four science laboratories, two STEM/health flexible classrooms, two health science simulation labs, three business and industry classrooms, and three general classrooms for a total of approximately 45,000 new and renovated square feet. Read more about the center in our news article: Saint Paul College poised for new building project: Health and Science Alliance Center
  • St. Paul Pioneer Press team tours the College - the Executive Director of the Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation and I met with a team from the St. Paul Pioneer Press, and engaged in a dialogue with them about the College’s role, programs and training options, and impact on the Twin Cities community as they toured Saint Paul College. An Op Ed about Saint Paul College will be coming soon, stay tuned, I promise.
  • Early College and Jobs for the Future collaboration with Saint Paul Public Schools – I attended a WebEx meeting with several Saint Paul College team members and Saint Paul Public Schools Team to discuss a potential grant proposal to help pave the road map for Early College.

Of special note:

  • One of our Cabinetmaking students won the gold medal in the National SkillsUSA Competition held last week in Louisville, KY. Intentional opportunities like this for our students require dedicated faculty and staff, who serve as role models with unwavering commitment to student success. Many kudos to our faculty and students. Our SkillsUSA advisor made the trip with many of our students, all of whom had won medals in the Minnesota SkillsUSA competition.
  • If yo​u haven’t had a chance to view highlights of our 2015 Wall of Fame Event where Mayor Chris Coleman was recognized as Community Partner of the Year, and Curt Southward ‘74 was recognized as Alumnus of the Year, here’s a direct link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5unFu-K3jg. You can also read more about the awards at        ​

As a final thought for this shortened week due to the Independence Day holiday, I want to express what an honor it is for me to be a part of Saint Paul College and all of the opportunities it helps create for our students by providing them with the tools and means, support and encouragement to master their trade, their craft, their skills, and their knowledge to excel in their chosen field and contribute to the success, not only of this city and our state, but also our country. I think that is a great gift to give to our nation as we all celebrate this great day - Happy Birthday America! To all, have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

Best,
Rassoul​



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