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Tenth Week of Summer Session 2017

Congratulations to all students who completed their summer studies this week. We are proud of you and wish you the very best on all future endeavors.

The Saint Paul College new Health and Science Alliance Center is almost ready for students. I am thankful to faculty, staff, and administrators who have worked so hard to ensure that this state-of-the-art building will be ready this fall.

Our hardworking staff and faculty are also busy helping students register for fall semester through Express Registration Days and making follow up phone calls to new and returning students. I’m thankful to everyone helping our students with their educational journey at Saint Paul College.

My week at Glance:

Meeting with a Community Leader – I met with a community leader to discuss Minnesota’s workforce trends and the critical role Saint Paul College plays in providing innovative programs that produce well-trained workers who can contribute to Minnesota’s economy and prosperity.

Nature Enthusiast and Activist – I met with the Executive Director of a non-profit organization who is an advocate for access and equity in the outdoors for underserved communities. We explored options to connect with community colleges to create pathways for students interested in leadership and careers related to nature and the outdoors.

Meeting with a Philanthropic Foundation – I met with a philanthropic foundation to discuss Saint Paul College programs and partnerships that advance and promote student success by funding summer bridge courses for the Power of YOU program at Saint Paul College.

White Bear Rotary Club Presentation – I attended and presented at the White Bear Rotary Club in White Bear Lake. The White Bear Rotary Club is a group of dedicated and passionate volunteers working towards the common good and welfare of our community.

Lunch with a Colleague – I had a lunch meeting with the former President of Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Phil Davis. After 41 years of service, Phil will be enjoying retirement and pursuing many hobbies. I am thankful to my colleague for providing me mentoring and coaching when I started in my role as the President and CEO of Saint Paul College.

City of St. Paul Planning and Economic Development – The Dean of Workforce Training and Continuing Education and I met with representatives from the City of Saint Paul to discuss economic and workforce development issues related to Ramsey County.

Construction Workforce System Change – The Dean of Workforce Training and Continuing Education and I attended a construction occupational sectorial system change strategic planning session. Participants included construction firms, community based organizations, labor unions, employer organizations, and representatives from philanthropic organizations. This project is funded by a generous grant from the McKnight Foundation and the Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Workforce Innovation Network. Saint Paul College plays a critical role in training skills trade technicians for construction occupations in the twin cities.

Taiwanese Culinary Students – This week, culinary and hospitality students from Taiwan are taking part in a three-week culinary boot camp before starting a year-long program at Metropolitan State University. This is part of a growing partnership with China University of Technology.

Taiwan Culinary Students

Culinary and hospitality students from CUTe​ partake in a culinary boot camp at Saint Paul College.

For your reading pleasure:

Congrats to Saint Paul College Nursing faculty Dale Stanley Anderson who will be Featured in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare

I would like to end this weeks blog by thanking all of our hardworking faculty and staff who go the extra mile to facilitate success for our students.

After all, if we do not take care of our students, who will?

Amazing things are happening here.​

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

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