The Saint Paul College office of Student Life & Diversity is sponsoring the I Am Not Invisible Minnesota exhibit displaying photos of 28 Minnesota women veterans from all walks of life who have served our nation. Anyone can view the exhibit which is on display March 1-14, throughout the 4th Floor Lounge, room 4310. I’m very grateful to Student Life for bringing this exhibit to our campus and helping us all become more aware of the women who have so selflessly served this country. And I am deeply appreciative of the women veterans at Saint Paul College. Thank you for your service and for contributing to the depth and vitality of our campus environment.
According to the Women’s Veterans Initiative, “I Am Not Invisible is an awareness campaign designed to honor the service and sacrifice of our women veterans, and give our communities an opportunity to show them they are respected and supported. That they are not invisible.” For more info go to: http://womenveteransinitiative.com/not-invisible-minnesota/
Here’s a short recap of a few of my activities
Twin Cities Metro Baccalaureate Plan
I met with several Metro area college presidents and Minnesota State system office leadership team members to discuss a Metro area baccalaureate plan.
Strategic Enrollment Management
I along with the members of the Saint Paul College Executive Leadership Team met with a team of strategic enrollment management experts to kick off the Strategic Enrollment Management initiative at Saint Paul College.
Saint Paul Downtown Alliance Initiative East Metro Meeting
As part of the Saint Paul Downtown Alliance initiative, I met with the representatives for economic development from the City of Saint Paul, the president of Saint Paul Downtown Alliance, the executive director/president of Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, Greater MSP, Ramsey County deputy commissioner, the president of Greater Saint Paul Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), and the president/CEO of Saint Paul Port Authority to discuss economic development, recruitment of businesses and firms, and workforce development issues related to Saint Paul and Ramsey County.
United Hospital Foundation
As a United Hospital Foundation board member and chair of United Hospital Funding Priorities Committee, I attended a funding priorities meeting.
Saint Paul Public Schools Career Day
I welcomed over one hundred 9th -12th grade students from Saint Paul Public Schools as they attended Career Day here at the College. We continue to deepen our intentional collaboration and partnership with SPPS. We are excited that our young visitors will consider starting their higher education journey at Saint Paul College so we can deliver on our promise of when our students start here, they can go anywhere.
Hosting Executive Director of Greater Metropolitan Workforce Council
I hosted the executive director of Greater Metropolitan Workforce Council at Saint Paul College. MWCA is a private public partnership that devises strategies that will benefit members of our communities who have traditionally been underserved and underemployed, with a special focus on sector partnerships and career pathways to prosperity. Saint Paul College plays a critical role by training qualified talent for Minnesota’s economy and workforce shortage. Check out saintpaul.edu/programs.
National Recognition for SPPS and Saint Paul College Gateway to College Program
For the second consecutive year, Saint Paul Public Schools and Saint Paul College Gateway to College will be recognized as an outstanding program at the Gateway to College National Network directors meeting in July. The recognition is for the milestones reached of success and achievement for student diploma completion, student GPA, and number of college credits that students earn at Saint Paul College. Kudos to our team from both SPPS and Saint Paul College for their collaboration to construct bridges of hope, success, and opportunity for our students.
MAPE Meet and Confer
I met with the MAPE employee bargaining unit representatives to discuss operations of the College in their respective work areas.
In the news
Finance & Commerce publication: Finance & Commerce: Q & A: New DEED leader talks budget, workforce “When you dig into the numbers on the talent gap, it really is most concentrated around the employment band that requires a high school or vocational degree…I think we do a disservice to our youth when we tell them, go get a college degree, go take on a bunch of debt, and then come home and look for a job that might not even require that degree, and suddenly you’re deeply in debt. Vocational schools need to be a huge part of our strategy in this state.”
Star Tribune: Demand for workers in Minnesota could expand sharply, raising pressure on employers, educators: If Minnesota doesn't make progress adding trained workers in near term, the state risks losing out on billions of dollars in future economic growth.
Don’t miss our spring play, Antigone
I am always so pleased by the performances of our students. These theatrical productions are such a collaborative effort with student and faculty volunteers providing set design, hair and makeup, behind the scenes work, plus the reception after Friday’s performance. The director Jimmy LeDuc, drama and theatre instructor, brings everything to life every spring play. I want to thank everyone for providing this experience for our students. The two remaining performances are Friday, March 8 at 7:30pm, and Saturday afternoon, March 9, at 1:30pm. Antigone performances are free and open to the public. For more info about the play go to saintpaul.edu/springplay.
And finally, it is once again so apparent that Saint Paul College relies on collaboration and partnerships both internally at the College as well as with external educational, business, industry and community based organizations. I could thank everyone daily for the positive impact you have on this institution, and it still would not show the depth of my gratitude.
May you all have a relaxing, safe and re-creative weekend that nurtures your spirit despite the impending snow storm!
My best, Rassoul
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College