The campus is now back in full swing after last week’s spring break, and the College is brimming with national recognition for excellence in our departments and academic programs, and expansion of learning opportunities for students on highly specialized, technologically advanced equipment. I want to thank everyone for their extraordinary work at Saint Paul College that keeps propelling us forward in search of excellence on every level!
Our Health Sciences division continues to add high-tech equipment to provide our students with the hands-on training that prepares them so well for their chosen field and careers. The Simulation Center now has the only SynDaver synthetic human body in Minnesota. We’re very excited to get our health science students started on training with the world’s most sophisticated synthetic surgical simulation and anatomy model. I was able to visit the Sim Center and see the SynDaver for myself, and I was truly amazed.
Surgical Technology program hosted a very unique and interactive Surgical Technology Simulation Demonstration Workshop. Our students (pictured above) had the opportunity to try the laparoscopic simulation equipment. Lap Sim is very sophisticated combination of software and mechanical instruments and trains all skill levels from the novice to the very advanced. 3-D med equipment is specifically created to train and build upon hand eye motor skills required of a surgical technologist when scrubbing for endoscopic procedures. I marveled what I saw at this workshop, and am very grateful to have faculty who feel so strongly about the importance of learning such specialized skill sets provides a realistic immersion into the environment and real life scenarios of functioning on a surgical team. Learn more about our
Surgical Technology and
Sterile Processing programs.
Website wins silver Paragon Award
Saint Paul College received the sliver Paragon Award from the
National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR) for our website. The focus was on the College’s entire website. Congratulations to our Marketing Team and the IT Webmasters for providing the College with such a great website. The creation and implementation of our new website was a massive undertaking and we are all so proud of this special recognition. Without the talented and creative team of dedicated staff and administrators, this major achievement and recognition would not have been possible. Kudos to our team for this major and deserved recognition.
Mobile Development Certificate program ranked a top 10
Saint Paul College has been ranked at number 10 by Value Colleges in their ranking of the Top 50 Most Affordable Mobile App Development Programs. Value Colleges selection is based on the quality, affordability, and potential the programs provide to students and graduates. You can read the article at
Here’s a short recap of my activities this week:
I had a phone conversation with the program officer from the
Joyce Foundation, a nonpartisan, private charitable foundation, to discuss their interest in investing in higher education policy changes and transformation in Minnesota.
Spring 2018 Scholarship Appreciation Reception
The College held a
Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation Scholarship Appreciation Reception, hosting approximately 75 donors, students, faculty, staff, and families and friends of our students. This spring, Friends of Saint Paul College awarded over $128,800 in scholarships to 124 students. We are grateful to our donors and community of supporters for their advocacy and generosity.
Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation Board Meeting
I attended the
Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation board meeting where we discussed progress with the Foundation’s strategic planning process, scholarships, endowment, annual audit, and upcoming scholarship fundraising events.
Higher Ground Academy Charter School
The vice president of Finance and Operations, the director of Facilities and I met with a team from the Minnesota State to discuss a potential educational partnership with Higher Ground Academy. Saint Paul College also hosted a neighborhood association meeting, where we listened to ideas and sought feedback from our neighbors concerning this partnership initiative.
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees Meeting
I attended the
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees meeting via Web Ex. The meeting focused on fiscal management, student success, collaborative campus and regional planning updates, policy changes and amendments, and the introduction of two new community college presidents. Chancellor Malhotra addressed Minnesota State Board of Trustees with his remarks in his new capacity the permanent Chancellor of Minnesota State.
Comprehensive Workforce Solutions
I met with the interim executive director of the Comprehensive Workforce Solutions initiative to discuss the progress with the development the new model using the expertise and resources of our customized training and continuing education units of Minnesota State to strengthen Minnesota's workforce in a manner that is financially sustainable and market competitive. This new model will enable us to serve more employers more proactively, more comprehensively, while delivering greater value.
Economic Development and Workforce Development Partners
I met with the representatives for economic development from the City of Saint Paul, executive director/president of Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, Ramsey County Deputy Commissioner, president of Greater Saint Paul Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), president/CEO of St. Paul Port Authority, and executive director of Riverfront Corporation to discuss economic development and workforce development issues related to Saint Paul and Ramsey County.
United Hospital Foundation Board Meeting
I attended a United Hospital Foundation Board meeting where we discussed their strategic plan and funding priorities.
Weekly Legislative WebEx
I along with presidents of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities attended a Legislative WebEX to discuss the legislative bills that are currently being reviewed in both Minnesota House of Representatives and Minnesota Senate.
Saint Paul College Student Senate Meeting and Luncheon
The executive leadership team at the College and I met with the
Student Senate leadership and discussed various student initiatives at the College. The purpose of the Student Senate is to represent student ideas, concerns and issues at Saint Paul College. Student Senate is empowered to represent the student body to the College and community.
District Energy Legacy Day
As a member of St. Paul District Energy Board, I attended the Annual District Energy Legacy Day. As a board member I represent District Energy’s medium-sized customers.
Saint Paul Downtown Alliance Meeting
I attended the Employer Attraction, Retention, and Growth Committee meeting of
Saint Paul Downtown Alliance, which will work with partners to assess and fill gaps in downtown property that support job creation; identify and attract resources to enhance downtown property; address challenges to attracting jobs including parking, transit access, and pedestrian wayfinding; coordinate strategic business retention visits; and champion projects and policies that support business growth.
I get my dose of daily energy seeing our faculty, staff, and students in action. All are working together to ensure that our students are making progress with their academic journeys. I will end this week’s blog by sharing interactions that I had with students in my walkabouts throughout the week.
I visited with three students who are all studying pre-engineering and will soon be transferring to a major research university. All three confirmed that their credits will transfer to this university. I also met two students who are pursuing skilled trades programs and already have secured employment for when they graduate. These students represent different pathways available to our students – a career pathway leading to direct employment or transferring to a college or university to complete a 4-year degree.
Our students inspire us by coming to Saint Paul College from all walks of life with a wide array of experiences (personal, life, and work). This is what makes Saint Paul College a rich and interesting place for all individuals who call it a workplace or a premier college of their choice to pursue their education.
I am proud that we, as a caring community of knowledgeable, dedicated, and committed professionals, work in a coordinated and collaborative manner to facilitate opportunities for success for our students and our community.
I wish you a relaxing weekend.
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College