This week we celebrated student success and scholarship by hosting the Friends of Saint Paul College Scholarship Breakfast, in appreciation of our generous donors who fund scholarships for Saint Paul College students. Scholarship recipients had the opportunity to meet and thank scholarship donors in person. This opportunity means as much to our donors as it does to our students. While Saint Paul College is very affordable, receiving a scholarship often means the difference between a student being able to attend college or not, and our donors realize this. For many of our donors who have benefited as scholarship recipients themselves, whether as a student at Saint Paul College or at another institution, they are generously paying it forward in support of our students.
Philanthropy is a top priority in many people’s lives, and we are incredibly grateful to our donors for making scholarships possible and available to our students. Your support for student success truly does make the Friends of Saint Paul College vision of transforming lives “by making college accessible for all students” a reality.
For anyone inspired to make a donation to Friends of Saint Paul College in support of more scholarships, here’s a direct link: https://www.saintpaul.edu/alumni/give.
Here’s a short recap of a few of my activities this week:
Neighborhood House Finance Committee Meeting
I attended a
Neighborhood House board meeting. Their mission is to help people gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to thrive in diverse communities. Neighborhood House is an intentional partner of Saint Paul College.
Pillsbury United Communities
I met with the President/CEO of
Pillsbury United Communities and his team to discuss a potential partnership to establish Career Technical Education (CTE) pathways for their youth. Pillsbury United Communities works with underestimated populations across Minneapolis to foster the resilience and self-sufficiency of individuals, families and community as a whole. This organization designs solutions that address a spectrum of intersecting needs- from education to employment to health. They are creating a new model for nonprofit organizations with their interconnected system of programs, community centers, and social enterprises.
Full Stack Saint Paul Steering Committee Meeting
I attended the
Full Stack Saint Paul meeting, which focused on the people, promotion and branding of the city, as well as places and spaces which are an integral part of attracting high technology firms.
Full Stack Saint Paul is a public/private sector collaboration, co-led by the City of Saint Paul and the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce. It provides a full range of services to help tech and innovation sector businesses start and scale up in Saint Paul.
Central Corridor Collaborative Anchor Partnership (CCCAP) Board Meeting
Saint Paul College hosted the
Central Corridor Collaborative Anchor Partnership board meeting. CCCAP grew out of a
Living Cities symposium and local leadership from the
McKnight Foundation and the
Central Corridor Funders Collaborative. Saint Paul College is one of 14 'Eds and Meds' partners in this collaborative anchor partnership. Each anchor partner is invested in the physical infrastructure to serve patients, students, and employees along the Central Corridor. The anchor partner capacity comprises 15 Zip Codes, 60,000 employees, and 112,000 students with $2.5 billion in annual spending. For more info go to
Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Workforce Innovation Network (MSPWin) Meeting
MSPWin board member, I attended a meeting with the consultants who will be holding a series of “creative conversations, Imagine MSPWIN” with seven key stakeholder groups to listen, learn and discuss the future of workforce development. These meetings are part of
MSPWin board’s strategic planning and will be shared and discussed at MSPWin’s November board meeting.
AFSCME Meet and Confer
I met with the AFSCME employee bargaining unit to field their questions and discuss operations and work conditions at the College.
President’s Advisory Council
Our administrative team members joined me at our
President’s Advisory Council meeting. The
President’s Advisory Council members are volunteers and tireless community leaders who provide me and the College with advice about national, regional, and local trends related to programming and initiatives so we can meet and exceed the needs of students and our community.
Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood
I attended a
Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood board of directors meeting to discuss progress with current strategic planning, Promise Neighborhood outcomes, and current strategies in progress, policies, as well as steps we must take as a council as we embark on the new strategic planning process.
In the News
Here are some interesting statistics about employment in Minnesota, including occupational clusters that added position by expanding and those with negative growth:
I am grateful to our dedicated and hardworking team at Saint Paul College who tirelessly and consistently address the needs of students and our community members. We ALL prosper when our students and community do well.
I wish you a relaxing weekend.
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College