Fifth Week of Spring Semester 2018
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Fifth Week of Spring Semester 2018

​With spring 2018 semester well underway, our dedicated and hardworking faculty and staff are partnering with our students to ensure that their education journey is seamless so they can achieve their academic objectives and goals.

In fact, I was informed this week by one of our students that he has been accepted to the University of Minnesota Medical School. We are all thrilled for his accomplishment and proud to be a part of his educational journey. What a w​onderful milestone of success!

This week I was so proud to see the high level of customer service exemplified by two of our recruiters as they guided prospective students and their parents on a campus tour and visiting various programs. Indeed, it is a pleasure to see how our team personalizes tours as we host our prospective students on campus. This is what sets Saint Paul College apart from so many other institutions!​

I want to thank all of our faculty and staff for ALL that they do each and every day to support our students and our community at Saint Paul College.

Here's a short recap of my week:

Comprehensive Workforce Solution East Metro Kick Off Meeting

I along with the interim executive director of Minnesota State Workforce Solution and the presidents of Century College, Metropolitan State University, and Minneapolis Community & Technical College, as well as their teams from Academic, Finance, and Corporate and Continuing Education Units met to discuss the development of a regional Comprehensive Workforce Solution model using the expertise and resources of our customized training and continuing education units to strengthen Minnesota's workforce in a manner that is financially sustainable and market competitive. This east metro enterprise model must enable us to serve more employers more proactively, more comprehensively, while delivering greater value.

Meeting/Tour with Century College President

Meeting/Tour with Century College President

I hosted the president of Century College and I provided a tour of our facilities and campus. We discussed potential for partnerships between Century College and Saint Paul College to better meet the needs of both institutions’ students. And congratulations to Century College - they are celebrating their 50th anniversary during this academic year!

United Hospital Foundation Meeting

The executive director and the director of development from United Hospital Foundation and I met with a potential board member to discuss involvement with the United Hospital Foundation.

Education Advisory Board (EAB)

Education Advisory Board (EAB)

Members of Saint Paul College Executive Leadership Team and I met with the Education Advisory Board Team to discuss the initial conversations about the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) implementation plan at Saint Paul College.

Neighborhood House Board Meeting

Neighborhood House Board Meeting

I attended a Neighborhood House Board meeting. Neighborhood House is a multi-service agency and helps people with basic needs, education, multiple youth programs, and health and well-being, and is an intentional partner of Saint Paul College.

St. Catherine University Partnership

St. Catherine University Partnership

I along with members of Saint Paul College executive leadership team and interim dean of STEM met with the president of St. Catherine University and her team to discuss potential partnership for joint admission programs for Saint Paul College students in the STEM disciplines. Both Saint Paul College and St. Catherine University agreed that by forging intentional partnerships more students can seamlessly transfer and have access to affordable four-year degrees, “When higher education institutions come together to provide more opportunities to our students, we make our community stronger.”

Minnesota State Executive Leadership Training

I met with the Minnesota State system director, Talent Management and Organizational Effectiveness to discuss executive leadership development strategies and talent development for executive leadership team amongst Minnesota State Metro region institutions.

Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Workforce Innovation Network (MSPWin)

Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Workforce Innovation Network (MSPWin)

I attended a meeting at Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Workforce Innovation Network to discuss intentional investment on various workforce and talent development strategies and systems, such as on-ramps into pathways to prosperity. An intentional partner of the College, MSPWin is a philanthropic collaborative committed to strengthening the workforce in the seven-county Minneapolis Saint Paul region.

District Energy St. Paul and Ever-Green Energy

Ever-Green Energy
District Energy St. Paul

I attended the Ever-Green Energy and District Energy St. Paul Board meeting and we discussed strategic planning and their visions for the future. In the district energy field, District Energy St. Paul is considered the most notable in the United States for its use of renewable energy sources and implementation of energy conservation measures.

College Leadership Team Meeting

I met with the College Leadership Team to discuss updates, equity and inclusion initiatives at the College, and various strategic and tactical initiatives at Saint Paul College.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment and Training (E&T) Program

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment and Training (E&T) Program

I met with members of the philanthropy community, Department of Employment and Economic Development and Minnesota Department of Human Services to discuss Minnesota Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment and Training (E&T) program, where Minnesotans with low incomes have clear pathways in developing marketable and in-demand skills, leading to career advancement and self-sufficiency. Saint Paul College plays a critical role by providing opportunities for training that lead to gainful employment.

Faculty Shared Governance Meeting

The Executive Leadership of the College and I met with the Faculty Shared Governance team to discuss systematic and strategic planning, enrollment, marketing and recruitment, program evaluation, construction projects, legislative priorities, and Friends of Saint Paul College strategic initiatives.

Student Ambassador Program

Student Ambassador Program

I met many of the new Student Ambassadors at a meet and greet lunch. The College’s Student Ambassador Program is a leadership organization that gives current students leadership opportunities through volunteering on campus, helping with tours for prospective students and participating in recruitment events and fairs. They are going to be wonderful asset to our campus!

I will end this week by saying how being in the moment and paying attention to, and truly engaging with the individuals we are serving, makes such a difference. We all know the difference between rote service and actually being seen by those who are providing service to us. A perfect example of someone knowing and appreciating how our faculty and staff truly care for our students came from a conversation I had with a student in our Culinary Arts program. She stopped me in the hallway to say that she had never experienced the level of care and interest at other colleges that she has received at Saint Paul College!

So I want to thank all of our students for choosing Saint Paul College and believing in us. I also want to thank our faculty and staff, who sincerely care for our students by showing a true passion for their academic journeys and goals.

I wish you a relaxing weekend.

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

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