Fifth Week of Spring Semester 2019
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Fifth Week of Spring Semester 2019

Most of my blog content usually pertains to meetings I attend throughout the city, metro and state with business, industry and community partners, as well as Minnesota State initiatives. This connectedness Saint Paul College has with our partners keeps us relevant, informed and engaged with current and future trends in education and employment, ultimately benefitting our students.

Faculty and staff are instrumental in helping us realize the College’s mission: “Education for Employment…Education for Life” through the relationships they continue to cultivate with our partners in business, industry a​nd the community.

2019 internship and volunteer fair

We provide invaluable opportunities for learning in countless real-world settings. One such opportunity this week was the Internship & Volunteer Fair held on our campus, where representatives from 14 different nonprofit and local government agencies were looking to fill a variety of volunteer and internship roles. It’s a great way for students to gain relevant experience in their areas of study.

For a real-world experience in our Culinary Arts program, instructor Chef Lachelle Cunningham and students created a menu transforming recovered food into small plates for an incredible culinary experience at the “Taste the Waste” event (Feb. 7). Chef Cunningham was then featured on TPT’s Almanac on Friday (Feb. 8) to share some tips for reducing food waste in the home. Here’s a link to that Almanac segment: https://www.facebook.com/tptalmanac/videos/399653297458601/Close

I am extremely grateful for all of relationships forged and maintained with our business, industry and community partners!

Here’s a short recap of a few of my activities this week

Greater Metropolitan Workforce Council Board Meeting

Greater Metropolitan Workforce Council Board Meeting

I along with private and public sectors leaders attended the Greater Metropolitan Workforce Council board meeting to discuss 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.

Neighborhood House Finance Committee Meeting

Neighborhood House Finance Committee Meeting

I attended a Neighborhood House Finance Committee 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.

Genesys Work Board of Director's Meeting

Genesys Work Board of Director's Meeting

I attended a Genesys Works Board meeting. We discussed the Strategic Plan for Genesys Works as well as how to best develop a pipeline for Genesys Works alums. Genesys Works alumni often continue their studies in our IT programs.

Student Success Strategies Workgroup

Student Success Strategies Workgroup

I along with senior vice chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs and select college and university presidents and vice presidents of Minnesota State attended a student success strategies workgroup meeting where we discussed the implementation of guided learning pathways.

Career and Technical Education and Workforce Training – Minnesota State Legislative Request

I along with several Minnesota State presidents from two-year colleges and the senior vice chancellor of Minnesota State attended a workgroup meeting to discuss Minnesota State the legislative request for career and technical education and workforce training.

Student Success Metrics Work Group – Minnesota State

I along with several of my peers from the colleges and universities of Minnesota State attended a meeting to discuss relevant metrics that can be used to measure student success.

Weekly Legislative WebEx

I along with presidents of colleges and universities of Minnesota State attended a Legislative WebEX to discuss the legislative bills that are currently being reviewed in both the Minnesota House of Representatives and Minnesota Senate.

Saint Paul Public Schools State of the District Address

Saint Paul Public Schools State of the District Address

I attended the Saint Paul Public Schools State of the District Address with community leaders, employers, legislators, and students. Superintendent Joe Gothard was joined by students and educators, and provided highlights of the success and achievement that takes place every day in SPPS schools, and looked to the future through the lens of our new strategic plan, and SPPS Achieves. Here’s a link to an article in the Pioneer Press: The state of St. Paul schools? ‘Good’ but better with career classes, superintendent says

Itasca Executive Diversity Equity/Inclusion

Itasca Executive Diversity Equity/Inclusion

As a cohort attendee of Itasca Executive Diversity Equity/Inclusion workshop, a Wilder Researcher called and interviewed me about my feedback, lessons learned, and the work encompassing equity/inclusion at Saint Paul College.

Central Corridor Anchor Partnership

Central Corridor Anchor Partnership

I attended the Central Corridor Anchor Partnership (CCAP) executive committee meeting to discuss and promote workforce system strategies for the healthcare occupational sector. The Central Corridor Anchor Partnership is a group of colleges, universities, hospitals, and health care organizations located near the Green Line in Minneapolis – St. Paul.

Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundation Board

Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundation Board

I attended the Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundation board of directors meeting.

Donor Meeting

I met with a potential donor, an avid supporter of Saint Paul College and the City of St. Paul, to discuss fundraising priorities for the College.

College Leadership Team Meeting

I attended the College Leadership Team meeting along with members of the Executive Leadership Team to discuss updates on Higher Learning Commission strategic initiatives, as well as tactical matters concerning the governance and operation of the College.

Faculty Interviews

The vice president of Academic Affairs and I interviewed several candidates for faculty positions at the College. Investing in full-time faculty positions is a strategic priority, and advances our commitment to teaching and learning.

In the news

MinnPost, 2/7/19 - In new report on automation, some good news for Minnesota’s workers: As technology continues to change the American workplace and the U.S. economy, roughly one quarter of jobs in the country are at high risk of becoming largely automated in the next decade and beyond, according to a new report from The Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C., think tank.

According to Minnesota DEED: The Impact of Automation on Minnesota's Labor Market, Minnesota numbers differ from national trends.

Pioneer Press, 2/10/19, Opinion by Michael Vekich and Devinder Malhotra - Vekich, Malhotra: Reimagining Minnesota State: Our world of work is changing fast, and we have to adapt. This is the third commentary by Chair Vekich and Chancellor Malhotra on Reimagining Minnesota State.

Saint Paul College has been a catalyst for change in both economic development and economic mobility of our constituents through welcoming thousands of students, and giving them the opportunity to dream more, learn more, and become more. Our students and their achievement inspire us all.

Through all our efforts, we promise we will continue to do more and transform many more lives. I am reminded of a quote from former President William Jefferson Clinton, “There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.”

I will end this week’s blog by wishing everyone a relaxing extended weekend as the College will be closed Monday in honor of Presidents’ Day.

My best, Rassoul
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
President/CEO
Saint Paul College

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