It is always a splendid experience when I see students live up to their full potential as I interact with them inside and outside the College. This week, I was at the Wells Fargo Place office center when I heard a familiar voice of one of our current students. This young man who works in the Financial Services sector, called me over to tell me all about his positive experiences at Saint Paul College, his interactions with faculty and staff, and how he is following his aspirations.
I am so proud of our dedicated and hardworking faculty and staff who are game-changers for these students. I sincerely thank them for going the extra mile and delivering exceptional services to our students and our community. After all, if our students flourish and reach greater heights, we have fulfilled our mission and commitment.
Here’s a short recap of my activities this week
Twin Cities Pride Parade
I was proud to walk alongside the Saint Paul College PRISM Campus Alliance club, college faculty and staff, and their friends and family, as we carried the Rainbow flag in the Twin Cities Pride Parade on Sunday. See photos in the Star Tribune and MPR News.
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.
Full Stack Saint Paul Networking Event
I attended the Full Stack Saint Paul meeting. 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. At this meeting we learned about the strategies we are implementing to grow a vibrant innovation culture in Saint Paul, networked with some of the brightest minds in tech and innovation sectors in the region, and--most importantly--we discussed how to grow the workforce talent needed to keep Saint Paul competitive and vibrant. Beyond human talent, this meeting also focused on the promotion and branding of Saint Paul, as well as places and spaces which are an integral part of attracting high technology firms.
Education Advisory Board (EAB)
I attended the Education Advisory Board kick-off meeting. Saint Paul College and EAB will implement a new Customer Relationship Management (CRM) System that will facilitate students’ navigation through the College including on- and off-Boarding, advising, engagement, and progression towards the completion of the students’ goals at the College. We are making a strategic investment in implementing this EAB project. I am grateful to our cross-functional team that is actively engaged in the implementation of various phases of this project.
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.
Neighborhood House Pizza Gatherings
I attended a Neighborhood House Pizza gathering with professionals at the Keystone Community Center where I met with a group of young people and discussed their aspirations, goals, and career exploration.
Saint Paul Public Schools Meeting with Community Leaders/Advocates
I convened a meeting with the CEOs of YWCA of St. Paul, Hallie Q Brown/MLK Community Center, Wilder Foundation, Saint Paul Public Schools, and a tireless community leader and advocate of higher education. We discussed strategies for developing a pipeline for SPPS students in their pursuit of higher education at Saint Paul College.
City of St. Paul Economic Development Partners
I met with the representatives for economic development from the City of Saint Paul, the executive director/president of Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, the Ramsey County Deputy Commissioner, the president of Greater Saint Paul Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), the president/CEO of St. Paul Port Authority, the Greater MSP Leadership team, and the executive director of Riverfront Corporation to discuss economic and workforce development issues related to Saint Paul and Ramsey County.
MSPWIN Postsecondary Convening Meeting
As a board member of the Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Workforce Innovation Network (MSPWin), I attended a workgroup meeting to discuss current research, trends, policies and initiatives that could improve postsecondary success for students of color and low-income students in Minnesota.
Canada Day Celebration in St. Paul
I attended the Canada Day Celebration in Saint Paul where I met with the Canadian Consul General, Paul Connors, and Head Consul of the Consulate of Mexico, Gerardo Guerrero Gomez. This year’s Canada Day event was a celebration of the partnership between Mexico and Canada.
Articles that may interest you:
Lavender Magazine, Communication is Key
Read more about how a Saint Paul College alum is working to find common ground between the deaf and GLBT communities.
White Bear Press, Career pathways summer opportunities expand
Read more about how students in White Bear Lake Area Schools are gaining experience in the skilled trades through programs like our SCRUBS Camp.
To our students, if you have not registered for your courses for fall 2018, please do so.
I will end this week’s Blog by wishing you a wonderful Fourth of July holiday. As we celebrate our nation’s independence, I think about how this independence allows such places as Saint Paul College to exist. I am honored to be a part of Saint Paul College, where we celebrate our differences and commonalities, making us a stronger and more vibrant campus community.
In observance of Independence Day, Saint Paul College will be closed on Wednesday, July 4.
I wish you a relaxing weekend.
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College