If you haven’t seen our year-end video greeting, or if you’re like me and really miss our students, here’s a link to our special New Year’s message: Happy New Year 2019 - Saint Paul College.
For all of our staff, it is a short work-week due to the holiday on Tuesday. Faculty and students are away on winter break, as well as many staff, so campus is quiet, yet still bustling in its own way. Many returning and prospective students are finishing up Spring Semester registration, and I am playing catch up to meet many project deadlines. I sincerely appreciate all the intentional work being done throughout our campus to address students’ needs.
Here’s a short recap of a few of my activities this week:
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 way finding; coordinate strategic business retention visits; and champion projects and policies that support business growth.
Minnesota Office of Higher Education Meeting: Complete College America
As a member of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education Team, we discussed how the Complete College America initiative will be advanced in Minnesota, as led by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. Complete College America is a national nonprofit, working with states to significantly increase the number of Americans with quality career certificates or college degrees and to close attainment gaps for traditionally underrepresented populations.
Neighborhood House Policy Workgroup Meeting
I attended a Neighborhood Policy Workgroup Meeting at Neighborhood House, an intentional partner of Saint Paul College.
Meeting with Steam Fitters-Pipefitter Local
I met with the new business manager and training coordinator of the Steamfitters Pipefitters Local 455 to discuss their new roles and the continuation of this long-standing partnership with Saint Paul College.
Meeting with a President’s Advisory Council Member
The Saint Paul College President’s Advisory Council is made up of business, industry, government, and community leaders, and I met with a member of the Council to discuss partnership initiatives.
In the news
Midwest manufacturing grows despite trade setbacks
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED):
Minnesota Unemployment Rate Steady at 2.8 Percent
Happy New Year to all of you! We are excited for the start of a 2019, leading us into another successful and fulfilling year at Saint Paul College.
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College