We started the first day of Fall Semester by welcoming our new and returning students to the most diverse and finest institution of higher education in Minnesota State.
We hosted many events throughout the week on campus: a welcome day, pancake breakfast, ice cream social, a magician, a movie, and pizza party. Here are a few photos from the events.
I also witnessed how our staff and faculty extended acts of kindness and caring towards all of our students. I am delighted to see so many students from diverse backgrounds and experiences pursing their higher education journey at Saint Paul College. It makes me proud of our community. Our faculty and staff are dream makers and game changers who construct bridges of opportunity and success for our students.
I sincerely thank our dedicated faculty and staff for pitching in by providing our students positive experiences at the start of their journey at Saint Paul College. As we say around here, when our students start here, they can go anywhere!
Here’s a short recap of a few of my activities this week:
Hennepin and Carver Counties WIB Chair
I had an opportunity to meet with the Hennepin and Carver County Workforce Investment Board Chair this week. She is a graduate of Saint Paul College. We are proud of our alumni at the College. They make us proud and they inspire us.
Workforce Next (A Collective for Equity, Education, and Employment)
As a board member of
Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Workforce Innovation Network (MSPWin), we met with the Workforce Next team to discuss shared understanding and partnership to address workforce shortage talents, delivery models, as well as policy advocacy.
Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Workforce Innovation Network (MSPWin) Kick Off Meeting
As part of
MSPWin Board’s strategic planning to determine what MSPWin should do for its remaining two years, as a
MSPWin board member, I attended a meeting with the consultants who will be holding a series of “creative conversations” with seven key stakeholder groups to listen, learn and discuss the future of workforce development. These meetings will occur from Sept. 17-Oct. 10, and harvests from the meetings will be shared and discussed at MSPWin’s November board meeting.
Co-Working Space Open House and Ribbon Cutting Celebration
The executive director and the major gift officer from the
Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation and I attended the open house and ribbon cutting ceremony at the 428 Business Center geared for co-working spaces, to promote innovation, entrepreneurial initiatives, and to attract new businesses and talent to Saint Paul in cement economic prosperity in City of Saint Paul.
Lunch with Community Leaders
I along with the executive director of the
Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation hosted the executive director of the Ramsey County Workforce Investment Board and a community leader/executive at Saint Paul College to discuss workforce issues and potential Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation board member recruitment.
Honoring Former Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation Board Member
The executive director and the major gift officer of
Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation and I met with a retiring Foundation board member to devise strategies for special honors for them and to establish a potential endowment.
New Employee Meetings
I held meetings with new Saint Paul College employees as a means of getting to know more about them. I am impressed by the level of talent, dedication, commitment, passion and resolve displayed by our new employees
In the News
Dr. Ian Stoner, philosophy instructor at Saint Paul College, was interviewed on the BBC to discuss his views about Mars colonization. We are very fortunate to have another fine faculty member such as Dr. Stoner teaching at Saint Paul College. In 2017, Dr. Stoner published a paper arguing that we have moral obligations not to colonize Mars. In this interview Dr. Stoner was asked to discuss the topic on a BBC program with a few others, including a director at the European Space Agency. Here's the link to the radio program:
Money on Mars: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3cswk0f
Saint Paul College will be closed on Saturday and Monday in observance of the Labor Day Holiday. I am reminded of an eloquent quote by former Secretary of Labor, Mr. Thomas Perez:
“Each year, Labor Day gives us an opportunity to recognize the invaluable contributions that working men and women make to our nation, our economy and our collective prosperity. It gives us a chance to show gratitude for workers' grit, dedication, ingenuity and strength, which define our nation's character.”
Saint Paul College continues with the tradition of providing opportunities for training and talent development in more than 100 programs in Construction, Health, Service, Business/IT/ Finance, Manufacturing, Transportation occupational cluster, and Skilled Trades along with a robust and exceptional STEM and Liberal and Fine Arts studies:
One of our school’s first slogans was “It has always paid to learn a trade.” We carry on that tradition with us today as we continue to train skilled laborers for the workforce. Our mission statement Education for Employment…Education for Life remains rooted in the ideals upon which Saint Paul College was built.
We provide the workforce talent that Minnesota needs to escalate economic mobility and prosperity for our students and our community. After all, if our students and our community prosper, we ALL prosper.
To our students, thank you for giving us the honor to serve you and help you reach your goals and find your purpose and mission in life.
I wish all members of the Saint Paul College community a relaxing and safe extended weekend.
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College