First Week of Summer Session 2018
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First Week of Summer Session 2018

It brings joy to my heart to see so many new and returning students pursuing their studies during summer session at Saint Paul College. As usual, I enjoy interacting with our students, sparking a conversation with them.

Many students are taking courses at Saint Paul College while they’re home for the summer, but are attending colleges and universities elsewhere during spring and fall. Common reasons given to me for choosing our college are the affordability, transferability, and the exceptional quality of courses at Saint Paul College. These students’ comments also confirmed how student-centered Saint Paul College faculty and staff are, and how they felt welcomed from the moment they stepped on our campus.

Thank you to all the students who choose Saint Paul College as part or all of their higher education journey – for without you there would be no reason for this institution. The “Student is the most important person on our campus.”

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Here’s a short recap of my activities this week

Comprehensive Workforce Solutions

Comprehensive Workforce Solutions

I along with four other college and university presidents of Minnesota State, and the interim executive director of Comprehensive Workforce Solutions met about the development of a Comprehensive Workforce Solution Strategies model for the East Metro Region (Century, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Metropolitan State University, and Saint Paul College) 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 model must enable us to serve more employers more proactively, more comprehensively, while delivering greater value.

Conversation with Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Liaison

Conversation with Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Liaison

The Minnesota State senior vice chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs and I met with the Higher Learning Commission liaison to discuss details in preparation of the HLC site visit.

Full Stack St. Paul Networking Event

Full Stack St. Paul Networking Event

The College convened 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 that provides a full range of services to help tech and innovation sector businesses start up and scale up in Saint Paul. At this convening meeting, we learned about the strategies we are implementing to grow the vibrant innovation culture in Saint Paul and network with some of the brightest minds in tech and innovation sector in the region, and most importantly how to grow the workforce talent needed to keep Saint Paul competitive and vibrant.

Meeting with the Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations - CEO and VP of Development

Meeting with the Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations - CEO and VP of Development

I met with the CEO and vice president of development of the Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations to discuss my work plan as a board member and chair of the Governance Committee for both Foundations. We also discussed the critical role that Saint Paul College plays to promote workforce training, economic development, and escalating equity and inclusion for the residents of our community.

Higher Ground Academy Debrief

Higher Ground Academy Debrief

I along with the VP of Finance and Facilities and director of Facilities, and the architect in charge of developing the design of HGA project met and debriefed about this project.

Hennepin County Workforce Leadership Council Meeting

Hennepin County Workforce Leadership Council Meeting

I attended the Hennepin County Workforce Leadership Council meeting to discuss the Hennepin Career Pathways and the role that Saint Paul College can play in devising career pathways in construction, IT, business, finance, health, service, manufacturing, transportation and skilled trades.

Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood and Saint Paul Public Schools Alignment Workgroup Meeting

Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood and Saint Paul Public Schools Alignment Workgroup Meeting

I attended a Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood monthly meeting to discuss progress with current strategic alignment and planning, as well as expansion of the Promise Neighborhood program with other Saint Paul Public Schools.

Student Success Metrics Work Group

Student Success Metrics Work Group

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.

Metro Alliance Presidents Meeting

I attended a Metro Alliance presidents meeting via teleconferencing, where we discussed higher education issues and challenges facing our respective institutions.

Achieve Minneapolis “Bridging the Gap”

Achieve Minneapolis Bridging the Gap

I along with the commissioner of Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), president/CEO of Xcel Energy, and the deputy chief of Academics, Leadership and Learning from Minneapolis Public Schools participated in at the Achieve Minneapolis “Bridging the Gap” panel conversation led and facilitated by the president/CEO of Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis to discuss how we can position each of our institutions to address workforce shortage dilemma that Minnesota’s corporations are facing and why partnerships with businesses and industries matter.

MSPWIN Postsecondary Convening Meeting

MSPWIN Postsecondary Convening Meeting

As a board members 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.

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I will end this email by thanking our dedicated and hardworking faculty and staff by going the extra mile and for providing exceptional service to our students and our community.

I wish you a relaxing weekend.

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

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