With the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, this first week of summer session is a short one. Starting on Tuesday, the new session brought new and returning students to campus, pursuing their studies. 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.
In talking to many students, they 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!
Here’s a recap of a few of my activities this week:
Gateway to College Graduation
I gave the welcome keynote to this year’s Gateway to College students who graduated from Saint Paul Public Schools and Saint Paul College. As I’ve said before, intentional partnerships really matter. One such partnership is that of Saint Paul Public Schools, Saint Paul College and the Gateway to College Network. The program enables at-risk 16-20 year-old students to complete their high school diploma requirements while simultaneously earning college credit toward a college degree or certificate, attending classes at Saint Paul College. A great win-win for each student! Please go to www.saintpaul.edu/GatewaytoCollege to read more about this impactful program. We appreciate everyone's collective work efforts to make this partnership a fantastic opportunity for our students. Special congratulations to the 89 graduates in the Gateway to College Class of 2019. Of these graduates, 40 will be attending Saint Paul College and pursuing their dreams. Gateway to College graduates earned 1270 college credits during their educational journey at Saint Paul College. Thank you for choosing Saint Paul College!
Hiway Federal Credit Union
The executive director and major gift officer of Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation and I hosted the President/CEO and his team members from Hiway Federal Credit Union for a tour of Saint Paul College and discussed potential partnership opportunities.
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. We discussed and approved Neighborhood House’s new strategic plan. Neighborhood House is an intentional partner of Saint Paul College.
Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul
I gave the welcome and attended the 2019 Annual Assembly of Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul, which was held at the College. An intentional partner of Saint Paul College, they are committed to building a more just, safe and livable East Metro by addressing the causes and relieving the effects of poverty. The Annual Assembly theme was “Who Will Be in the Pews in 2040?” and featured Mr. Ray Suarez as the keynote speaker. He is one of the country’s most respected news reporters, with four decades of experience covering stories for NPR, PBS News Hour and Al Jazeera.
In the News
Wahpeton Daily News, 5/21/19: Minnesota added 3,600 jobs in April
Minnesota’s construction sector added 11,511 jobs over the past year, an increase of 10.5 percent over 2018 figures. Other sectors experienced losses.
This week we released a short video of the Class of 2019 commencement, with graduates sharing personal highlights of going to college, and providing their impressions of being part of the Saint Paul College community. It reminds us all how important education is and how it transforms their lives. Follow this link to watch the Graduation 2019 video: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=340522673301279
I will end this blog by thanking our dedicated and hardworking faculty and staff for going the extra mile and providing exceptional service to our students and our community.
I wish you a relaxing weekend.
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College