We are excited and honored to see so many students back at Saint Paul College for summer term, which began on Tuesday, May 26. Students continue to register and attend to last minute details as they continue their journey here. I am inspired by our faculty and staff who work so diligently to meet the many needs of our students. It truly makes a difference.
Here is an update of all the activities that I was engaged in during the week.
On Monday, Saint Paul College was closed in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday. We are thankful for the extra time to spend with family and friends, but most grateful for this holiday that allows us to reflect on those lives that were lost in serving this great country.
On Tuesday, I attended a roundtable at Minneapolis Community and Technical College where U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez met with leaders in education, government and the philanthropic community to discuss Obama’s College Promise Proposal, which would provide students with free tuition at community colleges. For more information, please see:
The words of Secretary Perez resonated with me as he spoke about the importance of the President's initiative to establish tuition-free community colleges for responsible students. He said “Community colleges help people launch middle-class careers. They help businesses compete and grow. They help industries prepare pipelines of skilled workers. That's why I like to call them the secret sauce of workforce development.”
That’s exactly how I feel about the importance of the role that Saint Paul College plays in providing the businesses and industries in the Metro area with our highly skilled graduates who are prepared to immediately contribute to employers as effective employees. Whether graduating from programs in business, computer, health sciences, service or career and technical education, our students have the hard and soft skills that are so valued by employers. As a community and technical college, we do help launch middle-class careers. We are all a part of this continuous effort to expand local economic development and in turn, promoting Minnesota’s prosperity. Our commitmentto education and our students remains unwavering.
We were fortunate to garner the support of our elected officials and community leaders when the College started the Power of YOU program back in 2006: Power of YOUhas been providing students with a free community college education, serving close to 2500 students. In addition, state legislators established The Perkins Career and Technical Education Program providing tuition for students.
I also attended a Neighborhood House Strategic Planning Session and Neighborhood House Board Meeting.
On Wednesday, I had a meeting with the executive leadership team of the College. We discussed the budgets 2015-2016, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018 academic years, as well as the work plan.
On Thursday, I attended a City of Saint Paul Economic Development Partnership Meeting. I also participated in Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation Board meeting where the new Mission, Vision, and Strategic Plan was approved. More information will be forthcoming.
On Friday, I caught up with some tasks around the office.
As a side note, construction projects including renovations for the Culinary Arts Lab, and Machining/CNC and Sheet Metal Labs are well underway. To our patrons, students, and associates, thank you for your patience and flexibility.
Thank you to our Saint Paul College family members for going the extra mile each and every day. I am grateful for your efforts and contributions to promote student success.
I wish you a much-deserved relaxing weekend.