This week, I had the opportunity to chat with faculty and students of our
Surgical Technology AAS degree program as they celebrated National Surgical Technologists Week. They were showcasing our program in the Learning Commons/Cafeteria area and answering questions about the program. Surgical Technologists are committed to making operating rooms efficient while ensuring patient safety. I was very impressed by these students’ love of learning and our instructors’ passion and commitment to teaching!
Here’s a short recap of a few of my activities this week:
Regions Hospital Foundation Fundraising Event
I attended the
Regions Hospital Foundation wine auction fundraising event to benefit Regions’ new approach to pain therapy programs. Regions Hospital is an intentional partner of Saint Paul College and hires students from our
Health Sciences programs.
Saint Paul Public Schools Counselors Breakfast
Saint Paul College hosted a
SPPS middle and high school counselors breakfast and event to explore potential partnerships to promote student success and intentional pathways from SPPS high schools to college. Over 75 area counselors attended this event. Our faculty, staff and students made informative presentations about many areas of the College. I emphasized the importance of developing partnerships to provide exceptional educational opportunities for students throughout their learning cycles.
Meeting with a Community Leader
I met with a community leader who is a passionate supporter and advocate of Saint Paul College, and we discussed philanthropy and Minnesota’s current and future economic and workforce trends.
Meeting with Executive from ServiceNow
I had a meeting with an executive from worldwide services cloud computing from
ServiceNow. We discussed the development of educational and training pathways for students who recently graduated from high school to high paying IT occupations. For more info about ServiceNow, go to
Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations Board Meeting
I attended the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations Governance and Executive Committee meeting.
MSPWIN Postsecondary Convening Meeting
As a board member of the
Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Workforce Innovation Network (MSPWin), I was interviewed by a consulting firm to discuss current research, trends, policies and initiatives that could improve postsecondary success for students of color, under-resourced students, and low-income students in Minnesota.
Meeting with the Executive Director of MSPWin
The dean of Workforce Training and Continuing Education and I had a telephone conference with the executive director of
MSPWin to discuss various workforce strategic initiatives that Saint Paul College is leading in the Twin Cities Metro region.
MSPWin is an intentional partner of Saint Paul College.
Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation Board Meeting
I attended a
Friends of Saint Paul College Board meeting to discuss strategies for donor engagement, fundraising, and promoting philanthropic engagement to garner financial support to fund student scholarships. Last year,
Friends of Saint Paul College raised $1,958,878 for scholarships and programs to support student success at the College.
Central Corridor Anchor Partnership (CCAP) Executive Committee Meeting
I attended the
Central Corridor Anchor Partnership quarterly meeting to discuss the participation and engagement of Saint Paul College in health careers and business/finance pathways, shared purchasing and services for transportation and procurement services.
Education Advisory Board (EAB)
I attended the
Education Advisory Board kick-off meeting. Saint Paul College and EAB are in the process of implementing a new Customer Relationship Management (CRM) System that will facilitate students’ navigation through the College including on- and off-boarding, advising, engagement, and progression towards the completion of the students’ goals at the College. We are making a strategic investment by implementing this EAB project. I am grateful to our cross-functional team that is actively engaged in the implementation of various phases of this project.
Neighborhood House Strategic Planning Session
I attended the
Neighborhood House Strategic Planning Session and policy advocacy committee meeting. Neighborhood House is an intentional partner of Saint Paul College.
United Hospital Foundation Board Meeting
I attended a
United Hospital Foundation Board meeting where we discussed their strategic plan, major gifts, and funding priorities.
Articles that may of interest to you
MPR News:Apprenticeships need industry buy-in to succeed
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More and more people are going back to school later in their lives, and with the variety of options out there and available to help them succeed, it’s no surprise
Inside Higher Ed:The Question of Deplorable Snowflakes
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The Owensboro Times (KY):Meal prep services ideal for busy families
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As a caring community of educators, we strive towards serving our community and our students well each and every day. And what I am most grateful for is that our students are aware of our commitment to them, and thrive in our environment of challenging them to be purposeful and successful students. That is how Saint Paul College serves our entire community – we provide the bridges between opportunity and success.
I wish you a relaxing weekend.
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College