Fourth Week of Spring Semester 2018
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Fourth Week of Spring Semester 2018
No. 9 of The 50 Best Community Colleges in the United States

We’ve received some good news that Saint Paul College was ranked No. 9 of The 50 Best Community Colleges in the United States by BestSchools.org. The ranking was based on “comparison of several studies and ratings of community colleges, each with their own unique selection criteria, as well as the schools’ reputation and our review of notable community colleges.”

I am a firm believer that when organizations do the right thing, recognition follows. Much of this recognition is due to the culmination of the unselfish work that our faculty and staff perform each and every day. I am grateful to all of you for your dedication, commitment, and contributions to Saint Paul College!

Here's a short recap of my week:
Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Visit

Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Visit

I hosted the executive director of the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce at the College. We spoke about workforce and talent development, as well as the critical role that Saint Paul College plays in providing qualified graduates to enter workforce. It’s important for our graduates to be able to add to our local economy by achieving gainful employment with a livable wage.

Higher Ground Academy Charter School Update

Higher Ground Academy Charter School Update

Our director of facilities, and the VP of finance and facilities and I met with a team from Higher Ground Academy to discuss joint partnerships to provide access to higher education and college opportunities at Saint Paul College for Higher Ground Academy Charter School students. Amongst 101 Higher Ground Academy 2017 graduates, more than 45% of 2017 graduates are attending Saint Paul College.

Central Corridor Anchor Partnership (CCAP)

Central Corridor Anchor Partnership (CCAP)

I attended the quarterly Central Corridor Anchor Partnership meeting with education and medical anchor partners along the light rail corridors. The purpose of this convening meeting is how we can provide and promote training and employment opportunities for the residents along the Green Line in health care, as well as finance occupational sectors.

Metro Alliance Presidents Meeting

I attended a Metro Alliance Presidents meeting at Century College, where we discussed the alliance work plan for this year, comprised of: Academic & Student Affairs, Finance/Facilities, IT, HR, Marketing and Communication, Equity/Inclusion, and Foundation.

Advanced Technological Education | NSF - National Science Foundation

Advanced Technological Education | NSF - National Science Foundation

I met with faculty from the STEM division to discuss strategies to pursue grant funding through Advanced Technological Education | NSF - National Science Foundation to fund programming initiatives that promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math technician training.

Minnesota State announces 400 scholarships for high-demand programs

Minnesota State announces 400 scholarships for high-demand programs

Four hundred new scholarships of $2,500 each will be available in fall 2018 for students enrolling in high-demand programs at state colleges. Here’s a link to Minnesota State’s news release: http://minnstate.edu/media/newsreleases/2018/012318-wds.html. Saint Paul College will be receiving 14 scholarships of $2500 each for the Minnesota Workforce Development Scholarship pilot. More info to come!

Twin Cities Public Television Interview for Almanac

Mary Lahammer of TPT’s Almanac interviewed students and faculty in our CNC-Machining and Welding and me for a segment that should air this evening (Feb. 2) on TPT2 at 7:00pm, about how Saint Paul College is helping to address the worker shortages in the trade industries.

In the news

The Growler Magazine

Minnesota Spoon: West Indies Soul with Sharon Richards-Noel
This is a great article about one of our Culinary Arts graduates, Sharon Richards-Noel, who not only owns her own business, but also prepares and cooks student meals at the High School for Recording Arts in St. Paul every Wednesday – the only school in the state to have “Caribbean Wednesdays.”

Once again, it’s been a great week at the College. I thank all of our faculty and staff for everything you do to support our students and our community at Saint Paul College. The passion for serving our students and going the extra mile is exhibited daily and contributes to student success, so when our students​ start here, they can go anywhere.

I wish everyone a safe and relaxing weekend.

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


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