Fourth Week of Spring Semester 2019
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Fourth Week of Spring Semester 2019

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I along with dean of Career and Technical Education and director of Student Life & Diversity hosted leaders from around the globe from the Minnesota Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program. We discussed workforce development and Career and Technical Education training and partnerships. The meeting convened with a lunch and informal discussions.

The Humphrey Fellowship Program brings young and mid-career professionals from designated countries to the United States for a year of non-degree graduate-level study, leadership development, and professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts.

The partnership between Saint Paul College and the Humphrey School’s International Fellows serves as an opportunity to deepen international connections and perspectives among Saint Paul College students while engaging the International Fellows in a robust community-centered service project. International Fellows will participate in several Saint Paul College programs, including: an overview of two year community and technical colleges in the U.S., examine mission and vision of two year institutions, as well as collaboration on Service Learning and Honor’s Projects with students.

Saint Paul College will benefit from the expertise of the Humphrey International Fellows. Their experience and perspectives will further our mission to educate students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers and responsible leaders.

Here’s a short recap of a few of my activities this week

Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Workforce Innovation Network (MSPWin)
mspwin-logo-brd-sm2.pngI met with the new acting director of MSPWIN. I attended a board meeting at MSPWin to discuss intentional investment on various workforce and talent development strategies and systems, such as on-ramps into pathways to prosperity and narrowing the economic disparity gap. MSPWIN is an intentional partner of Saint Paul College.

Minnesota State Senate Higher Education Hearing
Logo_Horizontal_color_JPG_011817.jpgI attended Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Capital Bonding Project, Higher Education Asset Preservation and Replacement presentation at the Minnesota State Senate Higher Education Hearing.

Meeting with a Community Leader
I met with two community leader who are passionate supporters and advocates of Saint Paul College, and we discussed philanthropy, and current and future economic and workforce trends in Minnesota.

Saint Paul Downtown Alliance Initiative East Metro Meeting
Saint Paul Downtown Alliance.pngAs part of the Saint Paul Downtown Alliance Initiative, I met with the representatives for economic development from the City of Saint Paul, the president of Saint Paul Downtown Alliance, the executive director/president of Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, Greater MSP, Ramsey County deputy commissioner, the president of Greater Saint Paul Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), and the president/CEO of Saint Paul Port Authority to discuss economic development, recruitment of businesses and firms, and workforce development issues related to Saint Paul and Ramsey County.

District Energy St. Paul and Ever-Green Energy Joint Board Meeting
District Energy St. Paul and Ever-Green Energy Joint Board MeetingI attended the Ever-Green Energy and District Energy St. Paul joint board meeting. In the district energy field, District Energy St. Paul is considered the most notable in the United States Ever-Green Energyfor its use of renewable energy sources and implementation of energy conservation measures. Presenters from private and public sectors made discussed and made presentations about private and public sector(s) partnerships and initiatives that promote sustainability and energy efficiency systems.

MAPE Meet and Confer
I met with the MAPE employee bargaining unit representatives to discuss operations of the college in their respective work areas.

Meeting the Chief of Staff Lt. Governor Flanagan
I hosted and provided a tour for the chief of staff from Lt. Governor Flanagan’s office. We discussed the critical role that Saint Paul College and all colleges of Minnesota State play in providing the best qualified and talented workforce for Minnesota employers.

In the news

Community Reporter: From St. Paul College you can go anywhere.
Two weeks ago, a reporter from Community Reporter interviewed our executive director of Marketing, Communications and Recruitment and me about Saint Paul College. Much of the success of our work at Saint Paul College can be contributed to the tireless leadership, generosity, commitment, and dedication of faculty and staff. Your efforts advance our work to fulfill on our promise of “when our students start here, they can go anywhere.”

New York Times: Opinion | Going to College Should Not Be a Financial Albatross, By Senator Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate’s education committee.

I thank all of you for sharing your passion, leadership, expertise, and commitment with us. Saint Paul College and our community is a better place because of your active engagement and contributions each and every day.

I wish you a relaxing weekend.

Best, Rassoul
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College

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