Caring for each other is in our DNA.
Last spring, when I attended the Phi Theta Kappa Induction Ceremony, I sat next to a student who was transferring to the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, to pursue her four-year degree. During our brief chat, I assured her if she needed anything, she could contact me. This week, she decided to take me up on my offer. She contacted me to find out if I knew any Saint Paul College alums currently studying at the U of M. I introduced her to two students and within an hour both students contacted her and offered her assistance and advice with her academic journey at the U of M.
As we spoke at the PTK Induction ceremony, she spoke highly of the work that the advising and TRIO teams did whenever she interacted with these offices and team members. She also spoke highly of how our faculty prepared her for her third-year courses at the U of M.
This is just one example of how a campus cares for each other and works together--not only when our students are engaged in their studies at Saint Paul College but also when they reach out after leaving the school in pursuit of their dreams and aspirations.
For over 108 years, we have demonstrated the ethics of caring for each other, so when our students start here, they can go anywhere. I sincerely thank our faculty, staff, and students for going the extra mile to make educational and life transitions easier.
Here’s a short recap of my activities this week
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees Meeting
I attended the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees meeting via Web Ex. This meeting focused on updates on various initiatives such as NextGen, policies, course fee increases, audit plans, transfer pathways, twin cities baccalaureate, HR-TSM, faculty/staff diversity, and campus climate framework.
Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation Meeting
I met with a Foundation Board member to discuss the possible nomination of a President's Advisory Council member and to pursue a multi-craft career exploration training for high school students.
The vice president of Academic Affairs and I interviewed several candidates for faculty positions at the College. Investing in full-time faculty positions is a strategic priority, and advances our commitment to Teaching and Learning.
Central Corridor Collaborative Anchor Partnership (CCCAP) Interview
A reporter interviewed me about the CCCAP and Saint Paul College's involvement. The Central Corridor Collaborative Anchor Partnership grew out of a Living Cities symposium and local leadership from the McKnight Foundation and the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative. Saint Paul College is one of 14 'Eds and Meds' partners in this collaborative anchor partnership. Each Anchor Partner is invested in the physical infrastructure to serve patients, students, and employees along the Central Corridor. The anchor partner capacity comprises 15 Zip Codes, 60,000 employees, and 112,000 students with $2.5 billion in annual spending. See more information.
Neighborhood House Strategic Planning Session
I attended the Neighborhood House Strategic Planning Session. Neighborhood House is an intentional partner of Saint Paul College.
Comprehensive Workplace Solutions Model Meeting
The dean of Workforce Training and Continuing Education and I met with the Interim Executive Director of Comprehensive Workplace Solutions to continue to work on the east metro plan of the Comprehensive Workplace Solutions Model. This model ensures that we leverage the customized training and continuing education units of our colleges and universities. We can use their expertise and resources to strengthen Minnesota’s workforce in a manner that is financially sustainable and market competitive.
Economic Impact Study
I, along with the executive director of Marketing, Communications, and Recruitment attended a WebEx with a consulting firm that has been hired to develop an Economic Impact Study for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.
United Hospital Foundation Board Meeting
I attended a United Hospital Foundation Board meeting where we discussed their strategic plan, major gifts, and funding priorities.
Twin Cities Metro Baccalaureate Plan
I met with several metro area college presidents and Minnesota State system office leadership team members to discuss a Metro Area Baccalaureate Plan.
Articles that may interest you:
Minnesota Gains 10,200 jobs in May
Saint Paul College offers training programs in each of these high growth occupational sectors such as Business/Finance, Construction, Health, IT, Manufacturing, Transportation, and Skills Trades. See more information about Saint Paul College programs and training.
A Wallet Hub article places Minnesota on the “Best States for Jobs” list, ranking the state third on that list as well as third for Highest Median Annual Income.
Ronnie Keyes, a Culinary Arts program Alumni, brings his experience to the American Legion Post 566 in Shoreview. Read his inspiring story.
Plenty to celebrate at the closing of the Como High School year
Saint Paul College dean of Liberal and Fine Arts, Dr. Andrew Kubas, attended a year-end celebration of student achievement and accomplishment at Como High School. I am proud of the partnerships (Como Finance Academy and concurrent course offerings) that the Saint Paul College Leadership Team has established with Saint Paul Public Schools to provide pathways for higher education and success for high school students at the College.
Minnesota Middle of the Pack in Higher Education Spending
By 2020, 35 percent of job openings will require at least a bachelor's degree, but, 65 percent will require a post-secondary credential. See how Minnesota ranks in spending on higher education.
A reminder to our students, if you have not registered for Fall Semester, please do so soon. Fall 2018 semester is right around the corner.
I wish you a relaxing weekend.
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College