Ninth Week of Summer Session 2018
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Ninth Week of Summer Session 2018

This week, the One Stop reopened after the first phase of their office redesign has been completed, and launched the virtual line app QLess. Students can join the One Stop line from anywhere! More information is available on our website:

Kudos to our team members in the One-Stop, IT, Facilities, Financial Aid, and Public Safety for contributing towards the completion of the renovation of the One Stop, which helps our students moving forward throughout their educational journey at the College.

Fall registration is well underway and I sincerely thank our dedicated Saint Paul College faculty and staff who assist new and returning students to make sure they are ready for the upcoming school year.

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

Scrubs Camp

Scrubs Campt Students

Scrubs Camp students listen to EMT Trainer about LifeLink helicopter and their services.

One hundred high school students attended Scrubs Camp at Saint Paul College this week. I chatted with several Scrubs Camp participants who expressed an interest to go to college and pursue careers in the healthcare industry. The healthcare occupational sector is the fastest growing sector in the U.S. Throughout the week, students participated in hands-on sessions, including anatomy and physiology, medical devices, stem cell, simulated birthing, medical lab, lessons in empathy through the use of aging suits and several field trips to employer sites. Scrubs Camps are offered through HealthForce Minnesota - made possible by an ongoing collaboration of Saint Paul College, healthcare leaders, educators and government agencies passionate about ensuring a pipeline of qualified healthcare workers today and into the future. Partners in this collaborative project include Fairview Health System, Gillette Children’s Specialty HealthCare, HealthEast Medical Transportation Center, Presbyterian Homes, Monarch Healthcare, Partners OB/GYN, Minnesota Department of Health, Cerenity Senior Care and Saint Paul Public Schools

Scrubs camp student sits inside helicopter

Scrubs Camp student sits inside LifeLink helicopter.

Neighborhood House Finance Committee Meeting

Neighborhood House Finance Committee Meeting

I attended a Neighborhood House Finance Committee meeting. Their mission is to help people gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to thrive in diverse communities. Neighborhood House is an intentional partner of Saint Paul College.

Pillsbury United Communities

Pillsbury United Communities

I met with the President/CEO of Pillsbury United Communities to discuss a potential partnership with this organization to establish Career Technical Education (CTE) pathways for their youth. Pillsbury United Communities works with underestimated populations across Minneapolis to foster the resilience and self-sufficiency of individuals, families and community as a whole. This organization designs solutions that address a spectrum of intersecting needs- from education to employment to health. They are creating a new model for nonprofit organizations with their interconnected system of programs, community centers, and social enterprises.

Minnesota State Leadership Council meeting

Minnesota State

I attended a Minnesota State Leadership Council meeting along with the other presidents of Minnesota State and members of Chancellor Malhotra’s staff. We discussed campus wide emergency planning, phases one and two, and processes related to reimagining Minnesota State initiatives.

Chancellor's meeting about CTE

I met with Minnesota State Chancellor and his team to discuss Career Technical Education strategies.

Meeting with an Alum

I met a Saint Paul College alum and potential donor who is a passionate supporter of Saint Paul College, to discuss philanthropy and Minnesota’s current and future economic and workforce trends.

Greater Twin Cities United Way

I along with our director of Resource Development discussed strategic planning and priorities for Greater Twin Cities United Way.

In the News

Star Tribune: A St. Paul performer who learned acrobatics from his dad is trying to go pro
Anwar Hassouni, Captain of the Sky Pirates, began in acrobatics before he took his first step. This fall, he is headed to Saint Paul College’s Sports and Exercise Science program, but will still take classes, coach and perform at Juventas while pursuing future professional work with Cirque du Soleil and other circus companies.

Jobs and the economy
Saint Paul College plays a vital role by providing relevant training for the residents in our communities. Minnesota benefits and prospers, as a whole, including its citizens, businesses and industries, when we educate and train the quality talent that is so desperately needed by employers. For more information about Saint Paul College programs/training, go to

I will end this week’s blog by offering my humble gratitude to our passionate, motivated, and hardworking faculty and staff for going the extra mile by serving the educational needs of our students each and every day. By working as a passionate team, we can attend to the needs of our community and students with intentionality.

I am honored to be a part of our Saint Paul College family.

I wish you a relaxing and enjoyable weekend.

Best, Rassoul

Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College

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