Second Week of Fall Semester
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Second Week of Fall Semester

​​This week was filled with an incredible amount of fun and excitement. Please enjoy this short video recap of our Lunch on the Lawn event yesterday. The weather was fantastic and our students were brimming with happiness.

Here is a short recap of my week:
  • United Hospital Foundation – I attended a United Hospital Foundation meeting to discuss major gift priorities, strategies, and the future facility master plan. We also discussed the upcoming Service to Humanity Gala.
  • Construction Occupational Meeting – T​his week I met with a construction firm to discuss Saint Paul College’s talent development pipeline. The College currently offers several career and technical programs including; Carpentry, Cabinetmaking, Electrical Technology, Weld​ing, ​ Plumbing​, and Sheet ​Metal.
  • Manufacturing Site Visit – Several of the College’s Deans and I attended a talent development forum with Minnesota Senator Al Franken and Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin at VistaTek in Stillwater, MN. Saint Paul College, with support from Senators Franken and Baldwin, has been intentional in developing pathways for students to secure gainful employment with manufacturing firms after graduation.
  • Comprehensive Workplace Solution Model meeting – Several Minnesota State Colleges and Universities administrators and presidents continued to work on a draft of the Comprehensive Workforce Solution Model. This model will be used to ensure we leverage our customized training and continuing education to strengthen Minnesota’s workforce in a manner that is financially sustainable.
  • Neighborhood House Resource Development – I attended a resource development meeting at Neighborhood House, an intentional partner of Saint Paul College. Neighborhood House helps members of our community with basic needs, education, youth programs, and health and well-being. Their programs are offered for free to participants. We also talked about plans for the Neighborhood House annual Gala Revel in October.
  • MCTC President – I was happy to host the new President of Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC), Dr. Sharon Pierce. MCTC is an intentional partner of Saint Paul College and we are proud to offer classes in certain programs at both campuses to better serve our students.

As we approach Labor Day, I cannot help but reflect on the important connection that Saint Paul College has to it. It always pays to learn a trade. This was one of Saint Paul College’s first mission statements. We carry that tradition with us today as we continue to train skilled laborers for the workforce. And although our mission statement has evolved, its meaning remains rooted in the ideals the College was built on. To provide an Education for Employment…Education for Life.

To our students, thank you for giving us the honor to serve you so you can attain your goals and find your purpose and mission in life.

I wish you a relaxing weekend.

Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College​

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