Second Week of Summer Session 2018
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Second Week of Summer Session 2018

Saint Paul College is humming with new and returning students during this second week of summer session. We are blessed to work at a college where all of our staff, faculty, and students matter. Everyone, regardless of their position at the College, works together to attend to the needs of our students so they can have a premier educational journey and experience at Saint Paul College.

It brightens my day when I witness how well Saint Paul College students conduct themselves away from campus in community settings. I happened to sit next to one of our students at an off-campus civic engagement event this week. I was quite impressed with how this student took part in the conversation about civic engagement and the importance of hearing everyone’s voices and take a call to action. I also want to recognize the important role that our dedicated faculty and staff play in creating opportunities for our students to become actively engaged citizens.

Here’s a short recap of my activities this week

Minneapolis Saint Paul Mini Maker Faire

Higher Ground Academy Debrief

This past weekend, I along with dean of Career and Technical Education, faculty from welding, electromechanical systems, and cabinetmaking programs, and Saint Paul College recruitment staff attended Minnesota’s Mini-Maker Faire. The Saint Paul College booth was buzzing with activities and interactions between our dedicated faculty and staff and all youth technical occupations that will lead to a rewarding high wage/high career ladder paths opportunities in the future. For more information, please check out:

Minnesota State Leadership Council Retreat Meeting


I attended a Minnesota State Leadership Council Retreat meeting along with the other college and university presidents of Minnesota State and members of Chancellor Malhotra’s staff to engage in strategic visioning for the Minnesota State system.

Neighborhood House Board Retreat Meeting

neighborhood house

I attended a Neighborhood House board of directors retreat meeting, an intentional partner of Saint Paul College. We discussed investment in social innovation entrepreneurship ventures and the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities by advancing equity in society through access and opportunity so all people can reach their full potential.

Civic Engagement Summit: A Better Minnesota through Meaningful Engagement

mn human rights

I along with Saint Paul College Equity and Inclusion officer attended a Minnesota Department of Human Rights Civic Engagement Summit: A Better Minnesota through Meaningful Engagement, where state and municipal government representatives engaged in intentional dialogue about civic engagement and how we can truly be an inclusive community, attend to everyone’s needs, and hear everyone’s’ voices and extend opportunities for prosperity to ALL members of our community.

Meeting with a Community Leader

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

Saint Paul Downtown Alliance Meeting

Saint Paul Downtown Alliance

I attended the Employer Attraction, Retention, and Growth Committee meeting of Saint Paul Downtown Alliance, which will work with partners to assess and fill gaps in downtown property that support job creation; identify and attract resources to enhance downtown property; address challenges to attracting jobs including parking, transit access, and pedestrian way finding; coordinate strategic business retention visits; and champion projects and policies that support business growth.

District Energy St. Paul and Ever-Green Energy Board Meeting

Distric Energy St Paul Higher Ground Academy Debrief

I attended the Ever-Green Energy and District Energy St. Paul Board meeting. In the district energy field, District Energy St. Paul is considered the most notable in the United States for its use of renewable energy sources and implementation of energy conservation measures.

2018 4th District UA Apprenticeship Contest

I along with the dean of Career and Technical Education programs attended the 4th District Apprentice Contest which was hosted by UA Local 455. Plumbers, pipefitters, pipe welders, sprinkler-fitters and HVACR technicians from 11 states competed in their disciplines for the opportunity to compete at the International Apprentice Contest to be held in August during the UA Instructor Program. Saint Paul College has a long standing intentional partnership will all skilled trades programs. For more information about our Career and Technical programs, please go to

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I will end this week’s blog by offering my humble gratitude to our dedicated and hardworking faculty and staff who are the solid cornerstone of Saint Paul College and game changers for our students. Indeed, it takes a village to deliver on our promise, when our students start here, they can go anywhere. Thank you for being a part of student success journey at Saint Paul College.

Thank you for your exceptional service and I sincerely thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve our institution and our students.

Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College

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