Earlier this week, a new partnership agreement between Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and Saint Paul College was signed by Brother Robert Smith, chief academic officer and vice president of the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs and me as representatives of our respective institutions. This agreement promotes Saint Paul College students’ matriculation to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and the pathway is called Cardinal Complete. I along with a team of our staff and administrators hosted our colleagues from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota for the Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony. We welcome this new partnership in support of our students’ success, providing them with another avenue to pursue a four-year degree.
Saint Paul Downtown Alliance Initiative East Metro Meeting
As 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. We discussed economic development, recruitment of businesses and firms, and workforce development issues related to Saint Paul and Ramsey County.
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.
Generation Next Practice Workgroup
I attended the Generation Next Practice Work Group where we launched Teacher Diversity Training to promote the hiring of teachers of color to better meet the educational, social and emotional needs of under-served and under-resourced students. Saint Paul College is an intentional partner at the Generation Next table.
Central Corridor Anchor Partnership (CCAP)
I attended the Central Corridor Anchor Partnership Executive Committee meeting to discuss and promote workforce system strategies for the healthcare occupational sector. The Central Corridor Anchor Partnership is a group of colleges, universities, hospitals, and health care organizations committed to the health, vitality, and growth of the neighborhoods around the Green Line.
I attended Genesys Works 2019 Breaking through Ceremony to celebrate the young professionals finishing their internships and beginning their post-secondary journey in the Genesys Works alumni program. Genesys Works alumni often continue their studies at Saint Paul IT programs. For more information about Genesys Works, please see: http://www.genesysworks.org
New Student Orientation
I gave a welcome keynote at the new student orientation for new and returning students thanking them for choosing Saint Paul College. Our staff provides important and useful information about registering for courses, financial aid, paying tuition, deadlines, and campus-wide policies and procedures to prepare students for their journey here. We’re very grateful these students have chosen Saint Paul College to pursue their career and educational goals.
Wilder Foundation’s “Ordinary Magic” Fundraising Event
I attended a community celebration “Ordinary Magic” in support of Wilder Foundation. This event raised critical funds to help advance Wilder’s mission. This event brings people together and leverages support to create a more vibrant community. The Wilder Foundation provides direct services, research and community building to create lasting change.
In the news
MPRnews, Bill Catlin, 04/25/19: Need a job? Vacancies continue to outnumber job hunters - Statewide, the health care and social assistance industry had the biggest share of job vacancies (18 percent) followed by retail trade (13 percent), accommodation and food service (12 percent), and manufacturing (8 percent).
MN DEED, Press Release, 4/25/19: State Job Vacancies Climb to 137,000 in Fourth Quarter 2018 Vacancies up 20 percent from one year ago
Finally, for our students who are preparing for the end of the semester, writing papers, finishing projects and studying for finals, I wish you a productive weekend, where you might also will get to enjoy some free time with friends and family.
Wishing you all a relaxing and enjoyable weekend.
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College