Sixth Week of Fall Semester 2017
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Sixth Week of Fall Semester 2017

​​This week, I had an opportunity to attend the Next Generation of Manufacturing Technology Innovation seminar sponsored by Productivity Inc. and FANUC America. The CEO of FANUC America shared his thoughts about collaborative robotics and automation. I sat next to several manufacturing employers who expressed their delight and satisfaction in hiring students from Saint Paul College state-of-the-art manufacturing ​cluster programs, such as CNC Toolmaking & Machining, Electromechanical (Mechatronics), and Welding Technology

Kudos to our faculty and staff who work unselfishly by assisting our students with their educational goals and helping to prepare them so well for employment! That is exactly what our mission is about: Education for Employment…Education for Life.

Here’s a short recap of my week:

Presbyterian Clergy Group - 25 men and women of faith from around U.S. visited the College. I gave them a tour of the campus. I discussed with them the critical role that community college’s play by advancing equity and inclusion and promoting the development of workforce talent in search of gainful employment careers.

Genesys Works - I met with Genesys Works’ president/CEO, board chair and a board member to discuss their strategic priorities, as well as deepening the partnership between Genesys Works and Saint Paul College to better meet the training needs of students from St. Paul Public Schools. Genesys Works is an intentional partner of Saint Paul College.​

Dr. Christine Benz, Trumpf, inc.

German Dual Education System Luncheon - The College hosted Dr. Christine Benz, training manager at Trumpf Inc., as she presented the “The German Dual Education System as a Model: The Potential Benefit to America’s Businesses and Young People” with a discussion that followed with attendees. Youth in the U.S. have the largest segment gap in employment participation. Several Saint Paul College Business students and our Business faculty attended this luncheon. I gave a welcome key note. Saint Paul College is widely known for Skills Trades Occupational Cluster programs. For more information go to:

MAPE Meet and Confer – I met with the MAPE employee bargaining unit representatives to discuss operations of the College in their respective work areas as well as the College’s strategic priorities.

City of St. Paul Economic Development Partners - I met with the representatives for economic development from the City of Saint Paul, executive director/president of Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, Ramsey County Deputy Commissioner, president of Greater Saint Paul Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), president/CEO of St. Paul Port Authority, and executive director of Riverfront Corporation to discuss economic development and workforce development issues related to Saint Paul and Ramsey County.

Meeting with a Community Leader - I met with a community leader who is a passionate supporter of Saint Paul College to discuss philanthropy and Minnesota’s current and future economic and workforce trends.

Neighborhood House Board of Directors Meeting - I attended a Neighborhood House Board of Directors meeting. We discussed policies, compensation, strategies, fundraising, and connection with the Community. Neighborhood House is an intentional partner of the College.

The Saint Paul Foundation and Minnesota Community Foundation Meeting - I met with the president/CEO and vice president of development of The Saint Paul Foundation and Minnesota Community Foundation to discuss my annual work plan activities as a board member and chair of the Governance Committee.

Wallin Educational Partners - I met with the president/CEO of Wallin Education Partners and gave him a tour of the College. Wallin’s mission is to enable college and career success for high-potential Minnesota students with financial needs through scholarships, comprehensive advising support, and data informed collaboration with educational, business, and philanthropic partners. For more info go to

Betty McCollum Open House - I attended Congresswoman Betty McCollum’s Open House for her new congressional office. Congresswoman McCollum is a staunch supporter of Saint Paul College and values the work we do at the College.

United Hospital Foundation Humanity Gala – As a board member of United Hospital Foundation Board and District Energy Board member, I attended the Service to Humanity Gala.

Navigate MN Gala & Awards Keynote - The College hosted the Navigate MN 10th Anniversary Gala and Awards fundraiser, and I gave the welcome. Navigate MN is a leadership development program for immigrant young adults in Minnesota facing financial, social and legal barriers to achieve their dreams through changing unjust systems. Through Navigate MN, these young adults help their community and themselves by working to access college education, jobs and legal status. For more information:

In the news

An MPR News article offers insight on the dilemma faced by many needing developmental classes to prepare for the rigors of college in St. Paul tries free college prep for grads needing a boost: Special Focus on College Readiness Academy. The College’s Kristen Raney, vice president of academic affairs, and Celeste Mazur, developmental reading instructor, provided some insight on classes and programs we provide to assist students.

I will end this week’s blog by sharing a couple interactions I saw that I think of as acts of kindness made by our staff. I overheard one of our staff warmly, patiently, and diligently assure one of our Postsecondary Enrollment Options students that success at College will be within her reach and we are here to assist her. Another staff calmly helped a student borrow a textbook. For these two acts of kindness, there are many more that goes unnoticed.

I am thankful and appreciate of the work that our dedicated staff and faculty does each and every day to advance the mission and vision of Saint Paul College, so when our students start here, they can go anywhere.

I wish you a relaxing and exciting weekend.

Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College

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