This week is Minnesota Manufacturing Week, celebrating one of the state's most important industries. Manufacturing in Minnesota includes everything from high-tech electronics to high-end food products. According to MN DEED, manufacturers employ more than 326,000 people in Minnesota, accounting for roughly 1 in 9 jobs Minnesota’s manufacturing industry includes small, mid-sized and large operations across the state. Here’s more information on manufacturing in Minnesota:
Saint Paul College has been training machinists for more than a century, and our graduates are sought after by manufacturing companies from all over the state. Manufacturing technology has become more sophisticated, of course, and our machine tool/CNC instructors work closely with employers and the program advisory committee to keep up to manufacturing trends and needs. I am very proud of our instructors, but even prouder of our skilled and educated graduates who represent Saint Paul College as they join the workforce. For more information about our extraordinary manufacturing programs, go to our program pages:
CNC Toolmaking and
Here’s a short recap of a few of my activities this week:
United Hospital Foundation Service to Humanity Gala
As a board member of the United Hospital Foundation and District Energy Board member, I attended the
Allina Healh United Hospital Foundation
Service to Humanity Gala, which raises funds to support United Hospital’s patients and community. Areas of need are the United Heart & Vascular Clinic, and the future creation of a Total Joint Replacement Center of Excellence and Surgical Oncology Center of Excellence.
Genesys Works Board Governance Meeting
I met with the Executive Director of
Genesys Works. We discussed Strategic Plan/Priorities for the
Genesys Works. Genesys Works alumni often continue their studies in
Saint Paul College computer science and IT programs.
Facing Race: Changing the Narrative
The Saint Paul and Minnesota Community Foundations’ Facing Race Awards at the University of St. Thomas. Congratulations to the 2018 Facing Race Award recipients Bo Thao-Urabe and Otis Zanders who were recognized and honored as the Minnesota’s Anti-Racism Activists.
Meeting Community Leaders
I met and hosted two community leaders who are passionate about philanthropy and workforce talent development. Saint Paul College is the sensible solution to Minnesota’s workforce talent shortage.
College Leadership Team Meeting
I met with the College Leadership Team to discuss the Higher Learning Commission Comprehensive Quality Review site visit at the College, as well as the various strategic and tactical initiatives at Saint Paul College.
Hosting a Potential Foundation Board Member
The Friends of Saint Paul College executive director, the major gift officer and I met with a potential prospect for the Foundation Board. Last year, the Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation raised over $1.9 million for scholarships and programs. For more info go to
Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation.
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 to discuss economic development, recruitment of businesses and firms, and workforce development issues related to Saint Paul and Ramsey County.
Twin Cities High School Principals and Counselor Breakfast
Saint Paul College invited
Twin Cities High School Principals and Counselors to attend a special breakfast, and to explore potential partnerships to promote student success and intentional pathways from high schools to college. Over 40 area principals and counselors attended this event, toured the SIM Center, health science areas, and skilled trade and technical areas and learned about Power of YOU and PSEO opportunities at the College. Thanks to all on the College’s recruiting team and those from our academic and advising areas who provided info to the principals and counselors who will be instrumental to recommending their students to attend Saint Paul College!
Metro Alliance Presidents Meeting
I attended a Metro Alliance presidents meeting here we discussed higher education issues and challenges facing our respective institutions.
Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Workforce Innovation Network (MSPWin)
I attended a meeting at
MSPWin to discuss intentional strategic investment and priority-setting on various workforce and talent development strategies and systems, and policy advocacy related to funding workforce initiatives.
MSPWin is an intentional partner of Saint Paul College.
Faculty Shared Governance Agenda-Setting Meeting
I along with the chief human resources officer met with the president of the faculty bargaining unit at the College to establish the meeting agenda for the upcoming Faculty Shared Governance Meeting.
In the news
Enterprise Minnesota interview with Chancellor Malhotra:
Minnesota State is Stepping Up
As manufacturers face an unprecedented shortage of workers—skilled and otherwise—Enterprise Minnesota’s Bob Kill asks Dr. Devinder Malhotra, Minnesota State’s new chancellor, how his system of universities, colleges and tech schools will confront the challenge of educating and training manufacturing’s next generation.
Inclusive Hiring Can Ease Minnesota’s Workforce Shortage
I will end this blog by offering my most sincere gratitude to our faculty and staff who work so diligently to keep our programs relevant, challenge our students to excel in their classes, and provide support services that meet our students’ needs. We are providing the bridges of opportunity leading to success for our students!
I wish you a relaxing weekend.
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College