Strengthening the Manufacturing Workforce
Saint Paul College hosted a panel conversation sponsored by
Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association with the focus on
Strengthening the Manufacturing Workforce. Panelists included Rep. Tim Mahoney (DFL – St Paul), chair House Jobs Committee, Senator Carla Nelson (R – Rochester), chair Senate Education Committee and me. Key facilitators were the MPMA Government Relations Director and MPMA Executive Director.
Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association is committed to strengthening the skilled workforce and drive success in precision manufacturing and promoting a positive image and the importance of manufacturing today. Approximately 50 business/industry employers/leaders attended this panel conversation. We also provided a tour of the Saint Paul College with the dean of Career and Technical Education, Workforce Training & Continuing Education representatives, and faculty. For more info go to
manufacturing/machining programs and labs.
I am very grateful for the strength of our relationships with our business, industry, government and community partners. We are fortunate to have partners with whom we can have relevant conversations to ensure we are providing well-prepared, well-educated and skilled graduates who then contribute economically to this region through employment.
Here’s a short recap of a few of my activities
Science Museum of Minnesota Board Orientation/Meeting, and Family Night
I attended the
Science Museum of Minnesota board orientation meeting and family night celebration. I attended the new Omni show on “Cuba.” I also visited the new
GameChangers Exhibit featuring 100 playable games from the last four decades of digital gaming. Saint Paul College offers a
Web Based 2D Game Development program.
Solar United Neighbors
I met and hosted the policy associate from Solar United Neighbors. We toured Saint Paul College facilities.
Solar United Neighbors is a non-profit U.S. organization dedicated to representing the needs and interests of solar owners and supporters.
City of Saint Paul Department of Planning and Economic Development
I met and hosted the project manager for
Full-Stack Saint Paul at Saint Paul College. We toured the College and discussed training options and the role Saint Paul College can play by training workforce talent for coding and the tech sector, and especially for under-represented populations. Full Stack Saint Paul is a public/private sector collaboration, co-led by the City of Saint Paul and the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce.
Governor’s Budget for One Minnesota – WebEx with Minnesota State
I along with Minnesota State colleges and universities presidents and Chancellor Malhotra listened in on Governor Tim Walz’s WebEx of the
Budget for One Minnesota, his inaugural budget proposal for the next biennium. His budget focuses on the issues that really matter to Minnesotans: education, health care, and community prosperity. For all details you can go to
Budget for One Minnesota. For more information about the Minnesota State budget and bonding requests, please visit
Venture Academy Conversation
I along with our director of College Partnerships met with a team of administrators from
Venture Academy, a public charter school serving students in grades 6-11, to discuss potential partnership and exploring pathways for Venture Academy students, including PSEO opportunities at the College, as well as internships, apprenticeships and other off-site learning experiences as integral components of the regular school day.
Meeting with Bargaining Unit Leadership - HLC CQR Report
I along with members of the executive leadership team met with the leadership of AFSCME to discuss the Higher Learning Commission CQR report and to discuss and seek their feedback about campus climate.
Meeting with the Vice President of Economic Development of SPACC
I met with the VP of Economic Development from the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce to discuss the potential for partnerships with different companies and employers that are currently in St. Paul or that the city is trying to recruit for relocation and expansion.
United Hospital Foundation Meeting
I met with the director of development to discuss major gift priorities for the major gifts committee as the chair of major gift committee. For more information about United Hospital Foundation, go to
Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundation Executive Committee Meeting
I attended the
Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundation executive committee meeting to discuss performance appraisal and compensation for the CEO/President pf Saint Paul and Minnesota Community Foundation.
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Thank you all for your support and commitment to Saint Paul College and our community. Your dedication to serving our students and contributing to their success is exhibited year round, even during the snowiest February ever recorded in Minnesota!
I wish everyone a safe and relaxing weekend.
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College