I hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July holiday. As we celebrate our nation’s independence, I think about how this independence allows such places as Saint Paul College to exist! I am very grateful to be a part of Saint Paul College, where we celebrate our differences and commonalities, making us a stronger and richer campus community.
As I was making my rounds around the College this week, I ran into a student who, prior to attending Saint Paul College, had served not only as a mariner in the Merchant Marine for two decades, but has other work experience as well. Because of her experiences that took her around the globe, she chose to come to Saint Paul College because our community seemed like the right fit for her. She’s now studying in the health care field. She explained to me that most of her family members are in the healthcare field and she is fulfilling her family’s legacy of caring for others.
I was reminded as I reflected on this student’s experience at the College, that caring for our students and each other is in our DNA. Over the years, Saint Paul College has provided training opportunities leading to gainful employment opportunities for students. We are proud of creating opportunities for discovery for our students so they have a real pathway to further enrich their own lives – as well as their families. When our students thrive and prosper, so does the community around us!
My Week at a Glance:
Office of College and Career Readiness (OCCR) Saint Paul Public Schools - I met with the Executive Director of the
Office of College and Career Readiness from Saint Paul Public Schools to discuss partnership strategies for establishing pathways to successful completion of high school for SPPS students, and access to an affordable college education for them at Saint Paul College.
Metro Baccalaureate Steering Committee - several Metro presidents and I met at the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System Office to discuss strategies for the implementation of Metro Baccalaureate degree(s) completion with seamless pathways and transitions from community colleges to Minnesota State universities.
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.
College Readiness Academy - Our Vice President of Academic Affairs and I met with the Executive Director of the
International Institute of Minnesota to discuss implementation of a new educational model to help college-bound adults with barriers to build the skills needed for college. Saint Paul College,
Saint Paul Community Literacy Consortium (SPCLC), the
Neighborhood House and
Guadalupe Alternative Programs are partners on the grant. We are excited about this student success initiative and look forward to serving as an active partner on this initiative and to improve college readiness, reducing students’ remedial education coursework, and accelerating time to graduation for our students.
In the news
Here’s a feature story in the Publication Press about a Saint Paul College Culinary Arts student in his journey after college to establish and start a new restaurant. I am proud of our students
Bringing a taste of New Orleans to the Twin Cities
Saint Paul College continues to play an active role in establishing career pathways for high school students and serving business/industry employers’ needs.
Career pathways: Creating stuff from scratch
I’m very pleased to announce the appointment of two new vice presidents at the College: Dr. Kristen Raney as Vice President of Academic Affairs-Chief Academic Officer and the appointment of Dr. Laura King as Vice President of Student Affairs-Chief Student Officer.
Dr. Kristen Raney
Dr. Laura King
Saint Paul College is very fortunate to have such outstanding individuals ready to lead in these key areas. The College’s mission is “Education for Employment…Education for Life,” and Dr. Raney and Dr. King both have the student at the center of their endeavors as they help promote our mission. I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome of our nationwide searches, and thank all who served on our search committees.
You can read more about these outstanding individuals in our news article:
Appointments of new VP of Academic Affairs-Chief Academic Officer and new VP of Student Affairs-Chief Student Officer
I am grateful to all of our dedicated faculty and staff who go the extra mile to ensure extraordinary experiences come to fruition for our students at the College.
As I often say, if
we do not take care of our students and our community, who will?
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College