This is the final week of Summer Session at Saint Paul College. And as the activity of summer session dwindles, the activity for fall semester is ratcheting up. With the One Stop in operation, new and returning students are enrolling for fall semester. I am grateful to our students for selecting Saint Paul College as their college of choice!
This week, as I was walking around, I briefly chatted a variety of students and visitors. These brief visits included chatting with a mother and a daughter, an international student and his fiancée, two brothers and sisters, one nephew and a niece. All will be coming to Saint Paul College this fall, in search of excellence and in pursuit of making their lives better for themselves, their family members, and their communities.
I am very thankful for our faculty and staff team who continue to work behind the scenes so tirelessly, so that our students’ educational experience at the College can be seamless and a pleasant one as they trust us with their future.
Here’s a short recap of a few of my activities this week:
Meeting with a Community Leader
I along with Executive Director of Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation met with a community leader who is passionate about higher education, philanthropy and workforce training.
Summer Scholars Academy Lunch Meeting
I along with the presidents of Normandale Community College and Minneapolis Community and Technical College, the chancellor of Minnesota State, and the senior vice chancellor of Minnesota State Academic and Student Affairs, met with a generous philanthropist couple who funded the Summer Scholar Academy to discuss our progress with this project, as well as promoting future support. The Summer Scholars Academy is designed to help our students to be successful in college-level courses in the fall and to ease their transition to college. Whether a student is an entering college freshman who recently graduated from high school, or a student returning to school after time away, this program is designed to be an alternative to developmental education courses, saving our students time and money. Summer Scholars Academy will help ease the transition to college life by providing each student the opportunity to build on his or her confidence as scholars, while networking with fellow students and Saint Paul College staff and faculty.
Meeting with the Minneapolis/St. Paul Mini Maker Faire Coordinators
The dean of Career and Technical Education and I met with two coordinators of Minneapolis/St. Paul Mini Maker Faire to explore opportunities for hosting the Mini Maker Faire at Saint Paul College in June 2019. This event is designed to provide the youth of all ages with the opportunity to explore technical occupations that will lead to a rewarding high wage/high career ladder paths opportunities in the future. For more information, please check out: http://msp.makerfaire.com/
Meeting with Takming University Delegation from Taiwan
I along with the director of our Culinary Arts program hosted the president, dean of Research and Development Division, and director for Center of International Affairs from Takming University of Science and Technology (http://www.takming.edu.tw/takming_en/) to discuss potential partnership and faculty and student exchange initiatives. The culinary and hospitality students from Taiwan will take part in joint training at Saint Paul College, as well as a year-long program at Metropolitan State University. This is part of a growing Saint Paul College partnership with institutions of higher education abroad.
Saint Paul Downtown Alliance Meeting
I attended the Employer Attraction, Retention, and Growth Committee meeting of Saint Paul Downtown Alliance, which will work with partners to assess and fill gaps in downtown property that support job creation; identify and attract resources to enhance downtown property; address challenges to attracting jobs including parking, transit access, and pedestrian way finding; coordinate strategic business retention visits; and champion projects and policies that support business growth.
The Center for the American Experiment
I am sharing with you the Center of the American Experiment video which focuses on raising young people’s and parents’ awareness of a diverse array of high paying careers in Minnesota that does not require a four-year degree: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLz1z23cVlKYP5KYe0pQftVUgpNLAMK0ja
This video narrates the stories of young Minnesotans who have chosen alternative paths to 4-year degrees. One of Saint Paul College Carpentry program student will be featured in the Center for American Experiment’s upcoming Great Jobs newsletter. For more information about Saint Paul College programs, please see: https://www.saintpaul.edu/programs.
To our students, if you have not registered for fall semester, please do so. We have less than 30 days to go until the start of fall semester on August 27. Popular classes and space will become limited.
I sincerely thank our faculty and staff for going the extra mile by serving our students and our community.
I wish you all a relaxing weekend.
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College