The Fifteenth Week of Fall Semester
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The Fifteenth Week of Fall Semester

On Thursday evening, the College hosted the 6th Annual Friends of Saint Paul College Scholarship Gala. This was a fantastic event with a sold out crowd. It solidified for me how the College is never alone in our endeavors and mission to “Provide Education for Employment…Education for Life.”

Many thanks to our supporters of the College, our staff, faculty, and students who attended this event to help increase the funds available for scholarships for our deserving students. You truly are making a positive impact in the lives of so many of our students.

Here’s a short recap of my activities and meetings this week:

  • Promoting racial equity and narrowing disparities – I attended a meeting with several area executive leaders at the Wilder Foundation to discuss organizational cultural competencies. We talked about what actions are needed to advocate for policy change and ways to promote racial equity.
  • Minnesota Philanthropy Partners – Attended the Community Impact and Grants Committee meeting at Minnesota Philanthropy Partners where we approved the legislative policy agenda, as well as their community impact grant budget.
  • Charting the Future - I attended the College’s Charting the Future​ implementation team meeting and discussed the progress our team is making with various initiatives at the College.​
  • Capital Campaign Fundraising Plans - I along with Executive Director of Friends of Saint Paul College, Foundation and two Friends of Saint Paul College, Foundation Executive Committee Board members to discuss a proposal that the College will engage the services of this consultant to initiate a feasibility study for a Capital Campaign fundraising as outlined by the Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation.
  • Hallie Q. Brown Community Center - I along with a team of deans and directors met to discuss various partnerships with the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center such as career exploration, parent engagement, college engagement, and programming that promote promising gainful workforce opportunities in the Culinary Arts and Early Learning Sector Occupations.
  • Meeting with City of Saint Paul Council Member - I met with Ward 1 City Council Member to discuss and advocate for workforce and entrepreneurship opportunities.
  • Saint Paul Mayor’s Tech/Innovation Cabinet - I along with CEOs of high technology and innovation firms and, along with the president/CEO of St. Paul Port Authority, Saint Paul Chamber of Commerce, VP of business/industry recruitment from the Greater MSP, the City of St. Paul Economic Development, elected public officials and commissioner of DEED, met to discuss how we can promote and recruit innovative companies and jobs to the City of Saint Paul for our economic future.
  • Meeting with the Executive Director of Hubbs Center - I met with the executive director of the Ronald M. Hubbs Center for Lifelong Learning to discuss seamless successful pathways for their students to Saint Paul College. Hubbs Center Adult Basic Education (ABE) is a program of the Saint Paul Public Schools' Community Education Department, "partnering with adults to enrich lives through education."

Autumn’s Beauty Runway Show
Sponsored by Career Services and Cosmetology, Esthetics, and Nail Program, the event showcased new looks for fall. I am proud of our students, staff, and faculty from Cosmetology, Esthetics, and Nail programs at Saint Paul College, who presented their stylish make-up and clothing looks to our college community as part of their capstone program projects. This event was well attended by outside vendors and members of our college community. Our students, staff, and faculty are awesome!

DEED Grant Received
Saint Paul College has been awarded a grant of $155,274 to support Women in Trade Careers initiatives. This funding will be used to help women enter, progress through and complete both non-credit and for-credit programs in manufacturing, construction and automotive career pathways. Kudos to our deans and director grants who developed our award winning proposal. The College was one of many recipients of the $8.1 million awarded in state equity grants by DEED. The Pioneer Press Editorial Board praised the selection process by DEED that used review panels of community members to select recipients. More info is available on the Pioneer Press’s Opinion page under "People’s Panels".

I will end this week’s blog by sharing three brief stories with you. I chatted with three students this week as I made my rounds on campus. One student informed me that her reason for choosing Saint Paul College was the personal and individualized touch that she experiences from staff and faculty members. Another student chose Saint Paul College because of the high placement rate in his field of study. The third student informed me that he had an outstanding experience both inside and outside his classrooms. He expressed that he had stellar interactions with IT, Library, and Advising Units of the College. These three students exemplify thousands of Saint Paul College students who interact with our staff and faculty every day throughout the semester. I am delighted to hear what our students have to say about our College.

I offer my humble gratitude to our dedicated and hardworking faculty and staff who keep the students and their needs at the center of what they do every day.

I wish all of you a relaxing weekend.

My best,
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College​​

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