I try to never miss an opportunity to talk with someone – whether it’s during formal meetings or during events and celebrations, or simply walking from the College parking lot to the building entrance – which is where I was, when I started chatting with a student in one of our career and technical programs. She was very enthusiastic about all the different skills she’s learning in our trades programs, and looking forward to her future – and that she plans to keep learning throughout her life and her career. Her own passion for learning and her plans for her life, reminded me of our college’s mission: Education for Employment…Education for Life. I’m glad we are a part of her life, and grateful that she has included us in her plans for education!
Whether we help students cultivate their passion for learning, or perhaps for some students, we are able to ignite a passion for learning in them where it hadn’t existed before, it is clearly one of the joys of being in education. The importance placed on education is made clear by our business and community partners who continue to support Saint Paul College and our students. For that I am grateful every week of the year, for it keeps me very engaged – and very busy!
Here’s a short recap of my activities and meetings this week:
Ramsey County Progressive Internship Partnership – This past Tuesday, Saint Paul College hosted the Progressive Internship Partnership celebration, an event honoring the unique, progressive internship program between Saint Paul College,
Metropolitan State University and
Ramsey County. The program offers two-year paid internships for Saint Paul College students who plan to transfer to Metropolitan State University to complete a bachelor’s degree, and have an interest in working in local government. Commissioners and the two college presidents attended the event, and two students shared their internship experiences - Saint Paul College’s Kee Vang who has been working in Community Engagement within the Saint Paul Parks and Rec Department and to Metro State’s Khalid Dayib who has been working in Finance and Accounting for the City of Saint Paul.
(Pictured from left: Commissioner Victoria Reinhardt; Saint Paul College President Rassoul Dastmozd; Commissioner Rafael Ortega; Commissioner Jim McDonough; Metropolitan State student intern, Khalid Dayib; Commissioner Toni Carter; Metropolitan State President Devinder Malhotra; and Saint Paul College intern, Kee Vang.)
Exploring Internship Opportunities and Educational Pathways – I attended two different meetings with Rondo Community leaders to discuss partnerships and internship opportunities for our students in the Rondo Community, as well as educational pathways for high schools students to take college courses at Saint Paul College.
Discussing Pathways to College with Sanneh Foundation - the Executive Director of Friends of Saint Paul College, the Dean of Enrollment Management, and I met with a Vice President from Sanneh Foundation to discuss pathways to college for students whom
Sanneh Foundation serves in their after-schools programs. Part of the Sanneh Foundation’s mission is “Empowering kids, improving lives and uniting communities.”
Neighborhood House Board and Resource Development Meeting - Attended a Board and Resource Development Meeting at
Neighborhood House, an intentional partner of Saint Paul College.
Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood Meeting - Attended a finance meeting with Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood.
Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Meeting - I participated in DEED’s interviews for the Assistant to Commissioner for Equity and Diversity.
Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Workforce Investment Network (MSPWIN) - Attended a
MSPWIN Board of Directors meeting to discuss funding priorities, legislative priorities, policy agenda, and Workforce System Change.
President Emeritus and Member of St. Paul Rotary – I had lunch with President Emeritus Donovan Schwichtenberg and a St. Paul Rotarian to discuss workforce issues, talent gap, and strategies for the greater Minnesota.
Partnership Conversation with a High-Tech Company - I along with the Dean of STEM and faculty from the Chemistry Department met with a local entrepreneurial high-tech company to discuss partnership expansions, internships and employment opportunities for Saint Paul College students.
Meetings on Campus
MAPE Meet and Confer – I met with the MAPE employee bargaining unit to discuss operations of the College, including safety, budget, Charting the Future initiative, communication, governance, strategic plan, information technology security, communication, campus climate, and the design and construction of the new Health and Science Alliance Center.
Professional Development Activity - The College Management Team and I attended team building training.
I will end this week’s blog by wishing everyone a relaxing extended weekend as Monday, Saint Paul College will be closed because we will be celebrating
President’s Day. I am reminded of a quote from President John Quincy Adams, U.S. president from 1825-1929: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” For over 105 years, Saint Paul College has been a leader by welcoming thousands of students and giving them the opportunity to dream more, learn more, and become more. Through all of our efforts, we promise we will continue to do more.