This week, I had a wonderful opportunity to chat and walk in with a student who is pursuing her Associates in Arts degree at Saint Paul College. She described her experience here as exciting and engaging. She went on say that her boyfriend will soon be pursuing his Carpentry diploma at the College. Not too long ago, Washington Monthly described Saint Paul College as "Shakespeare with Power Tools." How appropriate!
Given the wide array of programs that Saint Paul College currently offers, there is place and opportunity for everyone. It is a remarkable college where our students can become global citizens, as well as contributing members of our Saint Paul College family.
Our dedicated faculty and staff continually cultivate a passion for learning for our students. I am honored to be a member of this honorable community that places student’s interest first!
Here’s a short recap of my activities and meetings this week:
Minnesota Campus Compact meeting – Along with several presidents of public and private colleges and universities attended the
Minnesota Campus Compact meeting. As presidents, we agreed to “redouble our efforts with a renewed commitment to preparing students for democratic citizenship, building partnerships for change, and reinvigorating higher education for the public good as well as issues that have become salient after 2017 national elections.”
Comprehensive Workplace Solutions Model meeting - Myself, three other Minnesota State presidents, and the project director of
Comprehensive Workplace Solutions met and continued to work on a draft of the Comprehensive Workforce Solution Model. This model ensures that we leverage the customized training and continuing education units of our colleges and universities. We can use their expertise and resources to strengthen Minnesota’s workforce in a manner that is financially sustainable and market competitive.
Neighborhood House Board of Directors Meeting - I attended a
Neighborhood House Board of Directors meeting. We discussed policies, strategies, fundraising, and connection with the Community. Neighborhood House is an intentional partner of the College.
Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Workforce Innovation Network (MSPWin) – I attended the
MSPWIN Board of Directors meeting where future investments, Metro regional WIOA update, statewide organizing, legislative update, equity works update, and the evaluation of the college readiness academy were discussed.
District Energy St. Paul – I attended a
District Energy St. Paul board meeting. District Energy St. Paul is considered the most notable in the United States for its use of renewable energy sources and implementation of energy conservation measures. The College currently offers a pre-apprenticeship program to develop skilled talents that DE needs.
Minnesota State Chancellor Selections Interviews - I along with presidents of Minnesota State attended the interview sessions for the next Minnesota State Chancellor. I also moderated chancellor candidates Open Forums interview sessions.
Meeting with Governor Dayton's Office on Pathways - I met with the director of Strategic Workforce Initiatives from Governor's Office to discuss education and training pathways for our constituencies for job ready careers. We also discussed promoting state government as an employer of choice for Saint Paul College students and partnering with Saint Paul College on delivering career pathway training opportunities for existing and new state employees.
Meeting with President of MSCF - I met with the president of the Minnesota State College Faculty bargaining unit at Saint Paul College to develop Faculty Shared Governance meeting agenda. We discussed spring and summer enrollment, partnership, budget, efficiencies, marketing, innovative projects, Saint Paul College Strategic priorities, classroom management, equity and inclusion.
Weekly Legislative Web Ex - I attended the Governmental Relations Weekly Web Ex meetings where we discussed the Legislative Priorities of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.
Midwest Global Trade Association Dinner and Networking Event – A member of our business faculty and I attended the
Midwest Global Trade Association (MGTA) annual dinner and networking event this week. MGTA is a nonprofit organization supported entirely by the efforts and contributions of its membership. The association draws on the talents and resources of international professionals and corporations throughout the region. Members include companies of all sizes and levels of international experiences, as well as individuals with a range of business interests and perspectives. Anyone interested in international trade is invited to become a member and share the experience. MGTA's mission is to support the global trade community through professional development, networking, and industry resources.
I am grateful to be a part of Saint Paul College, not only because of all the external support we receive from our partnerships and surrounding communities, but also because of all of the internal, dedicated efforts to make this such a great place for learning, where together we can celebrate both our similarities and differences.
After all, if we do not take care of our students and our community, who will?