A gorgeous and sunny week of fall semester made the sixth week of fall semester very special for many in the anticipation of Twin Cities Marathon and the Black Lives Matter demonstrations, near the Marathon finish line. I am grateful to our dedicated faculty and staff for ensuring that our students’ educational needs are met as the semester continues.
Here’s a short recap of my activities and meetings this week:
- Neighborhood House – Attended a board meeting, continuing to build this intentional partnership with the College. We reviewed a new Neighborhood House Strategic Plan.
- Berufskolleg, Neuss, Germany - Our student and faculty member guests from Berufsbildungszentrum Neuss Weingartstraße Institute have ended their visit and are headed back home. Our faculty and students enjoyed visiting with their peers and engaged in exchanges and professional development activities.
- Minnesota Philanthropy Partners - Attended a Minnesota Philanthropy Partners Spending Policy Committee meeting.
- St. Paul Promise Neighborhood - Attended a Promise Neighborhood Board of Directors meeting.
- Service to Humanity Gala – United Hospital Foundation - Attended the Service to Humanity Gala sponsored by the United Hospital Foundation. I am proud of our Power of YOU students who served as volunteers for this popular fundraising event.
- Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Workforce Innovation Network (MSPWin) - Attended a prospect grantee Letter of Intent award review meeting.
- United Hospital Foundation - Attended the United Hospital Foundation Funding Priorities meeting, and later met with their new director of development.
- Community College Completion Initiative - Met with Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) advisors and Saint Paul College Student Life Director/Student Chief Diversity Officer to discuss the next steps with the Community College Completion Initiative. I am so proud of our student leaders who devised a destination graduation resource cart to promote student retention and persistence at the College by connecting with students. Our discussions also focused on getting faculty and staff to complete the C4 Completion Champions Pledge
- Knight Green Line Challenge – Attend the Knight Green Line Challenge Celebration - We are pleased to announce the 12 winners in the Knight Green Line Challenge.
- Met with a Minneapolis based Non-Profit Community Based Organization to discuss Construction Sector occupations and Workforce Training and Continuing Education contracts.
Two Noteworthy Signature Events
The College hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony in celebration of completion of the $1.5 Million renovation of the CNC/Machining Lab/Classroom with a wonderful turn out from the College’s supporters including program alumni, employers, faculty and staff, elected officials, members of Friends of Saint Paul College, Foundation, members of President Advisory Council, community members, and Technical Program Advisory Committee Members. The College’s Machining/CNC training facilities spans 25,000 square feet with approximately $2.0 million investment of equipment all under one roof. Programs like Machining/CNC help advance the economic prosperity for all Minnesotans.
Left to Right: Tom Nielson, ’84 alumnus, President, Mo-Tech Corporation and Chair, Friends of Saint Paul College; President Rassoul Dastmozd; Representative Marion O'Neill; Greg Buck, President, Productivity, Inc., former Chair, President’s Advisory Council.
The College held a Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation Scholarship Appreciation Breakfast, hosting approximately 100 donors, students, faculty, staff, and families and friends of our students. This year, Friends of Saint Paul College awarded $150K in scholarship to 169 students. We are grateful to our donors and community of supporters for their advocacy and generosity. The highlight of this breakfast celebration were the speeches by an alumnus and current student who gave their heartfelt accounts of their life experiences and journeys, and how, for them, Saint Paul College more than delivered on our conviction that when our students start here, they can go anywhere.
In the news this week:
The All-USA Community College Academic Team and the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team, sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group, USA TODAY, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, the Coca-Cola Foundation, AACC, and Phi Theta Kappa, will continue in 2016. The All-USA Community College Academic Team, Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team, and New Century Scholars program will award nearly $400,000 in scholarships exclusively to community college students.
On a solemn note, on behalf of Saint Paul College, we offer our condolences to Umpqua Community College in Oregon, and to the friends and family members of those who lost their lives. Our hearts are filled with sorrow and sadness for the tragic incident.
To our community partners, thank you for your continued support to the students we serve!
I wish you a much deserved, relaxing weekend.
Be Bold. Be Inspired. Be Relevant.