The Third Week of Fall Semester 2015
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The Third Week of Fall Semester 2015

This was a short week for everyone at the College after the Labor Day weekend. I offer my humble gratitude to our team of staff, faculty, and administrators who work very hard to make a pleasant and rewarding experience for our students.

I am especially grateful for our team in the Business Office, Financial Aid Office, and Public Safety Office, who ensured the full disbursement of Financial Aid funds to students this week. Many thanks to our stud​ents for being patient throughout this process.

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

District Energy St. Paul – Attended the Board of Directors meeting.

Charting the Future – Attended a two-day retreat with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) Presidents, Chancellor, Chief of Staff, General Council, Vice Chancellors, Executive Directors, Facilitators, Support Team, Faculty, Staff Bargaining Units Leadership, and Student Organization Leadership Teams. We discussed the implementation of the proposed work plan developed by the MnSCU Leadership Team.

Metropolitan Council - Met with the Chair, Communication Director, and a Board Member to discuss workforce strategies and transportation. Our guests toured campus and learned about our excellent programs. The Chair tried his hand in welding using the College’s virtual welder.

Twin Cities Business Partnership – Met with the President of Twin Cities Business Partnership, partners from Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC), and the Saint Paul College Dean of Workforce Training and Continuing Education, to discuss Construction Workforce Systems.

Accounting Firm - Met with a major Minneapolis accounting firm to discuss employment opportunities for Saint Paul College two-year accounting program graduates.

Gateway to College - In the second year of operation, the Gateway to College Network at Saint Paul College in partnership with Saint Paul Public Schools currently enrolls 65 students. Gateway to College students are currently taking a total of 22 different college credit-bearing courses at Saint Paul College. This list includes only 2 developmental-level courses in Reading and Writing, and the College Success class (which all of our students take) - and the other 19 courses are college-level/transferable courses that count toward a degree. The Gateway to College program is another example of when students start their journey at Saint Paul College, they can go anywhere. Thank you to Saint Paul Public Schools team for helping to make this opportunity happen.

In the news this week:

Let’s continue to deliver on this year’s theme!
Be Bold. Be Inspired. Be Relevant.

I wish you a much deserved, relaxing weekend.

Best, Rassoul​​​

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