The week before Spring Semester
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The week before Spring Semester
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I would like to take this opportunity to thank all members of our college community who are contributing to the start of the Spring semester. It has been all hands on deck as faculty and staff work to prepare students for a successful semester.


My week at a glance:

  • Breakfast and Lunch meetings with community leaders – I hosted breakfast and lunch meetings for community leaders who support Saint Paul College and are interested in promoting a strong workforce in St. Paul.
  • Neighborhood House Policy Committee – I attended a policy development committee meeting at Neighborhood House, an intentional partner of Saint Paul College. Neighborhood House helps members of our community each year with basic needs, education, youth programs, and health and well-being. Their programs are offered for free to participants.
  • Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) – This evening I will attend the MSCSA Award Dinner. I am incredibly proud of our students and how they represent our colleges and the mission of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.
  • MN Philanthropy Partners Board Meeting – I attended a meeting with the President/CEO of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners to discuss strategic initiatives.
  • Comprehensive Workforce Solution meeting – I met with the co-chair/project director of the Comprehensive Workforce Solution initiative to discuss leveraging the expertise of customized training and continuing education areas of our colleges and universities to strengthen Minnesota’s workforce to be financially sustainable and market competitive. The model will enable us to serve more employers (including larger companies) more proactively, more comprehensively, and allow us to deliver greater value.
  • Downtown Development Framework Steering Committee – I attended a meeting at the St. Paul Riverfront Corporation to discuss their mission of creating a more vibrant, engaging, and successful downtown St. Paul by convening civic, business, and community leaders in a community-based design process; moreover, to create a Downtown Development Framework that will coordinate major public and private investment, leverage new investment, and attract and retain employers to downtown.

For your reading pleasure:

  • MinnPost published a story highlighting how Saint Paul College and other Minnesota State Colleges and Universities colleges and universities are helping immigrant students succeed.
  • Journey Home, a Saint Paul College intentional community partner, was featured in a White Bear Press article. Journey Home promotes the construction of affordable housing for veterans.

To our students, thank you for your continued patience with construction ​of Health Science Alliance Center. We hope to have the building open in June 2017. We are delighted to welcome you back to campus on January 9, 2017. Let me assure you that as a college community, we will do our utmost to make sure that you meet your academic goals and that we provide you a place to thrive. Thank you for choosing Saint Paul College. As we say around here: when you start here, you can go anywhere.

I wish you a relaxing weekend and a successful spring semester.

Rassoul Dastmozd

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