The third week of summer session is in full swing at the College, and we are also well on our way in preparing for the fall semester.
As I walked around the campus this week, I chatted with numerous students, many of whom were visiting from other institutions. They are enrolled for summer session courses at Saint Paul College. These students commented on our welcoming atmosphere and the high quality of their interactions with faculty and staff.
I am grateful to our faculty and staff who go the extra mile to provide this level of service to all our regular and visiting students.
My week at a glance
Greater Metropolitan Workforce Council Board Meeting
Along with private and public sectors leaders, I attended the Greater Metropolitan Workforce Council Board meeting. We discussed strategies that will benefit members of our communities who have traditionally been underserved and underemployed with a particular focus on sector partnerships and career pathways to prosperity. Saint Paul College plays a critical role by training qualified talent for Minnesota’s economy and workforce shortage. Check out saintpaul.edu/programs.
District Energy St. Paul
I attended the District Energy St. Paul board meeting. We discussed strategic planning and their visions for the future, as well as new market, consumer, and technology demands/trends. District Energy St. Paul is considered the most notable in the U.S. for its use of renewable energy sources and implementation of energy conservation measures.
Genesys Works Board of Director's Meeting
I attended the Genesys Works governance committee meeting. We discussed board succession plan for Genesys Works as well as how to best develop a pipeline for potential board members and our Strategic Plan. Genesys Works alumni often continue their studies in our IT programs at Saint Paul College.
Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood
I attended a Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood board of directors meeting to discuss progress with current strategic planning, Promise Neighborhood outcomes, and present strategies in development, policies. We also discussed steps we must take as a council as we embark on the new strategic planning process.
Breakfast Meeting with Commissioner of Revenue
I had a breakfast meeting with the current commissioner of the Minnesota State Department of Revenue. We discussed the strategic priorities of colleges and universities in the Minnesota State system.
Minnesota State Philanthropy Conference
I gave a welcome keynote to Philanthropy professionals for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Saint Paul College hosted this professional development workshop. I am proud of our team in the Friends of Saint Paul College, Foundation unit of the College.
Meeting at the Mayor of Saint Paul Office
The team from the Workforce and Continuing Education department and I met with a private firm that plans on expanding their software development portfolio and footprint in Saint Paul. Saint Paul College will play a critical role by providing customized training for the workforce talent that this private firm intends to hire in a high wage and high demand occupational cluster.
For your reading pleasure at your leisure
New state program aims to support tech innovation in Minnesota
Minnesota manufacturers' survey shows concerns over worker shortage
I sincerely thank you for going the extra mile for making Saint Paul College a better place for our students and our community.
I wish you all a relaxing weekend.
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College