Thirteenth Week of Fall Semester 2017
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Thirteenth Week of Fall Semester 2017
Give to the MAX

I want to thank all who donated on Give to the Max day to our Friends of Saint Paul College foundation. Our students are so appreciative of money received through scholarships. It’s never too late to donate to our Foundation, so if you would still like to donate to help benefit our students through scholarships, please go to ou​r Give Now page.

While supporting our students through scholarships is so critical to their success and ability to focus on their studies, it is the tireless commitment that our faculty and staff exhibit each and every day that makes Saint Paul College a student-centered campus. That, in and of itself, goes well beyond any monetary value. It’s basic to – and is - our mission: To provide education for employment … education for life. Kudos to all of you who demonstrate the passion for this higher calling work.

Here is an excerpt from a letter I received from a parent about the education that their daughter received at Saint Paul College.

“Dr. Dastmozd, I wanted to send you what I assume will be a welcomed message. My daughter was enrolled at Saint Paul College as a PSEO student last year, which she enjoyed, and where she did quite well. She was very anxious to get to a major research university this year as a freshman. She is quite disappointed, however, because the quality of her freshman classes, nearly uniformly, is below the quality of her SPC classes. … thanks for your leadership at an institution that has been a great part of St. Paul, and the neighborhood.”

I am grateful for such feedback, and truly appreciate the extra effort made by this person in sharing their story and gratitude. At Saint Paul College, our hope is that all who pass through our doors receive a quality education that challenges them, provides them with the opportunity to expand their knowledge, and prepares them well for their future endeavors and attaining their academic goals.

Here’s a short recap of my week:

Greater Metropolitan Workforce Council - I along with private and public sector leaders attended the Greater Metropolitan Workforce Council board meeting to discuss strategies that will benefit members of our communities who have traditionally been underserved and underemployed, with a special 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

Science Museum of Minnesota - I attended a prospective board member luncheon at the Science Museum of Minnesota. We are very fortunate to have a world class science museum near Saint Paul College where our students can benefit from a variety of exhibits.

Facilities Master Planning - I along with the VP of Finance and Facilities and Director of Facilities met and interviewed three architectural firms. We will choose one firm that will complete the Comprehensive Facilities Master Planning at Saint Paul College through a consultative and collaborative process.

Neighborhood House Finance Committee Meeting – I attended a Neighborhood House Finance Committee meeting. Neighborhood House is an intentional partner of Saint Paul College.

Ujamaa Place Partnership Meeting – The dean of Workforce Training and Continuing Education and I met with the team from Ujamaa Place to discuss and explore educational pathways to higher education for the Ujamaa men. For more information go to:

Women in the Trades - I along with the deans of Workforce Training and Continuing Education and Career and Technical Education/Business attended the Women in the Trades career exploration event. Saint Paul College has been intentional in promoting the participation of women in skilled trades occupations by establishing Women in the Trades “Building your Future” and the Trading Up initiative for both men and women.

Downtown Vitality Vision Steering Committee Meeting - I attended a Downtown Development Vitality Framework Steering committee meeting at the Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation to discuss their mission to attract and retain employers to downtown by creating a more vibrant, engaging, and successful downtown St. Paul through convening civic, business, and community leaders in a community-based and centered design process.

Thanksgiving at the Institute - I attended “A Celebration of Thanksgiving” event at the International Institute of Minnesota. This event was a networking opportunity by connecting students, volunteers, donors and supporters.

United Hospital Foundation and Funding Priorities Meeting - I attended a United Hospital Foundation meeting to discuss setting major gift priorities, fund raising priorities and strategies. After the funding priorities meeting, I experienced firsthand the use of automation and robotics surgery in orthopedic surgical processes and knee replacement.

Conversation with Superintendent Ed Graff about GenNext - I met with Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Ed Graff, who is also on a Generation Next Leadership Council co-chair, to discuss Generation Next’s current and future strategic priorities. GenNext focuses on enhancing and improving literacy, reading, math, career and college readiness strategies for St. Paul Public Schools and Minneapolis Public Schools. Saint Paul College is an intentional partner at the GenNext table.

Faculty Shared Governance Meeting – The Executive Leadership of the College and I met with the Faculty Shared Governance team to discuss systematic and strategic planning at the College. We also discussed state of the College, curricular issues, student support systems including advising, spring enrollment, marketing and recruitment, innovative projects, staffing update, IT update, and Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation fund raising activities.

Central Corridor Anchor Partnership Executive Leadership Meeting – I had a conference call with the Central Corridor Anchor Partnership executive team to discuss the future of health related workforce sector occupations.

Full Stack St. Paul Networking Event - Earlier this year, Mayor Chris Coleman and Councilmember Chris Tolbert formed the Saint Paul Innovation Cabinet, a focused effort to identify ways to expand job and business growth around the technology and innovation sectors in Saint Paul. Innovation companies are critical because their jobs do not just benefit individual employees, they benefit all of Saint Paul. Every innovation job is associated with the creation of three to four spin-off jobs in other sectors. Full Stack Saint Paul is a public/private sector collaboration, co-led by the City of Saint Paul and the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce that provides a full range of services to help tech and innovation sector businesses start up and scale up in Saint Paul. At this event, we learned about the strategies we are implementing to grow the vibrant innovation culture in Saint Paul and network with some of the brightest minds in tech and innovation sector in the region.

Lastly, as I was taking one of my many walks around the campus, I chatted with a student from our Culinary Arts program who graduated from Roseville high school. This young man informed me that he was the second member of his family who is attending Saint Paul College. His older brother completed the Machining/CNC Toolmaking program and is currently gainfully employed. What is particularly wonderful about this, is that it is not that unique to have generations of families attending our college, or siblings or cousins, husbands and wives. We’ve been blessed with families who continue a tradition of starting here and going anywhere!

For decades, Saint Paul College has welcomed members of our community because of our reputation by being a student centered and community focused institution at the heart of St. Paul. I offer my gratitude to our students and members of our community for trusting us with their future. I also offer my gratitude to our faculty and staff who are game changers by transforming many lives.

I am appreciative of the efforts, contributions, teamwork, and dedication of our hardworking faculty and staff. Without your intentional efforts, we would not be able to fulfill our mission and vision, and strategic priorities of Saint Paul College.

Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College

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