Thirteenth Week of Spring Semester 2019
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Thirteenth Week of Spring Semester 2019

​​​​​Open House​​​​​

Next week on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, from 5 to 7:30pm, is our Open House.

It’s a premier event where we can showcase our state-of-the-art classrooms and facilities. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you haven’t seen our newly renovated laboratories and our new Health Science & Alliance Center with a spectacular Simulation Center, attending our open house is a great way to see what Saint Paul College is all about.

Please join us – and let anyone you know who is considering college, that this is a great way to talk with program instructors and student services staff! More info:​

I am so grateful to our faculty and staff for joining together to showcase the fabulous programs and services we offer, that puts Saint Paul College right at the intersection of opportunity and success for current and prospective students.

The Greater Metropolitan Workforce Council Board Meeting
I attended the Greater Metropolitan Workforce Council Board Meeting. The Greater Metropolitan Workforce Council Board is a collaboration between private and public sector leaders who devise MWCA_logo09.jpgstrategies that will benefit members of our communities who have traditionally been underserved, under-resourced, 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

Hosting the Executive Vice President of Saint Paul Saints
I along with our staff from Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation hosted and provided a tour ofSaints_website_logo.png the College for the executive vice-president responsible for business development of the Saint Paul Saints. We discussed the critical role that Saint Paul College plays in creating opportunities for livable wages and gainful employment and economic mobility for our students and community members.

Neighborhood House Finance Committee Meeting
neighborhood house logo.pngI attended a Neighborhood House Finance Committee meeting. Their mission is to help people gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to thrive in diverse communities. Neighborhood House is an intentional partner of Saint Paul College.

Full Stack Saint Paul Steering Committee Meeting
I attended the Full Stack Saint Paul meeting, which focused on the strategies we are implementing to grow a culture of innovation and to grow the workforce talent needed to keep Saint Paul competitive and vibrant. Full Stack Saint Paul​ is an opportunity to network with some Full Stack Saint Paul FSSP.jpgof the brightest minds in the tech and innovation sectors in the region. The meeting also focused on the promotion and branding of Saint Paul, as well as places and spaces which are an integral part of attracting high technology firms. 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. It provides a full range of services to help tech and innovation sector businesses start and scale up in Saint Paul. New DEED Commissioner joined this group to discuss how DEED and State of Minnesota are promoting Minnesota Innovation Collaborative by revitalizing entrepreneurship, learning resources to help startups ramp up, and bringing the ecosystem together.

AFSCME Meet and Confer
I met with the AFSCME employee bargaining unit to field their questions and discuss operations and work conditions at the College.

Office of General Counsel Crisis Management Training
I along with members of executive leadership team participated in a Crisis Management Training that was facilitated by Minnesota State General Counsel.

Strategic Enrollment Management
I along with the members of the Saint Paul College Executive Leadership Team met with a team of strategic enrollment management experts to kick off the Strategic Enrollment Management initiative at Saint Paul College.

Higher Learning Commission Conference
Higher Learning Commission logo.pngI along with members of College Leadership and Academic Innovation and Effectiveness team attended the Higher Learning Commission conference in Chicago earlier week. The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) provides accreditation to Saint Paul College and other two- and four-year institutions in the Midwest.

Leadership Saint Paul
I gave the welcome keynote at the SPACC Leadership Saint Paul​ Education Day held on our campus. Leadership Saint Paul is the premier program in the Twin Cities for emerging and Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce logo.pngcurrent civic and business leaders that prepares, challenges and engages them to strengthen the Saint Paul/East Metro region. Historically, Saint Paul College has used Leadership Saint Paul as a venue to promote leadership training for cultivating our leadership talent at the College. Participants toured the College and visited Health Science program labs and Career & Technical Education labs.
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JA Inspire Manufacturing Day at Saint Paul College
I gave the welcome to Johnson High School students attending the Manufacturing Day Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest. JA Inspire is a workforce development program, and is a Junior Achievement Upper Midwest Logo.JPGcollaboration between the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, Saint Paul College and Junior Achievement. Students from Johnson High School participate in the JA Inspire workforce development program, which is designed to introduce them to careers in the manufacturing industry. This education-business partnership equips students with the skills needed to be successful and contributing members of Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce logo.pngthe workforce while learning about in-demand careers. Volunteer members of the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce (SPACC) worked with students in speed mentoring sessions. Students also participated in hands-on breakout sessions in our machine tool and die, welding, pre-engineering, and mechatronics labs. I was also interviewed by the Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest about the role of higher education and career pathways for students from high school to college and further on to employment with gainful and livable wages. For more information about Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest, go to​

In the news:

MN Deed: DEED Names Assistant Commissioner for Economic Opportunity: Hamse Warfa will lead strategic, department-wide efforts to address economic disparities. : Congratulations to Mr. Hamse Warfa for being appointed as the assistant commissioner at DEED!

Mshale – African Community Newspaper: With this appointment, Warfa becomes the highest ranking African immigrant employee in state government.

MinnPost: One of the most in-demand jobs in Minnesota is in health care. Specifically, one of the lowest paid jobs in health care.

NPR News: Even When College Is Free, It Can Be Hard For Adults To Stay In School --​

APM Reports American Public Media: The Striver--He bet that college would help him move up. Was it a good bet? A story about a Maryland community college student community college student now working on a masters degree

Congratulations - Como Park HS Receives National Award for Academy of Finance Como Park High School was selected as a 2019 Excellence in Action award winner at the Advance CTE Advance CTE logo.pngState Directors Conference. The award recognizes and honors high-quality Career Technical Education (CTE) programs of study from across the nation. This is the first school from Minnesota to ever be recognized. You can read the highlights of the Excellence in Action​ Award - Academy of Finance at Como Park​​ in which Saint Paul College is named as a key contributor to the design and implementation of the Finance Academy program, which was launched in 2014. Learners can obtain up to 16 college credits and graduate high school with a business certification from Saint Paul College, helping them make a seamless transition to both postsecondary education and careers. We highly value our partnerships and collaboration with Como Park, and are so proud to be a part of this partnership and excellence achieved by the Academy of Finance.

Awards, achievements, and recognition for our partnerships, for our many collaborations with educational institutions, business, industry and community based organizations, are evidence of the quality programs created through and for Saint Paul College. Thank you all for your contributions and commitment to Saint Paul College and supporting our mission: Education for Employment…Education for Life.

Once again, Mother Nature has surprised us all with another winter wonderland in early spring, and I, along with the majority of you, will be wishing for warm temperatures to appear this weekend and bring us more spring-like weather and sunshine to enjoy!

Have a safe and relaxing weekend!

Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College

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