Three Weeks before the Start of Fall Semester 2018
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Three Weeks before the Start of Fall Semester 2018
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This week, we hosted the Advanced Manufacturing Camp for Welding and Machining at Saint Paul College. What a wonderful opportunity for thirty high school students to explore careers and get hands on experience in these fields. I am impressed with the level of curiosity, talent, and enthusiasm shown by these young men and women who participated in the Manufacturing Camp.

Kudos to our Workforce Training & Continuing Education division who sponsored the many high school summer camps: Video Game Design Camp in June, Scrubs Camp – Career Exploration in Healthcare in July, and the Advanced Manufacturing Camp in August. Another continuing education camp is the Taiwan Culinary Foundation Boot Camp. This August, two cohorts of students from Taipei are receiving hands-on training by our chefs in the Culinary Arts labs. The morning group is le​arning the basics of Culinary Arts, the afternoon group is learning Culinary Foundations that will serve them well in their future education and careers.

Over 190 high school students attended these summer camps. They learned from our fantastic instructors, who genuinely enjoy engaging with these young people and have the opportunity to provide real hands-on experiences for them. Thanks to all the faculty and staff who showed these high school students that Saint Paul College is a great place to start their college experience and pathways!

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

Faculty Interviews

The vice president of Academic Affairs and I interviewed several candidates for faculty positions at the College. Investing in full-time faculty positions is a strategic priority, and advances our commitment to Teaching and Learning.

New Employee Meetings

I held several meetings with new Saint Paul College employees as a means of getting to know more about them. I am impressed by the level of talent, dedication, commitment, passion and resolve displayed by our new employees.

The Saint Paul and Minnesota Community Foundations Board Recruitment

The Saint Paul and Minnesota Community Foundations Board Recruitment

I along with another Saint Paul and Minnesota Community Foundations Governance Committee board member and the vice president of strategies met with a prospective board member.

Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) Administrators Academy

Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) Administrators Academy

I attended Saint Paul Public Schools Administrator’s Academy that was held on the University of St. Thomas campus, and gave a talk about partnerships with SPPS and why partnerships matter. I was so impressed with the level of commitment to partner with Saint Paul College from SPPS administrators, board members, and the superintendent and his team. I was also touched by chatting with so many of our alumni who went on to pursue their four-year degrees and secure employment with the Saint Paul Public Schools.

United Hospital Foundation

I attended the Major Gift Committee meeting at the United Hospital Foundation.

Meeting with Full Stack Saint Paul

Meeting with Full Stack Saint Paul

I, along with the co-chair of People Search Strategy committee from Full-Stack Saint Paul, met with the corporate VP of Logistic Specialties, Inc. (the company that acquired Defense Alliance) to better understand their strategic roadmap proposal for training and retaining workforce talent for underserved communities. For more info go to

College Leadership Team Meeting

I attended the College Leadership Team meeting along with members of the Executive Leadership Team to discuss updates on Higher Learning Commission strategic initiatives, as well as tactical matters concerning the governance and operation of the College.

Comprehensive Workforce Solution, East Metro

Comprehensive Workforce Solution, East Metro

I along with four other Minnesota State college and university presidents met about the development of a Comprehensive Workforce Solution model using the expertise and resources of our customized training and continuing education units to strengthen Minnesota's workforce in a manner that is financially sustainable and market competitive. This model must enable us to serve more employers more proactively, more comprehensively, while delivering greater value.

Of special note:

2018 Scrubs Camp Participants at Saint Paul College Central Corridor Anchor Partnership

Our partner, Central Corridor Anchor Partnership posted this great summary of the Saint Paul College Holds Seventh Annual Scrubs Camp. The Central Corridor Anchor Partnership (CCAP) supports Scrubs Camp as one of the partnership’s workforce initiatives. Scrubs Camp is co-sponsored by HealthForce MN, a Minnesota State Center of Excellence, which focuses on education, healthcare innovation, and adding diversity to the healthcare workforce.​

Cabinetmaking Students and the NE Metro Career & Tech Center Project House

Cabinetmaking Students and the NE Metro Career & Tech Center Project House

Saint Paul College Cabinetmaking program students built the cabinets for the NE Metro Career & Tech Center project house. It is a collaborative project between the City of North St. Paul, Northeast Metro 916 Career & Tech Center, Saint Paul College Cabinetmaking program, and Century College's Interior Design program. Instructor Tom Hillstead is encouraging his students to invite friends and family members to view their skilled and outstanding work at the project’s open house:

I will end this week's blog by relaying how wonderful it is for me to meet alumni as I attend various meetings and events as president of Saint Paul College, and also the many places I go as a private citizen. It is always a pleasure to interact with our alumni. They are always so proud of their connection with us. This week I met alumni working at the City of Saint Paul, State of Minnesota, Saint Paul Public Schools, and a local hospital. Our alumni are the workforce talents that bring a vibrancy to our surrounding communities. They contribute to economic prosperity of this city and the state. I am so proud of our alumni. I am so grateful they chose Saint Paul College – they represent us so well!

Have a safe and relaxing weekend!

Sincerely, Rassoul

Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College

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