spring through the decades showcase
This week I attended the spring through the decades event sponsored by Career Services, Cosmetology, Nail Technician, Esthetics and Massage Therapy programs. This showcase is an incredible way for guests to learn about those programs and for students to learn about career opportunities when they graduate. The runway show allows students to showcase their talent in hair, make-up, nails, fashion, and style. Massage Therapy students provide free chair massages for event guests. The event was as magnificent as always!
Saint Paul Downtown Alliance Initiative East Metro Meeting
As part of the Saint Paul Downtown Alliance Initiative, I met with the representatives for economic development from the City of Saint Paul, the president of Saint Paul Downtown Alliance, the executive director/president of Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, Greater MSP, Ramsey County deputy commissioner, the president of Greater Saint Paul Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), and the president/CEO of Saint Paul Port Authority. We discussed economic development, recruitment of businesses and firms, and workforce development issues related to Saint Paul and Ramsey County.
Meeting with a Community Leader
Along with Executive Director of Communication, Marketing, and Recruitment; I met with the President of Thursday Club -- a group of women leaders who are passionate supporters and advocates of higher education. I was asked to make a presentation to this group about Saint Paul College and the great work that our faculty and staff do to escalate economic mobility and prosperity for our students and community members. We also discussed philanthropy, and current and future economic and workforce trends in Minnesota.
Minnesota State Leadership Council
I attended a Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Leadership Council meeting where we discussed Minnesota State Strategic Priorities for the System.
Meeting with Board Chair & Vice Chair of Friends of Saint Paul College, Foundation
I met with the Board Chair and the Board Vice Chair of Friends of Saint Paul College, as well as the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Finance and the Vice President of Facilities to discuss a potential partnership with a private Philanthropic Foundation, 501-C3 to provide educational and economic benefit for our students and members of our community.
Higher Learning Commission Annual Conference
I along with several members of the College Administrative Team will attend the Higher Learning Commission conference in Chicago this weekend. The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region, comprised of 19 states, including Saint Paul College.
I will end this week’s blog by sincerely thanking our faculty and staff who provide outstanding service to our students. I am honored to serve in my role as the president/CEO at one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in Minnesota. Our faculty and staff guide our students to opportunity and success in their chosen careers.
Thank you for your efforts and contributions with student success at Saint Paul College.
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College