This week at the Power of YOU Welcome Day, we were honored to have Mayor Melvin Carter provide the keynote remarks for this new group of students. Always personable and direct, Mayor Carter’s words really resonated with the Power of YOU students, who graduated from their high schools in spring of this year. Mayor Carter emphasized the importance of being present and engaged in their educational journey. The students were delighted to pose with Mayor Carter (2nd row) just before the lunch break. We are so proud to have hosted Mayor Carter who is an avid supporter of Saint Paul College and a tireless and passionate community leader.
Here’s a short recap of a few of my activities this week:
Pillsbury United Communities
The president of
Minneapolis College and I met with the President/CEO of
Pillsbury United Communities to discuss a potential partnership with this organization to establish Career Technical Education pathways for their youth. Pillsbury United Communities works with underestimated populations across Minneapolis to foster the resilience and self-sufficiency of individuals, families and community as a whole. This organization designs solutions that address a spectrum of intersecting needs- from education to employment to health. They are creating a new model for nonprofit organizations with their interconnected system of programs, community centers, and social
U.S. Bank Executive Director of Operations
I met with the executive director of Operations from U.S. Bank Stadium to discuss potential partnerships to establish pathways for internship and employment for Saint Paul College graduates. We also discussed the potential for corporate training to address their workforce talent shortage of U.S. Bank Stadium.
3Mgives Executive Director
The dean of Career and Technical Education, the executive director of Friends of Saint Paul College and I hosted the executive director of
3Mgives Foundation and a reliability engineer from 3M Corporation. We provided a tour of the campus facilities and discussed potential partnerships for training as well as Electromechanical Systems and Manufacturing programs. 3Mgives has supported several initiatives at Saint Paul College to promote access to an affordable STEM and manufacturing career pathways for students who are traditionally under-served by higher education. During our tour, our guests expressed to me that they marvel at the level of enthusiasm, passion, and commitment exhibited by our faculty and staff toward student success/engagement at the College. We toured the Culinary Arts, Surgical Technology, and Information Technology labs and witnessed how faculty members engaged their students.
Greater Metropolitan Workforce Council Board Meeting
I along with private and public sectors 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
Health Career Pathways - Central Corridor Anchor Partnership (CCAP)
I had a phone conference with the executive director of the
Central Corridor Anchor Partnership CCAP to discuss the participation and engagement of Saint Paul College in Health Careers Pathways along with non-profit community based organizations.
Ice Cream Social for Employees
The Executive Leadership Team and I hosted an ice cream social on campus to honor our hardworking employees for going the extra mile for serving our students and our community. It was a great time for employees to with new deans, faculty and staff to mingle with everyone. Faculty and staff are the cornerstone and solid foundation of our College and through their direct and purposeful connections with our students, they provide the real opportunities for our students to be successful in their educational journeys!
In the news
Community colleges try new ‘pathway’ to student success California colleges are pursuing a bold effort to improve graduation and transfer. Could its ambition be a stumbling block to success?
Forbes: Survey: Republicans and Democrats Agree Higher Ed is on the Wrong Path
The most significant area of concern was the cost of tuition, which 84% of respondents believed was too high
Finance-Commerce: Wisconsin, Minnesota construction gap stirs debate
Minnesota’s average annual construction wage has risen by almost $6,800 since 2010
Star Tribune: Minnesota's public colleges to expand credit for 'prior learning'
Here’s a link to Saint Paul College’s Credit for Prior Learning information: https://www.saintpaul.edu/admissions/credit-for-prior-learning
Axios: The college wage gap is real for Americans of color
I will end this week’s blog by saying how honored I am to lead an institution that truly cares for our community and our students. Each and every day, our hardworking faculty and staff are actively engaged by serving our students and our community in many ways. We help students to get registered for the right classes, troubleshoot a malfunctioning car or simply making sure that our spaces are tidy and safe for our students. Our dedicated faculty and staff are here to provide guidance, a helping hand to our students and community. Thanks to all of YOU for going the extra mile.
I wish everyone a safe and relaxing weekend.
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College