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Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D.
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A vocal advocate of community colleges, Dr. Rassoul Dastmozd is president of Saint Paul College—A Community & Technical College. Beginning with his initial experience as a community college student and through his continuing professional experience as an educator, mentor and administrator in community colleges, Dr. Dastmozd has become a tireless champion of community colleges. With an unwavering focus on student success and promoting diversity, Dr. Dastmozd believes that today’s college must “encourage a collective vision, promote collaboration and develop sustainable partnerships. Together, we must explore new ways to secure resources, develop programs, and champion the Learning College mission, values, vision, and goals.” Saint Paul College is one of the most diverse colleges in Minnesota with 58% minority enrolled students, and is one of the fastest growing two-year colleges in Minnesota, increasing at a rate of 72 percent in the past decade. Saint Paul College also adds an estimated $163 million per year in activity to the economy of the Twin Cities according to a Wilder Foundation economic impact survey. The College offers over 100 different degree, career, certificate and diploma programs, as well continuing education and training.

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Clarity About Disparity in Education

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 4:21 PM

I'm not an economist, I'm not a politician. I'm not a demographer. I'm an educator who has to be well aware of economics, the political climate, and the demographics that impact education.

I'm an educator who is the president of Saint Paul College, the...

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Committed Citizens Make for Effective Intentional Partnerships

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 10:32 AM

Margaret Mead is often quoted as saying "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

I get that. That ripple effect of starting small, and then reaching further and further out to effect real change is...

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Avoiding the Need for Student Debt Relief

(1) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 9:58 AM

Student debt relief is a significant and serious issue, and I applaud all of those who are finding solutions to help alleviate the financial burdens of student borrowers, such as President Obama's recent executive order meant to ease the student loan burden. Excessive debt encumbered by students -- and sometimes...

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Community Colleges Play More Vital Role than Ever

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 10:55 AM

What community colleges need to do is keep the role that we play in higher education visible and accessible to all citizens, just as we have been doing during this economic recovery. One of the things Americans learned with the Great Recession of 2008 was to be a little more...

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Education Isn't Just Dollars and Cents

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 12:15 PM

Education isn't just dollars and cents; it goes beyond these finite things. Education fuels and ignites the mind. Ignites the soul. Learning is a transformative experience and there is no way to gauge that against the cost of education -- whether it is higher education, pre-school or K-12. We need...

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A Skilled Workers Shortage Is a Great Problem to Have

(11) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 11:54 AM

For career and technical education, a skilled workers shortage presents a great opportunity to have renewed and earnest discussions with employers, legislators, post-secondary and K-12 educators. The recession brought tremendous overall enrollment growth to Saint Paul College and other two year colleges in the U.S. At the same...

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When Reality Sets in for Graduates

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 1:10 PM

In May of this year, I spoke at the commencement ceremony of my alma mater, Southwest Minnesota State University, and also spoke at our own Saint Paul College commencement ceremony. Both occasions were quite similar in many ways. Graduation day is a highly charged and emotional...

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College Affordability: Now Is the Time

(1) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 9:27 AM

In real estate, it's location, location, location.

For most college students, it's affordability, affordability, affordability.

Although people will agree that the value of a good education is priceless, it doesn't mean that we should peddle education at outrageous prices. We certainly can't compete globally if we price education out...

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We Cannot Lose If We Focus on Student Needs

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 11:03 AM

As with everything in life, education is complex. There are all the different types of institutions, public and private, from preschool and K-12, colleges and universities, training and proprietary schools. There is no one educational model or learning system that everyone follows. In Minnesota alone, we have nearly 200 public...

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Community Colleges Need Their Community

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 11:36 AM

Saint Paul College is lucky. We are located in a great city full of opportunity for business, education, cultural and recreational events. At the end of next week, January 24-26, 2013, at the end of our street, Red Bull's Crashed Ice World Championship 2013 competition...

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Two Year Colleges Are the Bridges

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 2:25 PM

Saint Paul College is a comprehensive two-year community and technical college, and we're in the front and the back end of the business of higher education: dealing with those who aren't college ready and then needing to do our utmost to prepare our students to be career ready or ready...

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What Can I Do for a Veteran?

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 1:00 PM

During our campus Veterans Day ceremony last year, Joe Buhain, our Respiratory Therapy program director and a Bronze Star Medal recipient who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, said this: "Someone once asked me, 'What can I do for a veteran?' There are organizations you can volunteer with that help...

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Celebrating Labor Day and Preserving the Tradition of a Skilled Work Force

(1) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 2:16 PM

As we look forward to the Labor Day holiday and celebration, I can't help but reflect on the important connection that Saint Paul College has to Labor Day. Our college is nearly as old as the first Labor Day, and like the day set aside to honor laborers, our college...

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Beyond the Buzzword "Underserved"

(1) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 1:19 PM

People, in general, seem to be getting a little tired of some of the buzzwords in education, such as "underserved." That word initiates a Pavlovian response, almost knee-jerk reaction in many -- "Quick! Pay attention! Do something!" In addition, the word "underserved" also connotes deficiency and stems from viewing the...

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The Strength of Community Colleges

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2012 | 7:19 PM

Quality, affordability, accessibility, diversity and student success. These things are at the very core of community colleges, and it makes us all stronger. It certainly continues to make Saint Paul College stronger. When I think of community colleges and their mission, I am reminded that community colleges are the robust...

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