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​​​Awards and Recognition

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​​​Saint Paul College is known for its excellence in education and providing service to our students and the community surrounding our campus.

We are pleased to announce just a few ​of the awards and recognition received by Saint Paul College:

  • College receives 2018 NCMPR District Awards

    Saint Paul College received gold, silver and bronze awards at the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations 2018 District 5 conference, which was held October 7, 8 & 9 in Rochester, MN.

    The prestigious Medallion Awards recognize outstanding achievement in design and communication at community and technical colleges. It's the only competition of its kind that honors excellence exclusively among marketing and PR professionals at two-year colleges. Our district includes the community, technical and junior colleges in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, the Canadian province of Manitoba, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

    The Saint Paul College Marketing & Communications Department received Medallion Awards in the following categories:

    These NCMPR awards recognize the talent and hard work by our Marketing & Communications staff in promoting Saint Paul College. They use consistent and engaging methods to promote the College’s brand and visual identity, while reflecting the diversity of our students and our welcoming environment.

    Congratulations to our Marketing & Communications Department!

  • College receives NCMPR National Award for Website Design

    Saint Paul College received the Silver Paragon Award at the March 2018 national conference for our new website from the ​National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR).

    The prestigious Paragon Awards recognize outstanding achievement in design and communication at community and technical colleges. It's the only national competition of its kind that honors excellence exclusively among marketing and PR professionals at two-year colleges. This award recognizes the talent and hard work by our Marketing & Communications staff and Information Technology webmasters for the design and implementation of our new mobile and responsive website.

    The criteria for judging the electronic media website entries focused on each college’s entire website. The Saint Paul College website was designed entirely with students in mind, and features a new look, navigational ease, and a responsive design that makes this website mobile-friendly.

    Saint Paul College also was awarded the Gold Medallion Award for our website at the NCMPR District 5 awards. Many members of our college community (faculty, staff, and students) provided invaluable input, ideas and feedback during the design and test run phases of Saint Paul College website. The College also received NCMPR District 5 awards for our outdoor campus banners (Gold), notecards (Silver), college magazine (Bronze), and billboards (Bronze).

  • #9 Best Community College in US by TheBestSchools.org

    Saint Paul College has been ranked no. 9 in The 50 Best Community Colleges in the United States by TheBestSchools.org.

    TheBestSchools.org selected the top community colleges based on a comparison of several studies and ratings of community colleges, each with their own unique selection criteria, as well as the schools’ reputation and our review of notable community colleges. While completion/graduation rates are important to any college’s success, they identified several factors as especially significant to select the top community colleges:

    • Sustained Achievement Outcomes: Ongoing success in student perseverance and completion of Associate Degrees and/or transfer to four-year colleges
    • Learning Outcomes: Values and practices that actively engage students and require them to stretch academically; explore learning freely; pursue a variety of educational experiences and areas of study.
    • Deployment Outcomes: Strong rates of employment, salaries and advancement for graduates matched with workplace skill needs
    • Equitable Outcomes: Policies and practices that result in student diversity and success among low-income students and underrepresented racial/ethnic groups (African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native American)
    • Cost-to-Value Outcomes: Reasonable tuition costs, access to financial aid resources and an emphasis on minimizing post-school debt.
  • President Dastmozd named 2017 Pacesetter of NCMPR District 5

    Dr. Rassoul Dastmozd, President/CEO of Saint Paul College, is the 2017 Pacesetter recipient in District 5 of the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR). District 5 encompasses the community, technical and junior colleges in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, the Canadian province of Manitoba, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

    The National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) presents an annual Pacesetter Award in each of its seven districts to a community college chief executive who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to marketing and communications at his or her college, and who has demonstrated strong personal leadership in the institution's community outreach endeavors. It is one of the most prestigious honors given by NCMPR. The award was presented to President Dastmozd during the NCMPR District 5 & 3 conference in October 1-3, 2017. As the District 5 recipient, President Dastmozd was one of seven finalists for the national Pacesetter Award.

  • College Receives Gold Award for Best Website in NCMPR District 5

    Saint Paul College received the Gold Medallion Award for best website in District 5 of the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR). Medallion Awards recognize outstanding achievement in communications at community and technical colleges. It's the only regional competition of its kind that honors excellence exclusively among marketing and PR professionals at two-year colleges.

    The criteria for judging the electronic media website entries focused on each college’s entire website. The Saint Paul College website was designed entirely with students in mind, and features a new look, navigational ease, and a responsive design that makes this website mobile-friendly.

    Our award winning website redesign allows the user – current and prospective students, staff and the public – to feel instantly comfortable in navigating the site.

    Clear-cut branding that aligns with the College’s verbal and visual identity including relevant and striking images, and compelling content that sets the college and information apart from competitors’ sites.

  • Top Ten Most Innovative Digital Community Colleges

    Saint Paul College was once again recognized as a tech-savvy school by the Center for Digital Education, through their Digital Community Colleges Survey. The Center for Digital Education’s Digital Community Colleges Survey Awards honor community colleges utilizing technology to engage students and improve learning.

    In 2016, the College was recognized in the top ten for large community colleges (enrollment of 10,000 students or more). In 2017, we were named in the top ten for mid-sized colleges (enrollment of 5,000 – 10,000 students).

    Now in its twelfth year, the Digital Community Colleges Survey analyzes how community colleges use a range of technologies to improve services to students, faculty, staff and the community at large.

    “This year’s survey indicates community colleges are continuing to improve efforts at creating cost-effective platforms and Open Education Resources, mobile environments, real-time resources, telepresence robots and more to create robust online and mobile environments for their students,” said Dr. Kecia Ray, executive director for the Center for Digital Education. “Congratulations to this year’s survey winners.”

    Information Technology (IT) Services at Saint Paul College designs, implements, and provides support for technology used by the students, faculty, and staff. Chief information officer, Najam Saeed, and director of technical services, Kelly Jacobson, and the staff of IT Services are committed to continuous development and innovation in providing support and services for technology that includes multiple server and computer platforms, wired and wireless infrastructure, security, email, duplicating services, Internet resources, website and intranet management, student computer labs, smart classroom technology, applications, telephony, database resources, and other technologies and services that support the computing needs of the college community.

  • Saint Paul College Named 2016 H.E.R.B.I.E Award Recipient

    The Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Charitable Foundation selected Saint Paul College as the recipient of the 2016 H.E.R.B.I.E award.

    “We are excited to honor Saint Paul College as the organizational winner of the 2016 H.E.R.B.I.E award. Saint Paul College’s exceptional reputation as one of the best community colleges in the nation and its commitment to workforce development in Saint Paul and East Metro are two of many reasons we selected it as this year’s organizational H.E.R.B.I.E recipient.” said Jim Mulrooney, Chair of the Foundation Board.

    The H.E.R.B.I.E. award recognizes individuals and businesses that exemplify the traits inspired by its namesake, Herb Brooks: Humanitarian, Enterprising, Resilient, Bold, Inspiration and Ethical. Each year, two recipients – one individual, one company - are selected by the Chamber's Foundation Board.

  • Saint Paul College Business Team earns Outstanding Service Award

    Three members of Saint Paul College’s business office were recognized with the Outstanding Service Award at the 2016 Chief Financial Officers Conference in December. The Outstanding Service Award is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions toward furthering professionalism in financial management and other contributions in the field of financial reporting, data integrity, internal controls, budget development, and monitoring. Colleen Haney, Teresa Sorenson, and Jean Reed were awarded the Outstanding Service Award for their instrumental roles on eProcurement, federal student aid processing improvements, and the development of new communications tools for student registration.

    In their nomination, Business Manager Elizabeth Schmidt, pointed out the team’s valuable contributions to the development of campus best-practices which resulted in high satisfaction survey results, increased campus utilization, and decreased processing errors.

  • Saint Paul College Culinary Arts earns ACFEF Quality Program status

    Saint Paul College’s Culinary Arts program has earned American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Quality Program (ACFEF) status in 2016. This prestigious status recognizes culinary and hospitality related programs that meet or exceed industry standards for education and training.

    The ACFEF is the largest organization of culinary professionals in the United States. Quality Program status recognizes culinary and hospitality educational programs that meet or exceed industry standards for training.

    In order to become an ACFEF Quality Program, programs must be established with registered participants for at least six months, have qualified instructors who demonstrate proficiency through job experience and/or post-secondary education, have clear learning objectives defined for students, follow sanitation rules in classrooms and learning environments, and have adequate facilities to meet the objectives of the program.

    Saint Paul College’s Culinary Arts program met or exceeded all ACFEF standards and was noted as an “exemplary program” with one of the most organized and well-planned visits they had ever experienced.

    Congratulations to Chef Nathan Sartain, Dean Brendan Ashby, and all Culinary Arts instructors!

  • Ranked #1 Community College in Nation by Washington Monthly

    Saint Paul College has been ranked as the number 1 community college in the nation by Washington Monthly in 2010 and 2013, for student engagement, collaborative learning, faculty interaction, support for learning, and first-year retention rates. The ranking is based on data provided by the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) and graduation data from the U.S. Department of Education. CCSSEE data is based on surveys of students at approximately 700 community colleges across the United States.

    “I am indebted to our faculty and staff for making this honorable achievement happen,” said Saint Paul College President Rassoul Dastmozd. “For over a century, Saint Paul College has emphasized the importance of teaching, supporting, and engaging our students in the learning process. This recognition validates what we have practiced since 1910.”

    Saint Paul College is focused on offering innovative programs, training, quality instruction, and student success leading directly to employment or transfer to four-year institutions.

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