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Leadership in our Communities: A Panel Discussion with Alumni

There are many ways to learn at Saint Paul College, both inside and outside the classroom. One vital way of learning critical intangible attributes is to hear from those who have successfully navigated college to personal and professional success. Three successful alumni will be sharing how college prepared them at our next Leadership Panel on March 4, beginning at noon via Zoom.

This event is back by popular demand as attendees from last year’s event continue to share how this event helped them overcome many fears and challenges in their educational journey during the pandemic. This year’s highly successful panel will discuss critical leadership skills they gained at Saint Paul College which helped them in their careers, including:

  • How learning in a genuinely diverse setting prepared them to be more vital collaborators;
  • What interpersonal skills have most helped them in their professional and personal journey;
  • What tools and skills were most important for managing a business during the pandemic; and
  • How teachers, advisors, and fellow students helped them reach essential life goals.

This Leadership Panel will be moderated by Karin McCabe, Outreach Director for McGough Construction, who serves on the Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation Board. Panelists include:

Clinton Heino graduated with an AAS in Hospitality Management and a Certificate degree in Event and Meeting Management. Clinton was very involved with numerous campus organizations, including Choir, Prism, and Student Senate.

Terryann Nash earned numerous degrees and certificates, including an AA Degree and American Sign Language certificate. In 2017, she launched her own business Nashinpred LLC where she works to empower unrepresented community leaders in building their brand.

Ko Vang graduated from the SPC Automotive program in 2002. Ko has been heavily involved in the automotive industry since SPC, including leadership roles with two unions. He is also the proud father of a current SPC student in the Electrical program.

Here are comments that were given by these panelists about what they learned at Saint Paul College to provide further insights on their key points:

Image of Clinton Heino

“My time at Saint Paul College allowed me to interact with the most diverse population amongst the Minnesota State 2-year colleges. I had the best advisors and teachers dedicated to my success and making sure I knew what was expected of me. The school was truly a great experience and allowed me to work on myself as well as get back to my career while providing a great education along the way.”--Clinton Heino, 2016 & 2017 Alum


Image of Terryann Nash

“I always had an interest in civil and human rights, but Saint Paul College gave me many of the foundational pieces I needed to make a positive impact in helping others overcome obstacles and achieve their dreams. I embrace the challenge of building equity throughout our communities and helping others actualize their entrepreneurial spirit.”--Terryann Nash, 2014, 2015 & 2016 Alum


Image of Ko Vang“My experience at Saint Paul College prepared me for the real world by actually teaching what is current for the times. The experience thoroughly prepped me for what to expect in the workforce.”--Ko Vang, 2002 Alum

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