Vice President's Message
Barbara Perez

As one of my favorite months of the academic year, June gives us an opportunity to celebrate student success stories and recognize all of our students’ educational achievements.
Please join me in congratulating all of our scholars, including the 265 students who have met the requirements to graduate with an associate degree; and the 101 students who have earned a certificate this semester. Everyone is invited to the ECC Compton Center Commencement Ceremony on June 7, at 5:30 p.m. in the Tartar Stadium. We are pleased to welcome California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott as our 2012 commencement speaker.

One of the ways we ensure student success is through program review, which is a necessary component of institutional effectiveness. It asks members of a department to critically assess their programs, identify necessary adjustments, and design a mechanism to institute and evaluate proposed changes. Ideally, the recommendations from program reviews are integrated into the annual plans, which ultimately guide resource allocation.

Desired outcomes from the program review process include:

  • evaluation of program effectiveness
  • program development and improvement
  • clarification and achievement of program goals
  • linkage to planning and budgeting, and
  • compliance with accreditation and other mandated reviews

When the partnership with El Camino College began in 2006, many academic programs did not participate in program review. Two main reasons for non-participation included the lack of adequate data to effectively assess programs and the inability to offer enough courses to comprise a program leading to either a degree or certificate. In other words, it was difficult to do an effective assessment when there is only one course in the discipline. Fast forward to 2008, the following seven programs completed reviews: automotive technology, chemistry, foreign languages, geology, human development, psychology, and theatre arts.

Over the next two years, eight additional programs completed program reviews, including: dance, astronomy, physics, ESL, HVAC, and mathematics. These programs have also incorporated the recommendations into the annual program plans. Additionally, four adjunct faculty members have agreed to conduct program reviews in real estate, fire/emergency technology, philosophy, and machine tool technology.

Many program reviews in Academic Affairs and Student Services identified staffing and facilities requirements, and other reviews resulted in specific program recommendations to improve student success.

While program reviews continued to be conducted in 2010, we also redefined what constitutes a program at ECC Compton Center. Working with the Academic Senate, faculty members combined related disciplines into 34 new programs. For example, sociology, anthropology, economics, ethnic studies and women studies now comprise the social science program. A further dialog between administration and faculty continues in order to refine the definition of programs and to ensure ECC Compton Center is offering programs commensurate with its scope and available funding.

ECC Compton Center is on target to complete the first round of program reviews in Academic
Affairs with the completion of the eight programs that began this fall and the additional seven programs that started this spring. This baseline is critical in showing that programs are addressing the issues identified in earlier reviews as we begin a second round of program reviews in spring 2013.

A majority of the Student Services programs completed reviews in 2007-2008 and will begin their second round of program reviews this year. ECC Compton Center’s Institutional Effectiveness Committee will be examining all program reviews this year to ensure the questions and implications raised by the data are addressed.

Student Success

El Camino College Compton Center Offers Early Registration for 2012 High School Graduates

Beginning with summer 2012, El Camino College Compton Center is offering early registration for in-district high school graduates. Students graduating from high schools in the Compton Community College District in 2012, and who have submitted an application, will be eligible to register for classes starting Friday, June 8 ahead of other new students. Summer sessions begin at El Camino College Compton Center June 18; Fall 2012 begins August 25.

Early registration is available to 2012 graduates of high schools within the Compton Community College District:  Compton, Lynwood, Paramount, Carson and North Long Beach. District residents who are 2012 high school graduates through a “home school” program are also eligible for early registration.

Prospective students are encouraged to apply to El Camino College Compton Center as soon as possible. To get started, all new students must first submit an application; go to www.compton.edu and click on “Apply Online” link at the top left of the homepage.

For more information, call 310-900-1600, Ext. 2765.

 

LaTasia Floyd Selected as Student Commencement Speaker

Latasia Floyd2012 Presidential Scholar LaTasia Floyd is honored to be selected as the student speaker for today’s commencement ceremony at El Camino College Compton Center. She is graduating with a cumulative GPA of 3.80 and has been accepted to California State University, Long Beach this fall to continue her studies in psychology. At an early age, she decided to become a psychologist so she could help put individuals on a path toward contentment and accomplishment.

She describes herself as a straight A student who regularly volunteered for leadership positions in her youth. She has a passion for dance and giving back to at-risk youth, which has led her to work as a recreational leader for the City of Lynwood and a dance coach for the Theatre in the Community program.

After graduating from Lynwood High School with honors, LaTasia was unable to attend a four-year university due to financial instability and no support system to guide her. She enrolled at El Camino College Compton Center in fall 2010 and received financial aid with the help of counselors and the Financial Aid Office staff. LaTasia connected with her professors here and credits them as being great motivators as well as providing the academic skills necessary to achieve her educational goals. They encouraged her to set high expectations for herself and she is graduating today with the confidence to not only meet those expectations, but exceed them.

El Camino College Compton Center’s Career and Technical Education Offers Training and Certification Leading to Jobs

El Camino College Compton Center’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) program offers curriculum and training for certification in a variety of fields. The CTE program also assists students with the job search process. At the end of the fall 2011 semester, eight students from the welding program became certified welders and 13 Aerospace Fastener Manufacturing program graduates found jobs at either PB Fasteners or Alcoa.

Eugene BensonEugene Benson has served as a Welding Technology Instructor in the CTE program for more than 30 years. He believes the CTE program is especially valuable in this tough economy. To keep students motivated, Benson and other CTE instructors often introduce students to applicable job experiences by taking them on field trips to the facilities of potential employers and invite representatives from various companies to speak to the class. Last semester, Career Advancement Academy students took an industry tour at Northrop Grumman; Washington Iron Works hosted welding students for a tour of their Gardena, facilities; machine tool technology students toured PB Fasteners; and automotive students attended the annual Los Angeles Auto Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Over the years, Benson says he has worked with every type of student, from adult learners to students who are fresh out of high school. “I can’t tell you how many former students come back to share that they feel well-equipped to meet their career goals,” he says. “Students come to us open and willing to learn and leave us with a sense of accomplishment that they’ve truly earned.”

The Career and Technical Education program at ECC Compton Center offers more than 11 different occupational programs for those looking to begin a career, planning to transfer to a four-year college or university, or needing to upgrade skills or develop new ones for a specific profession. For more information about the CTE program, please visit www.compton.edu or call 310-900-1600, Ext. 2779.

El Camino College Compton Center Announces California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott as 2012 Commencement Speaker

Jack ScottCalifornia Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott will deliver the keynote speech at El Camino College Compton Center’s 2012 commencement ceremony on Thursday, June 7 at 5:30 p.m. in the Tartar Stadium. Scott is planning to retire in September and will use highlights from his 58-year career in higher education and public service to inspire ECC Compton Center graduates.

In May 2008, Scott was unanimously selected as the 14th chancellor of the nation’s largest system of higher education and has held the office since January 2009. Prior to his role as California Community Colleges Chancellor, Scott was an influential lawmaker in both the State Senate and State Assembly. Scott has always been a champion for education issues and served as chair of the Senate Committee on Education. As a result, he authored many key bills important to California’s community colleges.

In addition to serving in the state legislature beginning in 1996, Scott has also held leadership positions at several institutions of higher education in Southern California. He was president of Pasadena City College (1987–95), president of Cypress College (1978–87), dean of instruction at Orange Coast College (1973–78), and a teacher and administrator at Pepperdine University (1963–73).

Scott was born in Sweetwater, Texas. He earned his doctorate in American history from Claremont Graduate University, a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University, and a bachelor’s degree from Abilene Christian University. 

Support the New Book Fund Program!

Although current economic times are challenging for California Community Colleges, we remain committed to serving the educational needs of our community and ensuring student success. During these uncertain budgetary times, we must look for new ways to help students.

The Foundation for the Compton Community College District needs your help in responding to a growing need from students. With the increasing cost of textbooks, it is a pleasure to introduce an unprecedented program—The Foundation Book Fund Program. We know ECC Compton Center students are eager to learn and ready to take advantage of a college education. Unfortunately, many students arrive to class each day deprived of one critical tool for their success—textbooks.

The Foundation’s goal is to raise $45,000 to distribute textbook vouchers to eligible students who have financial challenges. Just $150 buys a book for a student! Your donation of $150 may be set up through the payroll deduction program; or you may make a one-time contribution directly to the Foundation. If you have any questions regarding a donation, or to participate in the voluntary payroll deduction program, please contact Kimberly Stanback at (310) 900-1600, Ext. 2971.

Facilities News

Alternative Location Identified During Temporary Closure of Compton Community College District Track and Football Stadium

This year, El Camino College Compton Center’s Commencement Ceremony on June 7 will return to the Tartar Track and Football Stadium. The Compton Community College District will temporarily close the track and football stadium between June 1 and June 11 in preparation for the annual commencement ceremony. The track and stadium are located at 1111 E. Artesia Boulevard, Compton, CA 90221.

While the commencement ceremony preparation is taking place, the soccer field, immediately adjacent to the football field, has been made available as an alternative location for walking and running.

Additionally, walking the perimeter of the CCCD property is another option. Signs have been posted at all entrances to the track and football field notifying the public of the temporary closure.

The decision was made to move the 2012 Commencement Ceremony from the Tartar Quad to Tartar Stadium in order to accommodate a larger graduating class and their guests. The temporary closure is necessary to allow for the proper set up and post-event dismantling of the stage and seating areas. In order to ensure the proper maintenance and safety of the stadium, community members are asked to respect the temporary closure.

We apologize for any inconvenience to members of the community who regularly use the track and field. We ask for your patience during the temporary closure. For more information please contact the Office of Student Development at 310-900-1600, Ext. 2802.

OTHER NEWS

Summer/Fall 2012 Registration Dates

Registration for summer and fall 2012 is currently underway for continuing students, and begins on June 5 for new and returning students. Summer sessions begin June 18, and fall semester begins August 25. Students may register online by visiting www.compton.edu and clicking on MyECC. To view the 2012 summer and fall class schedules, follow this link.

Nursing Students Sponsor Blood Drive

ECC Compton Center’s Associate Degree Nursing program sponsored an American Red Cross blood drive for two days in May. Students in the nursing program are sensitive to the fact that the need for blood is constant, and in response organized the blood drive to help ensure that a safe and stable blood supply is available for people in need. In total, 80 productive units of blood were collected over the course of two days. Thanks to everyone who supported the blood drive!

ASB Sponsors Health Expo and Family Services Fair

Associated Student Body (ASB) sponsored a Health Expo and Family Services Fair on May 9 in the Student Lounge. Students and members of the public attended this complimentary event.

The Health Expo and Family Services Fair included various fitness and health care companies and providers’ exhibits covering services such as blood pressure exams, HIV/AIDS/STD screening, mental health referrals, emergency shelter, legal aid and career building. Attendees were able to interact with these exhibitors and become more aware of the various programs and services they offer in support of healthy living.

Latino Heritage Month Observance and Celebration

Latino Heritage MonthThe Associated Student Body and Office of Student Life hosted a Latino Heritage Observance event on May 3 in the Student Lounge, which was a complimentary event open to the public.

Activities included a musical performance by Mariachi Cachanilla de Mexicali, Cinco de Mayo observation and a farm produce exhibit. The produce exhibit symbolized the plight of those who were catalysts of a movement to improve conditions of migrant workers and their families. 

The highlight of the Latino Heritage Observance event was a dramatic portrayal of Cesar Chávez, written and performed by Roberto Alcaraz. The presentation included excerpts from speeches by Cesar Chávez interlaced with a fictional interpretation of the “movimiento” (the Movement) and the state of civil, as well as worker’s rights today.

Alcaraz is an actor and singer who has performed with the East L.A. Classic Theatre, The Bilingual Foundation for the Arts and Reprise Theatre Company. He played the role of Cesar Chávez in Ed Begley Jr.’s play Cesar and Ruben, the Cesar Chávez Story. Alcaraz also traveled extensively throughout Latin America experiencing and documenting the culture, traditions and ceremonies of the people as the host of a 13 part series by Latino Public Broadcasting called My Americas.

Click here for a photo gallery of the Latino Heritage Month celebration in May.

Special Resource Center Coordinates Mental Health Awareness Workshop

El Camino College Compton Center, in collaboration with the County of Los Angeles Department of Mental Health, hosted a Mental Health Awareness event on April 27. Coordinated by the ECC Compton Center Special Resource Center, the complimentary event was open to members of the community, as well as students, faculty and staff.

Appropriately titled “Building Bridges through Education,” the event provided information to participants on mental health resources, services and programs, in addition there were booths set up by various community and county agencies. The event also featured individualized breakout sessions on topics such as: navigating the mental health system, recognizing mental illness and how to communicate effectively, building student support clubs and bringing mental health services to campus, to name a few.

New Daily Permit Parking Stations

Parking KioskEl Camino College Compton Center's Daily Permit Parking Pay Stations make paying for parking at ECC Compton Center more convenient than ever. The three, automated stations are located near the Administration, Math/Science and ESL/Philosophy buildings. Students and visitors will find the Daily Permit Parking Pay Stations easy to use, and may pay with cash, coins or credit cards. Daily Permits are $2.00 each and are generating about $500 per week in revenue, which will be used for parking-related expenditures, such as security, signage and parking lot maintenance.

View a map of the Daily Permit Parking Pay Station locations here.

DISTRICT NEWS

Special Trustee for Compton Community College District Adopts New Trustee Area Boundaries

On May 16, 2012, following the third Public Hearing for redistricting the Compton Community College District trustee area boundaries, the Special Trustee for the Compton Community College District (CCCD), adopted new trustee area boundaries (Map 1) for the District. Adopting new trustee areas is part of a legally required redistricting process that occurs every ten years. Community colleges, city councils and other local agencies must undergo a method to review and modify their election boundaries in order to equalize the population and ensure fair elections.

An Election Waiver Request will now be submitted to the California Community Colleges’ Board of Governors for consideration at its July 2012 meeting. Following approval of the Election Waiver by the Board of Governors, the CCCD will submit the new trustee areas to the Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder’s Office for the new trustee areas to become effective for the November 2013 election.

Trustees elected for Areas B and E in November 2013 will serve an initial term of two years, and Trustees elected for Areas A, C and D will serve a term of four years, as determined by lot accomplished by a random drawing conducted by the District’s legal counsel at the May 16, 2012 board meeting.

The Federal Voting Rights Act, adopted initially in 1965 and extended in 1970, 1975, and 1982, codifies and effectuates the 15th Amendment's permanent guarantee that, throughout the nation, no person shall be denied the right to vote on account of race or color.

The California Voting Rights Act of 2001 expands on voting rights granted under the federal Voting Rights Act by, among other things, granting standing to groups who are too geographically dispersed to elect their candidate of choice from a single member district. This eases the path for proportional voting systems to be used as remedies for minority vote dilution.

Both pieces of legislation guide traditional redistricting criteria that were used in the process to adopt new trustee area boundaries. These include: population equality, contiguous territory, geographic compactness, and most importantly, “communities of interest”. “Communities of interest” include ethnic communities covered by the California and Federal Voting Rights acts, as well as residents sharing interests or a common thread of social, economic or political interests such as: income levels, educational backgrounds, issues of concern, environmental conditions and employment and economic patterns.

All of the maps developed for the District were constructed to create an optimal plan of unifying communities and following transportation borders, while also considering the communities of interest.

Map 1

Map 1Map number 1, is the best option based on the California and Federal Voting Rights Acts criteria. From a traditional redistricting standpoint, it is the most easily justifiable plan based on analysis from the mapping consultant hired to assist the District in the redistricting process.

The newly adopted trustee areas in Map 1 follow city boundaries, transportation corridors such as freeways, and other natural boundaries as it equalizes population among each of the trustee areas. It preserves the heart of the city of Paramount and splits Lynwood along the 105 freeway. Rosecrans is used as the primary North/South dividing line; and this map also uses the Los Angeles River as a dividing line. The key strength of this plan is that it creates three Latino majority-minority areas and two African American majority-minority areas. This is roughly proportional to the percentage of African American Citizen Voting Age Population (CVAP) in the District (approximately 38 percent); and to the percentage of Latino CVAP in the District (approximately 49 percent) and the total Latino population which is 71 percent.

During several Redistricting Public Forums held throughout the community beginning in fall 2011, the public was provided the opportunity to comment on the proposed maps for new trustee areas. Additionally, the Special Trustee conducted three Public Hearings – November 15, 2011, March 21, 2012 and May 16, 2012 to provide additional opportunities for public input.

More information on the redistricting process and the newly adopted trustee area map is available on the district website at: district.compton.edu/district_information/district-redistricting.asp.

Three Additional Members Appointed to the Special Trustee Advisory Committee for Compton Community College District; Next Meeting Scheduled for June 13

The Special Trustee Advisory Committee for the Compton Community College District (CCCD) will hold a meeting on Wednesday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the CCCD Boardroom, located in the Administration Building at 1111 E. Artesia Blvd., Compton, CA 90221. All committee meetings are open to the public.

The Special Trustee for the CCCD recently appointed three additional members to the Special Trustee Advisory Committee for a term of one year each. As outlined in AB 318, the CCCD Special Trustee Advisory Committee is organized “to advise the Special Trustee with respect to the management of the Compton Community College District.”

The three new members of the Special Trustee Advisory Committee are:

Mark Guillen is currently employed as a staff engineer for the Los Angeles County Sanitation District. Guillen attended schools served by the CCCD and continues to be involved in a variety of local issues. He was on the initial Advisory Board of the Paramount Education Partnership, as well as on a committee that worked to secure a bond, which resulted in $100 million in funding for the Paramount School District. In addition, he recently served on the CCCD Redistricting Committee. Guillen is a graduate of UCLA.

Martina Rodriguez is a longtime resident of Lynwood and is currently employed by the Los Angeles Unified School District. Rodriguez’s involvement in public education began as a volunteer with the parent council for the pre-school Head Start program at Drew University. She continued her support of public education as a board member for the Lynwood Unified School District, and as an active member of the parent council and related committees at Abbott Elementary School in Lynwood, including serving as PTA President in 1992. She also took a leadership role in organizing Lynwood Save Our Students, and later helped the community organization become a nonprofit, as well establishing the Parent Organizing Network (PON). Most recently, she served as a member of the CCCD Redistricting Committee.

Olivia Verrett is a public servant and an active member of many community organizations focused on citizens’ rights. She is currently the planning commissioner for the City of Carson and serves as a National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) State Conference officer and Women in the NAACP chair. She also recently served on the CCCD Redistricting Committee. Her past appointments include chair of the City of Carson’s Human Relations Commission; member of the Public Safety Task Force, Women’s Task Force, and theCode of Ethics Task Force; and president of the Carson/Torrance branch of the NAACP. Verrett earned a master’s degree in sociology from California State University, Dominguez Hills; a bachelor’s degree in political science, and an associate degree in administration of justice from El Camino College.

These three will join the seven current members of the committee appointed by the Special Trustee for the CCCD in March 2012:

Domitila Aguilar
Amelia Apple
Oscar J. Edwards
Amirah Hendrickson
Marie Hollis
Lestean Johnson
Cynthia Macon

More information on the role of the committee may be found by visiting the District website: district.compton.edu/board_of_trustees/special-trustee/special-trustee-advisory-committee.asp.

Compton Community College District Inducts New Members into Tartar Athletics Hall of Fame

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"Big Ed" Sanders
The Compton Community College District inducted new members into the Tartar Athletics Hall of Fame during a special event on May 26. The festivities took place at the Lakewood Country Club, and honored the significant contributions the 2012 inductees have made to Tartar athletic history.

Early luminaries in the Tartar Athletic Program, which dates back to 1927, were inducted into the Tartar Athletics Hall of Fame during the inaugural event in 2011. This year, 12 new members joined a prestigious group that includes Olympic gold medalists Cornelius “Corny” Johnson and Charlie Dumas, as well as pro football hall of fame running back Hugh McElhenny.

The 2012 inductees are:

  • Herschel Curry Smith - former Compton Community College track coach and founder of the Los Angeles Invitational
  • William Kenneth “Ken” Carpenter - 1936 Olympic discus gold medalist
  • Willie Atterberry - member of the United States’ 1956 Olympic track and field team
  • Hayes Edward “Big Ed” Sanders - 1952 Olympic boxing gold medalist
  • Larry Hollyfield- former Compton Community College and UCLA basketball player, as well as 1973 Portland Trail Blazers draft pick
  • George Henry Brown Jr. - long jumper for UCLA and member of the United States’ 1952 track and field Olympic team
  • Dave Nelson - former MLB player and Milwaukee Brewers broadcaster for Fox Sports
  • Cornelius Robertson - quarterback for the former Compton Community College
  • Ashlee Palmer - NFL football player, Detroit Lions
  • Morice Frederick “Tex” Winter - Head coach for NBA’s Houston Rockets, member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame
  • Tracy McNeill - former Compton Community College basketball coach
  • Damaine Powell - former Compton Community College and current California State University, Dominguez Hills basketball coach

“The 12 inductees are an accomplished group, who collectively have made tremendous achievements in their respective sports,” said Keith Curry, Interim CEO, Compton Community College District. “We’re looking forward to celebrating the success of the El Camino College Compton Center Tartar Athletic Program.”

Intercollegiate athletics in California’s community colleges have a rich history and tradition. Great athletes like Flo Hyman, Jackie Robinson, Warren Moon and Debbie Meyer all started their athletic careers at California community colleges, as well as legendary coaches such as football’s Bill Walsh, John Madden and Joe Gibbs. Even the late NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle, Tartar Athletics Hall of Fame 2011 inductee, was a California community college alumnus who in 1946 enrolled at the former Compton Community College and worked as the athletic news and sports information director.

Funds raised at the event will support the Tartar Athletic Program at El Camino College Compton Center.