Vice President's Message
Barbara Perez

Following the July 2012 publication of the updated “Process to Accreditation” document, the Accreditation Steering Committee (ASC) is now focused on addressing the Fall 2012 tasks listed (on page 3) in the projected timeline for eligibility proposal submittal. This report, along with the updates provided here, serve as a guide to use when communicating to students and members of the community about accreditation.

The second draft of the narrative document describing ECC Compton Center’s status in meeting the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges’ (ACCJC) 21 Eligibility Criteria will be available for review in mid October. The ASC subcommittees are currently working on their respective sections and this document will reflect a status update as to whether each of the Eligibility Criteria have been met, not met, or partially met.

Another Fall 2012 task that has been scheduled is to host a collegial consultative Accreditation Summit, which will take place on Tuesday, October 30 at 1:00 p.m. in the Staff Lounge. Participants will be representatives from students, faculty, classified staff and management who also participated in the planning summit last spring.

Next, an open forum to discuss the second draft of the narrative document is scheduled for Thursday, November 29 at 1:00 p.m. in the Student Lounge. The ASC encourages students, faculty, classified staff and management to attend.

Following the discussion and input from the open forum, the second draft of the narrative document will be presented to both the El Camino Community College District and the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees at the December meetings. Once the second draft of the narrative document is finalized, it will be published on both the ECC Compton Center and the El Camino College websites.

While the ASC and ECC Compton Center are making progress, there is still important work to be done in the preparation of the eligibility application and supporting documentation for submission to the ACCJC. There are 26 findings from the CCCD 2010-2011 audit that will need to be resolved.

The next ASC meeting is scheduled for November 7—be sure to check the Accreditation web page after that date as minutes from all ASC meetings are posted there along with other information related to the process to accreditation and the progress being made.

Student Success

Ricky Shabazz Named New Dean of Student Services at ECC Compton Center

Ricky ShabazzEl Camino College Compton Center recently announced the appointment of Ricky Shabazz as the new Dean of Student Services beginning September 1, 2012. As Dean of Student Services, Shabazz will oversee a variety of resources and programs to support El Camino College Compton Center students. Shabazz will be involved with academic affairs, academic support services and student life. 

Ricky has more than 13 years of experience as a college administrator and has devoted his career to developing, implementing and managing student support programs. Most recently, as Director of Outreach and School Relations at ECC Compton Center, he managed multiple programs designed to help students successfully enroll, acclimate to college life and transfer to a four-year college or university.

In addition to his work at ECC Compton Center, he has held positions as associate director in the office of admissions at Harvey Mudd College; director of the MESA program and assistant director of undergraduate admissions at the University of California, Davis (UCD); vice principal and director of counseling at a charter high school; analyst in the University of California Office of the President; and manager for the Young Black Scholars program.

He earned a Ed.D in educational leadership, as well as a master’s degree in educational administration from California State University, San Bernardino and a bachelor’s degree in Native American studies from UCD.

Eight El Camino College Compton Center Baseball Players Set to Continue Their Careers

Tartar Baseball Team 2012

El Camino College Compton Center’s baseball team has eight players who are continuing their academic and sports careers at four-year institutions this fall. This is a testament to the growing success of the Tartar baseball program, which is led by head coach Shannon B. Williams. During Williams’ tenure, many players have transferred to four-year colleges and universities and a select few have been drafted, as well as signed by professional clubs.

Daniel Hordo and Pablo Contreras will both transfer to Bethany College in Kansas. Prior to attending ECC Compton Center, Hordo attended Venice High School, where he played varsity catcher for three years. He earned first-team all-league two years and first-team all-city honors his senior year. Contreras attended Marina High School in Huntington Beach and continued to play baseball at ECC Compton Center where he earned all-conference outfielder in the South Coast Conference (SSC) in 2012.

Marcos Lara, who headed ECC Compton Center’s pitching lineup in 2012 and made the All-SCC first team, will take the field at Texas Southern University this fall.

Mark Silva is a graduate of Paramount High School and will play for Lee University in Tennessee. As a shortstop for ECC Compton Center, Silva’s batting, stolen bases and RBIs contributed to the Tartar’s standing as a conference contender.

During the 2012 season, ECC Compton Center ranked number one in hitting in the SCC with a .312 average. Tartar Alex Sixtos, who attended Banning High School, contributed with a batting average of .311. Sixtos is now headed to Georgetown College in Kentucky.

Michael Medina is a versatile player who played all three positions in the outfield, as well as hit at the top of the lineup for the Tartars. He will attend New Mexico State University and graduated from ECC Compton Center in June with a transfer GPA of 3.28.

Last season, the ECC Compton Center Tartars relied on strong pitching from players like Chris Aguirre to establish a presence in the conference. Aguirre, who previously played at Bell Gardens High School, will transfer to Jarvis Christian College. Jarvis is a historically black college founded in 1912 that is just starting its baseball program and is located near Hawkins, Texas. And, rounding out the transfer lineup, Tartar outfielder David Stiningner, who hit an average of .348 in 2012, will transfer to California State University, Dominguez Hills.

The Tartar’s were unranked heading into the 2012 season, but the team’s depth enabled them to play their way into state ranking. As a result of the team’s success in the hitting and pitching categories, ECC Compton Center took games against traditional baseball powerhouses such as Long Beach, Cerritos, Mt. San Antonio and Los Angeles Harbor.

New Student Welcome Day 2012 Hosts 300 Students

New Student Welcome Day!
Click on image to see slideshow of NSWD

El Camino College Compton Center’s annual “New Student Welcome Day” on August 22 was attended by more than 300 students! The orientation event is the ideal way for new students to begin acclimating to college life. Touring the campus, meeting faculty and new friends, as well as becoming familiar with student services, are the first steps in charting a course for success at ECC Compton Center.

Participants had the chance to meet with academic advisors; register for classes; get a firsthand account of campus life from current students; and visit the student services, academic programs and departments’ showcase. These informative workshops and activities are designed to give students, who ultimately plan to transfer to a four-year institution, the tools they need to be prepared for their first day of classes and beyond. New Student Welcome Day even offered a workshop specifically for parents.

In addition, students who were already enrolled in ECC Compton Center’s First Year Experience (FYE) program participated in an orientation immediately following the conclusion of New Student Welcome Day.

Career and Technical Education Offers Three-Semester HVAC/Refrigeration Certification Program Leading to Prospective Jobs

HVACOverall job opportunities for Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Refrigeration technicians are expected to grow much faster than average through the year 2018 according to information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Each semester, ECC Compton Center offers a three-semester HVAC and Refrigeration program. Upon completion of this program, students may apply for state certification, as well as apply for membership in a local union to be part of their Joint Journeymen and Apprenticeship Training programs.

Since 2009, El Camino College Compton Center has been providing top-notch training through its HVAC and Refrigeration program. The HVAC and Refrigeration program at ECC Compton Center prepares students to install and repair residential, as well as commercial, industrial heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems. Students also learn how to read wiring diagrams, interpret the Uniform Mechanical Code, diagnose control circuits, operate test equipment, and service pneumatic and electronic controls. “ECC Compton Center’s HVAC and Refrigeration program is a union certified trade vocational program and is highly respected by local contractors,” said Rodney Murray, Dean of Career and Technical Education and Mathematics and Science. “Students receive hands-on training on high efficiency equipment used in the field by HVAC and Refrigeration contractors, as well as union internship opportunities.” Students 18 years and older and those looking to change careers or upgrade their skill set can work toward an associate degree, certificate, or transfer program.

Concern for the environment has led to the adoption of new, energy-saving heating and air-conditioning systems. ECC Compton Center has invested in “green technology” such as solar thermal and photovoltaic (PV) equipment, as well as trainers in these systems, in order to give students a competitive edge in their job search as demand for more sustainable systems continues to grow. In addition, ECC Compton Center is committed to using non-ozone depleting and non-global warming refrigerants in its lab.

“ECC Compton Center’s HVAC and Refrigeration program makes it easy for members of our community to receive the training they need to secure a job in an exciting field that is a combination of skills used in other trades, like welding and construction” said Dale Ueda, ECC Compton Center HVAC and Refrigeration instructor.

HVAC technicians have opportunities to be employed by private companies or be self-employed. Businesses such as hotels, resorts, supermarkets and shopping centers employ HVAC technicians as maintenance and repair personnel. HVAC technicians also design heating and cooling systems for a wide variety of residences and businesses, install new heating and cooling systems and supporting duct work in newly constructed homes, businesses, or commercial facilities.

Students Make the Finals of and VH1 Save the Music Foundation’s “Battle for the Bands” Campaign

Battle for the BandsLast semester, group of talented students from ECC Compton Center made it to the finals of and VH1 Save the Music Foundation’s “Battle for the Bands” campaign and contest with their music video, entitled “True Colors.”

Created by a group of six ECC Compton Center music and video/film students, the video shines a spotlight on the importance of music and music education in Compton. The “True Colors” video opens with one student explaining that music is an outlet and also an important part of Compton’s culture; a point she drives home by naming famous musicians with ties to the city of Compton such as Krist Novoselic of Nirvana and DJ Quick.

To participate in “Battle for the Bands,” students submitted music videos and in doing so helped to raise awareness for music education. Each video was given its own Web page online and the general public nationwide had the opportunity to vote for their favorites. “True Colors” was voted into the top ten and then reviewed by a panel of celebrity judges and music industry experts.

Although “True Colors” was not selected as a “Battle for the Bands” winner, it will be included in a mash-up of the best videos. The mash-up will later be presented to representatives on Capitol Hill and serve as a compelling case for continuing music programs during these challenging economic times.

In the video, a student named Danny provides insight into why he is an advocate for music when he said that it allows him to, “Take the negative and mix it with the positive to create greatness.” The complete “True Colors” video can be viewed at:


Compton Community College District 2012-2013 Budget Adopted by Special Trustee

At the September 11 Compton Community College District (CCCD) Board meeting and public hearing, the 2012-2013 CCCD final budget was adopted by Special Trustee Thomas Henry.

The 2012-2013 budget may be viewed on the district website. The budget is based upon the information currently available from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. The State budget may be modified after the November election and once state revenue calculations are completed. If changes need to be made to the Compton Community College District budget, it will be brought back to the Special Trustee for consideration.

El Camino College Compton Center will be funded for 5,900 Full Time Equivalent Students (FTES) for 2012-13. This is a significant reduction from the 6,375 FTES served in 2011-12. The 5,900 target FTES provides for ECC Compton Center to offer 1,330 course sections. If the state of California’s fiscal situation does not improve, the District will have additional reductions to the budget, further reducing the number of course sections available to students.

The 2011-2012 Compton Community College District budget maintains a reserve at the minimum 5 percent level as advised by the state.

Compton Community College District Five-Year Construction Plan Presented for Approval

Special Trustee Thomas Henry recently approved the five-year construction plan for the Compton Community College District. The plan provides a complete summary of the capital improvement needs and construction projects for the CCCD. The Community College Construction Act of 1980 requires that this report be submitted to the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges for review and evaluation.

The plan Includes:

  • Master Plan, Energy Plan and Facility Plan Summary
  • List of projects in order of priority
  • Cumulative capacities and loads for the five types of space
  • The capacity of existing on-campus facilities
  • Initial Project Proposals (IPPs) and Final Project Proposals (FPPs) for each undertaking, as well as descriptions and space changes affected by each proposal.

The five-year construction plan actually spans a total of seven years including 2012, 2013 and 2014-2018. It is based upon the comprehensive Facilities Master Plan, which was approved by the Special Trustee at the July 2012 Board meeting, following review by District stakeholders at the CCCD and in the community. Projects outlined in the five-year construction plan are needed to update infrastructure, instructional methods and equipment, as well as to address safety and environmental requirements.

To view the five-year construction plan in its entirety, please visit this link.

Compton Community College District Appoints New Director of Accounting

The Compton Community College District (CCCD) is pleased to welcome Benjamin Torres as the new director of accounting. In this position, he will have oversight for a variety of accounting functions including accounts receivable, accounts payable, budget monitoring, reporting, customer service, and other related accounting work

Before joining the CCCD, Torres served as the accounting supervisor for MiraCosta College in Oceanside, Calif., where he managed and verified all accounting records. Before joining MiraCosta College, he was a valuable member of the accounting department as La Sierra University in Riverside. He served in a variety of capacities including accounting supervisor, purchasing coordinator and assistant.

Torres received a master’s degree in business administration, with a specialization in finance, and a bachelor’s degree in business management from La Sierra University.

Compton Community College District Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee July 20 Meeting Summary

The recently appointed Compton Community College District (CCCD) Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee held an extended meeting and facilities tour on July 20, 2012. Education Code Section 15278 states that the role of the Committee is to “inform the public concerning the District’s expenditure of revenues received from the sale of bonds authorized by the voters.”

At the meeting, all committee members received copies of the following documents for review and discussion: the CCCD Measure CC 2010-2011 Bond Audit Report, roles and responsibilities of Measure CC Bond Oversight Committee, and Measure CC Bond Expenditures through 2012. Committee members then took a tour of District facilities, including the grounds of ECC Compton Center. After the facilities tour, the committee reconvened to review the 2012 CCCD Facilities Master Plan and CCCD/El Camino College Facilities Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), as well as reviewed the lists of both CCCD and ECC Compton Center facilities projects currently under way.

Under the requirements of Assembly Bill 1908, which became effective with the voters’ approval of Proposition 39, the Governing Board is required to appoint an independent citizens oversight committee of at least seven people. And, each member must represent one of the following constituencies: a local business, a senior group, a bona fide taxpayer’s association, an enrolled student active in a student group, and an active member of a college supporting organization, such as the foundation or a community advisory group. No district employee or official, vendor, contractor, or consultant may serve on the committee.

The Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee members and their respective constituency representations are:

Bruce Boyden, Community Representative
Martha Brown, Community Representative
Larry Edmonds, Senior Citizens Representative
L.C. Green, Jr., Taxpayer Representative
Jasmine Haynes, Student Representative
Dennis Lord, Foundation Representative
Arturo Ramos, Community Representative
Kenyelle Smalley, Business Representative
Anthony Yanes, Community-at-Large Representative

More information may be found at the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee page on the District website.


El Camino College Compton Center Welcomes Six New Faculty Members

El Camino College Compton Center began the new academic year with six new full-time faculty members. The fall semester is underway and these new faculty members have joined the El Camino College Compton Center in the mission to provide high-quality educational programs. The recently appointed faculty members all bring extensive knowledge and professional experience to their new roles as instructors at El Camino College Compton Center, helping to contribute to student success.

Maria Estrada
First Year Experience coordinator/General Counselor. Maria Estrada earned her master’s degree in education, with a specialization in multicultural counseling, from California State University, San Diego. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in American literature and culture from University of California, Los Angeles, and earned an associate degree from Orange Coast College. Estrada honed her academic, transfer, vocational and personal guidance skills as director of the parent residential experience and coordinator of the GEAR-UP program at the University of California, Irvine. She went on to work as a program director at the California Association for Bilingual Education. Estrada has held counseling positions, as well as a faculty position in the freshman experience program at Santa Ana College. She also served as a general counselor at Coastline Community College. Estrada’s most recent positions include counseling at Santa Ana College and in El Camino College’s FYE Program.

Amber Gillis
Reading/English instructor. Amber Gillis received both her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in English from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). She is currently pursuing certificates in postsecondary reading and reading instruction from CSUF. Previously, she taught English at ECC Compton Center part time and served as a team advisor for the annual Voices of Compton Literary Journal since 2009. In addition, she was a teaching associate at CSUF and an English instructor at Fullerton College.

Albert Jimenez
Learning Resource Center. Albert Jimenez earned a master’s degree in education from Azusa Pacific University and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California, Berkeley. His management and leadership experience includes positions as an enrollment services evaluator and tutorial services specialist at Mt. San Jacinto College. He has also served as a program coordinator for the First Year Experience Program and as a coordinator for the California Mathematics Project at the University of California, Los Angeles. Jimenez has also taught “Introduction to Tutoring” courses as an associate faculty member at Mt. San Jacinto College.

Hoa Pham
Childhood Education. Hoa Pham has served in various capacities in the field of education for over 25 years. She worked as a preschool teacher and as an education specialist for the Long Beach Unified School District before moving into higher education. Pham has been an adjunct faculty member at several community colleges in Southern California, as well as at California State University, Long Beach. Most recently, she taught courses in early childhood education theory at El Camino College, Cerritos Community College and Mt. San Antonio College. She earned an Ed.D. from the University of California, Irvine and California State University, Long Beach; a master’s degree in early childhood education from the University of Texas at Austin; and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Kendahl Radcliffe
History. Kendahl Radcliffe graduated with a Ph.D. in African History from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a bachelor’s degree in speech communications from Emerson College. She served as an assistant professor of Africana studies at the University of Arizona, and a lecturer in women’s studies and African American history at California State University, Long Beach, ECC Compton Center and UCLA. Her most recent positions include assistant professor of Afro-Ethnic studies at California State University, Fullerton and part-time lecturer at El Camino College.

Nikki Williams
Reading/English. Nikki Williams received master’s degrees in English and sociology, as well as a bachelor’s degree in sociology from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Currently, Williams is working toward a reading certificate from University of California, Irvine and a college counseling certificate from University of California, Los Angeles. Williams started working at ECC Compton Center in 2006 in the Language/Writing Lab and, more recently, began to teach courses in sociology, academic strategies and English as an adjunct instructor.


Statewide Data Shows El Camino College Compton Center Making Progress in Key Areas

2012 Accountability Report for the Community Colleges Published by Chancellor’s Office

Since 2007, all California Community Colleges have been required to report accountability data to the California Legislature in accordance with AB 1417. The annual Accountability Report for the Community Colleges (ARCC) is intended to measure and help improve student performance. To do this, ARCC measures system-wide performance indicators in four key areas: Degree/Certificate/Transfer; Vocational/Workforce Development; Improvement in Basic Skills; and Participation Rates.

The most improved performance indicator was the persistence rate, which is the percentage of students who enroll in a second full term. This improvement can be attributed to a special effort being made to encourage continuing students to register and apply for financial aid early and to stay on track to achieve their goals.

The Basic Skills improvement rate is above the peer group average. A much higher percentage of students in the most recent cohort of basic skills reading, writing and math showed successful progress to higher levels. At the beginning of the Spring 2011 semester, ECC Compton Center hired five new full-time faculty members who are dedicated to Basic Skills instruction.

Faculty development opportunities have also expanded, which has led to increased knowledge in basic skills instruction techniques, more innovation in teaching and more engagement with students. In addition, the positive impact of having academic support services such as tutoring and learning communities are beginning to be realized.

Results from the 2012 ARCC performance indicators show that El Camino College Compton Center students are progressing, graduating and transferring at higher rates than in the past.

The complete Accountability Report for the Community Colleges may be viewed online here. El Camino College Compton Center’s results are on pages 196-201.