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
Overall 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 DoSomething.org and VH1 Save the Music Foundation’s “Battle for the Bands” Campaign
Last semester, group of talented students from ECC Compton Center made it to the finals of DoSomething.org 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: www.dosomething.org/battle/tell-us/submission/898168
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:
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
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.
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.