Vice President's Message
Welcome to the fall 2012 semester! I hope everyone had a productive summer and now you are ready to help students focus on the future. I know 2012-13 will be a successful year for the El Camino College Compton Center students.
This past June, 265 students graduated with associate degrees; and 101 students earned certificates. ECC Compton Center graduates are a testament to the many programs and services designed to help students reach their academic goals. I am proud to report that 129 ECC Compton Center students who graduated in June 2012 will be continuing their education at four-year colleges and universities this fall.
As we begin the year with a focus on student success and helping students achieve their future goals, we are encouraged by the recent achievements by Compton Center students. This issue of Center News highlights many of these accomplishments: the personal stories of two Presidential Scholars for 2012; the impressive examples of students’ literary and artistic work showcased in the annual Voices of Compton journal; how local high school students are learning machining and machine mathematics through ECC Compton Center’s Workforce Innovation Partnership program; and an alumnae story about a Tartar athlete turned Olympian who was inducted into the California Community College Sports Hall of Fame.
Even in these trying times for California community colleges, I know we are all committed to doing the best with the resources we have and being inventive in our solutions. We are dedicated to student success and to providing quality academic programs to the communities we serve.
ECC Compton Center is building a history of helping students achieve their dreams. Faculty and staff support are key in making that happen.
Have a great semester! I look forward to seeing you around ECC Compton Center.
El Camino College Compton Center Honors Two Women as 2012 Presidential Scholars
El Camino College Compton Center students LaTasia Floyd and Rebeca Miranda were recently honored at the Annual Academic Awards Tea as the 2012 Presidential Scholars. Floyd also served as the 2012 student commencement speaker during the ceremony on June 7. In addition to having the Presidential Scholar Award in common, these two women also possess similar character traits. Both of their stories demonstrate their ability to persevere through adversity in order to achieve their educational and career goals. Here are their student success stories:
LaTasia Floyd graduated in June with a cumulative GPA of 3.8, and was 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 city’s free Theatre in the Community program.
After graduating from Lynwood High School with honors, Floyd was unable to attend a four-year university due to financial instability and no family 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. Floyd 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 graduated from ECC Compton Center with the confidence to not only meet those expectations, but exceed them.
Rebeca Miranda has always believed in the American dream. Now, with the help of El Camino College Compton Center and its student support services, she is on her way to making that dream a reality. She recently graduated with an associate degree in nursing and plans to transfer to a university to earn a bachelor’s degree to become a registered nurse.
Miranda came to the United States from Mexico with the dream of one day enrolling in college, but that goal was continuously put on hold as a result of challenges in her personal life. She is a single mother, with no support system in this country, who has survived domestic mistreatment and a language barrier. She worked three jobs in order to pay her bills and provide for her two children.
Despite all of these hardships, Miranda never lost sight of her dream of enrolling at El Camino College Compton Center. That day finally came, and with the support of an English-speaking friend, Miranda enrolled in her classes. She says El Camino College Compton Center’s Extended Opportunity Program & Services (EOP&S) program played a significant role in assisting her.
EOP&S helps low-income and educationally-disadvantaged students achieve their educational goals. The program encourages the enrollment, retention, and transfer of students who are challenged by language, social, economic, and educational disadvantages. As a supplement component of EOP&S, Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) students receive special counseling and advisement, orientation, personal development, support services, workshops of interest to single parents, assistance with purchasing books and supplies, child care referrals and information, and campus- and community-based referrals.
Miranda’s two children have also seen how college has changed their mother’s life and now dream of following in her footsteps. “My kids want to study at ECC Compton Center because they say they want to be like me, says Miranda. “And, that makes me very proud.”
El Camino College Compton Center’s ‘Voices of Compton’ Literary/Art Journal Showcases Examples of Outstanding Student Work
Aaron Williams is an English major who will be entering his second year at El Camino College Compton Center this fall. He aspires to be an English professor, and one of the driving forces behind his decision to pursue a career in academia is his passion for writing. Williams recently received validation of his talent as a writer when his essay “Is Compton Really All That Bad?” was not only published in Voices of Compton, a literary journal of student work, but also took first place in the essay category. Each year, the Humanities Division, Academic Affairs, and Office of Student Life sponsor an event and competition to recognize the artistic work published in the journal.
In his essay, Williams uses imagery to show a different perspective of his hometown and paints a picture that allows readers to see the city of Compton through his eyes. Compton’s Kelly Park Recreational Area is known to be inhabited by a street gang, but Williams writes, “That never stopped me from walking there with my old, beat-up basketballs to shoot around by myself.” He continues, “The feeling on this court is electric; sometimes I think I can feel my skin tingling. My senses are heightened; I can feel every individual bump on the ball’s surface, and smell every musky, wet blade of grass.”
Williams is looking forward to a career teaching writing because he believes it to be a very fulfilling and necessary form of expression. “Writing is an outlet and a tool with the ability to influence others and, for this reason, it is really important to me that I help my community understand its power.”
Williams was one of several students whose writings and artistic works were published in the 4th annual edition of Voices of Compton. Prizes were also awarded by the ECC Compton Center Humanities Division recognizing exceptional academic and creative work in five categories.
Awards by Category:
- 1st Prize—Aaron Williams for "Is Compton Really All That Bad?"
- 2nd Prize—Stephanie Bentley for "African Dance Circle"
- 3rd Prize—Raymond Ventura for "Compton: The Perspective"
- Honorable Mention—David Richardson for “Man-child: My Experience” and Jasmin Espejo for "Have You Seen the Peaceful Side of America?" and Rodney Bunkley for "Poverty: My Experience"
1st Prize—Tyler Sims for "Black on Both Sides, Plus Brown: Portrait of Mos Def"
- 2nd Prize—Daniel Felix for "Felix" and Nancy Silva for "Herminia"
- 3rd Prize—Alicia Gonzalez for "DD" and Luciano Duran for "Untitled"
- 1st Prize--Jennifer Deese for "Jesus"
- 2nd Prize--Tony McGee for "Untitled"
- 3rd Prize--Tony McGee for "Self Portrait"
- 1st Prize—Carlos Ornelas for "Children of the Universe"
- 2nd Prize—Vonice Berry for "Of Gardens and Such" and Cara Tyler for "What We Are"
- 3rd Prize—Michawn Browning for "The After Effects of a Sunday Dinner" and Monica Johnson for "Culture"
- Honorable Mention—Carrie McClain for "As for the Poems I Write"
Spoken Word Art
- 1st Prize—Carlos Ornelas for "Underdog"
- 2nd Prize—Ifeoma Okongwu for "Poem"
- 3rd Prize—Demeris Wycoff for "For All the Haters" and Geraldine Hernandez for "Little Mary Jones"
- Honorable Mention—Cynthia Horton for "Women"
The 2011-2012 edition of Voices of Compton may be read in its entirety here.
ECC Compton Center’s Workforce Innovation Partnership Program Provides Local High School Students with Career Technical Education and Blueprints for Success
This summer, local high school students are learning machining and machine mathematics through El Camino College Compton Center’s Workforce Innovation Partnership (WIP) program. The WIP program prepares students for industry-endorsed certification, such as the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Level I Machining Certification. In addition, students who participate in the program receive college credit, hands-on training, free books and the opportunity to network with industry employers.
To pique students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers, field trips to aerospace, technological development and manufacturing companies are built into the program. This affords students the opportunity to engage in conversations with accomplished professionals and meet real-life mentors in and outside of the classroom.
Different types of students benefit from the WIP program; those skilled in math, those naturally inclined to work with their hands and those who know they want a career in a STEM field. The WIP program began June 18 and ends August 9, and offers high school juniors and seniors morning courses in Machine Shop Calculations, as well as an Introduction to CNC Machining. A low instructor/student ratio allows for a challenging, but rewarding curriculum.
Melissa Carrazco, an aspiring engineer who attended Marco Antonio Firebaugh High School in Lynwood, CA, was one of 28 local high school students who graduated from ECC Compton Center’s WIP program last summer. “I was confident that by spending the summer covering new technologies and topics like learning to read blueprints, I would further expand my knowledge on what an engineer actually does,” said Carrazco.
WIP is an Economic & Workforce Development funded project through the Career Technical Education (CTE) SB70 division of the Chancellor’s Office. This project aligns K-12 career technical education with California Community Colleges. Students receive career education and experiences that will encourage them to seek out postsecondary education for high-skill and high-paying careers.
For more information, please contact Alicia Zambrano, ECC Compton Center Career and Technical Education Division, at 310-900-1600, Ext. 2779, or email@example.com.
Former Tartar Athlete Simeon Iness Inducted Into California Community College Sports Hall of Fame
The California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) recently inducted five new members into its Sports Hall of Fame. The 2012 class of inductees included Simeon “Sim” Iness, an Olympic discus gold medalist who attended the former Compton College in 1948-1949. The California Community College Sports Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed in California community college athletics and recognizes those who have maximized their own potential to better themselves and those with whom they come into contact.
Iness was originally from Oklahoma, but came to the former Compton College by way of Tulare County in California’s San Joaquin Valley. While pursuing his college education, Iness made his mark on the Tartar Athletics program. He won the National Junior College discus championship in 1949 and was also a member of the football team that won the Junior Rose Bowl and became National Junior College Champions in 1948.
Iness transferred to the University of Southern California where he continued to set every collegiate record possible, including the NCAA discus championship in 1952 and 1953. In 1952, Iness joined the U.S. Olympic Team and won the gold medal while also setting an Olympic record, which stood for 20 years. After the Olympics, Iness went on to set a World Record for being the first person ever to eclipse the 190-foot barrier in discus throwing.
In addition to the California Community College Sports Hall of Fame, Iness is also a member of the Tartar Athletics Hall of Fame, Tulare High School Redskin Hall of Fame, Northern California Track and Field Hall of Fame, International World Throwers Congress Hall of Fame, and the University of Southern California Athletic Hall of Fame. Iness was a teacher, coach and counselor for 40 years at Porterville High School before retiring in 1994. He passed away in Porterville, Calif., in 1996.
El Camino College Compton Center Congratulates Class of 2012
El Camino College Compton Center celebrated its 6th Annual Commencement on June 7 in the Tartar Stadium. California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott served as the keynote speaker and LaTasia Floyd was the 2012 student speaker.
The 2012 graduates, listed by city of residence, is online here.
A slideshow of the 2012 commencement ceremony may be viewed here.
Nursing Pinning Ceremony
El Camino College Compton Center honored 28 students who graduated with an Associate of Science degree in Nursing at a pinning ceremony on June 5. The Nursing Pinning Ceremony took place in the ECC Compton Center gymnasium and a reception immediately followed in the foyer.
|The students who received an associate degree in nursing are:
Luis Rosas Ortiz
Congratulations 2012 Honors Students and Scholarship Recipients!
El Camino College Compton Center’s annual Academic Awards Tea held in May recognized the academic achievements of 16 honor students and 56 scholarship recipients. Scholarships awarded by both ECC Compton Center and the Foundation for the Compton Community College District totaled more than $40,000. For a complete list of the 2012 scholarship recipients, click here.
The following is a list of the ECC Compton Center honors students who graduated with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 and higher.
Adronke Folayemi Bakole
Carl Stanley Brown
Tina Marie Clayton
Eric Francis Cuevas
Melanie L. Davis
Rashawn Michelle Davis
Quelin Sherrie Edwards
LaTasia T. Floyd
Keishan L. Hilliard
Giselle Aispuro Martinez
Christine B. Posadas
Jeanette Leona Black Turney
Updated ‘Process to Accreditation’ Document
for El Camino College Compton Center Published
An updated version of the “Process to Accreditation” document for the El Camino College Compton Center was recently published. The report provides an overview of the actions required for the Compton Center to progress toward accreditation eligibility. The “Process to Accreditation” document is available here.
The document summarizes the overall Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) accreditation process, and is intended to serve as a guide only. It also includes a section outlining the accomplishments already achieved in working toward accreditation eligibility, and an estimated timeline for El Camino College to submit the accreditation eligibility proposal for the Center. In the process to accreditation, there must be an understanding that timelines will continually change, as some tasks take longer than planned and others may not take as long as anticipated.
The first phase of the process to accreditation, which is currently in progress, is to prepare an eligibility application and supporting documentation for submission to the ACCJC. The Accreditation Steering Committee (ASC) for ECC Compton Center and its five subcommittees have worked diligently since November 2010 to assess and respond to the Eligibility Criteria.
Subcommittee members developed three categories for the Eligibility Criteria for the ECC Compton Center: criteria met, criteria not met or criteria partially met. Currently, 16 criteria have been met; one criterion will be met when the eligibility application is filed; the Student Learning and Achievement criterion is partially met; and the Financial Resources, Financial Accountability, and Institutional Planning and Evaluation criteria have not yet been met.
Both the El Camino Community College District and the CCCD remain committed to obtaining independent accreditation for ECC Compton Center in accordance with the goals set forth in A.B. 318 and the Partnership Agreement. When the partnership began, the primary objective was to provide quality educational programs and services for student success—this objective continues to be accomplished through many new and expanded student programs. Evidence of this improvement and student successes achieved since the beginning of the partnership is included in the “Overview” section of the “Process to Accreditation.”
This report is a good guide and tool to use when communicating to students and members of the community about accreditation. The most recent “Process to Accreditation” document and other information relative to accreditation may be found at ECC Compton Center’s website.
Notice of Parking Lot and Road Closures at ECC Compton Center
As we continue work to improve the ECC Compton Center grounds and facilities, there will be some inconveniences along the way. Please note the following road and parking lot closures in effect as part of the infrastructure project.
Road Between the Physical Plant and Child Development Center
The western Greenleaf Ave. entrance and the west campus road from the Physical Plant to the Child Development Center (CDC) is closed for construction from July 20, 2012 until Nov. 31, 2012. The CDC can be accessed by using the eastern Greenleaf Ave. entrance to campus and making a right onto the road immediately after the Math/Science Bldg. and continuing past the Baseball Academy complex. Parking near the front entrance to the CDC will remain open during construction. Map 1-E outlines the closure area and access route.
Parking Lot A and Artesia Blvd. Entrance
Parking Lot A and the western half of the Artesia Blvd. entrance road (from Artesia Blvd. to the Math/Science Building) is closed from August 3, 2012 through January 31, 2013. The entrance from Artesia Blvd. into and out of campus will still be accessible, however, the entry road will be reduced to one lane in each direction (on the eastern side of the road divider). Alternate parking will be available in Lot F near the Greenleaf Ave. entrance. Map 1-C outlines the closure area, as well as alternate parking options.
Additional Student Parking and Courtesy Shuttle Info:
Beginning Saturday, August 25, 2012, alternate student parking will be available on the football/soccer practice field (near the Stadium), as well as in Lot F near the Greenleaf Blvd. entrance at the north end of the ECC Compton Center campus.
We ask that you use the eastern Greenleaf Ave. entrance during construction to help minimize traffic delays, especially once the fall semester is underway.
A courtesy shuttle will be made available to students, faculty and staff in the evenings, Monday-Saturday, from 5:30 – 10:30 p.m. Please call the campus police at 310-660-3100, to arrange for pick-up. Please note: the courtesy shuttle operates at ECC Compton Center only; it cannot leave the Center.
Alternative Transportation Suggestions:
We are also suggesting that carpooling or the use of public transportation might be viable options for some people. Information about local public transportation can be found online here.
Carpooling to ECC Compton Center is a great way to save money and reduce parking hassles. Compton Center currently offers incentives for employees who sign up for the rideshare program. For more info, please contact ECC Parking Services at 310-660-3593, ext. 3983 with any questions.
The safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff and visitors is always a primary concern at El Camino College Compton Center.
- In an emergency, contact campus police 24/7 by calling 911 from any pay phone on campus; or by calling 310-660-3100 from a cell phone.
- Night students and faculty are encouraged to park in the same general area as other faculty or students with night classes in their building; this provides the opportunity for a group of students and faculty to walk to their cars after dark.
- Immediately report any suspicious activity to campus police.
All maps and construction notices are available on the Center and District websites. For information regarding this construction project, please call (310) 660-3100. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work to improve the campus.
Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for First Phase of Infrastructure Upgrade Project
The Compton Community College District held a groundbreaking ceremony on June 12 for phase 1 of the infrastructure replacement project on the District grounds at 1111 E. Artesia Boulevard, Compton, CA 90221.
The infrastructure replacement phase 1 project is supported by Measure CC facilities bond and state funds. The utility infrastructure replacement project involves improvements at the southern half of the campus and the central plant. Upgrades will include new security (code blue) and fire alarm systems; data and communications technology; campus lighting for parking lots, pedestrian walkways, open spaces and the stadium; sewer and storm drainage; as well as natural gas, electrical and fire and potable water distribution. All exterior lighting will be LED fixtures with individual controllers. This project also includes new wiring and terminal control devices required for communication of the lighting system with a new Energy Management Control System (EMCS). Phase 1 also includes a new 2,000 ton energy efficient central plant.
CCCD Interim CEO Keith Curry Hosts Community Roundtable Discussions
As part the Compton Community College District’s (CCCD) commitment to engage the local community by providing opportunities to share information and receive feedback about the District, Interim CEO Keith Curry is hosting a series of roundtable discussions in local cities. The first two roundtable discussions took place on July 18 and Aug. 8 at the Lynwood Travelodge.
Curry’s presentation covers a number of topics of interest to the communities served by the CCCD, including the partnership with El Camino Community College District, the process to accreditation, Fiscal Crisis Management Assistance Team (FCMAT), newly adopted trustee area boundaries, facilities master plan, and community participation in governance opportunities. Each roundtable discussion will be followed by a question and answer session.
To develop open communication, support, and a better understanding of District operations and issues it faces, the District believes more community participation is necessary. In addition to the CEO roundtable discussions, the CCCD Community Participation in Governance initiative invites community groups to sit at the dais during board meetings and become involved in deliberation, dialogue and action on issues they are concerned about. To participate, groups may contact Office of the Interim CEO at 310-900-1600, Ext. 2000.
CCCD and ECC Compton Center Complete Annual Planning Summit
Compton Community College District (CCCD) Interim CEO Keith Curry and El Camino College Compton Center Vice President Barbara Perez hosted a Planning Summit in July to address the planning components for both the El Camino College Compton Center and the Compton Community College District.
Representatives from the collegial consultation groups participated in review and discussion of the following components of planning: developing strategic initiatives, planning via the Plan Builder software, the Facilities Master Plan and the Educational Master Plan. The Facilities and Educational master plans are both moving through the collegial consultation processes prior to adoption by the Special Trustee for the Compton Community College District and the El Camino Community College District Board of Trustees, respectively. These components are all important for both ECC Compton Center and the CCCD to move forward toward eventual independence from FCMAT and with the Accreditation Commission.
Planning summit participants (including students, faculty, staff and administrators) also received information on ECC Compton Center’s current demographics and student success and retention reports. This information will be used in planning programs for the specific departments or areas to better serve students and to reach out to future students.
In-depth breakout sessions had participants discussing how institutional dialog currently takes place related to planning and budgeting, and ways to improve that dialog. They also discussed how plan and program review recommendations are communicated, how to get students more involved in the planning process, and how communication and processes can be improved. The final breakout session examined how the goals for ECC Compton Center and the Compton Community College District could be revised and updated.
The Planning Process
ECC Compton Center is using the planning model developed by El Camino College for institutional effectiveness to ensure that the cycle is maintained in all programs. For planning purposes, ECC Compton Center is organized into programs, units, and areas.
The process begins with data collection and analysis, usually the result of recommendations arising from program review and updates, to form the basis of an annual program plan. Plans that do not require funding may be implemented at the program level. When additional funding,
or staffing is necessary, extensive dialogue occurs at the program level, with highest ranked items being forwarded to the unit level. Further dialogue at the unit level leads to prioritized requests which are then forwarded to the area vice president for institutional prioritization and possible funding.
At ECC Compton Center, once the area plans are completed, each area prioritizes its funding requests and identifies ongoing and one-time needs. The prioritized recommendations are presented to ECC Compton Center’s Planning and Budgeting Committee for use in the development of the budget.
Compton Community College District Adopts New Smoking Policy
The Special Trustee for the Compton Community College District (CCCD) approved a new smoking policy for the District that went into effect on July 1, 2012. Under the new policy, all state and federal laws will be enforced on the CCCD location. It also prohibits smoking in all District buildings, CCCD-owned or leased facilities, as well as district-owned vehicles. Smoking shall be permitted in designated smoking areas only. This policy applies to all faculty, staff, students and members of the general public on ECC Compton Center grounds.
In October of 2011, the Compton City Council unanimously passed its own smoking ordinance. The city of Compton ordinance bans smoking in unenclosed dining areas, service areas, common areas of multi-unit residences, public parks, streets and sidewalks used for public events. CCCD’s new smoking policy is in line with the city ordinance and both policies will work together to offer a smoke-free environment for students, faculty and staff. A map of the designated smoking areas may be viewed here.
Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee Members Appointed
Eight community members were appointed by Compton Community College District (CCCD) Special Trustee Thomas Henry, to serve on the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee. As outlined in Education Code Section 15278, the role of the District’s Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee is to “inform the public concerning the District’s expenditure of revenues received from the sale of bonds authorized by the voters.” Members are appointed for either a one- or two-year term, with a two-term maximum, and they do not receive any compensation or benefits for their service.
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 newly appointed Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee members are:
Bruce Boyden, Chair (Community Representative), is the manager of the Early Education Services Division of the Community Development Institute Head Start in Long Beach. Boyden also served, in an appointed position, on the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees from August 2009 to December 2009. He earned a master's degree in education at Almeda University in Idaho and a Bachelor of Arts degree in social psychology with a minor in child development from Pepperdine University.
Martha Brown, Vice Chair (Community Representative), a board member and treasurer of the National Black Music Caucus (NASPAAM), is a retired music specialist who worked for the Los Angeles and Long Beach Unified School Districts. Brown served as a supervisor of student teachers in music education at California State University, Long Beach. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from the Chicago Musical College division at Roosevelt University; a Master’s of Music degree from Western Michigan University; a Master’s of Music Therapy degree from the University of Kansas; and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California.
L.C. Green, Jr. (Taxpayer Representative) is the founder of LC Green & Associates, Inc., a tax planning and financial management company. He has 27 years of experience in tax accounting and financial management. Certified by the California State Department of Insurance and the Tax Preparers Program, Green teaches continuing education for insurance and tax professionals. In addition, he was an instructor at three colleges in Los Angeles County, teaching accounting, bookkeeping, taxation, and financial management courses.
Jasmine Haynes (Student Representative), an El Camino College Compton Center student, is the current Associated Student Body (ASB) Commissioner of Financial Aid. She has demonstrated leadership skills in roles that involve helping fellow students achieve their educational goals. Haynes was a member of ECC Compton Center’s First Year Experience Program.
Dennis Lord (Foundation Representative) serves as the public affairs and governmental relations director for the Southern California Gas Company in the South Bay/Harbor area. He is also of board member of the Foundation for the CCCD. He was born in San Pedro, raised in Wilmington, and is an active member of many Harbor-area organizations including the Los Angeles Port development. Lord holds a Master in Business Administration from Pepperdine University.
Kenyelle Smalley (Business Representative) is an agent with Farmers Insurance, and oversees the daily operations of her L.L.C. She is a board member for the Compton Chamber of Commerce. Smalley earned an Associate of Arts degree in liberal arts from West Los Angeles City College, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations with a minor in marketing from California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Arturo Ramos (Community Representative) is a Neighborhood Preservation Officer for the City of Lynwood. He is a member of the Lynwood Unified School District’s Parent Organizing Network and treasurer for Lynwood Save Our Students. He has also served as an officer for several advisory committees and advocacy groups supporting the Lynwood Unified School District. Ramos earned a degree in computer engineering from California State University, Long Beach.
Larry Edmonds (Senior Citizens Organization Representative), a member of the Salvation Army Compton Corps advisory board, is retired after more than 40 years of employment with the Los Angeles County. His most recent role was serving as a Senior Disaster Specialist Manager. Edmonds attended Harbor College, as well as the former Compton College where he studied Business Administration. Edmonds is the newest member appointed to the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee.
Compton Community College District Announces Retirement of Seven Faculty Members
The Compton Community College District (CCCD) wishes to express its gratitude to the faculty members who retired at the end of the 2011-2012 academic year. Retirees are: Ivan Crosbie, Dr. Norma Espinosa-Parker, Patrick McLaughlin, Saul J. Panski, Leroy Porter, Dr. Pieter Jan Van Niel and Toni Wasserberger. Each of these individuals has dedicated much of their careers to the CCCD and the students it serves.
Ivan Crosbie, English
Crosbie was a faculty member of the CCCD since 1992. He taught English and journalism, as well as served as the faculty advisor for the Tartar Shield student newspaper. The Associated Student Body also honored him with the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award. In addition to teaching, he held numerous administrative and department/committee chairperson positions. Outside of his CCCD career, Crosbie enjoyed success as a journalist, scriptwriter and media strategist.
Norma Espinosa-Parker, ESL and Spanish
Espinosa-Parker was an English as a Second Language (ESL) and Spanish faculty member with the CCCD since 1986. A native of Cuba, Espinosa-Parker helped expand the Study Abroad Summer Program from 2003-2005 with the addition of an option to travel to Cuba. She also did extensive work developing the Language/Writing/Reading Lab and curriculum used by ESL and Spanish classes at El Camino College Compton Center.
Patrick McLaughlin, First Year Experience and English
McLaughlin first came to the CCCD as an instructional associate in the Reading Lab and became a full-time faculty member in 1985. In 40 years of teaching, he taught and worked with many types of students including those with learning disabilities; those who are veterans and those enrolled in CETA, CalWorks, GAIN and First Year Experience programs. His other activities included service on project teams, campus committees, and the Academic Senate.
Saul J. Panski, History
Panski served the CCCD in various capacities for 33 years. He was a member of the Library and management staffs with positions ranging from library clerk to executive dean to vice president of Administrative Affairs. In 2003, he rejoined the faculty as an ESL professor for four years and, most recently, served as a professor of history. He also played an important role on the Academic Senate and the Accreditation Steering Committee.
Leroy Porter, ESL
Porter is a U.S. army veteran, who also gave 25 years of service to the CCCD. He held positions as a physical education instructor; head basketball coach; director of athletics; dean of the Evening Division; vice president of the Weekend College; and, for the last several years, ESL professor. Porter was an active participant in the work of several notable community basketball organizations. His dedication and passion for coaching basketball was also recognized with multiple coach of the year awards in the community.
Pieter Jan Van Niel, Theatre Arts
Van Niel has held many administrative and committee positions with the CCCD, but really made his mark as founder of the Theatre Arts Program. Under his leadership, this program has endured for 40 years. Van Niel developed its inspiring curriculum, produced and directed countless productions, helped obtain funding for theater facility renovations, and provided guidance for Little Theatre’s current remodeling project. In addition to being an accomplished performer, he is also an athlete who continues to excel in archery and the martial arts.
Toni Wasserberger, English
Wasserberger is retiring after 44 years of service to the CCCD, its students and the community. Wasserberger taught a variety of courses in the English Department and also received faculty fellowships for instructional film production and development of materials for the Learning Center. In 2008, she helped launch the highly successful First Year Experience program and also played a major role in two important historical projects for the CCCD. She established and served as curator of a comprehensive college archive in addition to researching and planning for the graduation ceremony as part of the California Nisei College Diploma Project in 2010.
In addition, the CCCD would like to thank Mario Macareno and Camela McClain for their service. Mario, a full-time counselor and graduate of the former Compton College, retired at the beginning of this year after 24 years with the district. Camela retired last fall from her position as a human resource representative after serving the district since 1976. Their contributions have gone a long way in supporting student, faculty and staff success.
El Camino College Compton Center Recognizes Distinguished Faculty and Staff
El Camino College Compton Center recently honored English professor Toni Wasserberger, adjunct English professor Hiram Sims and staff member Linda Coleman for their high level of commitment to students, ECC Compton Center and their profession. They were recognized at the Annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day, an event designed to thank all members of the campus community for their commitment to ECC Compton Center and its educational mission.
Toni Wasserberger, recipient of the Distinguished Faculty award, retired in June after 44 years of service to the Compton Community College District (CCCD). Wasserberger taught a variety of courses in the English Department and also received faculty fellowships for instructional film production and development of materials for the Learning Center. In 2008, she helped launch the highly successful First Year Experience program and has also played a major role in two important historical projects for the CCCD. She established and served as curator of a comprehensive college archive, in addition to researching and helping plan the honorary degree ceremony as part of the California Nisei College Diploma Project in 2010. Wasserberger holds bachelor and master degrees in English from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Hiram Sims, recipient of the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty award, is a member of the English Department. Sims founded the Urban Poet’s Society Club on campus and also routinely brings notable writers to ECC Compton Center to talk with students about the craft. He is an accomplished poet and author, and is often invited to guest lecture in the academic community. Sims holds a master’s degree in Professional Writing and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Southern California.
Linda Coleman received the Distinguished Staff award, and is known as a true resource in ECC Compton Center’s Human Resources Department. She practices excellent customer service and goes above and beyond to help students properly fill out forms, or locate appropriate department contacts. Coleman is dedicated to her work and continues to expand her productivity through staff development opportunities.