Vice President's Message
Barbara Perez

As ECC Compton Center begins to plan for the 2012-2013 academic year, I want to provide an overview of where we stand regarding this current year’s goals. 

The first goal - to enhance teaching to support student learning using a variety of instructional methods and services. To accomplish this goal, our focus is on professional development. The Professional Development committee was reconstituted with representatives from faculty, classified staff and administration to provide direction for professional development activities. While not able to fully fund the plan’s proposal, more than $15,000 was designated for professional development with committee-established guidelines to allocate the money. In addition, Human Resources is in the process of a reorganization which includes a staff development coordinator position.

We are also in the process of establishing a Faculty Resource Center. Over the past two years, faculty members have participated in the Faculty Inquiry Partnership Program and the Faculty Resource Center will provide access to resources to assist with teaching. It will also provide meeting space to share ideas on improving instruction. In addition, the Faculty Resource Center will house the Research Office to encourage the use of collected data to guide decision making.

The second goal - to strengthen quality educational and support services to further promote student success. The Student Success Committee has developed a plan, and over the next few months will be working to align the objectives of the Student Success Plan with the initiatives from the Student Success Taskforce. This will ensure ECC Compton Center will be prepared to meet the needs of our students.

Currently our instructional support services are decentralized and we plan to create a consolidated Academic Success Center in the new Library/Learning Resource Center to strengthen student support services. While the timing of the completion of the building is still under review, we are taking significant steps to improve services to students. In prioritizing faculty needs, there was strong support for an instructional specialist and we are currently recruiting to fill this position. This specialist will assist in coordinating instructional support areas and will also work with faculty to design teaching materials to help convey critical concepts.

The third goal is to improve processes, programs, and services through the effective use of assessment, program review, planning, and resource allocation. In addition to helping with the creation of a Research Office, the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs has played a key role in working with the faculty to conduct program reviews. Nine programs (including Fire and Engineering Technology) began program reviews last fall and seven programs are beginning this spring. Starting this year, the Institutional Effectiveness Committee will have oversight of the final report and the responsibility of examining each program review to make sure that questions raised by the data are answered. The respective deans will have the responsibility of ensuring that recommendations in the program reviews are incorporated into the annual plans.

Progress continues to be made on Student Learning Outcome (SLO) assessments. This year we introduced a SLO facilitator model. The three facilitators worked with the faculty to ensure the assessments are being done with enough focus on improving student learning to support the Accreditation Commission’s “proficient” requirement. During fall 2011 and winter 2012, the faculty assessed 49 courses, raising the course completion rate from 31 percent to 42 percent. Some of the previously completed assessment reports were updated to include more reflection about assessing and improving student learning. To keep the process moving, the spring flex day activities included a segment on what happens next once we have assessment results.

That’s what is happening behind the scenes to improve our academic plan, now take a look at this issue of Center News for stories about recent student, faculty and ECC Compton Center successes!

Student Success

Comprehensive Educational Programs Yield Successful Results

One of the ways we meet the educational needs of our community is by ensuring student success. We have made progress in this area by enhancing the comprehensive educational opportunities offered to students. Specifically, El Camino College Compton Center has introduced several new programs to help students reach their educational and career goals.

First Year Experience Program (FYE)

Introduced in fall 2009 and modeled after El Camino College’s FYE program, faculty and counselors created learning communities to help ease the transition and adjustment of new student to the college environment, as well as develop essential academic skills. The FYE program helps students develop study skills and provides options for studying in groups. FYE students also have access to vital campus resources, and may explore a major, create a career plan, interact in a multicultural environment, and learn how to access electronic information.

We began the program with two cohorts in 2009 and 80 percent of the students completed the program. Now we have four cohorts. Initial results are positive with an FYE student retention rate of 85.5 percent compared to 75 percent for the general population. During the same period, the FYE student success rate of 64.3 percent compares favorably to the 60.8 percent success rate of the general population. For more information, please call 310-900-1600, ext. 2769.

Alpha Gamma Sigma (AGS)

A chapter of the Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor and Scholarship Society was established in fall 2010. Currently, more than 60 ECC Compton Center students are participating in AGS, which helps students further develop their leadership skills. In addition to supporting the academic endeavors of its members through study groups, tutorials and scholarship opportunities, the honor society offers ways to gain leadership positions, participate in community service, and meet other students with similar academic interests. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better for membership. For more information, contact the Office of Student Life at 310-900-1600, ext. 2802.

Honors Transfer Program (HTP)

A new Honors Transfer Program will be established in fall 2012, and is designed to better prepare highly-motivated students to successfully transfer and complete a bachelor's degree. The HTP provides a unique learning environment that stresses scholastic excellence and develops the academic awareness necessary to achieve this goal.

Honors courses are chosen to fulfill the requirements of the associate degree as well as to transfer to the UC, CSU, and most other universities. The HTP will have specific admission and completion requirements including a minimum cumulative GPA and a set number of honors courses to be completed per semester.

Each year, our students and faculty continue to stand out and make us proud of their individual accomplishments.


Students Get Hired into Growing Aerospace Fastener Manufacturing Industry

Jairo Juarez-LazoJairo Juarez-Lazo and his father, Jose Juarez, completed El Camino College Compton Center’s Aerospace Fastener Manufacturing summer training program together. After graduating from California State University, Dominguez Hills with a degree in graphic design, Jairo struggled to find a full-time position in the field and saw the program as an opportunity to start a career in manufacturing. Alternately Jose, a centerless grinder and veteran in the industry, viewed the program as a way to advance his career.

He was right. Since completing the summer program, Jose was hired at ALCOA Fastening Systems, the world’s leading producer of aluminum. And, an additional 12 ECC Compton Center students from the Aerospace Fastener Manufacturing program have been hired in the last year by PB Fasteners and Alcoa. For Jairo, the program motivated him to continue his education in the field and he is now enrolled in the ongoing Machine Tool Technology/Aerospace Fastener Manufacturing program offered by ECC Compton Center’s Career and Technical Education division.

 “By completing the summer training program together my dad and I were able to benefit from each other’s strengths. My background in graphic design allowed me to help him better understand blueprinting, while his 15 years of experience were a great resource for me in the machinery courses,” said Jairo. “The instructors were also very helpful in identifying our strengths. When one of them discovered I had a degree in graphic design and he opened my eyes to a career I had never considered—making the actual blueprints for the parts to be manufactured.”


Fall 2011 Nursing Pinning Ceremony

The El Camino College Compton Center Nursing Pinning Ceremony took place in December. We congratulate the 35 graduates who earned associate degrees.

Below is a list of the fall 2011 associate degree nursing graduates:

Dayana Alvarado             Nancy Arrendondo            Claudia Chavez
Wilfredo De Jesus           Alejandro Haro                  Lupe Jauregui
Analyne Las Pinas           Mandy Le                         Jesus Lizarraga
Celia McGreggor             Carshawa McGuire           Gabriela Martinez
Jacob Martinez                Lorna Mendoza                Erica Metu
Kimberly Mills                 Lan Nguyen                     Mario Ramirez
Rocio Ramos                  Miriam Reyes                   Chanda Richardson
Jazmin Rivas                   Maria Rojo                       Jocelyn Shuman
Teresa Torres                 Chioma Uduhiri                 Stephen Umstead
Diane Ureta                     Roxanna Valencia             Claudia Vazquez
Jasmine Walker               Reginald Webb                 Donald Wells      
James Wisdom                Ayesha Yazdanie


Facilities News

Construction Management Firm Selected to Oversee State Funded Projects

Lend Lease Construction, Inc. has been selected as the construction management company responsible for Compton Community College District’s state funded projects (Allied Health, Infrastructure Phases 1 and 2, and the Instructional Building replacement). Randy Hartman will be leading the Lend Lease Construction team on these very important facility improvements.


Faculty and Staff Appreciation Breakfast Hosted by Keith Curry

Compton Community College District (CCCD) Interim CEO Keith Curry hosted a pancake breakfast in December as a way to celebrate the holidays and show appreciation to faculty and staff. Some members of the CCCD Board flipped the pancakes that went, well, like hotcakes! All of the faculty/staff in attendance enjoyed a delicious breakfast and the company of their colleagues.

Compton Community College District Welcomes New Chief Business Officer

The Compton Community College District welcomes Felipe Lopez as the new Chief Business Officer (CBO) for the District. The CBO serves as the chief financial advisor to the CEO and has oversight responsibilities for all financial aspects of the District including administration of fiscal and business affairs, long-range financial and operational planning, and budget development.

Lopez previously served for nine years as audit supervisor at Vavrinek, Trine, Day & Co., LLP, a Certified Public Accounting firm that provides audit and accounting services to institutions of higher education in California. He has served as a presenter on state program accountability and audit issues for the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting from California Baptist University, and a certificate in accounting for governmental and nonprofit organizations from the University of California, Riverside. Lopez will officially join the District as Chief Business Officer on April 30, 2012.

Foundation for the Compton Community College District Announces Newly Appointed Board Members

The Compton Community College District (CCCD) is pleased to announce the recently appointed Board of Directors for the Foundation for the Compton Community College District.

The Foundation for the Compton Community College District was established in 2009 with the mission of maintaining and expanding educational programs and services to students. Through partnerships with individuals and corporations in the surrounding areas, the Foundation provides financial support, scholarships and other needed resources to El Camino College Compton Center students. The Foundation also supports programs and services that enhance the academic environment.

The members of the Foundation Board of Directors are:

Tony Williams, Foundation President – is a senior manager of training at Southern California Edison (SCE) where he has served for 18 years. He has also held leadership positions with the following organizations: the East Los Angeles Skills Center, the UCLA Department of Engineering & Technology, USC Community Computing Center, and the Rim2Rim youth basketball program. He earned a MBA degree from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from California State University, Chico.

Sherri Franklin, Foundation Vice-President – is a principal partner of Urban Design Center and specializes in economic development. She has experience in securing grant, subsidized, and conventional funding for affordable housing and recreational and community development projects. Her work has given her the opportunity to develop long-term relationships with several nonprofit organizations including: Concerned Citizens of South Central Los Angeles, the Center for Community Change, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor.

Melia Keller, Foundation Secretary – is the President/CEO of Mid Cities Credit Union. She also volunteers with the National Youth Involvement Board to promote financial literacy. Keller honed her leadership skills while serving as a sergeant in the United States Army Reserve Special Operations Command, and received multiple commendations including the Army Commendation Medal and the Combat Action Badge. She has a master’s degree in business and is a graduate of the Western CUNA Management School.

Dennis Lord currently serves as public affairs and government relations director for the Southern California Gas Company. Lord is involved with the Port of Los Angeles development, industry competitiveness, regional air quality, economic development, and business and customer retention issues with local, state, and federal offices. He earned his MBA degree from Pepperdine University.

Rodney Murray is the dean of the Career and Technical Education, Math and Science Divisions at El Camino College Compton Center. He has taught business courses at ECC Compton Center for the past 14 years. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in human services with a specialization in Criminal Justice from Capella University. He received his MBA degree and a Bachelor’s Degree in science and business from the University of Redlands.

Paul Simpson is the founder and CEO of SageTel International, a company specializing in wireless location-based networks. He is also the co-founder and chief operating officer of Elite Skills Basketball Academy. Simpson has served on Marin Academy’s Board of Trustees for the past five years. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in business management and economics from University of California, Santa Cruz.

Ikaweba Bunting, professor of Ethnic Studies, Behavioral and Social Science Division at El Camino College Compton Center. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wales.


Student Activity Increases on Facebook

FacebookMore than two years ago, based on research and the ongoing trend in social networks, we found it necessary for ECC Compton Center to have an active social networking presence to reach prospective students and communicate with current students on a daily, and sometimes hourly, basis. In this past year, our Facebook followers have grown from 245 in June 2010 to 988 in April 2012.  If you haven’t already, please “like” our Facebook page – and get all of the latest ECC Compton Center info highlighting student success, faculty/staff news, activities and events, Tartar athletics, and other happenings at ECC Compton Center.

Black History Month Celebrated with Series of Educational Events

Black History Month 2012El Camino College Compton Center celebrated Black History Month in February with a series of events recognizing the historical contributions of African Americans in this country. Several of the events will bring black history to life with dancing, drumming and other musical elements.

Events kicked off with an encore performance by Compton native Gerald C. Rivers titled “Martin & Music.” Rivers, a professional actor and motivational speaker, portrayed Martin Luther King Jr. and was joined by Broadway vocalist Charles Holt.

Sponsored by the Office of Student Life and Associated Student Body, the Black History Month celebration at ECC Compton Center also included:

  • A traditional African dress day and “African Drum & Dance Festival” featuring the Shine Women’s Drum and Dance Troupe.
  • A lecture given by Ikaweba Bunting, ECC Compton Center political science professor and former resident of Tanzania, on “The 1960’s Struggle for Black Liberation and the Tanzanian Experience.”
  • A performance and lecture by Chester Whitmore’s Central Avenue Revue called “Roots of Rhythm,” exploring the historical elements of the traditional African dance motif often found in more contemporary African American-based dance forms, such as ragtime, tap, swing and hip hop.
  • A presentation of “The Journey: A Walk Through Time Featuring Dance Motifs of Past Eras” performed by ECC Compton Center’s Dance Ensemble. Click on photo to view photos from the month-long celebration.