Vice President's Message
Barbara Perez

The ECC Compton Center Accreditation Steering Committee (ASC) held an Accreditation Forum on October 27. Members of the ASC presented information and an update regarding the status of the “Application for Eligibility” with the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC).

Of the 21 ACCJC Eligibility Criteria, 16 criteria are met, one is partially met, three criteria are not met, and one criterion will be met when the eligibility application filing occurs. In addition, a few additional criteria have areas of concern.

The ASC has been working since November 2010 on accreditation eligibility criteria.  A major effort was made during the spring semester by subcommittee members to address the criteria that ECC Compton Center does not meet, or only partially meets. The Student Learning and Achievement criterion is partially met and the following three criteria are not met:  Financial Resources, Financial Accountability, and Institutional Planning and Evaluation. Below is a summary of the status of each of these four criteria:

Student Learning and Achievement—Considerable progress has been made in meeting this criterion but some issues remain:

A. Need to demonstrate that course and program assessments are linked to quantifiable, verifiable improvements in student learning and achievement.

B. Need to document allocation of fiscal resources to implement course and program review recommendations to enhance student learning outcomes.

C. Expect to be at “proficiency” level on the ACCJC rubric by end of 2012 and at the “sustainable continuous quality improvement” level by 2013.

Financial Resources
—There are concerns with accounting data accuracy; support for some instructional and student support areas is insufficient; and the OPEB (Other Post-Employee Benefits) has not been funded and still has a $14 million liability.

Financial Accountability—The two most recent audits (2008-09 and 2009-10) continued to reveal significant findings in all accounting areas. The Sound Fiscal Management Self-Assessment Checklist, used by the ACCJC visiting teams, contains items a visiting team would likely not find acceptable when reviewing and assessing the Compton Community College District.

Planning and Evaluation—The Educational Master Plan (EMP) for the El Camino Compton Center has been reviewed by the various consultative groups and forwarded to El Camino College for inclusion in their EMP.  In order for the Center to meet this criterion, some issues remain:

A. Need to integrate the EMP with all processes.

B. Need to document linkages between the EMP and planning documents.

C. Need to develop a cycle of evaluation of funded allocations.

D. Need to develop evaluation tools during 2011-2012 for each of the institution’s goals and measure the progress that was made for each goal.

To read the complete Accreditation Eligibility Proposal Status Report recently provided at the ASC Public Forum, click here.

We remain dedicated to establishing an accredited institution in Compton. In the meantime, there are many good things being accomplished at ECC Compton Center and many student success stories to tell. Check out this issue of Center
to read some of those stories!

Student Success

Student Profile: Maria Rojas

Maria RojasMaria Rojas, a mother of four who had always struggled with staying in school, was a perfect candidate for El Camino College Compton Center’s First Year Experience (FYE) program. The FYE program is designed to help students be successful in their first year of college by providing a learning community that includes educational and career services.

“Before the FYE program my approach to life was that whatever is going to happen is going to happen and there’s not much you can do about it,” said Maria. Now I know that I am a creator and whatever effort I put forth matters. This next year, my goal will to be to keep up my GPA and get straight A’s.”

This new outlook represents a transformation that occurred in Maria as a result of FYE. In 1993, just a couple months shy of graduating from Narbonne High School, Maria dropped out. Years later in 2004, her coworkers at an alcohol and drug recovery treatment center where she was employed motivated her to go back to school and earn her high school diploma. It took less than a year, but after completing the process she decided to take some time off to raise her four children instead of continuing on to college. Another six years would pass before she enrolled as a student at ECC Compton Center in 2010.

Looking back on the 2010-2011 academic year, Maria says, “I became really close with all of the FYE students. We were all different ages and came from different backgrounds, but together we made such a great group. At one point, I remember wishing that all of my loved ones could have this same experience.”

One of the classes responsible for bringing the 2010-2011 FYE cohort together was Human Development 10, taught by FYE Program Director Rebeca Mason. In addition to helping the students pinpoint their likes and dislikes in order to choose a major, Rebeca emphasizes the idea that the students need to become the creators of their own destiny. Another focus of the program is to encourage the students to apply for scholarships. All of the recommendations and hard work paid off for Maria, who was the recipient of two scholarships: the Behavioral Sciences scholarship and the Robert Spieker scholarship.

Maria is looking forward to excelling in her classes this year and preparing to transfer. She would like to go to California State University Dominguez Hills, or California State University Long Beach to study history.

Five Year Report on ECC Compton Center

Five Year Report Every student is a success story at El Camino College Compton Center, and their stories are told in a new publication that provides an overview of the success of the students who have attended ECC Compton Center since fall 2006. The report, El Camino College Compton Center: Five Years of Success, marks the fifth anniversary of the partnership between the El Camino Community College District and the Compton Community College District.


Accreditation News

Accreditation Mid-Term Report

The El Camino College Mid-Term Accreditation Report was submitted to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) by the October 15 deadline. This report is required by the ACCJC in the third year following an evaluation team visit. Thank you to the Accreditation Steering Committee for their work on this report, including the leadership of co-chairs Evelyn Uyemura, Humanities Division faculty and Jean Shankweiler, dean of the Natural Sciences Division, along with Jeanie Nishime, vice president, Student and Community Advancement and accreditation liaison officer.

Accreditation Forum Held

The ECC Compton Center Accreditation Steering Committee (ASC) held an Accreditation Forum on October 27 where they presented information and an update relative to the status of the “Application for Eligibility” with the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). Of the 21 ACCJC Eligibility Criteria, 16 criteria are met, one is partially met, three criteria are not met, and one criterion will be met when application filing occurs. In addition, a few other criteria have areas of concern.

The Accreditation Eligibility Proposed Status Report, which summarizes each of the five subcommittees’ findings relative to the 21 Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges’ (ACCJC) accreditation eligibility criteria, is available online by clicking here.

Facilities News

Tree Trimming at ECC Compton Center

During the month of October, the trees along the entrance to ECC Compton Center and those along the center divider were trimmed and thinned. For safety purposes, the focus was on over-grown trees next to buildings and near roof tops, as well as trees that had a high risk of breakage in the event of wind and rain. Over-grown trees were balanced and thinned out as necessary. A second tree trimming has been scheduled for spring 2012, the details of which will be communicated prior to the work being done.

Track and Field Repair Update

TrackThe Compton Community College District’s track and field reopened on September 13 after being closed for a month in order to make much needed improvements. Tartar athletes and community members who use the track for walking, running, and jogging will appreciate a number of upgrades.

Turf maintenance and leveling were top priorities, and now that they are completed will ensure a safe playing field just in time for football season. Additionally, a repaired irrigation sprinkler system will do a more efficient job of watering. Cosmetic fixes were also made including lighting replacement and refurbishment near the restrooms, graffiti removal, and fresh coats of paint in a variety of areas. Next on the list is refurbishing the public address system.

The soccer field, immediately adjacent to the football field and walking the perimeter of the CCCD property, continue to be available as alternatives for walking, jogging and running.

Other News

ECC Compton Center Offers Robotics Class to High School Students

El Camino College Compton Center offers a Basic Robotics class where area high school students earn two semester units of college credit while nurturing their interests in science, mathematics, and engineering.

The Basic Robotics class takes place on Saturdays and consists of a lecture followed by a lab. During the course, students become familiar with the technologies used to design, build, and program robotics systems. Other related topics covered include basic electronics theory, electromechanical fabrication, micro-controller operation, machining processes, metal fabrication and careers in technology.

The purpose of the Basic Robotics class is to introduce high school students to electronics and manufacturing technology through the construction, testing and operation of functional robots. Participation in this class brings creative thinking alive and also builds important problem-solving skills. It is also hoped that this class will inspire more students to apply for college programs in mathematics, engineering, and science that will prepare them for future career opportunities in high-tech fields.

Career Advancement Academy Offers One-Year Programs for Hiring

Compton Welding ClassThrough its recently established Career Advancement Academy, ECC Compton Center is providing students with the programs and training they need for careers in industries that are currently hiring. The Career Advancement Academy at ECC Compton Center offers programs in Machine Tool Technology/Aerospace Fasteners and Welding. Enrolling in one of these programs is a proactive first step for students wanting to gain valuable, marketable skills and set themselves up for successful, new careers. To be eligible for the Career Advancement Academy programs, students must meet a few basic requirements. They must be between 18 and 30 years old, have not yet earned a college degree, and be able to work in the U.S.

The Career Advancement Academy at ECC Compton Center is part of a statewide initiative to cultivate programs that train students for jobs that actually exist in the local community. The aerospace fastener industry is centered in Southern California. Over 10,000 Southern Californians are currently employed by local aerospace fasteners, manufacturers and distributors, but many of these veteran workers are due to retire. It is anticipated that numerous local employers will be looking to hire skilled students for entry-level positions over the next five years. Students enrolled in either the Machine Tool Technology/Aerospace Fasteners or Welding programs benefit from a curriculum that combines a practical, technical education with classes designed to strengthen reading, writing, and mathematical skills.

The future of the Career Advancement Academy is strong with a funding grant from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and technical assistance from the Careers Ladders Project. This generous support gives enrolled students the opportunity to attend a variety of career skills workshops; build interpersonal skills necessary in the workplace; as well as receive industry specific sustainability and total quality management training. Books and workplace safety boots for each student are also funded through the Career Advancement Academy. One of the biggest advantages that the programs offer students is a career fair with employers looking specifically to hire Career Advancement Academy graduates.

Foster Youth Encouraged Explore the Youth Empowerment Strategies for Success (YESS) Program

YESS LogoEl Camino College Compton Center is one of nine community colleges in Los Angeles County to house The Foundation for California Community Colleges’ Youth Empowerment Strategies for Success (YESS) program. Recently, the YESS program held an orientation for foster youth ages 16-21 who are interested in academic and life-skills training that will help them successfully transition into adult life.

Participants in the 14-week program are introduced to campus and community resources, which will support their success. They are also able to earn high school and college credits, gain scholarship and financial aid information, as well as given the opportunity to land a campus job. YESS also offers interactive and hands-on training in basic life skills. Students build confidence by participating in experiential activities on housing, money management, employment counseling and exploration, job skills, daily living skills and parenting.

The short-term goal is to give foster youth the tools they need to overcome hurdles they may face at different points along their path. While the long-term goal is for participants to graduate high school, begin earning a college degree or technical certificate and become self-sufficient and gainfully employed. In Los Angeles alone, nearly 2,000 foster youth are emancipated each year. Without academic or life skills support, as many as 50 percent of them become homeless, have serious money problems, or end up incarcerated. The YESS program aims to prevent those problems by better preparing foster youth for independence. For more information click here.

News & Notes

Transfer Center Helps Students Focus on the Future

It is never too early for students to visit the Transfer Center and take advantage of its services, programs and activities. ECC Compton Center’s Transfer Center is the ultimate resource for making a smooth transition to any college or university.

Throughout the year, the Transfer Center invites students to identify and become experts in their individual transfer goals:

  • Transfer Information Workshops walk students through the transfer process, university academic programs, how to fill out applications and tips on writing a personal statement.
  • University Representatives visit ECC Compton Center regularly to answer students’ questions about admissions, majors, financial aid and more.
  • University Fairs are offered throughout the year and allow students to learn about many different schools in one convenient location.
  • University Tours are a great way to see campuses in-person and learn more in-depth information about a school. The Transfer Center offers about a dozen tours, free of charge, every year.
  • University Catalogue and Reference Library allows students to explore up-to-date information from nationwide accredited institutions on programs and admissions requirements, as well as transfer criteria.
  • Transfer Websites and Internet Resources are available to support the transfer process.
  • University Admissions Panels present requirements for admission to California State University (CSU), University of California (UC), as well as independent and private schools.
  • Counseling and Advising is always available to help students develop individual transfer plans.

Encourage each of your students to utilize the Transfer Center in Room D-29 to focus on his or her future!

Mobile Website Now Available for Students

Mobile Web AppEl Camino College Compton Center’s website has gone mobile! Now, students have a very convenient way to access the online calendar of events; financial aid and scholarship information; a virtual map; hours of operation for student services; important deadlines; transportation information; links to social media networks; as well as contact information for academic divisions and channels.

The new mobile website can be accessed through any mobile phone or tablet with internet connectivity and is very user-friendly. Research indicates that more and more college students are accessing college websites via smartphones and ECC Compton Center introduced the mobile website to accommodate that preference. The mobile site can be accessed at: