Vice President's Message
Barbara Perez

As we enter one of my favorite times of the academic year, please join in congratulating all of ECC Compton Center’s scholars, including the 285 students who have met the requirements to graduate with an associate degree; and the 85 students who have earned a certificate this semester.

Everyone is invited to the ECC Compton Center Commencement Ceremony on June 6, at 5:30 p.m. in the Tartar Stadium. We are pleased to welcome the 2013 commencement speaker Dr. Donald V. Stevenson, who has previously served as a team physician for the Tartar Athletic Program. In addition, one recent student success story comes from 2013 Presidential Scholar Mariela Castro, who was selected as this year’s student speaker for the commencement ceremony.

Student Learning Outcomes

One of the ways we ensure student success is through the assessment of Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs), which is a necessary component of institutional effectiveness. SLOs are the specific measurable results that are expected at the end of a learning experience (i.e. a course; a program of study; a degree or certificate; or set of interactions with student or library services). SLOs are measured at the course, program and institutional levels.

Over the past year, the faculty has made significant progress in assessing SLOs at both the course and program levels. This is one criterion of the 21 Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges’ (ACCJC) Accreditation Eligibility Criteria that is partially met at this time.

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In an effort to address the deficiencies, the SLO coordinator and facilitators are working closely with faculty to complete the remaining assessments. This spring, there were 15 course level and five program level assessments scheduled to take place. Combining these assessments with those scheduled last fall will increase the percent of courses assessed to 94 percent. It will be difficult to achieve 100 percent in course level assessments because several of the missing results are from courses that have not been offered over the past year.

It must also be demonstrated that ECC Compton Center is using the assessment results to bring about continuous improvement. There is now a set process for the submission, editing and finalization of SLO assessment reports, and this should help improve the consistency of the quality of information provided. SLO coordinators at both El Camino College and ECC Compton Center are currently making a determination on how best to assist faculty in this area.
While the completion of assessments is important to provide evidence that students are learning. More dialogue among faculty is critical to create a culture of improved learning based on assessment results. We must also develop a culture that fosters program-wide dialogue about student learning. While pockets of dialogue exist, it is not widespread and in order for ECC Compton Center to uphold sustainable student learning outcomes, there must documented evidence the dialogue is leading to continuous improvement. Recent division meetings have focused on the results of assessments, but more work is needed in this area.

Please take time to review this issue of Center News, which has many great stories that serve as shining examples of the quality of individuals—students, faculty and staff alike—who are the lifeblood of ECC Compton Center.

Student Success

2013 Commencement Ceremony is June 6

Dr. Donald StevensonEl Camino College Compton Center will hold its 2013 Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, June 6 at 5:30 p.m. in the Tartar Stadium. The guest speaker for the ceremony is Dr. Donald V. Stevenson, a board certified orthopaedic surgeon who previously served as a team physician for the Tartar Athletic Program.

Dr. Stevenson established his medical practice in Inglewood in 1987 after a five-year orthopaedic surgery residency at USC Medical Center and a sports medicine fellowship at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles.

A former high school and collegiate athlete, Dr. Stevenson declined a chance at playing for the NFL in favor of a medical career. The two-time Academic All-American lettered three years as a Stanford University running back while maintaining a B-plus grade point average as a pre-med student.

He graduated from the University of Southern California School of Medicine in 1981; he earned a bachelor’s degree in human services from Stanford University in 1977. During his career, he has served as chairperson of the Medical Executive Review Committee for orthopaedic surgery at Centinela Hospital, and was a volunteer physician at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and is affiliated with several local hospitals.

Dr. Stevenson is dedicated to giving back to the community through his combined interest in sports and medicine. He is often a medical resource for schools and coaches in the community. He has provided sports medicine training for community residents and coaches, and is committed to supporting at-risk youth and student-athletes.

For more information on commencement, please contact the ECC Compton Center Student Life Office at 310-900-1600, extension 2800, or visit the website at

Presidental Scholar Mariela Castro Selected as Student Speaker for 2013 Commencement Ceremony

Dr. Donald Stevenson 2013 Presidential Scholar Mariela Castro is honored to be selected as the student speaker for the 2013 commencement ceremony at El Camino College Compton Center. She is graduating with a cumulative 3.84 GPA and has been accepted to California State University, Long Beach this fall to continue her studies in business administration.

Castro, a single mother of two children, immigrated to the United States in 2005. She first enrolled at El Camino College Compton Center in 2010 with the goal of improving her English language skills. She worked full-time during the day and took advantage of the evening ESL courses offered at ECC Compton Center.

She says she has taken full advantage of the many programs and student services offered here, including financial aid, which enabled her to advance her education by pursuing an associate degree. Castro is proud she has maintained a high GPA throughout her tenure at ECC Compton Center, and credits the faculty and staff for providing guidance and the academic skills necessary to achieve her educational goals.

Through her experience at ECC Compton Center, Castro is convinced there are no limits when it comes to learning. She describes ECC Compton Center as being one of the greatest influences for change in her life. She believes the experience has helped her to be a better mother, serving as an exemplary model for her children as they set goals for themselves in the future.

Congratulations Spring 2013 Nursing Students!

El Camino College Compton Center will honor 35 students graduating with an associate of science degree in nursing at a pinning ceremony on June 4. The Nursing Pinning Ceremony is scheduled to take place at 5:00 p.m. in the ECC Compton Center gymnasium with a reception immediately following in the foyer.

The students receiving an associate degree in nursing are:

Shalita Anderson
Tristan Yves Adriatico
Anne-Marie Bialeu
Jataundalyn Brown
Ofelia Cach
Ana Cruz
Claudia Chatman
Trang Do
Greg Dellenbach
Shantrice Emmert
Monica Fajardo
Ron Fernandez
Majestic Fields
Blanca Garcia
Cyntoria Givens
Lorena Gurrola
Nina Ignacio
Nychelle Jenkins

Robyn-Michelle Johnson
Joanne Kim
Ladonia Lincome
Morgan Linson
Kim Morgan
Uchenna Nwankwo
Anne Nyaggah
Rocio Ochoa
Ma Frintiss Parilla
Jessica Paz
Afsaneh Rochlen
Robert Rodriguez
Candice Santo Domingo
Olubukola Thomas
Deborah Torres
Kaisha Washington
Karina Zapata


Scholars Honored at Annual Academic Awards Tea

Academic Awards TeaEl Camino College Compton Center’s annual Academic Awards Tea held on May 19 recognized the academic achievements of 20 honor students, two Presidential Scholars, and 23 scholarship recipients. Scholarships awarded by both ECC Compton Center and the Foundation for the Compton Community College District totaled $27,000.

Honor Students:

Honors students are those graduating with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 and higher.

Michelle Aguilar
Gilda Faye Blueford
Mariela Y. Castro
Claudia L. Chatman
Vichrin Chay
Kassandra Rafaela Cota
Beatriz Duarte
Danny Elizarraras
Kathryn Lillian Florimon
Edgar Garcia
Jacquelyn H. Glover

Charles Ronald Johnson II
Jose Jesus Lopez, Jr.
Maria Rosalina Montalvo
Carlos Ornelas
Priscilla Cecilia Rincon
Maria Rojas
Joseph Romero-Reyes
Brittany Alyse Stocker
Phoung Vo

Presidential Scholars:

Mariela Castro
Albino Celis, Jr.

Scholarship Recipients:

Maria Altamirano, Osher Scholarship
Antwoinette Baker, Athletics
Maria Barragan, Special Resource Center
Howard Burkley, Career and Technology Education
Henry Ceja, Osher Scholarship
Stacy Contreras, Osher Scholarship
Tywanna Davis, Cooperative Agencies
Resources for Education (CARE)
Raney Hadley, Osher Scholarship
Robert Hughing, Robert Spiecker Memorial Scholarship
Chivon Lane, Child Development
Derald Loadholt, Behavioral and Social Science
Justin Medrano, Osher Scholarship

Christina Morrison, Fine Arts
Michele O’Brien, Osher Scholarship
Ariana Ordiano, Osher Scholarship
Carlos Ornelas, Humanities
Edna Reyes, Osher Scholarship
Julio Reyes, Natural Sciences
Angelica Rojas, Business
Chanel Sudds, Osher Scholarship
Camry Thomas, CalWORKS
Pamudi Withanaarachchi, Nursing
Crystal Yanez, Extended Opportunity Program & Services (EOP&S)

View photos from the 2013 Academic Awards Tea here.

ECC Compton Center Announces 2013-2014 Student Council

Carlos Ornelas

2013-2014 ASB President
Carlos Ornelas

Students at El Camino College Compton Center recently elected their Associated Student Body (ASB) Officers for the 2013-2014 academic year. Through weekly meetings, which are open to all students, the elected officers coordinate student activities, determine how ASB funds will be allocated, and represent student views on important ECC Compton Center issues.

In conjunction with the Office of Student Life, several special programs are sponsored annually by the ASB including, Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, Homecoming King and Queen competitions, Academic Awards Tea, and the ASB Awards Banquet.

ECC Compton Center’s 2013-2014 elected ASB Officers are:

President: Carlos Ornelas
Secretary: Alberta Flennory-Davis
Commissioner of Clubs and Organizations: William Marquez
Commissioner of Activities: Brandon Cruz
Commissioner of Public Relations: Jesse Zamora
Commissioner of Environment: Emmanuel Mujica
Commissioner of Financial Aid: Francisco Garcia
Commissioner of Classes and Curriculum: Gabrielle Florimon

The eligibility requirements to hold an ASB office include enrollment in 10 class hours per week, a minimum GPA of 2.0 and completion of fewer than 70 units. Elections are held each spring semester.

In addition, the new student trustee for the Compton Community College District is Miguel Quintero, who was elected by the students of ECC Compton Center.

Tartar Softball Team Concludes Season with All-Conference, All-State Honors

El Camino College Compton Center finished the 2013 softball season on a strong note when two of the student-athletes were named to the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA), All-South Coast Conference Softball Team, while a third student-athlete earned Academic All-State honors.

Elizabeth Morales was named to the All-SCC Second Team while Katelynn Meredith earned an Honorable Mention spot on the All-SCC squad. In addition, Morales was awarded an athletic scholarship by Northwestern Oklahoma State University, where she will transfer in the fall 2013. Morales is the first Lady Tartar to earn a softball scholarship at a four-year university.

Antwoinette Baker earned a spot on the prestigious 2013 Academic All-State First Team. To be selected for this honor by the California Community College Fastpitch Coaches Association, a student must have completed one year of competition and have an overall GPA of at least 3.2. 

One of the highlights of the 2013 softball season for ECC Compton Center came on March 19 when the Tartars defeated highly-rated Harbor College, 13-8. The game marked ECC Compton Center’s first-ever softball win over perennial powerhouse Harbor.

Head Coach Megan Martinez finished her second season at the helm of the ECC Compton Center softball program after previously serving as assistant softball coach at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) from 2004 to 2007. 

Martinez played softball at Saint Joseph High School in Lakewood, Calif., where she was named the Student Athlete of the Year in 1999.  In that same year, she was inducted into the McDonald’s Hall of Fame as the Softball Player of the Year.

Following high school, Martinez led the Long Beach City College softball team to the State Championship in 2001 and a state runner-up finish in 2000.  Martinez is working towards a master’s degree in English at CSUDH, where she previously earned a bachelor’s degree in English. Martinez graduated cum laude from Long Beach City College with an associate degree in Liberal Arts.

Welcome New Faculty and Staff!


Elizabeth MartinezElizabeth Martinez, Director of Enrollment Services
Elizabeth Martinez most recently served as interim director of enrollment services since September 2012, and interim director of the EOP&S/CARE program in 2011-2012. She was previously the Transfer Center coordinator for six years. Prior to joining ECC Compton Center, she was a counselor at the Center for Community Counseling at California State University, San Diego (SDSU) from 2004-2005, and the co-founder of the Coachella Valley Youth Conference from 2003-2004. Martinez is currently a doctoral student at UCLA in the Educational Leadership Program. She earned a master’s degree in education, specializing in multicultural counseling, from SDSU, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from UCLA. Martinez has dedicated her career to working as a student mentor and counselor with such programs as: Wahupa Upward Bound, MAAC Community Charter School, and MEChA de UCLA’s Xinachtli Program.

Classified Staff

Ranesha Stewart, Records Specialist

Local High School Students Offered Early Registration for Fall 2013

In an effort to support enrollment and help area high school seniors get the college classes they need for the fall 2013 semester, El Camino College has a policy that gives them a head start on registering. Graduating seniors who followed the necessary steps to enroll were eligible to register on June 4, a few days before the rest of the students.

As part of the college’s campaign to alert high school seniors of this new policy, students graduating from a high school served by the Compton Community College District received postcards outlining the steps to enroll.
The campaign outlined three easy steps to apply online and enroll at ECC Compton Center:

  1. Apply Online Today! – Summer/Fall 2013 applications accepted online at (

  2. Prepare and Take Assessment Tests – Practice tests are available online at
    The Assessment/Testing Center is open Monday-Friday and the Testing Center phone number is 310-900-1600, Ext. 2830. Assessment Center hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

  3. Attend Orientation and Meet with a Counselor – Develop an Educational Plan with a counselor. Call 310-900-1600, Ext. 2076 to make an appointment.

“Through this campaign, we wanted to make sure high school seniors living within the Compton Community College District boundaries understood that if they applied by May 15, they could register early,” said Ricky Shabazz, dean of student services at ECC Compton Center.

Early registration was available to 2013 high school graduates living within the Compton Community College District including: Compton, Lynwood, Paramount and Willowbrook, as well as portions of Athens, Bellflower, Carson, Downey, Dominguez, Lakewood, North Long Beach and Southgate.

District News

Track and Football Stadium Temporarily Closed

In preparation for the annual commencement ceremony, the Compton Community College District (CCCD) temporarily closed the track and football stadium between May 30 and June 11.

While the commencement ceremony preparation is taking place, walking/running the perimeter of the CCCD property is a good alternative for those who use the facility for exercise. Signs have been posted at all entrances to the track and football field notifying the public of the temporary closure.

The 2013 Commencement Ceremony is scheduled for June 6 at 5:30 p.m.

Last year, the decision was made to move the Commencement Ceremony from the Tartar Quad to Tartar Stadium in order to accommodate a larger graduating class and their guests. The temporary closure is necessary to allow for the proper set up and post-event dismantling of the stage and seating areas. In order to ensure the proper maintenance and safety of the stadium, community members are asked to respect the temporary closure.

Please visit the Construction Web page for or up-to-date information about construction on District grounds and related road closures, as well as best parking and access information.

We apologize for any inconvenience to members of the community who regularly use the track and field. We ask for your patience during the temporary closure. For more information please contact the Office of Student Development at 310-900-1600, Ext. 2802.

Compton Community College District Conducts Public Hearing on Proposition 30 Funds

The public was invited to the Compton Community College District Board Meeting and Public Hearing on Proposition 30 Funds on May 21.

Proposition 30, known as the Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act of 2012, was passed in November 2012. This proposition temporarily raised the sales and use tax by one quarter of one percent and raised the income tax for high-income earners ($250,000 for individuals and $500,000 for couples) to provide continued funding for local school districts and community colleges.

In accordance with the Proposition 30 Education Protection Account (EPA) guidelines, the Compton Community College District has sole authority to determine how the funds received from the EPA are spent, provided that the spending determinations are made in open session of a regular public meeting. According to the same guidelines, the funds from the EPA shall not be used for administrative salaries and benefits or any other administrative costs.


CCCD Receives Improved 2011-2012 Financial Audit

The Compton Community College District (CCCD) received a substantially improved Financial Audit Report for fiscal year 2012 (year ending June 30, 2012).

The CCCD 2012 Financial Audit Report may be viewed on the District website.

Highlights of the report include:

  • The audit was completed and filed on time with the state—meeting the December 31, 2012 deadline.
  • The District ended fiscal year 2011-12 with a general fund reserve of $4.4 million, slightly above the five percent recommended minimum reserve requirement.
  • The District made significant improvements relative to the number of audit findings for fiscal year 2012—reducing the number of findings from 26 in fiscal year 2011, to 13 findings in fiscal year 2012. Of the 26 audit findings in 2011, fourteen were found to be fully implemented in 2012; eleven were noted as improved; only one was not implemented. Additionally, there were no material weaknesses noted for the fiscal year 2012 financial audit (fiscal year 2011 had ten material weaknesses).

As outlined in Education Code Section 84040(b), community college districts must provide for an annual external audit of all funds, books, and accounts of the district in accordance with regulations of the board of governors and Title 5. The audit shall be conducted by certified public accountants licensed by the California Board of Accountancy.

CCCD Special Trustee Advisory Committee Establishes 2013 Goals

The Compton Community College District (CCCD) Special Trustee Advisory Committee has established its 2013 goals; they are:

  • Participate in community activities and events, and bring observations to the committee meetings.

  • Participate in the operation of the District at Special Trustee Advisory Committee meetings through regular attendance, open dialogue, solicitation of opinions from members of the community and presentation of ideas.

  • Participate in fiscal responsibilities through the study and review of the following documents: 2011-2012 Annual Financial Audit; 2012-2013 Budget; CCCD Five-Year Budget Assumptions; CCCD Line of Credit Expenditures; and Measure CC Bond Expenditures.

  • Support the partnership with the El Camino College District by the study and review of the Partnership Agreement document; Facilities Memorandum of Understanding with El Camino College District; and Accreditation reports for the El Camino College Compton Center.

  • Participate in required Special Trustee Advisory Committee training, including ethics, online accreditation basics workshop, and the Brown Act.

More information on the role of the committee and a list of members may be found by visiting the District website.

CCCD Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee Welcomes New Member

At the Compton Community College District’s (CCCD) March Board meeting, Paul Simpson was appointed by Special Trustee Thomas Henry to serve on the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee as the Foundation for the CCCD representative. Simpson will serve a two-year term.

Simpson is currently the chief operating officer of SageTel International, LLC. He is responsible for managing projects, and developing and managing business requirements by defining project milestones and document process flow. He currently serves as the president of the Foundation for the Compton Community College District. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business management economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an Advanced Project Management Certificate from Stanford University.

Simpson joins the current seven committee members:

Martha Brown, (Chair) Community Representative
Larry Edmonds, Senior Citizens Organization Representative
L.C. Green, Jr., Taxpayer Representative
Jasmine Haynes, Student Representative
Arturo Ramos, Community Representative
Irene Shandell, Community Representative
Anthony Yanes, Business Representative

As outlined in the Education Code Section 15278, the role of the Citizens' 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." More information may be found at the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee page on the District website.


Aerospace Fastener Manufacturing Career Fair

Aerospace Fasterner Manufacturing Career Fair El Camino College Compton Center hosted a career fair for students in Aerospace Fastener Manufacturing and the Machine Tool Technology programs on May 29. The Career Fair took place from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Vocational Technology Building atrium.

A key component of the program, which provides training on all facets of the mechanical joining of two or more objects, is that students have the opportunity to meet potential employers. More than 12 industry representatives from the Industrial Fasteners Institute (IFI) participated, and students had an opportunity to apply for jobs and inquire about the training and skills required for positions at each of the participating companies.

Experienced individuals and those who are interested in working in the aerospace fastener manufacturing industry or related fields including engineering, machine tool technology, and welding were all invited to attend. The ECC Compton Center Aerospace Fastener Manufacturing program trains students in the following areas: blueprint reading, shop mathematics, conventional machining, cold heading, thread rolling, automatic turning, centerless grinding and inspection.

The career fair was driven by an industry need to fill entry-level positions. Local aerospace fastener manufacturers and distributors currently employ more than 10,000 people in Southern California. As workers in this industry retire, it is projected the aerospace fastener industry, in Southern California alone, will need to hire 200-400 skilled workers over the next few years.

To meet this demand, ECC Compton Center developed the first college-level training program for aerospace fastening in the western United States. Key players in the industry including Alcoa Fastening Systems (AFS), Johnson Gage, Inc., PB Fasteners, Shafer Machinery, Inc., California Screw Products, Bristol Industries, and Turn Corp, Inc., generously donated the necessary equipment to ECC Compton Center in support of the program.

For more information regarding the program, contact Alicia Zambrano at 310-900-1600, EXT. 2779, or

Associated Student Body Sponsors a Health Expo, Blood Drive and Family Services Fair

ECC Compton Center’s Associated Student Body (ASB) sponsored a Health Expo and Family Services Fair on May 14. The Latino 93.6 FM radio station street team was on site broadcasting throughout the event. Students and members of the community were invited to attend this complimentary event.

In conjunction with the Health Expo, there was a two-day Blood Drive sponsored by ECC Compton Center’s Associate Degree Nursing program held on May 14-15 in the Staff Lounge. Students in the nursing program are sensitive to the fact that the need for blood is constant, and in response organize annual blood drives to help ensure that a safe and stable blood supply is available for people in need.

The Student Health Expo included more than 45 fitness and health care companies and providers’ exhibits covering services such as blood pressure exams, HIV/AIDS/STD screening, cholesterol screening, vision/dental care information, mental health referrals, emergency shelter, legal aid, and career building. Attendees were able to interact with these exhibitors and learn about the various programs and services offered in support of healthy living.

Campus Calendar

June 6            7th Annual Commencement Ceremony
June 7            Inaugural Spanish Spelling Bee – 6-8 p.m. Faculty Lounge
June 12          Fee Payment Deadline (for students who register 5/31-6/12)
June 17          Summer Sessions Begin
June 19          ASB Banquet


July 4            Independence Day Holiday (campus closed)
July 25          Six-Week Summer Session Ends


August 8        Eight-Week Summer Session Ends