Vice President's Message
Barbara Perez

Following the Process to Accreditation timeline, an Accreditation Forum will be held on December 5 at 1:00 p.m. in the ECC Compton Center Student Lounge. At this forum, members of the Accreditation Steering Committee (ASC) and accreditation eligibility subcommittee representatives will provide an update on the status of progress and readiness for El Camino College to apply for accreditation eligibility for ECC Compton Center. The ASC encourages students, faculty, classified staff and management to attend. Later in December, an updated draft of the eligibility narrative document will be available.

The first phase of the process to accreditation is the extensive preparation of an eligibility application and supporting documentation for submission to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), which is the phase currently in progress.

The ASC and its five subcommittees which includes faculty, staff and students, have worked diligently since November 2010 to review, assess and respond to the various Eligibility Criteria. Currently, of the 21 ACCJC Eligibility Criteria: 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 remaining three (Financial Resources, Financial Accountability, and Institutional Planning and Evaluation) are in progress.

ECC Compton Center’s program reviews and Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) are not yet at a sustainable level, although significant progress has been made to address these criteria especially in the area of SLOs. Additionally, the Compton Community College District (CCCD) financial audit for the year ending June 2012 showed improvements in several critical areas. However, there are remaining key items that must be addressed before applying for accreditation eligibility.

An updated “Process to Accreditation” document, providing an overview of the actions required for the Compton Center to progress toward accreditation eligibility, and additional accreditation related information will be available at the December 5 forum and on the on the ECC Compton Center website.

Student Success

Spring Semester 2014 Begins January 18

El Camino College Compton Center’s spring semester will begin January 18, 2014 for Saturday classes, and Tuesday, January 21 for weekday classes. The spring semester will conclude with Commencement on Thursday, May 15. Since the start of spring semester has been moved up, an additional summer session is being offered in 2014 in lieu of the winter session. There will be two back-to-back six-week sessions and one eight-week session offered during summer 2014.

The revised start of the spring semester also impacts final grade submission for the fall 2013 semester. In order to assist students to prepare for the spring semester, final grades must be submitted for fall 2013 by 4:30 p.m. Friday, December 20. Faculty members have seven days from the last day of instruction in all courses (including second eight week) to submit grades. The earlier deadline allows students to plan in advance for spring 2014 classes. With grades available online earlier, students will be able to petition grades, if necessary, apply for graduation, and maintain their financial aid for the spring 2014 semester. For questions regarding final grade submission please contact Angela Boyer ext. 2043.

Important calendar dates for Spring/Summer 2014:

Friday, November 1                 Online application opens for summer/fall 2014
Tuesday, November 19            Continuing student registration begins
Wednesday, December 11        New and returning student registration begins
Friday, December 20               Final Grades must be submitted for fall 2013
Thursday, January 16              Spring Flex Day
Saturday, January 18               First day of semester for Saturday classes
Monday, January 20                Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Tuesday, January 21                First day of semester for weekday classes
Thursday, May 15                   CEC Commencement
Friday, May 16                        ECC Commencement/Last day of spring semester
Wednesday, May 21                First six-week summer session begins
Monday, June 16                     Eight-week summer session begins       
Monday, July 7                       Second six-week summer session begins         

Student Access – Classes Added

Classes AddedAdditional classes have been added to Spring 2014. The added sections afford students the ability to get the classes they need to earn a degree/certificate or transfer to a four-year university. Beginning this academic year, additional funding from the passage of Proposition 30 helped provide monies to add the classes, including high-demand transfer courses in English, math, and the sciences. ECC Compton Center added hundreds of classes across all divisions this past summer and current fall semester.

 

ECC Compton Center Scholarship Program

Classes AddedStudents are encouraged to apply for scholarships by the December 6 deadline. It is likely that faculty members are receiving requests from students for a letter of recommendation. Please remember the email will come from scholarship@elcamino.edu and may end up in a spam folder, so please check any “spam” and/ or “junk email” folders periodically. The online scholarship application includes a function where faculty can write and submit letters of recommendation online.

Students with a 2.0 grade point average or better who have completed, or will be in the process of completing, a minimum of six graded credit units at ECC Compton Center are encouraged to apply. Scholarships range from $500 to $5,000 and may be used to help pay for tuition, books and fees. Students may apply online via MyECC.

Learning Resource Center Offers Student Study Support

LRCThe El Camino College Compton Center Learning Resource Center’s (LRC) No. 1 mission is to support student success, retention and graduation by serving as a hub for tutoring and academic support programs. The LRC is a set of programs and services that provide users with a wide range of academic learning materials and services. It is designed to creatively merge access to traditional library services with media and instructional support.

In the last year, with the help of a new LRC instructional specialist and input from students, faculty and staff, many enhancements have been implemented at the Learning Resource Center focusing on collaborative, group-oriented learning. The LRC also established a successful new Math/Science drop-in tutoring center, peer tutoring, and a Supplemental Instruction (SI) program, which offers learning assistance for difficult courses.

“We want all ECC Compton Center students to know the LRC is here to help them with all of their studying, class preparation and tutoring needs,” said Albert Jimenez, LRC instructional specialist at ECC Compton Center. Jimenez joined the faculty in fall 2012 and is credited with facilitating the improvements to the LRC’s programs and services.

When asked about his advice to students, Jimenez emphasized that the LRC exists to help them succeed. “Don’t wait until you get a poor grade, or are struggling with a concept, or get your first essay back and it’s not graded as you anticipated,” Jimenez said. “Make the LRC a place where you regularly come to study, because it is free and we are here to support your efforts.”

Early on, Jimenez accomplished his mission of recruiting 10 new SI coaches. “Students are often less intimidated working with peers than being tutored by faculty members,” said Jimenez. “We have worked hard to ensure the tutoring mirrors class instruction, teaching philosophy, and curriculum.”

The LRC is located in Room G-39. Current hours of operation are Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For more information about the services offered at the Learning Resource Center, please call (310) 900-1600, Ext. 2535.

District News

Ribbon Cuttings Scheduled

As some of the dust begins to settle for some of the major construction projects at the Compton Community College District, we are excited to announce upcoming openings and ribbon cuttings.

The ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Central Plant will be held on Tuesday, December 17 at 3:00 p.m. prior to the Board meeting. As part of the Phase 1 Infrastructure project funded by state capital outlay monies, the new central plant will supply cooling for buildings (excluding the row buildings) throughout the District grounds. This energy efficient approach will improve reliability and reduce the energy costs for the District.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will also be held December 17 to mark the completion of the main road linking the campus to Artesia Boulevard and Greenleaf.

OTHER NEWS

Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill

On October 17, 2013 at 10:17 a.m., ECC Compton Center students, faculty and staff participated in the annual Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill for the fifth consecutive year. This is one of the largest earthquake drills in the United States and is designed to educate the public on how to protect themselves during an earthquake. More than 8.7 million Californians participated this year.

The El Camino College Police Department helped coordinate this event at ECC Compton Center. On the morning of October 17, an alert rang out and those who are inside stayed indoors, while those who are outside were instructed to remain outdoors. Everyone then practiced how to Drop to the ground, Take Cover under a sturdy object, and Hold On as if a major earthquake were happening.

In addition, ECC Compton Center executed its evacuation plan. Upon notice, participants were led outside to designated assembly areas where an emergency responder provided further directions. Participants were instructed to remain in the designated areas until given notice to return to the buildings.

A major earthquake in California could cause unprecedented devastation, but learning quake-safe actions can save lives and ensure that an earthquake does not become a catastrophe. The Great ShakeOut began in 2008 in Southern California as an effort by scientists and emergency managers to inform the public about earthquake preparedness. It has since spread across North America and is coordinated by the Earthquake County Alliance.

General information about the event and helpful earthquake safety resources are available at www.ShakeOut.org.


Campus Calendar

November
November 26         “A Taste of Thanksgiving” 1:00 p.m., Staff Lounge
Nov. 28 – Dec. 1    Thanksgiving Holiday (campus closed)

December
December 6           Student scholarship applications due
December 11         New and returning student registration begins
December 13         Last day of fall semester
December 17         Ribbon cutting ceremony for the Central Plant and opening of Main North/South Road
Dec. 24 – Jan. 1    Winter Holiday break (campus closed)

January
January 16            Spring Flex Day
January 18            First day of semester for Saturday classes
January 20            Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
January 21            First day of semester for weekday classes