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President/CEO Message

July 1, 2020

Campus Community,

Thank you to all the employees who joined me for the President/CEO Virtual Office Hours on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. It was a pleasure seeing everyone, and thank you for those who provided creative input on how we can improve Compton College. The President/CEO Message - July 1, 2020, includes COVID-19 information and other campus-related updates.

Compton College COVID-19 Update
As of June 29, 2020, there are a total of 222,917 positive cases and 5,980 deaths in California. For more information, go to www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019. Compton College continues to operate at Level Four - Severe Infection Rate, according to the Compton CCD Pandemic Outbreak - Emergency Operations Plan.

Enrollment Update
As of today, July 1, 2020, Compton College has generated 494 Full-Time Equivalent Students for summer 2020. Our fill rate is at 68%, and our seats filled is 3,639. Click here for the current summer 2020 Enrollment Snapshot.

As of today, July 1, 2020, Compton College has generated 521 Full-Time Equivalent Students for fall 2020. Our fill rate is at 17%, and our seats filled is 3,227. Click here for the current fall 2020 Enrollment Snapshot.

Essential Employees Work Schedule
The Essential Employees Work Schedule for July 6-9, 2020, is posted online here. The schedule will be updated every Thursday for the following week as employees gradually return to working on campus.

Essential Employees were provided with a "COVID-19 - Employee Return to Work Wellness Check" questionnaire as they entered campus today. The questionnaire must be completed by all Essential Employees beginning today, July 1, 2020, and collected by Human Resources. Employees only need to complete the questionnaire once.

Temperature screening began this morning for all employees on campus. Campus Police and security personnel will check the temperature of every employee as they initially enter the campus daily. Individuals who have a temperature of 100.4 or higher will be prohibited from entering campus and will be provided with information regarding the next steps, including a copy of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's COVID-19: Learn About Symptoms & What To Do If You Are Sick" flyer.

COVID-19 testing is required of all Essential Employees, and written test results must be submitted to Rachelle Sasser, Vice President of Human Resources, via email at rsasser@compton.edu by Thursday, July 30, 2020. On Tuesday, June 30, 2020, Essential Employees were emailed updated information regarding testing available through St. John's Well Child and Family Center locations, as well as testing resources available for Los Angeles County and Orange County residents. Please check your @compton.edu email.

Career and Technical Education Lab Hours
Beginning Monday, July 6, 2020, spring 2020, students who need to complete lab hours will be scheduled to come to campus based on their specific courses. Please note, Cosmetology courses are not included in this schedule of lab hours. To ensure the safety of our students, faculty, and Classified staff, these students will be required to provide COVID-19 test results by Thursday, July 30, 2020, to the College's Human Resources Department via email to klambertmartinez@compton.edu or in-person to C-38. Detailed instructions have been emailed to these students, via their @compton.edu email accounts, from Dr. Paul Flor, Dean of Student Learning.

Faculty and instructional support staff will also be required to provide written COVID-19 test results to Human Resources via email by Thursday, July 30, 2020. Faculty and staff will also be required to complete the "Wellness Check" questionnaire, one time only, upon their initial entry to the campus.

In addition to providing written COVID-19 test results, students, faculty, and instructional support, staff will follow social distancing protocol and wear a face covering at all times while on campus. These individuals will also undergo a temperature screening upon entering campus, daily.

Individual Employee Requests to Come to Campus
Employees requesting to come to campus for any length of time, must obtain approval from their manager/supervisor first, then email their request to the Chief of Police, Ramund Box, at rbox@compton.edu, a minimum of 48-hours before their arrival, for approval. In your emailed request, provide the date and time of your visit to campus as well as the location you will be accessing. You will be required to follow the social distancing protocol, which includes wearing a face covering while performing duties that involve contact with others. You will also be required to have your temperature checked upon entry to the campus.

2018-2019 Compton College Annual Fact Book
Recently we released the 2018-2019 Compton College Fact Book, which is available here. The 2018-2019 Compton College Annual Fact Book is a reference source containing trend data about students, student outcomes, and instructional programs and services. The data in the 2018-2019 Compton College Fact Book provides background information to facilitate policy analysis and decision-making. Yesterday evening, I noticed from the Fact Book that Compton College saw a 17% increase in students who received financial aid in 2018-2019 compared to previous years, with almost all of the increase attributed to the College Promise Grant. This grant is for California residents and Dream Act community college students who demonstrate financial need. The increase in the number of students receiving the College Promise Grant is significant as many more Compton College students are accessing valuable financial aid that will help them reach their educational goals. This increase will also have a positive impact on Compton College's supplemental and success funding allotment under the Student-Centered Funding Formula.

In future President/CEO Messages, I will share more information from the 2018-2019 Compton College Fact Book.

2020 Compton College Virtual Summer Band Camp
Compton College will host a Virtual Summer Band Camp July 20-30, 2020, for students from Compton, Lynwood, and Paramount Unified School Districts. The goal of the summer band camp is to connect students with other musicians within our district and to form a relationship with the Compton College Music department Faculty. Professor Harvey Estrada is leading this effort in collaboration with the high school band directors from our local partner school districts. The Strong Workforce Department provided funding for the 2020 Compton College Virtual Summer Band Camp.

California State University, Fullerton Leadership Institute for Tomorrow
Compton College is a proud participant of the Leadership Institute for Tomorrow (LIFT) Program at California State University, Fullerton. More information on the LIFT program is available here. To exert leadership through empowerment, Compton College Classified Staff were encouraged to submit a letter of interest to convey their motivation to participate in the LIFT Program. All submissions were evaluated and selected through consensus. A committee chaired by Pilar Huffman, Professional Development Manager, and compromised of Compton College LIFT alumni, forwarded their recommendations to me. We had 15 Compton College Classified Staff submit letters of interest. Please join me in celebrating the 2020-2021 LIFT Cohort for Compton College:

  1. LaVetta Johnson, Accountant, Business Services
  2. Alma Lopez, Financial Aid Coordinator, Financial Aid Department
  3. Devora Seay, Student Services Advisor, Special Resources Center
  4. Chabree Thompson, Student Services Advisor, Counseling & Guided Pathways
  5. Louis Williams, Financial Aid Coordinator, Financial Aid Department

Office 365 and Email Deactivation Policy - Student Accounts
The following policy statement goes into effect today, July 1, 2020. The policy statement has been posted online here.

Compton Community College District will deactivate Office 365 accounts, including @compton.edu emails, of students who have not enrolled in a course for a period of two consecutive primary terms (i.e., fall and spring semesters) and who are not actively enrolled in the current term. If a student's account is deactivated for this reason, the contents of their email account and any data stored in Office 365 will be permanently deleted, and access to MyCompton will be prohibited. Students will be notified two weeks before the deactivation deadlines.

Final Thoughts
Yesterday, I was asked to share updated photos on the many Compton College construction projects that are currently in progress. We will include those photos in the President/CEO Message - July 6, 2020.

Please enjoy the next couple of days with your family and friends.


Keith Curry, Ed.D.
(preferred pronouns: he/him/his)
Compton College

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