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President/CEO Message

July 20, 2020

Campus Community,

Another day, and once again, I was extremely busy with Zoom meetings. Since we transitioned to telecommuting, I have been unsuccessful in trying to limit the number of Zoom meetings. One day I will be able to limit my participation to five Zoom meetings a day. Tomorrow is another day, and I will try to limit myself and the number of Zoom meetings.

Last week, I was informed about some rumors on campus regarding my health condition. I want to put an end to some of those rumors and share my current health condition. On Wednesday, June 3, 2020, I was diagnosed with a Deep Vein Thrombosis in my left calf and experienced a Pulmonary Embolism in my right and left lungs. My doctors and Kamilo Ali Curry are closely monitoring my health condition daily. It was a scary experience. However, my family and I are doing well. I am glad to be back at work, and although everyone is saying "Dr. Curry, please slow down," it is tough for me to slow down. I genuinely believe in the transformative work we are doing from the implementation of Guided Pathways, participating in Achieving the Dream, and the completion of our current construction projects.

The President/CEO Message - July 20, 2020, includes COVID-19 information and other campus-related updates.

Compton College COVID-19 Update
On Monday, July 20, 2020, California reported 6,846 new cases of COVID-19. The state now has a total of 391,538 positive cases. There have been a total of 7,694 deaths in the state. 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.

Eventual Return to Campus Plan
Last week, the Pandemic Coordinators worked on the draft "Eventual Return to Campus" plan, which outlines the current phase of operations as employees gradually return to working on campus. The draft plan will be discussed at the Compton CCD Board of Trustees meeting, scheduled for tomorrow, July 21, 2020. Furthermore, the draft plan will be addressed in the Health, Safety, and Parking Committee meeting on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. The draft "Eventual Return to Campus" plan is available here, and if you have any feedback on the draft plan, please forward your feedback via email to klambertmartinez@compton.edu by Thursday, July 30, 2020.

July 30, 2020, Open Pandemic Coordinator Meeting
We would like you to join the Pandemic Coordinators on Thursday, July 30, 2020, at 3:30 p.m. to discuss the draft "Eventual Return to Campus" plan. If you are interested in participating in the meeting, please email Heather Parnock, Director of Community Relations, at hparnock@compton.edu to receive the Zoom meeting information. The Open Pandemic Coordinator Meeting discussion will focus on the draft plan.

Compton CCD Receives Federal Emergency Management Agency Supplies
Compton CCD has received the first of four shipments of personal protective equipment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as part of Region 9's resources, which includes California. The delivery included 200 face shields and 24,000 non-medical cloth face coverings. FEMA, under the direction of the White House Task Force, has led the whole-of-America response to the COVID-19 pandemic for the past several weeks, billions of essential resources and protective equipment have been delivered throughout the nation.

Enrollment Update
As of today, July 20, 2020, Compton College has generated 666 Full-Time Equivalent Students for fall 2020. Our fill rate is at 22%, and our seats filled is 4,207. Click here for the current fall 2020 Enrollment Snapshot. Please encourage students and prospective students to enroll in the fall 2020 classes.

Student Communications
Students received an email today, July 20, 2020, from Vice President of Student Services, Elizabeth Martinez, extending an invitation to the upcoming "Race Matters" workshops, presented by the Office of Student Development. The email includes the Zoom meeting information. The workshops are also posted on the Online Calendar of Events.

All emails to students are available online on the Student Information and Communications webpage.

Compton College Comprehensive Action Plam
In the President/CEO Message - June 22, 2020, and the President/CEO Message - July 16, 2020, I mentioned the development of the Comprehensive Action Plan for all the Compton College planning documents, including the Compton College 2024 Comprehensive Master Plan, the Human Resources Staffing Plan, the Technology Plan, the Accreditation Action Plans, the Distance Education IEPI Plan, the Integrated Planning IEPI Plan, and the Equity Plan. The Compton College Comprehensive Action Plan is a common framework for us and Institutional Standing Committees to track progress toward the action items outlined in the above Compton College planning documents.

The Compton College Comprehensive Action Plan is available here. Please note, we will be providing regular updates to the Compton CCD Board of Trustees on their assigned action items at the September 8, 2020, December 8, 2020, March 2021, and June 2021 Board of Trustees meetings. When you have a moment, please review the Compton College Comprehensive Action Plan, and forward any feedback or comments to Lauren Sosenko, Director of Institutional Effectiveness, at lsosenko@compton.edu. Special Thanks to Lauren Sosenko for developing the Compton College Comprehensive Action Plan document.

Compton College Nursing Program
Over the past year, the Nursing Department has implemented several strategies to improve and sustain the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) pass rates.  I am proud to announce that a total of 31 first-time test candidates took the NCLEX during the 2019-2020 year. Out of the 31, only two candidates did not pass the NCLEX test. The Compton College NCLEX pass rate for the 2019-2020 year was 93.55 percent. Last year, the Board of Registered Nursing had concerns with the Compton College Nursing Program due to the NCLEX pass rate for the first-time test candidates in the fourth quarter (April 2019 - June 2019) was only 63.64 percent. This is a remarkable achievement, and I want to thank the Compton College nursing faculty and the Associate Dean of Nursing, Dr. Shirley Thomas, for all their hard work and continued support of our nursing students.

Compton Community College District Board of Trustees Meeting
The next meeting of the Compton CCD Board of Trustees is scheduled for tomorrow, July 21, 2020. The closed session begins at 4:00 p.m., with open session commencing at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom. Information on how to access the Compton CCD Board of Trustees meeting is available here.

Final Thoughts
On Saturday, August 1, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the African American Male Education Network Development (A2MEND) organization will be moderating a nationwide discussion across racial lines to discuss anti-blackness and its various impacts on US society. New York Times- Best Selling Authors and renowned scholars Dr. Ibram X. Kendi (How to be an Anti-Racist), Tim Wise (Dear White America) and Dr. Marc Lamont Hill (The Classroom and the Cell) will present on challenges and solutions to equip educators with the knowledge to ensure that Black lives more than matter on their respective campuses. Compton CCD will provide financial support for ten faculty, ten Classified staff members, and ten managers/administrators, who are interested in participating in this national discussion. If you are interested in participating, please contact Pilar Huffman, Professional Development Manager at phuffman@compton.edu. This is a first-come and first-serve opportunity, so please contact Pilar Huffman as soon as possible to RSVP for this national discussion.


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

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