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Message from the PRESIDENT/CEO

May 18, 2020

Campus Community,

Another long day, however, it was a very productive day. The following President/CEO Message - May 18, 2020, includes COVID-19 information and other campus-related updates.

Compton College COVID-19 Update - May 18, 2020
As of May 17, 2020, there are a total of 80,430 positive cases and 3,302 deaths in California. For more information, go to www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019. Compton College remains operating at Level Four - Severe Infection Rate, according to the Compton CCD Pandemic Outbreak - Emergency Operations Plan.

Employee Requests to Come to Campus
Employees requesting to come to campus for any length of time, must obtain approval from their manager/director first, then email their request to the Chief of Police, Ramund Box, at rbox@compton.edu, a minimum of 24-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, as mentioned above.

Compton Community College District 2020-2021 Budget
In my President/CEO Message - May 15, 2020, I provided additional information on the Governor's May Revision Budget Proposal. I mentioned we would be revising the 2020-2021 Compton Community College District Tentative Budget Assumptions, and presenting those assumptions at the next Planning and Budget Committee meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at 1:00 p.m.  I know many individuals are concerned about the budget and the impact the proposed reductions will have on Compton CCD. There will be reductions; however, at this moment, we are gathering information before making a recommendation on the next steps. This week, we will begin exploring reductions in student workers, provisional employees, and contracts for the 2020-2021 year.

We have implemented a spending freeze for the remainder of the 2019-2020 fiscal year. All proposed expenditures will need to be approved by the President/CEO Cabinet. Requests should be presented at Cabinet by the delegated vice president who has fiscal oversight of the area.

Classified Professional Development Day
The spring 2020 Classified Professional Development Day, initially scheduled for Friday, May 15, 2020, has been rescheduled to Thursday, June 4, 2020, via Zoom. In the coming week, Classified staff will receive an update on Classified Professional Development Day from the Human Resources Department.

Compton College Virtual Tartar Talks
I will host a virtual Tartar Talks on Tomorrow, May 19, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom. During the virtual Tartar Talks, we will provide campuswide updates, including an update on Governor Newsom's May Revise, the 2020-2021 Compton Community College District Budget, Accreditation, and on COVID-19. The virtual Tartar Talk Zoom meeting information is available here.

Compton Community College District Board of Trustees Meeting
The next meeting of the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees is scheduled for Tomorrow, May 19, 2020, 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 Board of Trustees meeting is available here.

Final Thoughts
Over the past couple of days, I have been thinking about our dual enrollment program (i.e., Early College High School, AB 288 Agreement, and the Afternoon College Program). Even during these critical budget times, we have to stay committed to the dual enrollment programs with our local K-12 districts. I recall what happened in 2011 to many community colleges, where many colleges reduced courses and services at their local high schools during the recession. Even during these times, we must remain committed to our dual enrollment programs and assisting our local high school students in preparing for college and beyond.


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

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