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Message from the PRESIDENT/CEO

May 20, 2020

Campus Community,

How many Zoom meetings can we have in one day? Hopefully, you can take a break to read the President/CEO Message - May 20, 2020, which includes COVID-19 information and other campus-related updates.

Compton College COVID-19 Update - May 20, 2020
As of May 19, 2020, there are a total of 84,057 positive cases and 3,436 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.

Student Communications
On May 19, 2020, students were sent Summer 2020 registration and schedule information via their @compton.edu email. Students also received an invitation to the Thursday, May 28, 2020, Virtual Student Forum from me. All student emails are available online on the Spring 2020/COVID-19-Related Student Information webpage.

Summer 2020
Registration for summer 2020 begins on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, and the summer 2020 Class Schedule PDF is available here. District residents will begin receiving the printed class schedule beginning June 5, 2020, in their mailboxes. As noted in the May 15, 2020 - President/CEO Message,  alternative academic instruction will continue through the summer 2020 term.

2020 Compton College Commencement Ceremony
The virtual 2020 Compton College Commencement Ceremony, including keynote speeches, specials guests, and 5-10 second videos or photos from each graduate, will be published online at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 12, 2020. Verified graduates have been provided additional information via their @compton.edu email. All verified graduates will receive a commencement program, Class of 2020 tassel, and diploma cover before the June 12, 2020, virtual commencement ceremony. Class of 2020 lawn signs will also be made available to verified graduates for pick-up on campus the first week of June. Details will be posted on the commencement webpage.

Compton College Virtual Tartar Talks
The PowerPoint presentation from the May 19, 2020, Tartar Talks is available online here. Over 200 Compton College employees, students, and even a parent logged into the virtual meeting. The next Tartar Talks is scheduled for Tuesday, September 22, 2020.

May 21, 2020, Open Pandemic Coordinator Meeting
We would like you to join the Pandemic Coordinators on Thursday, May 21, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to discuss the "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 discussion will focus on the necessary preparation and considerations for a safe reopening of the College.

Final Thoughts
In the coming weeks, the California Community College Athletics Association, of which I serve as chair of the Board of Directors, will meet to discuss fall student athletic competition. Not a day goes by, that I am not receiving an email or telephone call about California community college athletics. Many community college CEOs want a decision made as soon as possible so they can plan for the fall semester. As I contemplate this critical decision, I think about the ripple effect of every decision we make as educational leaders. During these times, we need to think through decisions and request creative input since many decisions could have unintended consequences.

In the coming days, after considering all your valuable input, we will announce the Compton College plan for fall 2020.


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

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