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Message from the PRESIDENT/CEO

October 2019

Midterm classes began this past Saturday, October 19. It seems like it was yesterday when the fall 2019 semester began at Compton College. Once again, I would like to thank everyone for all their hard work to ensure we had a great start to the semester as Compton College under the authority of Compton Community College  District.

Upcoming events include the annual Transfer Fair on October 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Tartar Quad. This event is free and open to the public. More than 35 schools are participating including UC, CSU and independent and private colleges and universities - UCLA, USC, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, CSU Dominguez Hills, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, and more, will be in attendance!


College Futures Foundation Grant for Compton College 2024 Planning
The Compton College 2024 Planning Grant reflects the vision and mission of Compton College going forward. The Compton College 2024 Planning Grant supports the Tartar Completion by Design efforts by strengthening, scaling, and studying Compton Colleges' student-centric practices, leadership coordination, and capacity efforts. The Compton College 2024 Planning Grant also describes how Compton College will research and evaluate these respective efforts to improve and inform the field. This grant will support programmatic, systemic, and sustainable changes so that Compton College students can complete their credential of economic value promptly, transfer to a four-year institution, and become gainfully employed.

The College Futures Foundation awarded Compton College $131,000 for the planning phase of the Compton College 2024 Planning Grant. The first phase of the Compton College 2024 Planning Grant is due to the College Futures Foundation by October 31, 2019. The first phase of the Compton College 2024 Planning Grant includes the following components:

  1.  Guided Pathways Implementation
    1. Dual Enrollment
    2. Tartar Success Teams
    3. Opt-Out Scheduling
    4. Program Mapping (CSU System - ADT Alignment)
    5. Workforce Development
  2. Faculty/Staff Diversity
    1. Compton College Faculty Preparation Academy
  3. Institutional Research and Evaluation

The Compton College 2024 Planning Grant included meetings with Compton College Classified Professionals, Faculty, and Administrators. There were other stakeholders that were invited to partner with Compton College, which include the following: University of California, Davis, the University of Southern California Race and Equity Center, the University of Southern California Center for Urban Education, the California State University Office of the Chancellor, and the Research and Planning Group.

Cosmetology Program at Paramount Adult School
Compton College is building on its partnership with Paramount Unified School District (PUSD) to create a better community with teamwork, partnerships, and collaboration. The following are the projects in progress:

Cosmetology Program at Paramount Adult School (PAS)
Compton College has initiated a career preparation program at PAS, offering two courses, Introduction to Cosmetology 104 and 105, with plans to expand to manicure and esthetician courses in the future. The objective is to provide high-demand training to residents who, after completing the first-year pathway, will transfer to Compton College to finish a Certificate of Achievement, preparing them to take the State Board of Cosmetology examination. This offers students the prospect of enrolling in general education courses in pursuit of a degree and/or preparation for transfer.

The growth of the Cosmetology program at PAS has initiated the renewal of Compton College's MOU with PUSD to extend the terms of our facilities lease, the renovation of two classrooms and a dispensary room, and the purchase of new equipment. A total of 18 customized salon stations have been ordered using Strong Workforce funds. PUSD is collaborating by upgrading the electrical capacity to support the simultaneous use of dryers, curling irons, and other equipment. PUSD has agreed to utilize their facilities resources to improve the heating, air conditioning, and ventilation to ensure chemicals and fumes do not compromise the air quality in the two classrooms. PUSD will also install new flooring and additional plumbing. The cost of all renovations will be covered with funding from the Tri-City Adult Education Consortium, for which PUSD is the fiscal agent.

Professional Development between Adult Education & Compton College Instructors
To support PAS' student transition to college courses, early discussions are underway to address gaps in English skills. Compton College recently hired Brittany Olayele, a new faculty member with expertise in developing non-credit vocational ESL curriculum. Ms. Olayele may potentially team with Paramount faculty on professional development activities to integrate cosmetology terminology into adult ESL lessons for students with limited English proficiency before they transition to advanced cosmetology courses taught at Compton College. The result will be extra learning opportunities for the community of Compton Community College District Trustee Area 4, leading to expanded student enrollment for both PAS and Compton College.

Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
To bridge adult education and higher education, Compton College plans to offer a series of IGETC courses at Paramount Adult School for prospective students who wish to satisfy the lower-division breadth/general education requirements for transfer to both the University of California and the California State University systems. Students from PUSD will be able to get started on one or more of the five IGETC Areas: English Communication, mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning, arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, physical and biological sciences, and languages.

Athletic Program Update
The Compton College Athletics program is in full swing with fall and winter sports and has already begun the process of preparing for spring 2020. New developments are taking place for Compton College Athletics as continued efforts are being made to improve student-athlete recruitment, equity, success, and overall experience. Here are some key highlights:

  • Increased the number of student-athletes in fall sports by 43.8% since fall 2018.
  • Increased the Football roster by 47.2% since fall 2018.
  • Men's and Women's Cross Country has competed in five meets this fall thus far, the first season since 2014.
  • 98 student-athletes have received free physicals from the Student Health Center since July 2019.
  • Men's and Women's Track and Field is set to return in spring 2020.
  • Established a Student-Athlete Leadership Team to receive student input on department decision-making.
  • Student-Athlete Workshops will begin in spring 2020 to better prepare student-athletes for the next level of intercollegiate athletics and provide professional development opportunities.
  • A Full-Time Guided Pathways Counselor has been assigned for student-athletes.
  • The end-of-the-year Athletics Banquet is scheduled for 6 p.m. on May 21, 2020.

Visit the Compton College Tartars Athletic website at www.comptontartars.com for all of the most up-to-date information, sports schedules, photos, and scores.

2020-2021 Oliver W. Conner College Promise Program Recruitment
The Oliver W. Conner College Promise Program is designed to remove economic barriers to education for graduating Compton, Lynwood, and Paramount unified school district seniors by promoting college access, making college more affordable, and increasing college enrollment, persistence and completion. Students who enroll in the Oliver W. Conner College Promise program for 2020-2021 will have their enrollment fees waived during their first two years of attendance at Compton College.

To streamline the enrollment process for students, the Oliver W. Conner College Promise application will be available online on November 1, 2019, the same date the Compton College admissions application opens for fall 2020. The Office of Outreach and School Relations is working with the administration from the thirteen eligible high school sites to tailor recruitment activities, such as class presentations, assemblies, referrals, and/or workshops, to meet the needs of each high school.

Eligible High Schools

  1. Buena Vista High School
  2. Centennial High School
  3. Cesar Chavez High School
  4. Compton High School
  5. Dominguez High School
  6. Early College High School
  7. Lynwood High School
  8. Marco Antonio Firebaugh High School
  9. Odyssey STEM Academy
  10. Pathway Independent Study
  11. Paramount High School
  12. Thurgood Marshall High School
  13. Vista High School

Prospective Compton College Oliver W. Conner Promise program students will be encouraged to complete the steps to enrollment by Thursday, April 30, 2020.

Enrollment Planning
At the October 15, 2019, Board meeting, I made a presentation on Compton College's Enrollment Planning, including the College's Five-Year Enrollment Projection and the course section offerings for the upcoming winter 2020 and spring 2020 terms. Enrollment efforts for 2019-2024 will focus on our Strategic Initiatives, which are aligned with the California Community Colleges Vision for Success goals. Compton College's strategic initiatives, objectives, and key action steps, which are included in the Compton College 2024, Comprehensive Master Plan will serve as the blueprint for all planning and guide the College's operations as we implement Tartar Completion by Design. Our focus will be on the students' experience, and we will organize strategies and measurable outcomes around students' connection, entry, progress, completion, and transition to employment or transfer to a four-year institution.

Compton College Scholarship Program Timeline
In November 2019, we will go live with Compton College's own 2019-2020 Scholarship Manager Program. At that time, we will be asking for faculty volunteers to sit on the review committee. The plan is to have a total of 15 faculty members on the scholarship review committee.

Beginning in November 2019, we will advertise on all social media platforms and around campus that the scholarship application is officially open. The applications will be accepted from November 2019 through December 2019.

In January 2020, the application review process will commence and be completed by February 2020. All the scholarship recipients will be selected and notified by April 2020.

Financial Aid Update
The Financial Aid Office had it's very first disbursement as Compton College and students started to receive their money as of Friday, September 20, 2019. The Financial Aid Office will continue to disburse every Friday throughout the semester.

  • The Compton College Financial Aid Office has disbursed 1,893 California College Promise Grants (CCCPG) in the amount of $3,056,976.00 for the fall 2019 semester.
  • A total of $858,034.00 in Federal Pell Grants was disbursed to 804 students to date. The second half of the students' Pell Grants will be disbursed on November 8, 2019 and will be around the same amount of $858,034.00 as the disbursement is split into two halves.
  • In addition, campus-based aid called Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG) was disbursed to 299 students in the amount of $87,713.00. This grant is issued based on an algorithm built into the Banner system. It awards students based upon who completes their file first, are enrolled in at least six units and have a zero Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

The Financial Aid Office received its Federal Work Study allocation and has started awarding and placing students in on-campus jobs. The Financial Aid Office is taking applications for Direct Student Loans and hosted the first Loan Orientation with 22 students in attendance

Compton College was approved to offer state financial aid the week of Oct. 7, 2019 and the Financial Aid Office is in the process of setting up all the appropriate accounts to be able to start offering all state aid such as Dream Act, Cal Grant, and the Student Success Completion Grant.

Diversity of Campus Community
At the September 10, 2019 Compton Community College District Board of Trustees Meeting, I was asked during public comment about the diversity of the District’s employees. The concern was that Compton College and Compton Community College District is not hiring African-Americans and particularly African-American males. I have provided a response to the community member who asked the questions. However, I would like to share with the campus community information regarding the gender and ethnicity of our employees, students and the communities we serve.

Compton College's population of students, faculty and staff reflects the diversity of the residents that live within the Compton Community College District (CCCD) service area, which encompasses 12 cities including the communities of Compton, Lynwood, Paramount and Willowbrook, as well as portions of Athens, Bellflower, Carson, Downey, Dominguez, Lakewood, Long Beach, and South Gate.

While the current employees of the Compton Community College District closely mirror the same population, Compton College has an Equal Employment Opportunity Plan and is working with the University of Southern California Center for Urban Education to review our hiring process and procedures during the 2019-2020 year. In addition, the CCCD Board of Trustees approved the hiring of a Director of Diversity, Compliance and Title IX at its September 10, 2019 Board meeting. This is a new position and the first-ever in the history of Compton College. As the president of Compton College, I would like to publicly provide information and official data regarding the gender and ethnicity of the District's employees, students and the communities served by the Compton Community College District.

The following is an overview of the population (employees and students) at Compton College by gender:

  • The majority of new hires this year have been female.
  • In 2017-2018, 53 percent of the Compton College workforce was female. Fall 2017 marks the first decrease among female employees and the largest increase among male employees during a five-year period.
  • Compton College has a proportionally larger female student population. In 2017-2018, 63 percent of the students were female, while 37 percent were male.
  • The population in the service area of the Compton Community College District is 52 percent female and 47 percent male, according to the 2010 U.S. Census.
  • On average, the CCCD Board of Trustee Areas' enrollment numbers are 65 percent female and 35 percent male.
  • Statewide, the majority of California residents, 54 percent, are female versus 45 percent male. Based on this data, the number of male new hires, 51 percent so far this year, is greater in comparison to Compton College student and District populations.

Concerning the ethnicity of the Compton Community College District and Compton College employees, the majority of new hires this year are African American.

  • Nearly half of the District's new employees, 21 of the 49, are African American; 19 are Latinx.
  • The 2017-2018 Compton College student population was 25 percent African American, while the majority of students, 60 percent, were Latinx.
  • The District's service area population of an estimated 320,280 residents is also predominately Latinx; only 22 percent were recorded as African American according to the 2010 U.S. Census.
  • The CCCD Board of Trustee Areas' enrollment numbers are almost identical in ethnicity, with only 20 percent of the five areas' enrolled students being African American, and the majority, more than 75 percent, being Latinx.
  • Statewide demographics show 46 percent of California residents are Latinx, and only six percent are African American.

Compton College anticipates hiring additional faculty, classified employees, and administrators by the end of this year, which creates an opportunity to actively recruit and create a diverse faculty applicant pool for open positions. Employment opportunities are announced on the Compton Community College District's Human Resources' webpage: www.compton.edu/district/administration/human-resources.

Compton College will host its second annual on-campus job fair on March 14, 2020. Faculty and staff diversity is a high priority for the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees who remains committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone in the campus community. This includes employees, who are vital to student learning and success at Compton College, where Every Student is a Success Story!

2020-2021 Planning and Budget
The CCCD Board of Trustees approved Board Policy 6200 - Budget Preparation at the July 16, 2019, Board Meeting. Budget development shall include the annual budget, which supports the District's master and educational plans and will address long-term goals and commitments. Annual prioritized planning requests will also be included, as a result of the college-wide planning process. Administrative Regulation 6200 -  Budget Calendar provides the schedule of activities and responsible parties for the preparation of the Budget.

When you have a moment, please review the Annual Planning at Compton College, which is a Report on Planning Cycle for 2019-2020 Academic Year with  Prioritized Funding Recommendations. Please note, we are in the process of allocating $142,000 for instructional equipment and $495,000 from lottery funds for the 2019-2020 year.

President/CEO "Open Hour"
As always, I welcome you to visit my office during my regular "Open Hour" on Tuesdays from 2-4 p.m.

Quarterly Tartar Talks
Campuswide quarterly updates will continue to be held on the fourth Tuesday of the designated month from 1-2 p.m. in the Little Theater.

Tartar Talks Spring 2019-2020 Schedule:
November 19, 2019
February 25, 2020
April 21, 2020

This is an important time of change and growth at Compton College! Let's continue our collective efforts to support every students' success story.

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