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President/CEO Message

September 21, 2020

Campus Community,

This weekend, I spent a considerable amount of time reading the Lumina Foundation Strategic Plan. As mentioned in my President/CEO Message - September 17, 2020, the strategic plan is now available online and available here. The Lumina Foundation Strategic Plan states that the Lumina Foundation will be organized to achieve the following outcomes by 2025:

  1. More adults will earn initial credentials after high school through short-term and innovative programs at community colleges
  2. More adults will complete associate degrees.
  3. More adults will complete bachelor's degrees.

Many of our recommendations/activities associated with Compton College 2024 clearly align with the Lumina Foundation Strategic Plan. However, we need to follow-up with former Compton College students who were previously enrolled in the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 years and have yet to complete their program of study. I am particularly interested in the Career and Technical Education(CTE) students who have completed fewer than nine units in their specific program of study, and how we can encourage them to return to Compton College to complete their program of study. In October 2018, we analyzed the students who completed fewer than nine units in CTE, and the report is available here, so we have data to follow-up with these former Compton College students. After reading the Lumina Foundation Strategic Plan, if you have any thoughts regarding the Lumina Foundation Strategic Plan, please forward them to me at kcurry@compton.edu

The President/CEO Message - September 21, 2020, includes COVID-19 information and other campus-related updates.

Compton College COVID-19 Update

On September 20, 2020, there were 3,294 newly recorded confirmed cases. Numbers do not represent true day-over-day change as these results include cases from before yesterday. The state now has a total of 781,694 positive cases. There has been a total of 15,018 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.

Enrollment Update

As of today, September 21, 2020, Compton College has generated 1,404 Full-Time Equivalent Students for fall 2020. Our fill rate is at 57%, and our seats filled is 9,628. Click here for the current fall 2020 Enrollment Snapshot. Today is the first day of the 12-week term. Mid-term classes begin Saturday, October 17, 2020.

African American Male Education Network Development (A2MEND) Anti-Racism National Dialogue 

This Saturday, September 26, 2020, at 11:00 a.m., the African American Male Education Network Development (A2MEND) organization will be moderating a nationwide discussion titled "Reform or Dismantle? Beyond Diagnosing Racism!" Panelists include Dr. Cornel West, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, and Dr. Joy DeGruy. Compton CCD will provide financial support for 200 employees (including faculty, Classified staff, managers/administrators) and students. If you are interested in participating or wish your students to participate in this national discussion, 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.

Associated Student Body Update

On September 15, 2020, I had the opportunity to meet with the Compton College Associated Student Body (ASB) Council. Based on that meeting, below are the following up items:

  1. Development and approval of the 2020-2021 ASB Budget. I have asked Christopher Perez, Student Activities Coordinator, to work with the ASB and the Business Office, to develop the 2020-2021 ASB Budget.

  2. Establish meeting dates and allocation amounts for the Auxiliary Services Committee. We will work with the ASB to establish Auxiliary Services Committee meeting dates for the 2020-2021 year, and the process for allocating funds from the Bookstore, Cafeteria, vending machines, and Student Activities Fees.

Disposition of Bookstore, Food Services, and Campus Vending Services Funds is based on Administrative Regulation 3601 - Auxiliary Organization Protocols:

To the extent that the bookstore, food services, and campus vending services generate a net profit, after deducting district expenses for maintenance and utilities, the funds may be deposited in the following auxiliary organization accounts:  50% of the net funds may be deposited in the Associated Student Body for Compton Community College District accounts; 15% of the net funds may be deposited in the Foundation for the Compton Community College District accounts to be used for student scholarships (see AR 3602 Student Scholarships), the Academic Awards Tea and graduation related expenses; and the remaining 35 % of the net fund may be deposited into the Foundation for the Compton Community College District account to be used for the College Promise.

3. The ASB will work with Christopher Perez and Andree Pacheco, Director of Student Development and Athletics, to update the ASB Constitution and the ASB Finance Code and Procedures to reflect the separation from El Camino Community College District.

4. The Student Services Division will send an email to all Compton College students, and a notice will be available via Canvas regarding vacant ASB positions. (Additional information included in today's President/CEO Message below.)

5. Social Media Access for the ASB. I have asked the ASB to schedule a meeting with Heather Parnock, Director of Community Relations, regarding this request.

6. I will schedule bi-monthly meetings with the ASB to address any issues or concerns. 

Associated Student Body Offices Open for 2020-2021

Associated Student Body (ASB) is recruiting for this current academic year. The purpose of ASB is to create student-leaders who advocate on behalf of all Compton College students, and coordinate events and opportunities for students to get involved with the campus and establish a network of support. 

The following positions are open:

  • Secretary 
  • Treasurer 
  • Commissioner of Athletics 
  • Commissioner of Classes & Curriculum 
  • Commissioner of Clubs & Organizations 
  • Commissioner of Environment
  •  Commissioner of Financial Aid 

Additional information, including descriptions of the positions and the 2020-21 ASB application, is available on the ASB webpage here, or you may email Christopher Perez, Student Activities Coordinator, at cperez@compton.edu.

Compton College Social Media

The Office of Community Relations maintains the official Compton College presence on various social media platforms. Participation in the official Compton College social media accounts is strongly encouraged. With more than 11,300 combined followers, the college's social media outlets receive a high level of daily interaction, reaching a large percentage of students. To request an item from your program or department to be posted on the college social media sites, send an email to hparnock@compton.edu. Please allow up to five business days for posting.

Requests for any kind of individual social media presence for a department or program must first be presented to the Director of Community Relations, Heather Parnock. The Compton College Associated Student Body (ASB) has recently reached out to Heather Parnock regarding student-created content for its social media channels. Working with the Christopher Perez, Student Activities Coordinator, the ASB will be providing photos, video, and written content to be included in the weekly schedule of social media content. The goal is to provide a student-voice to the information and announcements shared online. Topics will consist of Latinx Heritage Month activities, #tartartuesday, and a digital version of the ASB in-class presentation.

Fall 2020 President/CEO Virtual Student Forums

All current students are invited to join the virtual President/CEO Student Forum scheduled for Thursday, September 24, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. via Zoom. Click here for the Zoom Meeting link for all three of the fall 2020 student forums.

Compton College Virtual Tartar Talks

As a reminder, I will host our next virtual Tartar Talks on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom Meeting. During the virtual Tartar Talks, we will provide campuswide updates, including the 2020-2021 Compton CCD Final Budget, Accreditation, Guided Pathways, and COVID-19. The virtual Tartar Talk Zoom Meeting information is available here.

Time is running out to complete the 2020 Census!

U.S. Census representatives will be available at Compton College Tuesday, September 22, 2020, from noon to 6:00 p.m. at the Artesia Boulevard entrance to assist with your 2020 Census. Free bag or reusable water bottle (while supplies last). You can also go online and complete the census at https://my2020census.gov/. Just a few minutes of your time will help our communities for the next ten years.

Even if you have already completed the 2020 Census, you can help by reminding your family and friends to complete it online, phone, or by mail. The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location. Go to learn more 2020census.gov & complete your 2020 Census today!

Final Thoughts

In closing, this month, the Office of Student Development and Associated Student Body (ASB) proudly present Latinx Heritage Month, and many activities are being held.  The flyer for the list of activities is available here. Please share with your students and encourage them to participate.

Please be safe.


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

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