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President/CEO Message

September 3, 2020

Campus Community,

As you are aware, I am trying to limit the number of Zoom meetings I participate in each day. However, today I failed, and it's all my fault. Hopefully, next week, I can do better and reduce the number of Zoom meetings I have each day. On Tuesday, September 1, 2020, I had several individuals participate in my open office hours. I never can anticipate the requests or the types of conversations I might have with faculty, Classified staff, or managers/supervisors during open office hours. This week, I had a 15-minute meeting scheduled (officially was an hour meeting) with Dr. Kendall Radcliffe, Division Chair, Social Sciences. We talked about Compton College participation in the California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) year-long Dymally Fellows Program housed in the Mervyn M. Dymally African American Political & Economic Institute. We will have six Compton College students participate in this program during the 2020-2021 year. An external organization sponsored our student's participation. During the 2020-2021 year, we will continue to seek additional funding to support our students in this program. The President/CEO Message - September 3, 2020, includes COVID-19 information and other campus-related updates.

Compton College COVID-19 Update
On September 1, 2020, there were 4,255 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  712,052  positive cases. There has been a total of 13,163 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.

Essential Employees Work Schedule
The Essential Employees Work Schedule for September 8-11, 2020, is posted online here. The schedule will be updated every Thursday for the following week as employees continue to return to campus gradually.

Individual Requests to Come to Campus
Individual employees (faculty and Classified staff) who are not included on the Essential Employees Work Schedule who wish to come to campus must submit an Individual, One-Time Request Form online. Requests must be submitted at least two business days in advance after obtaining your manager/supervisor's approval.

The location you wish to visit on campus will determine what day of the week (Monday-Thursday) you can come to campus. Please note, individual requests to come to campus are only scheduled between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. This schedule helps track occupied spaces on campus in terms of capacity and cleaning needs. Please review the chart available via the online request form before making your request.

Wellness Check Questionnaire
All Essential Employees, CTE faculty, staff, and students, as well as approved individuals, must complete the online Wellness Check Questionnaire by 6:00 a.m. every day they are scheduled to be on campus. Do not complete the questionnaire more than 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival on campus.

Important Reminder: All individuals are prohibited from entering campus if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms - a fever, cough or shortness of breath, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have had close contact with an individual diagnosed or showing symptoms of COVID-19. Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) "Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick" guidelines (PDF).

Enrollment Update
As of today, September 3, 2020, Compton College has generated 1,422 Full-Time Equivalent Students for fall 2020. Our fill rate is at 57%, and our seats filled is 9,605. Click here for the current fall 2020 Enrollment Snapshot. A list of fall 2020 classes with seats available is available online here.

Compton College Dual Enrollment
Over the past five years, Compton College has fostered relationships with its K-12 partners to increase dual Enrollment with Compton, Lynwood, and Paramount Unified School Districts. Dual Enrollment has grown steadily, while success has varied but remained high compared to general success rates among all students at Compton College. The table below presents the count of dual enrollment students over the last five spring terms, dual enrollment success rates (enrollments resulting in a grade of A, B, C, or Pass), and overall success rates for those terms.

Term Dual Enrollment
Unique Student Count
Dual Enrollment
Success Rate
Success Rate
Spring 2016 98 91% 67%
Spring 2017 502 76% 67%
Spring 2018 573 65% 65%
Spring 2019 808 74% 67%
Spring 2020 1,376 77% 61%

More details and the ability to disaggregate the data is available on our Dual Enrollment Dashboard. Special thanks to all involved with our Dual Enrollment efforts, particularly the Educational Partnerships Department.  In the coming weeks, we will begin providing Compton College information workshops at our partnering school districts.

Compton College Virtual Band Camp
For your listening pleasure, here is a performance video of local high school band students performing the Earth, Wind, and Fire hit "Let's Groove" as part of the 2020 Compton College Virtual High School Band Camp! Compton College Music Professor Harvey Estrada directed the project in which each student-musician recorded their performance, and it was edited together. Students from five high schools within the Compton Community College District participated in the annual Band Camp (conducted virtually this year) hosted by Compton College. Enjoy!

Fall 2020 President/CEO Virtual Student Forums
Three virtual student forums have been scheduled for the fall 2020 semester. Compton College students are invited to meet with me virtually via Zoom Meeting to discuss matters affecting them personally or the College community at large. Virtual forums are scheduled for September 24, 2020, October 29, 2020, and December 3, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Student Communications
Current students received two emails via their @compton.edu accounts this week regarding support services and resources available this fall 2020. All emails to students are available online on the Student Information and Communications webpage.

Compton Community College District Board of Trustees Meeting and Public Budget Hearing
The public is invited to the virtual Compton Community College District Board Meeting and Budget Hearing on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom. The Budget Hearing will provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the proposed 2020-2021 Compton Community College District Final Budget. The 2020-2021 final budget is now on file and available for public inspection online at http://www.compton.edu/district/district_budget/docs/CCCD-Final-Budget_2020-2021.pdf. Information on how to access the Compton CD Board of Trustees meeting is available here.

Final Thoughts
I know many of you enjoy working at Compton College and Compton Community College District, and your connection to our college is deeper than just a job. Many of you attended Compton College or had a family member attend Compton College. Your commitment to student success never falters even if, at times, it seems like we take two steps forward and four steps back in our progress. Over the next couple of years, we will be faced with many challenges. However, the transformational work we are doing together will be a model for other community colleges. Over this holiday weekend, please reflect on your connection to Compton College and all our positive experiences.

Please be safe over the weekend, and hopefully, I see some of you on Zoom next week.


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

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