Student Success

Winter & Spring 2021 Registration Begins Soon

Winter 2020 Class Schedule

Winter and Spring 2021 are just around the corner! Compton College's winter term begins January 5, 2021 and the spring semester begins February 10, 2020. Winter online registration begins November 17 and Spring registration begins December 1.

The decision has been made to have the 2021 winter term and spring semester remain online. Some classes will have specific meeting dates and times when students are required to log in online. Other classes are flexible and can be completed at the student’s own pace. Additional information is available in the Winter 2021 Schedule of Classes, available online here.

Winter term provides a great opportunity for students to get ahead in their educational plan and complete up to seven units in five weeks! The winter term is perfect for helping students graduate sooner, improve a GPA, repeat an essential course, and lighten the course load for spring, as well as satisfy any prerequisites.

All students are encouraged to register early for the best class selection. Students may register online at www.compton.edu by clicking on MyCompton. Online registration is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Fall 2020 Student Resources Available; Apply Now!

Currently enrolled Compton College students may still apply for Fall 2020 Student Resources, including laptop computers, Wi-Fi hotspots, food resources, financial resources, and housing grants. Students are encouraged to complete the Compton College Resources Form, available here. All resources and services are available on a first-come-first-served basis to students currently enrolled in fall 2020 classes at Compton College.


Twin Sisters Graduate from Compton College and Pursue Artistic Career Together

Arielle and Zoe Hernandez

Twin sisters Arielle and Zoe Hernandez are 2020 Compton College graduates with a passion for designing characters like those that appear in video games or animated shows. They both earned associate degrees with an emphasis in arts and humanities and plan to transfer in spring 2021 to a university together to major in animation or art. They are interested in pursuing a career involving character design that will combine their artistic and technological skills. 

 

While they received acceptance letters from the University of Southern California and Otis College of Art and Design, they are taking the fall semester off to research and apply to more universities, especially those with character design programs. 

The twins graduated from Rancho Dominguez Preparatory School in 2018 and currently reside in Carson. In addition to designing and drawing characters, the sisters enjoy other creative pursuits such as crafting, working with clay, and playing video games.

During their time at Compton College, Arielle and Zoe enrolled in the First Year Experience program and utilized all the services at the Student Success Center. The twins agreed that the instructors and the community on campus are what stood out most for them at Compton College. “The instructors are amazing and they encouraged us to pursue our career paths.” Zoe shared her sister’s opinion about the sense of community on campus. “Compton College is made up of a community of people like me,” said Zoe. “I found a community of like-minded individuals, with similar transfer goals, and that helped me feel safe and confident.”

Arielle described Compton College as providing a solid foundation for her higher education experience, “It’s the first step to experiencing a bigger college.” She feels she would have been lost attending a university directly after high school and may not have received the one-on-one assistance she did at Compton College from instructors and staff alike. Her sister agrees with the benefits of first attending a community college. “Compton College is more accessible than a university and saves you lots of money while allowing you to complete your general education courses,” said Zoe.

The twins were recently featured in this Latino Heritage Month spotlight video by Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ office: /ridley-thomas.lacounty.gov/index.php/latino-heritage-month-spotlight-twin-artists-take-twinning-to-a-new-level/.


Compton College Provides Foundation for Budding Entrepreneur with Passion for Health and Fitness

Jonathan Minero

Jonathan Minero enrolled at Compton College to turn his passion into a career after working for several years following his graduation from high school. The Compton resident is a health and fitness enthusiast, incorporating it into all aspects of his life. He works out every day and has spent the last three years working full time (prior to the COVID-19 shutdown) as a personal trainer in Downey, Calif. This year, he launched his own personal training business.

Minero is a 2020 Compton College graduate who earned an associate degree for transfer in kinesiology and a second associate degree in health studies and physical education, as well as a certificate for personal training (PT). He will transfer to California State University, Long Beach this fall to major in kinesiology with an interest in possibly becoming a physical therapist or physician assistant.

He applies some of the same disciplines to his studies that he uses in his fitness regimen.

“I keep a goal book and journal my fitness activities and I read it every day,” he said. “As a personal trainer, I provide my clients with a fitness plan specific to their goals and then break it down into smaller achievable goals. I encourage them to make a commitment to themselves and take personal accountability.”

While at Compton College, Minero spent most of his time at the Library-Student Success Center as a student worker and he also took advantage of the numerous resources available there, including the computer lab, to aid in his studies. The Student Success Center was especially helpful to him as an ESL student. He found that the Reading & Writing Center and the Math & Science Center were excellent places to access tutoring, work on class assignments, and get tips to improve study methods.

“The library was one of my favorite spots on campus,” said Minero. “I would rent books and spend hours reading there.”

He liked working in the Library-Student Success Center because he could offer students referrals to all the student support services available on campus.

“I like going above and beyond to help other students,” he said. “In one case, was able to refer a student with learning disabilities to Compton College’s Special Resource Center to get the help they needed.”

He also took advantage of many Transfer Center programs and talked with several Compton College counselors, including Transfer Center counselors and a guided pathways counselor who all helped him stay on course with his educational plan. 

“The Extended Opportunity Programs & Services program is a big help to students because they provide tools and tips through helpful workshops and assist with expensive books by providing vouchers,” Minero said. He also was a recipient of financial aid, which helps with enrollment fees and other college and living expenses. 

“I like Compton College’s small campus environment, close community, and small classes—which allow for more personalized instruction for students,” he added. “I appreciate that there is plenty of help and resources available at Compton College, and that there were always faculty, counselors and staff members ready to offer you a hand.”

 

Resolution Supporting Black Students Adopted

The Compton Community College District (CCCD) Board of Trustees recently adopted a resolution affirming its commitment to student success for Black and African American students. 

“As an institution of higher learning, we have to stay committed to Compton College’s mission statement. We are committed to enhancing the student success of our diverse community,” said Compton College President Keith Curry. “We also must remain committed to our students by protecting, honoring, and maintaining the integrity of their lives. As a community college, we cannot operate in a vacuum and ignore what is happening in this nation, as many people are hurting.” 

CCCD Board of Trustees President Sonia Lopez applauds the District for reaffirming its commitment to ensuring the success of Compton College students. “The events of the last few months, although disheartening, have brought to the forefront the reality our community has been experiencing for far too long,” said Lopez. “The lived experiences of our youth, particularly Black youth require our attention and furthermore, it is critical we take concrete steps to support and make resources available to overcome the systemic harms they face. In this historic moment, and for the foreseeable future, we embrace the need and opportunity to re-commit ourselves fully to the success of our students in their educational, career and civic endeavors. It is not sufficient to say Black Lives Matter, but we must actively seek opportunities to dismantle systemic oppression inside and out of our institution. We invite all to tell us who you are and what you care about, so that we can ‘Say Your Name!’” 

Read more, including the full resolution: http://compton.edu/campusinformation/currentnews/Documents/ComptonCollegeNewsReleases/2020/CCCD-Resolution-Support-Black-Students.pdf

 

Compton College Hosts Virtual Band Camp for Local High School Students

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!

 

District News

Compton Community College District Board Meeting Scheduled for October 20

The next meeting of the Compton Community College District (CCCD) Board of Trustees is scheduled for Tuesday, October 20 at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom. All regular session Board meetings are open to the public. Closed session begins at 4:00 p.m.

The Board Agenda is posted 72 hours in advance of the meeting. Agendas are posted on the BoardDocs website under the “Meetings” tab at: http://www.boarddocs.com/ca/compton/Board.nsf/Public 

For additional information and meeting access links, read more: http://www.compton.edu/campusinformation/currentnews/Documents/ComptonCollegeNewsReleases/2020/Oct-2020_CCCD-Board-Meeting.pdf.

 

Compton Community College District Introduces New Student Trustee 

Benson Atkins portraitThe new student trustee for the Compton Community College District (CCCD) is Los Angeles resident Benson Atkins, who was appointed to represent the students of Compton College on the District’s Board. 

As the student trustee, Atkins will attend all Board meetings, discuss student-related issues, and receive all materials presented to the members of the CCCD Board of Trustees, except for closed session issues. It is also the student trustee’s responsibility to make regular reports to the Associated Student Body and at other public forums held on behalf of Compton College students as it relates to the business of the District. “As the new student trustee, I want students to know they have someone they can trust—someone who understands their interests and needs,” Atkins said. 

Atkins wanted to serve as the Compton College Student Trustee to support students’ voices being heard and communicate their needs effectively to the board. His goal is to “share all information that he learns from fellow students and encourage them to attend open board meetings to get involved.” 

A non-traditional student, Atkins graduated from Crenshaw High School in 1988. He is an administration of justice major and would like to transfer to either the University of Southern California or a California State University campus once he earns his associate degree at Compton College. Atkins got his start in student government years ago as a chairperson for the Black Caucus of the California Community Colleges, and is currently serving as the group’s treasurer. He has been involved with several other leadership, volunteer, and community programs, including serving as the Compton College Associated Student Body commissioner of classes and curriculum during the 2019-2020 academic year. Atkins also spent time working for the Los Angeles Unified School District as a campus police aide. He is interested in a future career with a school police department. 

According to Atkins, the college’s Associated Student Body (ASB) Council is important because it affords students the opportunity to start learning about leadership, meet new friends, and help others by addressing important student issues. In addition to his involvement with ASB, Atkins has used many student support programs and resources at Compton College. The service that has helped him the most is the Special Resource Center (SRC), which assists students with disabilities by providing equal access to all educational programs and activities on campus so they can reach their full potential. “The SRC made me aware of more student services available on campus, as well as providing referrals to vital resources,” said Atkins. “And, once classes shifted to fully online last semester, the SRC provided me with counseling services that are especially helpful.”

 

2020-2021 Final Budget Approved by Compton Community College District

At its regular meeting on September 8, 2020, the Compton Community College District (CCCD) Board of Trustees approved the 2020-2021 CCCD Final Budget. The 2020-2022 Final Budget may be viewed online: http://compton.edu/district/district_budget/docs/CCCD-Final-Budget_2020-2021.pdf

“Even during these unprecedented times, the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees is focused on ensuring Compton Community College District remains fiscally solvent for our students and our community,” said CCCD Board of Trustees President Sonia Lopez. “We have allocated much-needed resources to support distance education and student resources, including laptop and Wi-Fi hotspot loan programs, emergency grants, and food resources for the 2020-2021 year.” 

The budget is based upon the information currently available from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. The 2020-2021 CCCD Final Budget was developed to achieve a goal of 5,980 Full-Time Equivalent Students (FTES). Compton College will offer 1,381 course sections to meet this FTES goal. 

The 2020-2021 Compton District Final Budget includes no (0%) Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA); filling six faculty positions, five classified positions, and two management positions; future funding for the Compton College Enterprise Resource Planning system cost of $3,000,000; future funding for the Compton College Fire Academy of $350,000; and the future cost associated with the Compton District Personnel Commission of $400,000. 

Finally, the 2020-2021 Compton District Final Budget includes the following expenses to address Compton District’s long-term liabilities: Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) payment of $250,000; California Public Entity Pension Stabilization Fund State Teachers’ Retirement (STRS)/Public Employees’ Retirement (PERS) fund payment of $200,000 to address future STRS/PERS obligations; and the line of credit repayment of $1,180,000. The proposed 2020-2021 Compton District Final Budget maintains a reserve above the minimum 10% level as required by Compton Community College District Board Policy 6200.

 

Other News

Compton College Joins Achieving the Dream National Student Success Network

Compton College has joined Achieving the Dream (ATD), a growing network of more than 220 colleges in 43 states dedicated to improving student success. The network aims to help more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate, diploma, or degree. Joining the ATD network will provide Compton College with Pathways Coaching by leveraging ATD's expertise in coaching, recommendations for building and implementing guided pathways for student success, and guidance for improvements in teaching and learning in the classroom, specifically in math and English. The Kresge Foundation has awarded Compton College with a grant for $112,500 to help support the college’s three-year participation in ATD.

Being a part of ATD enables colleges to pinpoint their strengths and areas for improvement across seven institutional capacities that are needed to facilitate change. This framework integrates and aligns efforts that the colleges may have already begun to implement, such as guided pathways, integrated planning and advising, developmental education redesign, and assesses readiness for other large-scale change work. 

 

Compton College Named a Top Institution for Hispanic Students

Hispanic Outlook 2020 Top 100 logoHispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine recently named Compton College among the “Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics” in the nation.

Every year the magazine recognizes colleges and universities in the United States with the highest enrollment of Hispanic students. The magazine’s Top 100 lists chart the national progress of Hispanics in higher education and recognize those institutions that are committed to serving Hispanic students’ educational needs.

Based on enrollment figures from U.S. Department of Education surveys, Compton College is ranked No. 99 out of the top 100 two-year colleges nationwide for Hispanic enrollment in 2018-19. The full list is featured in the October issue, available online: https://www.hispanicoutlook.com/education-magazine/october-2020-issue#undefined%2F5.

 

Campus Calendar

October 20 CCCD Board of Trustees Meeting
October 23 Last day to drop & receive a refund/no notation (2nd 8-week session)
Oct. 24 – Nov. 3 Los Angeles County Vote Center in the Gymnasium
November 2 Virtual Transfer Fair
November 11 Veterans Day Holiday – campus closed
November 13 Last day to drop with a “W” (full fall semester courses)
November 17 Winter Term 2021 registration begins
November 26-29 Thanksgiving Holiday – campus closed
December 1 Spring Semester 2021 registration begins
December 11 Last day of Fall 2020 Semester
Dec. 24 – Jan. 1 Winter Recess – campus closed

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