Student Success

Winter & Spring 2022 Registration Begins Soon

Winter Class Schedule Cover

Winter and Spring 2022 are just around the corner! Compton College’s winter term begins January 4, 2022, and the spring semester begins February 12, 2022. Winter online registration begins November 2 and Spring registration begins November 16.

The online searchable and PDF version of the Winter 2022 class schedule are available online here. The Spring 2022 class schedule will be available November 1, 2021.

Instruction will be offered in a combination of in-person and online classes; 40% of Winter 2022 and 50% of Spring 2022 classes being offered in person. The winter term provides a great opportunity for students to stay on track with 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 and in-person enrollment services will also be available.

Meet 2021-22 Associated Student Government President Stephanie Leonor

2021-22 ASG President Stephanie Leonor

Compton College student Stephanie Leonor immigrated to the United States at 13 years old when her family determined it was no longer safe to remain in their home country of Guatemala.

“When my family first arrived here, we were in a detention center and went through the whole immigration process to be able to live in the United States,” said Leonor. “I learned as a teen about all the opportunities available to get an education for free and this made me extremely motivated to take advantage of that. I learned English in one year while I was in the eighth grade. I believe it would be ungrateful to not make the most of everything offered to me since my family risked their lives to give me a better future.” 

Leonor is on track to graduate from Compton College with three associate degrees (English, political science, and general studies) in June 2022. She plans to transfer to the University of California, Los Angeles to continue her education as an English and political science major. She was elected to the position of Associated Student Government president by her Compton College peers during the spring 2021 semester after serving as commissioner of public relations during the 2020-2021 academic year. 

“For me, the best thing about Compton College is how inclusive this college community is,” said Leonor. “I have always felt at home here; every single office [and staff member] has made me feel accepted and my professors have gone out of their way to help me.” 

Read her full story success story here.

Compton College Forgives Outstanding Student Enrollment Fees During Pandemic

At its regular meeting on July 20, 2021, the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees approved Resolution No. 07-20-2021A to forgive outstanding student enrollment fees from spring 2020 through summer 2021. Any Compton College students, except out-of-country students, with outstanding fees from that time specific period do not have to pay back these unpaid student accounts. The lost revenue for the district will be reimbursed through the American Rescue Plan of 2021. 

The full text of the Compton Community College District’s Resolution No. 07-20-2021A is available online here

The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted students’ ability to pay enrollment fees, including tuition fees, fees, and other institutional charges. The American Rescue Plan of 2021 allows higher education institutions to use the institutional portion of ARP to waive/cancel students’ unpaid enrollment fees from spring 2020 to summer 2021. Included in the enrollment fees will be Student Activities fees, enrollment fees, student representation fees, and health fees for all students. 

“The Compton Community College District is thankful for the provisions in the 2021 American Rescue Plan that enable us to remove some barriers for Compton College students created by the COVID-19 pandemic, including relieving students of any enrollment fees debt so students may continue their higher education and enroll at Compton College for fall 2021,” said Sonia Lopez, Compton Community College District Board of Trustees president. 

In addition, California Governor Gavin Newsom and state legislators are to be commended for providing provisions under AB 132 - Postsecondary education trailer bill to implement significant California Comeback Plan investments in college affordability and access — specifically the language in AB 132 that allows Compton College to waive the fees of students that are unpaid due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Compton College STEM Center Paves Way for Emerging Physicist

Compton College STEM Center Paves Way for Emerging Physicist

“As a child, I liked to watch space documentaries and shows about the history of the universe. I remember questioning why things are the way they are; I was always trying to figure out how things work,” said Tre Willingham, a member of Compton College’s 2021 graduating class. “There are not many people of color in the physics field and I want to break that barrier.”

In June 2021, Compton College’s previous STEM Club president graduated with multiple associate of science degrees and is continuing his studies as a physics major at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona this fall. He is interested in particle physics, optics, and electromagnetic applications which may lead him to pursue a career as a research physicist and inventor.

Read his full success story here
 

High School Students Ready for Higher Education as Graduates 
of Compton College Upward Bound Program 

Nancy Lopez
Nancy Lopez
Brandon Velasco
Brandon Velasco

This fall, 90 percent of the recent high school graduates who participated in Compton College’s Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) program began their studies at four-year colleges and universities. All are first-generation college students who benefited from the program, which aims to help students graduate from high school, enroll in college, and successfully earn degrees. For most of these students, being accepted to a university was a distant goal with many obstacles, especially financial. UBMS provided them with the academic discipline, knowledge and resources needed to successfully enter higher education. 

“The Upward Bound program encouraged me to do my best academically and gave me so much support and referrals to resources that I would not have found on my own,” said Nancy Lopez, a 2021 graduate of Dominguez High School who is now attending UCLA on a full-ride scholarship. She plans to major in neuroscience and pursue a future career as a neuropsychiatrist.

“The Upward Bound program exposed me to a whole lot of opportunities I would not have had otherwise. I gained a lot of knowledge about where I wanted to attend college and what I wanted to study,” said Brandon Velasco, a 2021 graduate of Compton High School who is now attending the University of California, Irvine (UCI) to major in biology and possibly minor in political science. “This program set me on the path to a university and prepared me for college life.” Velasco was awarded UCI’s prestigious Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship to pay for his first two years.

The Upward Bound Math and Science program is free to local high school students and is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. For more information or to enroll in the program, contact Amanda Renteria, Compton College UBMS program specialist, via email at arenteria@compton.edu or visit the UBMS webpage: www.compton.edu/studentservices/supportservices/trio/

Read the full story here.

Compton College CalWORKs Alum Overcame the Odds to Create Impressive Success Story

Compton College CalWORKs Alum Overcame the Odds to Create Impressive Success Story

“It blows my mind that in just a few years, I’m a single mother who went from having no high school diploma, no job, no transportation, and no means to support my family to now having a job, graduating from community college, and transferring to a university this fall,” said Jessica Ramos, Compton College class of 2021 graduate and mother of two. 

Ramos graduated from Compton College in spring 2021 with an associate degree and is now attending California State University, Dominguez Hills as a business administration major. She is considering a career in human resources but will explore her career options while attending the university. “I still have a lot of things I want to accomplish and the first big step is transferring this fall to a university,” she said. 

She was awarded two scholarships through the CalWORKs public assistance program: a $250 scholarship through Compton College’s CalWORKs Office, and a $500 CalWORKs 2021 Student Voices Scholarship awarded by the CalWORKs Association Board. Only 23 California community college students in the CalWORKs program were awarded 2021 scholarships among those that applied. 

Read her full success story here.

Compton College Athletics Update

The Tartar Athletics sports season is back for Fall 2021 competition including football, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's cross country, and newly added women's volleyball! Spectators are permitted at home athletic events, but only at 25 percent capacity within the stadium and gymnasium. Face coverings are required at all times during games. We are excited to see Compton College student-athletes back in competition! View the schedule for all sports here and follow Tartar Athletics on Instagram @compton_tartars for all the latest sports news! 

In addition, Compton College is in the process of pioneering a new intercollegiate sport into the California Community College system with esports, otherwise known as competitive online video gaming. Compton College has identified interest from not only its current student population but also that of students at surrounding high schools, as many already host esports programming. This presents Compton College with a unique opportunity to grow an esports program and provide students with a competitive space to obtain a quality education and scholarship opportunities. Compton College is striving to be the premiere model of intercollege esports among community colleges, from course curriculum to facilities to equipment, and more. Below is the timeline of the progress that has been made and actions planned for the remainder of the 2021-2022 academic year. 

Timeline:   
May 2021  Intercollegiate Esports Course Board and State Approved for 2021-2022.
July 2021  Esports Arena Proposal Board Approved.
Fall 2021  Propose faculty position to teach the course and hire faculty.
January 2022  Esports Arena renovation.
Spring 2022  Esports Arena opens.
Spring 2022  Course is offered to students and Esports\varsity team competes.
Summer 2022  Esports Summer Camps are offered to local middle and high school students.

For more information, please contact Andree Pacheco, Director of Student Development and Athletics at apacheco@compton.edu.

 

Facilities News

Instructional Building 1 is Complete!

New Instructional Building 1

The Compton Community College District accomplished another significant milestone in the improvement of the Compton College campus with the completion of the all-new Instructional Building 1, which opened to students for instruction at the beginning of the fall 2021 semester. This is the second new instructional building constructed on the campus since the 1990s following the opening of the Allied Health Building which was completed in January 2016.

Located on the north end of campus, Instructional Building 1 and Instructional Building 2 (still under construction) will be part of a new academic village that will eventually include a third multi-story instructional building. The $22.3 million Building 1 houses nine classrooms, four computer labs, 15 offices, a lounge/breakroom, two workrooms, custodial and storage rooms, and restrooms. Smart classroom technology is incorporated throughout including wireless access points and portable device-charging stations for students, faculty, and staff. Sustainable features incorporated into the design and functionality of the building include high-efficiency thermal glass with exterior louvers for shading, high-efficiency HVAC systems and controls, a cool roof, and drinking fountains with filtered water filling stations for reusable containers.

Watch Us Grow

The Compton Community College District grounds continue to improve thanks to funds from Measure CC and Measure C supported by voters in 2002 and 2014, respectively. Some projects below also include state capital outlay funding. Facilities projects currently in construction or planning stages: 

  • Instructional Building 2: This $25.6 million project included the removal of Row Buildings D, and the remainder of Row E and F buildings, and construction of a second state-of-the-art, 30,200 square-foot instructional building. Instructional Building 2 will house 15 instructional classrooms, two of which will be flexible classrooms that can be sized up or down with moveable partitions. Estimated Completion: December 2021
  • Student Services Building: This $25.2 million, 36,712 square-foot two-story building will become a one-stop hub for all student services. The project included the demolition of the former Library Building. Estimated Completion: February 2022
  • Administration Building Renovation: This $5 million renovated building will house the administration, human resources, and community relations offices. The counseling and admissions and records offices will move to the new Student Services Building. Estimated Completion: December 2022
  • Vocational Technology Building Renovation: The $12.3 million building renovation will be a multi-phase project designed to minimize disruption to classrooms and shop areas during construction. The space will be reconfigured to add the Cosmetology program, expand the HVAC instruction area, and update the Welding instruction area.
  • PE Complex Replacement: This $45.6 million new construction project will include demolition of the current gymnasium, men’s shower/locker, classroom V, pool service, pool, and women’s shower/locker buildings; and the construction of a new gymnasium, men’s and women’s locker room, faculty office space, and physical education support space. After recently submitting the design drawings for this project to the Division of the State Architect for review/approval, it was discovered that the soil under the current athletics area has a high liquefaction potential in the event of an earthquake. The new Physical Education Complex Replacement project requires soil mitigation redesign work costing an estimated $5.2 million to protect the new structure. The change in scope must go back to the California State Department of Finance for their review and approval. The District plans to submit a request to the state of California for additional funding in 2022-2023 for this project. Simultaneously, the District will review its Measure C bond funds for potential savings in other projects to support the Physical Education Complex Replacement project. 
  • Visual and Performing Arts Complex: This $11.5 million future project begins Phase 3 of Compton College’s Facilities Master Plan and includes the construction of a new facility to support music, dance, performing arts, film, and video to replace aging facilities and provide a vibrant learning environment for these important programs.

 

District News

Compton Community College District 2021-2022 Final Budget Approved

At its regular meeting on September 7, 2021, the Compton Community College District (CCCD) Board of Trustees approved the 2021-2022 CCCD Final Budget. The 2021-2022 Final Budget may be viewed online here.

For a summary of the final budget, click here.

CCCD Publishes Redistricting Action Plan; Applications Being Accepted for Redistricting Committee

The Compton Community College District (CCCD) recently published its redistricting action plan as part of a public process to review and modify the elected trustee area boundaries. 

Every 10 years, local community colleges, city councils, and other local agencies must adjust their elected trustee area boundaries to equalize the population. Currently, trustees in the CCCD must live in the trustee area they represent. Residents vote by “trustee area,” whereas, they may only vote for candidates who reside in their specific trustee area. 

In September 2021, the CCCD initiated discussions on the process required to modify trustee area boundaries. Governing Boards of community college districts are required, by February 28, 2022, to adjust the boundaries of any or all trustee areas by using census population figures from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Census Bureau decennial census of the country’s population conducted in 2020 and validated by the Population Research Unit of the California Department of Finance.

This month, the District is making a public request for applications from those who are interested in serving on the District’s Redistricting Committee. Interested applicants should submit a one-page letter of interest along with a resume, to Keith Curry, President/CEO of the Compton Community College District, at 1111 E. Artesia Boulevard, Compton CA 90221, or kcurry@compton.edu, by 4:30 p.m. on November 2, 2021. For more information, call 310-900-1600, Ext. 2000. The committee members will be appointed by the President/CEO of the Compton Community College District.

The CCCD Board of Trustees will schedule public hearings in January 2022, with plans to present a recommendation for new trustee area boundaries in February 2022.

Compton Community College District Credit Rating Update

In late August, Moody's Investors Service published a press release regarding the credit rating for the Compton Community College District which is available here.  

Moody's Investors Service has upgraded the Compton Community College District, CA's general obligation (GO) bond rating to Aa3 from A1 and revised the outlook on the District's ratings to stable from positive. This is a significant accomplishment for the District and Compton College. The District's strong management, financial operations, reserve levels, tax base, and pension and post-employment benefits liabilities were key indicators in the upgrade analysis. The Compton Community College District’s credit rating history is available here

Other News

2021-2022 Compton College Catalog Now Available Online

The 2021-2022 Compton College Catalog is available online and features a reorganized format focusing on the student enrollment process and the inclusion of new and revised curriculum. Printed copies are available at the Bookstore for purchase. Click here to view the catalog. 

Six Compton College Faculty Members Achieve Tenure

Congratulations to the following faculty members who achieved tenure and were celebrated with an online recognition ceremony on September 23, 2021: 

Domenic Capozzolo, B.A., M.A.
Donald Mason, B.S., M.S., Ed.D.
Janette Morales, B.S., M.S.
Jasmine Phillips, B.A., M.S.
Evan Skorka, B.S., M.S.
Sophia Tse, A.D.N., B.S.N., M.S.N. 

Attaining tenure reflects the excellence of an organization, and it creates a path for faculty to influence and shape the institution. The contributions of these faculty members are essential to Compton College's mission of offering a welcoming environment where the diversity of our students is supported and essential, as they pursue and attain academic and professional excellence.


 

Campus Calendar

October 13-14 Latinx Heritage Month Film Festival 1 p.m.
October 14 Last day to apply for degrees and certificates (fall 2021 semester)
October 16 Compton Tartars Football – Cancer-Awareness Game, at home, 6:00 p.m.
October 18 Fall Mid-Term Classes Begin (second 8-weeks)
October 18-22 Undocumented Student Action Week
October 19 New Employee Welcome Reception, 3:00 p.m. via Zoom
October 19 CCCD Board Meeting 5 p.m. via Zoom
October 20 Virtual Town Hall Meeting, 5:00 p.m. via Zoom
October 22 Last day to drop a class with a refund/no notation on permanent record (second 8 weeks)
November 4 Virtual University Transfer Fair
November 11 Veterans Day Holiday (campus closed)
November 12 Last day to drop a class with a “W” (full semester courses)
November 16 Instructional Building #1 Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening, 3:00 p.m.
November 16 CCCD Board Meeting 5 p.m.
November 17 Virtual Student Forum with Dr. Keith Curry, 1:00 p.m. via Zoom
November 23 Tartar Talks, 1:00 p.m. via Zoom

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Share Your News!

We know there is no shortage of good news happening with faculty and staff at Compton College, so keep us in the loop about your accomplishments.

Please email your news items to Heather Parnock at hparnock@compton.edu.

 

 

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