President/CEO Message

JuLY 15, 2021

This has been a long week, and it included my first work-related travel since the pandemic began in 2020. I attended the California Association of Black School Educators Inaugural CABSE Institute, which was informative and provided me with strategies we should consider regarding Dual Enrollment, and in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics areas. This week I also had the opportunity to participate in the virtual #Real114 Leadership Academy. I was encouraged by the program participants and the many speakers who presented during the academy. In the coming weeks, we will provide information about the project that the #Real114 Leadership Academy participants will be working on during the 2021-2022 year. I will also announce the Second Annual #Real114 Leadership Academy which will take place in July 2022.

The President/CEO Message - July 15 2021, includes COVID-19 information and other campus-related updates.

Compton College COVID-19 Update

Los Angeles County's Daily COVID-19 Data webpage reports 1,315 newly recorded confirmed cases in Los Angeles County as of 6 p.m. on July 14, 2021. The county now has a total of 1,261,068 reported cases (including cases reported by Long Beach and Pasadena health departments). For more information, go to Compton College is operating at Level 3 - Moderate Infection Rate according to the Compton CCD Pandemic Outbreak - Emergency Operations Plan.

Los Angeles County will Require Masks Indoors Due to Rise in COVID-19 Cases

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is issuing a new health order, effective 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, July 17, 2021, requiring all residents to wear masks in indoor public spaces, regardless of vaccination status. The new order will apply everywhere in the county except Long Beach and Pasadena, which have their own independent health departments.

Summer and Fall 2021 Enrollment Update

As of today, July 15, 2021,  Compton College has generated:

  • 396 FTES for the Summer 2021 term.  Our fill rate is currently 66%, and our seats filled is 2,878.

  • 556 FTES for the Fall 2021 term. Our fill rate is currently 21%, and our seats filled is 3,498.

Click here to view today's enrollment snapshot.

The fall semester begins Saturday, August 21, 2021, with weekday classes beginning on Monday, August 23, 2021. Please encourage students to apply and register as soon as possible as some sections are already full. Please note, the summer FTES has been declining due to students withdrawing from classes after census day.

Outreach and Recruitment Strategies for 2021-2022 

This week we kicked off some of our new outreach and recruitment strategies, which are outlined in the Outreach and Recruitment Strategies for 2021-2022 document, including:

  • Text messages and automated voice messages to the parents of Oliver W. Conner College Promise-eligible students.
  • Digital and social media ads targeting formerly enrolled Compton College students and applicants from fall 2020 through spring 2021, as well as career education majors/non-completers who have not yet enrolled in a fall 2021 class.

Next week we will begin sending text messages and automated voice messages to the formerly enrolled students and new applicants, encouraging them to register for fall 2021 classes.

Compton College Virtual Tartar Talks

I will host a special virtual Tartar Talks on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom Meeting. The focus will be on enrollment and recruitment. Please register here to participate.

Compton Community College District Board of Trustees Meeting

The next Compton CCD Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 20, 2021. The closed session begins at 4:00 p.m., with the open session commencing at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom Meeting. Information on how to access the Compton CCD Board of Trustees meeting is available here.

Virtual "Back to School" Town Hall Meeting

Compton Community College District Board of Trustees Member, Dr. Deborah Leblanc, will host a virtual town hall meeting on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom. Community members, parents, students, and employees will have the opportunity to discuss topics such as enrollment, ongoing construction, the safe reopening of the Compton College campus, and more. Click here for the Zoom Meeting information.

Virtual New Student Welcome Day - Wednesday, August 18, 2021

A virtual New Student Welcome Day is scheduled for Wednesday, August 18, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to noon via Zoom Meeting. The annual event will provide an opportunity for new students to connect with the Compton College community, and:

  • Meet Compton College President/CEO, Dr. Keith Curry, and Associated Student Government President, Stephanie Leonor Del Cid.
  • Learn about the campus from faculty, counselors, Classified professionals, and students.
  • Connect with the Tartar Success Team that will help them succeed in their educational journey.
  • Participate in workshops about transferring, selecting majors and careers, tools for success, and Career and Technical Education.

New Student Welcome Day is open to all students; click here to RSVP. Zoom meeting links will be provided in the confirmation email, along with additional event information.

President/CEO Closing the Loop

Compton College initiated the planning process in fall 2020 for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. When you have a moment, please review the Annual Planning at Compton College Report, which is a summary of the Planning Cycle for 2021-2022 Academic Year, including Prioritized Funding Recommendations. The annual report outlines the process of the planning cycle, the outcomes, and recommendations for funding. The report also describes lessons learned and recommendations for the 2022-2023 planning cycle that will begin in fall 2021. We will prioritize the 2021-2022 funding requests for Enrollment Management, Guided Pathways, Lottery, Student Equity and Achievement, and Strong Workforce funds in the coming weeks.

Final Thoughts

In the President/CEO Message - May 6, 2020, I provided an update on the Compton College Program Maps. I am pleased to announce that the Compton College Program Maps for each of our degree and certificate programs are now available online here. Thank you to everyone that has been involved with the development of the Compton College Program Maps. This is a significant accomplishment for our institution, and more importantly, these maps will help students as they pursue their degree or certificate at Compton College.

Over the past three weeks, I have been writing a series of op-ed stories for the Los Angeles Sentinel titled "Unapologetically Fighting for Black Student Success." The three articles published so far are available here.

In closing, as mentioned in the President/CEO Message - July 1, 2021, the state of California has a budget, and this week the Joint Analysis of the Enacted 2021-2022 Budget, developed by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, Association of Chief Business Officials, the Association of California Community College Administrators, and the Community College League of California was made available online. In the coming weeks, we will be finalizing the 2021-2022 Compton CCD Final Budget.

Please be safe and have a wonderful weekend.


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

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