President/CEO Message

June 21, 2021

Welcome to the beginning of the summer 2021 term. We are off to a fast start! I don't know about you, but I feel the work we are doing to support student success is ongoing. This weekend, I read many articles and research publications about declining community college enrollment, Black and Males of Color Success, and unemployment benefits in California. I am also in the process of preparing my fall 2021 reading list. If you have any recommendations for articles or research publications I should read; or books for my fall 2021 reading list, please forward them to me at The President/CEO Message - June 17, 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 258 newly recorded confirmed cases in Los Angeles County as of 6 p.m. on June 20, 2021. The county now has a total of 1,247,618 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.

The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health (LADPH) issued a new "Safer Together at Work and in the Community" Health Order that went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on June 15, 2021. The order rescinds most LACDPH sector-specific protocols and aligns with the California Department of Public Health's new public health order "Beyond the Blueprint for Industry and Business Sectors" and the accompanying memoranda and orders of the State Public Health Officer. The LACDPH health order urges everyone, especially those who are not or cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19, to continue to exercise caution and good judgment as physical distancing requirements and capacity limitations are removed.

Compton College and the Compton Community College District continue to follow the guidelines outlined in the LACDPH "Protocol for Institutes of Higher Education" which were last updated on May 11, 2021. Certain appendix items, such as the Protocols for Office Worksites and In-Person Services in Libraries, have been retired and are no longer required in the Compton College "Safe Return to Campus Plan." The on-campus cafeteria is in the process of reopening soon, and with the retirement of the Protocol for Restaurants, services will resume under the new LADPH health order.

Safe Return to Campus Decisions

As a follow-up to the President/CEO Message - April 29, 2021, and to allow employees the time to plan and make necessary arrangements, I would like to announce the following:

  1. The Library-Student Success Center and Enrollment Services will provide walk-in services to all students beginning Tuesday, July 6, 2021, with no appointment necessary. Students will use the Artesia Boulevard entrance and proceed through the Entry to Campus checkpoint. Students will need to specify what services they would like to access (Library, Student Success Center, Enrollment Services, or Bookstore). Entry to Campus Staff will log them in after completing the screening process, including the online wellness survey.
  2. All managers/supervisors will work on campus at least three days per week, beginning Monday, August 9, 2021. 
  3. The Compton College Bookstore will open to students and employees on Tuesday, July 6, 2021.
  4. As mentioned in my President/CEO Message - May 27, 2021, we were scheduled to open the cafeteria today, June 21, 2021. Due to some construction issues beyond our control, the opening has been delayed. Now the cafeteria is scheduled to open on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. If the schedule changes, we will communicate it to the campus community. Until then, we will continue to have a food truck on campus available for students and employees.

Summer and Fall 2021 Enrollment Update

As of today, June 21, 2021,  Compton College has generated:

  • 418 FTES for the Summer 2021 term. Our fill rate is currently 69%, and our seats filled is 3,208.

  • 335 FTES for the Fall 2021 semester. Our fill rate is currently 13%, and our seats filled is 2,118.

Today's enrollment snapshots are available here.

The first summer sessions began today, June 21, 2021. Students interested in adding classes for the first six-week and eight-week sessions should inquire with the instructor of the class regarding the availability of open seats.  Please encourage interested students to apply and register as soon as possible, the second six-week session begins Tuesday, July 6, 2021.

Summer 2021 Student Resources Available

Please encourage your students to apply for free summer 2021 Student Resources, including laptops, Wi-Fi hotspots, food resources, financial resources, and housing grants. Compton College students need to complete the Compton College Resources Form, which is available here. All resources and services are available on a first-come-first-served basis to students currently enrolled in summer 2021 classes at Compton College.

Vaccine Incentive for Summer 2021 Students

Students enrolled in summer 2021 at Compton College may enter for a chance to win some great prizes! Students must complete the form online: (proof of vaccination required on form). Students may refer other eligible students to increase their chance of winning.
Students can call the St. John's Student Health Center at (213) 640-8100 to make an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccination for FREE.

Compton Community College District Board of Trustees Meetings

The next CCCD 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.

President/CEO Closing the Loop

Last week in the President/CEO Message - June 17, 2021, I mentioned I would share decisions regarding the 2021-2022 Budget Augmentations and Enhancements in the President/CEO Message - January 21, 2021. However, I meant to say the President/CEO Message - June 21, 2021. One person caught that error, Compton CCD Board of Trustees Clerk Barbara Calhoun, who said, "I knew you were tired when you wrote the message." I was tired last Thursday but wanted to make sure I communicated those critical decisions. Today, I am pleased to announce the following 2021-2022 Budget Augmentations and Enhancements.

2021-2022 Funding Request

Amount Funded



AA6: SSC 4: Continue NetTutor online tutoring services. - Ongoing $10,800 Approved. For the 2021-2022 year, we will utilize HEERF II Funding.
SS3: Counseling 5:  Import Banner information into CRM Advise. - One-time $20,000 Approved. We will utilize 2021-2022 Guided Pathways Funding.
AA2: Distance Ed 1: Blackboard Ally: Software that will assist with the development and management of accessible documents for students. - Ongoing $8,000 Approved. For the 2021-2022 year, we will utilize HEERF II Funding.
AS7: ITS 4: Hire an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance Position. - Ongoing TBD Approved. This position is funded in the 2021-2022 Compton CCD General Fund Budget. More information on this position was included in the President/CEO Message - June 3, 2021.
AA9: STEM:3 - Bio5: Purchase 6 microscopes with camera and connection to the AV system. - One-time $5,499 Approved
AA18: STEM:4 - Bio7: Purchase 8 Fisherband Bact-loop micro sterilizers. - One-time $3,200 Approved
AA29: STEM:6 - Phys4: Obtain six (6) 6” Schmitt-Cassegrain GoTo telescopes +accessories. -  One-time $5,200 Approved
AS4: Facilities 1 - Purchase new mowers for grounds. - One-time $30,000 Approved
AS5: Facilities 2 - Purchase custodial floor equipment (i.e., vacuums, buffers, scrubbers, burnishers, extractors). - One-time $15,000 Approved
IE3: CITI Human Subjects Protection Training. -  Ongoing $3,500 Approved
HR1: PD 3- Event comprised of a variety of activities that include: team building (e.g., manager's retreat), technical and soft skill knowledge sharing, and featured speakers. - Ongoing $10,000 Approved
IE5: Student Tracker Costs. - Ongoing $1,200 Approved
GP1: FACH_TST1: New Student Survival Kits. -   Ongoing $15,000 Approved. The original request was $6,000; I increased it to $15,000 to provide for all new students. For the 2021-2022 year, we will utilize Student Equity and Achievement Funding.
Acad Sen4: Fund the purchase of books for the Book Club. - Ongoing $3,000 Approved
AA8: Distance Ed 2: Test Proctoring Service: Software that will perform Automated test proctoring in the Canvas Learning Management System. - Ongoing $14,200 Approved. For the 2021-2022 year, we will utilize HEERF II Funding.
AA12: STEM:5 - Bio8: Purchase 171 L Corning LSE Shaking incubator. - One-time $6,400 Approved
AA23: FASH4 - Comm2: Funding for intramural speech competition. - Ongoing $500 Approved
AA36: STEM:8 - Phys6- Obtain six (6) silicon PMT assemblies - One-time $1,000 Approved
AA38: STEM:10 - Bio2: Purchase 6 Electric Micro-sterilizers. - One-time $2,300 Approved
AS8: Facilities 3 - Purchase new painting equipment. - One-time $15,000 Approved
SS1: Student Development 1: Student Development Office Renovation. - One-time $20,000 Approved
AA14: FASH11 - Art6: Purchase and install a gallery hanging system for the art gallery. - One-time $1,200 Approved
AA34: FASH3 - Comm1: Funding for debate tournaments. - Ongoing $3,000 Approved
AA56: STEM:15 - Chem7- Funding for sufficient equipment for each student in Chem 120 to have their own equipment set without sharing. - One-time $10,000 Approved
AA57: FASH29 - Choir2: Purchase choral risers and acoustical performance shells. - Ongoing $10,000 Approved
IE4: Qualtrics Upgrades: Connection to Banner, texting, Stats iQ, TextiQ, and report writing professional development. 0 Ongoing $6,000 Approved
SS10: Ed Partner 4: Increase funding for non-instructional supplies & promotional materials. -  Ongoing $20,000 Approved. For the 2021-2022 year, we will utilize Student Equity and Achievement Funding.
A15: Distance Ed 3: Respondus 4.0: Software that allows the use of text files to upload exams to Canvas. - Ongoing $2,300 Approved. For the 2021-2022 year, we will utilize HEERF II Funding.
GP7: FACH_TST2: Student Academic Conferences. -  Ongoing $15,000 Approved. For the 2021-2022 year, we will utilize Guided Pathways Funding.
SS17: Transfer_Center3: Fund Northern California University Tour. - Ongoing $15,000 Approved. For the 2021-2022 year, we will utilize Student Equity and Achievement Funding.
SS49: Ed Partner 3: Additional funding for Outreach publications and media to promote Compton College and the Promise program. - Ongoing $10,000 Approved. For the 2021-2022 year, we will utilize Student Equity and Achievement Funding.
AA51: STEM:7 - Phys5- Obtain four (4) Solar telescopes + accessories. - One-time $2,200 Approved
AA52: FASH15 - Lib1: Acquire additional e-textbooks to expand reserves collection. - Ongoing $10,600 Approved

I will make decisions on the 2021-2022 Guided Pathways, Student Equity and Achievement, and Strong Workforce, Enrollment Management, and Lottery Funds in the next couple of weeks. Just a friendly reminder, in July 2021, we will release our College Plan Annual Report, which will include more information on the planning process and all the funds that were allocated to programs and departments.

Final Thoughts

I know this President/CEO Message was longer than usual. However, it is necessary that I communicate these critical decisions and promptly. 

Please have a safe and wonderful week.


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

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