President/CEO Message

October 22, 2020

Campus Community, 

It has been a long week, and we are still one day away from the weekend. Today, Kamilo Ali Curry asked me what we are going to do this weekend. I responded the same way I have been responding for the last six months, which is 'stay home.' I know many of you would love to be traveling, spending time with family and friends, or visiting the local beaches; however, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we operate as a country, state, and college. I want to thank you for everything you do in support of student success, especially during this time. I would also like to thank the UndocuAlly Taskforce for their efforts in executing this week's Undocumented Student Week of Action. The President/CEO Message - October 22, 2020, includes COVID-19 information and other campus-related updates.

Compton College COVID-19 Update

Los Angeles County's current risk level is Tier 1 (widespread), according to California's "Blueprint for a Safer Economy." As of October 21, 2020, there were 510 newly recorded confirmed cases in Los Angeles County. The county now has a total of 290,486 reported cases (including cases reported by Long Beach and Pasadena Health Departments). There has been a total of 6,944 deaths reported in Los Angeles County. For more information, go to According to the Compton CCD Pandemic Outbreak - Emergency Operations Plan, Compton College continues to operate at Level Four - Severe Infection Rate.

Enrollment Update

As of today, October 22, 2020, Compton College has generated 1,348 Full-Time Equivalent Students for fall 2020. Our fill rate is at 55%, and our seats filled is 9,290. Click here for the current fall 2020 Enrollment Snapshot.

Essential Employees Work Schedule

The Essential Employees Work Schedule for Monday, October 26 through Friday, October 30, 2020, is posted online here. The schedule will be updated every Thursday for the following week as employees continue to gradually return to campus.

October 29, 2020, Open Pandemic Coordinator Meeting

We would like you to join the Pandemic Coordinators on Thursday, October 29, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. to discuss the updated "Eventual Return to Campus" document. If you are interested in participating in the meeting, please email Heather Parnock, Director of Community Relations, at to receive the Zoom meeting information. The Open Pandemic Coordinator Meeting will focus on an updated version of the Eventual Return to Campus plan.

Compton College Established Institutional-Set Goals

Compton College established Institutional-Set Goals to measure our progress toward the overarching goals and strategic initiatives outlined in the Compton College 2024 Plan and its annual goals for 2020-2021. These Institutional-Set Goals were defined by multiple stakeholders through Planning Summits in fall 2018 and spring 2019 and refined in the Compton College 2024 plan vetting process. Finally, they were updated in spring 2020 and reviewed during the spring 2020 Planning Summit. The Institutional-Set Goals were recently updated and accepted by the Compton CCD Board of Trustees at their October 20, 2020, Board meeting. The updated Compton College Institutional-Set Goals are available here

Fall 2020 President/CEO Virtual Student Forums

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 October 29, 2020, and December 3, 2020, from 1-2 p.m. Click here for the Zoom Meeting link.

Final Thoughts

In my President/CEO Message- September 28, 2020, I mentioned the need to decide whether the 2021 Commencement Ceremony will be held in-person or virtually. On Thursday, November 5, 2020, the decision needs to be made to begin the planning process. Therefore, I am requesting feedback from faculty, staff, and students to be emailed to Andree Pacheco, Director of Student Development and Athletics, at by October 28, 2020. If you have not yet provided your feedback, please do so as soon as possible. At the October 26, 2020, Consultative Council meeting, we will be discussing the 2021 Compton College Commencement Ceremony.

Finally, at the October 20, 2020, Board of Trustees meeting, the Board of Trustees approved my recommendation to appoint Joann Higdon as the Interim Vice President of Administrative Services. Many of you know Joann Higdon, who was previously the Vice President of Administrative Services at El Camino College. Joann Higdon can be reached by email at

Please be safe and have a wonderful Friday.

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

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