President/CEO Message

October 28, 2021

It's hard to believe that Halloween is upon us, and it's the end-of-the-year holiday season. I just wanted to remind everyone of the Safe Return to Campus announcements included in the President/CEO Message - September 30, 2021. The plan is for 40% of winter 2022 classes to be in person, 50% in spring 2022, and 60% in summer 2022. By fall 2022, we will be back to "regular" scheduling. In addition, I announced we had increased the number of days required for all full-time nonessential Classified employees and managers/supervisors.

  • Monday, November 1, 2021: Three days per week for all full-time nonessential Classified employees, increasing from two days per week.
  • Monday, January 10, 2022: Four days per week for all full-time nonessential Classified employees and managers/supervisors.

As a follow-up to the President/CEO Message - April 29, 2021, I announced the limited opening of the track/field/stadium to the community walkers. I want to announce beginning Monday, November 1, 2021, the track/field/stadium will be open from 4:00 to 9:00 a.m.

The President/CEO Message – October 28, 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 909 newly recorded confirmed cases in Los Angeles County as of 6 p.m. on October 27, 2021. For more information, go to As of October 25, 2021, 79.5% of Los Angeles County residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine; and 71%  are fully vaccinated. For detailed vaccine information, including individual city data, go to  Compton College is operating at Level 3 - Moderate Infection Rate according to the Compton CCD Pandemic Outbreak - Emergency Operations Plan.

Fall 2021 Enrollment Update

As of today, October 28, 2021, Compton College has generated 1,283 FTES for the fall 2021 term. Our fill rate is currently 60%, and our seats filled is 8,927. Click here to view today's enrollment snapshot.

Winter 2022 Registration Begins November 2, 2021

The Winter 2022 class schedule is available online in PDF and searchable formats at Classes begin Tuesday, January 4, 2022. Students should meet with a counselor to ensure they are on the right track to meet their academic and career goals. Virtual and in-person appointments are available Monday-Friday. Click here for more information.

Auxiliary Services Committee Application

The Auxiliary Services Committee met and approved new dates for funding fall 2021 applications for programs that directly support student learning through co-curricular activities. The application, along with additional information, was emailed to all managers/supervisors, faculty, and Classified staff on October 26, 2021, by Acting Vice President of Student Services Henry Gee. Along with required signatures, the deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 10, 2021. Please send questions or comments to Michelle Garcia, director of CalWORKs, at

Compton College Joins Los Angeles County Community Colleges Jobs Consortium

Local employers and Compton College students seeking jobs have a new resource for matching open jobs and trained talent from community colleges, thanks to the Compton Community College District's partnership with the College Central Network, Inc. and its FREE Los Angeles County Community Colleges Jobs Consortium website:

Students can access jobs posted by employers at other Los Angeles colleges and openings located here in the City of Compton using the new TARTARS@Work job posting platform. The system offers an E-portfolio opportunity that allows students to showcase their best academic and extra-curricular learning experiences for employers to review. Depending on the job or internship, students may be eligible for Cooperative Work Experience Educational credit. Along with employment articles, a job podcast, and a host of job preparation resources, TARTARS@Work will put students on the path of career readiness and enhance their skills toward day-one occupational readiness.

This is an extraordinarily useful resource for employers hiring in today's climate as well as for students seeking jobs, especially while students are attending classes virtually. Employers posting jobs today can simultaneously reach tens of thousands of job seekers within our member colleges of the Los Angeles County Community Colleges Job Consortium, including Compton College and a dozen other local community colleges.

Mobile Food Pantry On-Campus - November 9, 2021

The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and Compton College have partnered together to provide FREE healthy food to our community. On Tuesday, November 9, 2021, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., the public is invited to stop by Compton College (enter from Greenleaf Blvd. between Santa Fe Ave. and Long Beach Blvd.) to pick up a box of free food. This is a drive-thru-only event, and no walk-ups are permitted. Due to limited supplies, food will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis. For more information, click here. Please share this information with those who could benefit from the generous assistance.

Classified Professionals Needs Assessment closes on November 5, 2021, at 5:00 p.m.

The California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office is seeking as much input as possible from classified professionals across the California Community Colleges. Responses are critical to guiding the Chancellor's Office's intentional investment in and design of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion professional development for classified professionals.

This voluntary survey will take 14 minutes to complete. If you are a classified professional, we encourage you to fill out the assessment so that your voice is heard. You may begin the assessment by clicking on the following link or copying and pasting it into your browser:

Your responses will be anonymous to the Chancellor's Office. By taking this survey, you agree to participate in the evaluation research. Please contact EdInsights' Evaluation Director, Dr. Madeleine R. Kerrick, with any questions at

Closing the Loop

  1. As a follow-up to my President/CEO Message - October 18, 2021, I identified and selected Ibrahim "Abe" Ali as the acting vice president of Human Resources for Compton College and Compton Community College District. Abe Ali is the former vice president of Human Resources at Mt. San Antonio College and the former vice chancellor for Human Resources and Equal Employment Opportunity at Kern Community College District.  Abe Ali Compton College's email address is
  2. In the President/CEO Message - August 26, 2021, I provided information on the Compton Community College District Credit Rating Update. At the October 19, 2021, Compton CCB Board of Trustees meeting, the Board approved Resolution No. 10-19-2021C - Resolution of the Board of Trustees of the Compton Community College District, Los Angeles County, California, Authorizing The Issuance of Compton Community College District (Los Angeles County, California) General Obligation Bonds, Election of 2014, Series 2018A, and Actions Related Thereto. This Resolution authorizes the issuance of the Refunding Bonds in one or more series of federally tax-exempt or taxable bonds. Approximately $33.9 million of Compton CCD Bonds were refunded. This will save our taxpayers approximately $2.075 million in gross savings over the life of the bond and a current net value of $1.77 million cash flow saving in today's dollars. The final refunding numbers will be completed over the next couple of weeks, and more information will be included in future President/CEO Messages. 
  3. In September 2021, we received approval from the United States Department of Education to provide additional emergency aid to students enrolled in 12 units or more. We have allocated $307,000 for those students, which will be disbursed next week by the Compton College Financial Aid Department. We are utilizing the Compton College Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) for the additional emergency aid to our students.

Final Thoughts

I will begin a Listening & Learning Tour during November and December to hear from as many employees as possible. I want to learn how to improve communication and collaboration on campus and how Compton College can best serve our students. I will be asking departments about their issues and concerns, enrollment strategies, campus committee involvement, and the safe return to campus. Catalina Delgado, the Administrative Assistant to the President/CEO, will be contacting managers/supervisors to begin scheduling these Listening & Learning Tour meetings. 

Please be safe and have a wonderful weekend.

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

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