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President/CEO Message

August 20, 2020

Campus Community,

Thank you to all the faculty, Classified staff, and managers/supervisors who participated in the fall 2020 Professional Development Day 1 event. Special thanks to Associated Student Body President Queen Juarez-Ward and Compton College student Kevin Quincy Jones. Your words and journeys motivate us all to continue our work in support of student success. Also, thank you to Pilar Huffman, Professional Development Manager, for coordinating today's event. My presentation is available online here. The President/CEO Message - August 20, 2020, includes COVID-19 information and other campus-related updates.

Compton College COVID-19 Update
On August 19, 2020, there were 5,920 newly recorded confirmed cases. Numbers do not represent true day-over-day change as these results include cases from before yesterday. The state now has a total of 644,751 positive cases. There has been a total of 11,686 deaths in the state. For more information, go to www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019. Compton College continues to operate at Level Four - Severe Infection Rate, according to the Compton CCD Pandemic Outbreak - Emergency Operations Plan.

Fall 2020 Student Resources Available
Please encourage your students to apply for Fall 2020 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 fall 2020 classes at Compton College.

Partnership with Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD)
During the 2020-2021-year, Compton College will partner with the Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) to implement the Shallow Subsidy Housing Assistance Program. For the past fifteen years, CRCD has been developing affordable housing and providing employment, education, financial coaching, and housing with support services in South Los Angeles.

The goal of the Shallow Subsidy Housing Assistance Program is to prevent homelessness among students experiencing housing instability. CRCD will provide up to $250 per month of housing grants, housing stability planning, and linkage to other services to an estimated 100 students during the 2020-2021 year. To be eligible, students must complete the Compton College Resource Form, which is available here. Compton College students who are experiencing housing instability must be enrolled in at least one unit to be considered eligible for housing grants. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning September 1, 2020. For more information on this program, please contact Oluwatosin Williams, Coordinator of Student Services, at owilliams@compton.edu.

Essential Employees Work Schedule
The Essential Employees Work Schedule for August 24-28, 2020, is posted online here. The schedule will be updated every Thursday for the following week as employees continue to return to campus gradually.

Enrollment Update
As of today, August 20, 2020, Compton College has generated 1,301 Full-Time Equivalent Students for fall 2020. Our fill rate is at 47%, and our seats filled is 8,524. Click here for the current fall 2020 Enrollment Snapshot. Please encourage students and prospective students to enroll in the fall 2020 classes.

Fall 2020 Virtual Welcome Week
The Office of Student Development and Guided Pathways proudly present the Fall 2020 Virtual Welcome Week. The week will consist of four interactive sessions for Compton College students. Students will hear from Guided Pathway counselors, learn about online resources and services available this semester, and participate in student/alumni panels. Each session will conclude with an activity that provides students with the opportunity to receive prizes. For more information, please visit the Office of Student Development webpage.

2020-2021 Compton College Course Catalog
The 2020-2021 Compton College Catalog is now available online here.

First-Year Experience Program Taskforce
In spring 2020, working with the Compton College Academic Senate, established a First Year Experience Program Taskforce to review and provide recommendations on how we can improve our program within the Tartar Completion by Design Framework. The taskforce will be chaired by Amber Gillis, Assistant Professor, English, and Elizabeth Martinez, Vice President of Student Services. In the coming weeks, we will be requesting membership to the First Year Experience Program Taskforce.

Final Thoughts
As I reflect on the theme from today's Professional Development Day 1 "Creating Connections by Building Bridges Together," I believe the 2020-2021 year will bring many challenges and successes for Compton College and Compton CCD. However, there are no challenges that will keep us from reaching our Compton College 2024 goals. We must destroy, rebuild, or construct new bridges within our institution in support of student success.

In closing, I want to thank everyone for all you do in support of our students' success and wish everyone an excellent beginning to the 2020-2021 year.


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

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