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President/CEO Message

August 24, 2020

Campus Community,

Fall 2020 classes began on Saturday, August 22, 2020, as we enter our second year as an accredited college under the authority of the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees. I am incredibly excited about the 2020-2021 year, and the many opportunities and challenges ahead of us. It is essential we do not lose sight of our Compton College 2024 goals and our 2020-2021 Compton College Goals. The President/CEO Message - August 24, 2020, includes COVID-19 information and other campus-related updates.

Compton College COVID-19 Update
On August 23, 2020, there were 4,946 newly recorded confirmed cases. Numbers do not represent true day-over-day change as these results include cases from prior than yesterday. The state now has a total of 668,615 positive cases. There has been a total of 12,152 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.

Student Communications
Fall 2020 students, as well as summer and spring 2020 students, were sent an email on August 21, 2020, via their @compton.edu accounts, notifying them that "It's Not Too Late! Fall Class Are Still Available." All emails to students are available online on the Student Information and Communications webpage.

Enrollment Update
As of today, August 24, 2020, Compton College has generated 1,411 Full-Time Equivalent Students for fall 2020. Our fill rate is at 56%, and our seats filled is 9,479. Click here for the current fall 2020 Enrollment Snapshot. Please encourage students and prospective students to enroll in the fall 2020 classes.

Please note, we have increased the number of courses we are offering in the fall 2020 second eight-week session that begins on Saturday, October 17, 2020. We have also allocated $50,000 from Strong Workforce and $24,658 from the Compton College COVID-19 Block Grant - Federal Budget for the marketing of these eight-week session courses.

Fall 2020 Virtual Welcome Week
The Office of Student Development and Guided Pathways proudly presents the Fall 2020 Virtual Welcome Week Tuesday-Thursday, August 25-27, 2020. 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.

Professional Development Day 1 "Creating Connections by Building Bridges Together"
Once again, thank you to all who participated in the Professional Development Day 1 activities. Below are the links to the presentations from Day 1.

Vision Resource Center "Community Colleges for Change"
The Vision Resource Center (VRC) is an online learning and collaboration platform for all professionals in the California Community Colleges system. The VRC offers support for faculty, Classified staff, and managers/supervisors, as we work collectively toward the California Community Colleges Vision for Success goals. With over 9,000 online courses to choose from, users have the ability - and freedom - to engage in training relevant to their jobs and own personal interests, as well as building connections with colleagues across the state.

To help support the journey to equity and inclusion, the Chancellor's Office has created "Community Colleges for Change," a virtual community in the Vision Resource Center where content, dialogue, and modules will be uploaded. To learn more about "Community Colleges for Change," visit the Vision Resource Center. Log-in information is available here. For more details on the Vision Resource Center, contact Pilar Huffman, Professional Development Manager, at phuffman@compton.edu.

Final Thoughts
Please encourage Compton College students to apply for Fall 2020 Student Resources, including laptops, Wi-Fi hotspots, food resources, financial resources, and housing grants. Compton College students must complete the Compton College Resources Form, which is available online here.

In the President/CEO Message - August 13, 2020, I mentioned the development of the Compton College Response to the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office Call to Action. Last week, we developed a new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion webpage on the Compton College website, which can be viewed here. The webpage includes resolutions, reports, and related action plans. Over the next couple of weeks, we will continue to develop this webpage.

Please be safe, and thank you for all you do in support of student success at Compton College.


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

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