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President/CEO Message

August 31, 2020

Campus Community,

As we begin week 2 of the 2020-2021 academic year, please keep our students in your thoughts and be mindful of the creative ways we are providing support services due to COVID-19. It has not been an easy transition for some students, but they still persist, and we need to help them as much as possible. Many students are looking for resources (laptops, Wi-Fi hotspots, food resources, and emergency aid, and financial assistance), please refer them to the Student Services webpage. The President/CEO Message - August 31, 2020, includes COVID-19 information and other campus-related updates.

Compton College COVID-19 Update
On August 29, 2020, there were 6,070 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 699,909 positive cases. There has been a total of 12,905 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.

Enrollment Update
As of today, August 31, 2020, Compton College has generated 1,434 Full-Time Equivalent Students for fall 2020. Our fill rate is at 57%, and our seats filled is 9,629. Click here for the current fall 2020 Enrollment Snapshot. A list of fall 2020 classes with seats available is available online here.

Chancellor Office's Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI)
The IEPI is committed to advancing the California Community Colleges' institutional effectiveness and enhancing the system's impact on serving students, advancing best practices, and avoiding potential pitfalls. Technical assistance teams, called Partnership Resource Teams (PRT), are subject matter experts and help institutions develop improvement strategies and timelines on their area of focus.

In July 2020, Compton College applied for assistance from a mini-PRT to strengthen its professional development opportunities in relation to diversity, equity, and inclusion matters. The proposal was approved, and along with technical assistance, Compton College will receive up to a $75,000 grant in seed money towards the effort. The mini-PRT is expected to visit Compton College this fall virtually, meet with various constituent groups, provide feedback and advice, and assist with drafting a plan on how to best design and implement the diversity, equity, and inclusion elements within professional development.

For more information on the IEPI mini-PRT, please contact Tina Kuperman, Director of Diversity, Compliance, and Title IX, at tkuperman@compton.edu.

Compton Community College District Board of Trustees Meeting
The next meeting of the Compton CCD Board of Trustees is scheduled for Tuesday, September 8, 2020. The closed session begins at 4:00 p.m., with 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.

African American Male Education Network Development (A2MEND) Anti-Racism National Dialogue
On Saturday, September 26, 2020, at 11:00 a.m., the African American Male Education Network Development (A2MEND) organization will be moderating a nationwide discussion titled "Reform or Dismantle? Beyond Diagnosing Racism!" Panelists include Dr. Cornel West, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, and Dr. Joy DeGruy. Compton CCD will provide financial support for 100 employees (including faculty, Classified staff, managers/administrators). If you are interested in participating in this national discussion, please contact Pilar Huffman, Professional Development Manager at phuffman@compton.edu. This is a first-come and first-serve opportunity, so please contact Pilar Huffman as soon as possible to RSVP.

Final Thoughts
During the 2020-2021 year, we will continue to implement the Compton College Collaborative Governance Document. Through the constituent groups, we are working on the appointments for each of the institutional standing committees, with a goal of all committees meeting by Wednesday, September 30, 2020. I encourage you to read the Compton College Collaborative Governance Document and to regularly visit the Campus Committee Webpage to view each committee's agenda and minutes.

I will be available tomorrow, September 1, 2020, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. for Office Hours via Zoom Meeting. If you need to speak with me, please email me, and I will send you the Zoom Meeting information. Finally, please click on this link to see the progress on Compton College construction projects.

Please be safe and have a wonderful week.


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

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