January 4, 2021
Welcome Back, Welcome Back! I am so excited about the 2021 year! I hope you enjoyed your holiday break. I had the opportunity to spend time with my wife, Nina Scott-Curry, and our only child, Kamilo Ali Curry. If anyone has some suggestions on keeping Kamilo from interrupting my many Zoom meetings, I am seeking your creative suggestions. Tomorrow, January 5, 2021, we will begin the winter 2021 term, and it's not too late for students to register. The President/CEO Message - January 4, 2021, 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." On January 3, 2021, there were 12,488 newly recorded confirmed cases in Los Angeles County. The county now has a total of 818,639 reported cases (including cases reported by Long Beach and Pasadena Health Departments). For more information, go to publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/data/index. According to the Compton CCD Pandemic Outbreak - Emergency Operations Plan, Compton College continues to operate at Level Four - Severe Infection Rate.
New 2021 Entry to Campus Protocol Reminder
Essential Employees, students, and individuals scheduled to be on campus, please be sure to use the new 2021 Wellness Questionnaire available via MyCompton. The survey must be completed within 12 hours of your scheduled arrival time, no sooner.
Preparations and Precautions for a Safe Reopening
Plexiglass barriers and rolling panels have been installed in the Cosmetology lab to increase the physical distance between students during in-person instruction. Career and Technical Education labs located in the VocTech Building will also be outfitted with plexiglass barriers and panels to aid in the ongoing in-person instruction scheduled for the winter and spring terms. Barriers and panels have also been installed in the Business Office. Additional high-traffic offices such as Human Resources, Admissions & Records, and Counseling will also have plexiglass barriers installed before offices open for in-person services. Click here to view photos of the newly installed plexiglass barriers.
Winter 2021 and Spring 2021 Enrollment Update
As of today, January 4, 2021, Compton College has generated 222 FTES for the Winter 2021 term; the fill rate is currently 68%, and our seats filled is 1,814; Compton College has generated 642 FTES as of today, January 4, 2021, for the Spring 2021 semester, with a fill rate of 26% and seats filled is 4,280. The Winter 2021/Spring 2021 Enrollment Report is available here. Spring classes begin Tuesday, February 16, 2021.
Winter 2021 Student Resources Still Available
Please encourage your students to apply for Winter 2021 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 winter 2021 classes at Compton College.
Compton College Online Student Orientation
Compton College faculty, Classified staff, and managers/supervisors can access the online New Student Orientation via MyCompton using the "Orientation" tile. Employees can navigate the orientation just as a new student would. It takes about an hour for students to complete the required orientation. A Spanish-version of the orientation is in progress, and a Distance Education Program orientation will be developed.
New Compton College students need assistance; as such, all Compton College faculty, Classified staff, and managers/supervisors must know how to help students navigate the Steps to Enrollment. A two-hour "Spring 2021 Peak Registration Workshop" is scheduled for Friday, January 22, 2021, at 9:00 a.m., via Zoom. Please refer to the December 11, 2020, email from Professional Development Manager, Pilar Huffman for more information.
Compton CCD Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) Futuris Public Entity Investment Trust
Over the years, I have discussed Compton CCD's outstanding liabilities, including our Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) liability. In spring 2019, Total Compensation Systems, Inc. completed the Compton Community College District Actuarial Study of Retiree Health Liabilities. As of June 30, 2019, the Compton CCD Total OPEB liability has increased to $14,103,782. Previously, the Compton CCD Total OPEB Liability was $11,679,429. On July 18, 2013, Compton CCD established the OPEB Futuris Public Entity Investment Trust, and as of September 30, 2020, we had a fair market value of $9,004,541.60. And, as of December 31, 2020, we have a fair market value of $10,226,281.61.
As of February 29, 2020, Compton CCD had invested $4,239,510 into our OPEB Futuris Public Entity Investment Trust, and then on April 13, 2020, we deposited $3,750,000 into the trust, and our new valuation was $7,651,112.67. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I was concerned with the stock market when the funds were invested. Our Funding Schedule has been to pay the entire liability by the 2030-2031 fiscal year. However, this spring, I will be making a recommendation to the Compton CCD Board of Trustees to have our OPEB liability fully funded by June 30, 2026, instead. More information on the Compton CCD Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) Futuris Public Entity Investment Trust will be provided in future President/CEO Messages. In a future President/CEO Message, I will provide an update on the Compton CCD Pension Stabilization Trust (PST) Account.
Compton College Women's Volleyball
In December 2020, after years of discussion, I approved the Compton Tartar Athletics Department to add Women's Volleyball for the 2021-2022 academic year. As mentioned in the President/CEO Message - October 2017, in the 2017-2018 year, we suspended women's volleyball for two years due to low student participation. Beginning in the 2021-2022 academic year, if conditions allow for in-person athletics to resume, we will offer this program at Compton College. The cost for operating this program is already included in the Compton College Athletics Department budget. The President/CEO's recommendation to establish the Women's Volleyball Program is available here.
How Would You Describe Compton College-2020?
How would you describe 2020 in terms of what Compton College has accomplished? If you could use one word to illustrate how we have helped students succeed during a pandemic, what would it be? Please send ONE WORD to Paula VanBrown, firstname.lastname@example.org, by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. We will create a word cloud and include it in a future President/CEO Message.
Compton College Construction Update
Click here to view photos of the current status of the three construction projects on campus
I, like many of you, are following the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County, the availability of the vaccine for institutions of higher education, and the new Federal stimulus package that was approved in December 2020. The Compton College President/CEO Cabinet members and I are monitoring these items very closely and will provide additional information in future President/CEO Messages.
Finally, as many of you know, I always have new ideas to improve Compton College and Compton CCD when I have free time. I am particularly interested in establishing a Tartar Employee Support Services Program that provides support to employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing the basic needs of our employees (housing and food insecurity), and renders mental health support. Over the next month, I will be having conversations with the different constituent groups about the Tartar Employee Support Services Program. I want to unveil the program's logistics at the Spring 2021 Professional Development Day on Thursday, February 11, 2021. If you have any suggestions or recommendations for the Tartar Employee Support Services Program, please email them to me at email@example.com.
Please be safe, and welcome back.
Keith Curry, Ed.D.
(preferred pronouns: he/him/his)