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Message from the PRESIDENT/CEO

May 22, 2020

Campus Community,

Not a day or a meeting goes by where Travis Martin, Administrative Assistant, Special Resource Center, does not say to me, "Dr. Curry, don't forget about the Classified staff." This past week was Staff Appreciation week, and I want to take this time to acknowledge the Compton Community College District Classified staff for all they do in support of student success. On behalf of the Compton CCD Board of Trustees, we want to salute you and let you know we appreciate you. We are also looking forward to spending time with you during Classified Professional Development Day on Thursday, June 4, 2020.

The President/CEO Message - May 22, 2020, includes COVID-19 information and other campus-related updates.

Compton College COVID-19 Update - May 22, 2020
As of May 21, 2020, there are a total of 88,444 positive cases and 3,630 deaths in California. 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.

Alternative Academic Instruction and Online Student Support Services, Telecommuting
In the President/CEO Message - May 15, 2020, I announced that a decision had been made to extend alternative academic instruction through the entire summer term. Student support services will remain online through Friday, August 14, 2020. I also stated that we would continue to telecommute through Friday, August 14, 2020.  We will provide an updated Essential Employees Schedule for summer before the end of the spring 2020 semester.

For fall 2020, we will offer the majority of our courses online. However, many career and technical education, physical education/athletic, and nursing courses will be offered on the Compton College campus. Furthermore, telecommuting schedules for all employees will conclude. We will continue to develop our plan for the Eventual Return to Campus, we will consider employees' work schedules, our hours of operation, and compliance with the County of Los Angeles Public Health guidelines. 

Open Pandemic Coordinators Meeting
Thank you to those employees who were able to join the Open Pandemic Coordinators meeting yesterday and for your thoughtful input. Your feedback will help in the development of the Return to Campus Plan that will guide the gradual return of employees to campus. To listen to the recording of the Zoom meeting, click here.

Student Communications
Students who participated in the Spring 2020 Laptop Loan Program were emailed a reminder about returning the laptops if they do not register for the summer 2020 classes. Students must email the Student Development Office to arrange for a drop-off appointment before Friday, June 19, 2020. All emails to students are available online on the Spring 2020/COVID-19-Related Student Information webpage.

2020 Compton College Commencement Ceremony
The virtual 2020 Compton College Commencement Ceremony will be published online at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 12, 2020. As of today, this year's graduating class includes 380 students earning associate degrees and 110 certificates being awarded. I would like to thank the Admissions and Records staff, but most important, Felecia Hatten, Evaluations Specialist, for their hard work and dedication in reviewing and approving the Compton College students' graduation petitions. More information on the 2020 Compton College Commencement Ceremony is available on the commencement webpage.

Compton College 504/508 Workgroup
During the 2019-2020 year, we established a 504/508 Workgroup at Compton College to provide recommendations regarding physical, electronic, and instructional accessibility. Moving forward, Stephanie Schlatter, Director Special Resource Center, will serve as the Compton College 508 Accessibility Coordinator. The 504/508 Workgroup will now be a subcommittee of the Compton College Technology Committee. Also, on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, Compton CCD Board of Trustees meeting, I will recommend the Board of Trustees approve an administrative regulation for accessibility of information and communication technology. Finally, Stephanie Schlatter will share the other recommendations from the 504/508 Workgroup with the Technology Committee.

I want to thank the members of the 504/508 Workgroup, which includes David Maruyama, Pilar Huffman, Linda Owens, Christopher Perez, Jasmine Phillips, Cliff Seymour, and Oluwatosin Williams.

2020-2021 Compton Community College District Budget
Over the weekend, I will be reviewing the 2020-2021 Compton CCD Tentative Budget to make recommendations to the Planning and Budget Committee, Consultative Council, and the Compton CCD Board of Trustees. I am thinking creatively about the Tentative Budget and taking into consideration that the current recession could last up to three years. Included in the Tentative Budget, I will recommend Compton CCD utilize at least $6 million of the reserve for contingency to support Compton CCD expenditures over the next three fiscal years. We should apply the following 2020-2021 Guiding Principles to the budget development process and in budget discussions:

  1. Maintain the current staffing level and continue with the implementation of the Compton College 2024, 2024 Human Resources Staffing Plan, 2024 Technology Plan, and the 2024 Enrollment Management Plan.
  2. Student learning and student success are key to every recommendation/decision.
  3. All efforts will be made to create and support revenue-generating opportunities.
  4. As we will not be able to offer the same number of programs and class sections, nor the same level of student support services, reductions will be achieved by assessing all programs and services for their viability, relevance, cost-effectiveness and ability to meet community needs.
  5. Remaining programs and student support services will be of high quality and appropriately supported.
  6. Compton College is a dynamic, flexible organization that will easily adapt as future changes to our State's economy unfold.

Compton CCD will follow these guiding principles, as we develop the 2020-2021 Compton CCD Tentative and Final Budgets.

Finally, in the President/CEO Message - May 8, 2020, I noted that Compton College's held-harmless provision of 5,980 Full-Time Equivalent Students (FTES) ends in 2023-2024. I also mentioned it is essential in the 2020-2021 California State Budget that the Compton CCD hold harmless provision be extended through 2028-2029. Good news! The Governors Proposed Budget Trailer Bill Language (page 10), includes extending the Compton CCD hold harmless provision through 2025-2026. We will continue to advocate for the Compton College, and Compton CCD Revised 2020-2021 Legislative Priorities, which includes the request for Compton CCD hold harmless provision to be extended through 2028-2029.

Smog Check Referee Center
The Smog Check Referee Center, which is located in the Vocational Technology Building, will re-open to the community on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

Final Thoughts
I hope you have a reflective Memorial Day weekend. We have a lot to honor and appreciate on this national holiday.

Thank you and please be safe,


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

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