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President/CEO Message

September 14, 2020

Campus Community,

We are now in week four of the fall 2020 semester. This semester is moving fast. To all Compton College faculty, this week, you will be receiving an email from Dr. Rebekah Blonshine, Dean of Student Success, regarding the CRM Advise Early Alert and Zoom links to the open labs. Compton College's Early Alert system aims to provide students with the timely intervention of academic and student support services. If you need assistance with submitting your Early Alerts, the step-by-step guide is available here, or you can join the open labs on: 

  • Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 17, 2020, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, September 19, 2020, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

If you have additional questions or need to schedule a one-on-one Zoom tutorial, please contact Dr. Rebekah Blonshine at rblonshine@compton.edu or Dr. Cesar Jimenez at cjimenez@compton.edu. The President/CEO Message – September 14, 2020, includes COVID-19 information and other campus-related updates.

Compton College COVID-19 Update

On September 13, 2020, there were 2,855 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 757,778 positive cases. There has been a total of 14,385 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. Please note, students requesting financial resources need to submit their Compton College Student Resources Form by Friday, September 25, 2020, to be eligible for CARES Act Grants.

2020-2021 Planning and Budget

As mentioned in the President/CEO Message – July 27, 2020, please review the Annual Planning at Compton College Report, which is a summary of the Planning Cycle for 2020-2021 Academic Year, including Prioritized Funding Recommendations. Compton College initiated our planning process in fall 2019 for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. Furthermore, I wanted to share with you the 2020-2021 funding requests for Guided Pathways, Student Equity and Achievement, and Strong Workforce funds. The funding recommendations for these restricted funds is available here. In the coming weeks, we will provide the funding requests for Enrollment Management and Lottery funds.

Everytable SmartFridge Available on Campus

Beginning today, September 14, 2020, Everytable meals are available for purchase by District employees and Career and Technical Education students on campus via a SmartFridge located in the patio area outside the Bookstore/Staff Lounge. Please note: The SmartFridge accepts credit cards only. The regular vending machines nearby have been stocked with cold drinks and snacks for purchase.

Fall 2020 President/CEO Virtual Student Forums

Three virtual student forums have been scheduled for the fall 2020 semester. Compton College students are invited to meet with me virtually via Zoom Meeting to discuss matters affecting them personally or the College community at large. Virtual forums are scheduled for September 24, 2020, October 29, 2020, and December 3, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Compton College Virtual Tartar Talks

As a reminder, I will host our next virtual Tartar Talks on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom Meeting. During the virtual Tartar Talks, we will provide campuswide updates, including the 2020-2021 Compton CCD Final Budget, Accreditation, Guided Pathways, and COVID-19. The virtual Tartar Talk Zoom Meeting information is available here.

Final Thoughts

I almost made the same mistake today with my President/CEO Message as last Thursday, and nearly forgot to save the updated draft. Thank you to those who sent me a reminder to save my work after last week's misfortune – you prevented me from experiencing the same fate today.

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been asking many of my colleagues nationally and within the California Community Colleges system how they are coping with COVID-19, and the status of their plans for fall 2020, winter 2021, and spring 2021. I am asking about their procedures for faculty, staff, and students entering their campuses; are they requiring testing of their employees; is a temperature check required; and are they requiring individuals to complete a wellness questionnaire upon entrance to campus. 

With COVID-19, there are many decisions I must make that affect our campus community. I am trying to follow our Collaborative Governance process and request creative input in the decision-making process. As a leader, the COVID-19 pandemic has been the most challenging for me, considering State and local COVID-19 guidance is always changing. I want to thank all of you for your commitment to Compton College and for your continued support of me during this time. I believe how we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic will make us a better organization and improve how we provide necessary support and services to our students.

Please be safe, as we need to continue providing support to our students during this difficult time. 


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

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