Student Success

Apply and Register for Summer & Fall 2021 at Compton College

Students and adult learners are encouraged to keep the momentum going with their education and job training at Compton College this summer and fall! With health and safety top of mind, summer sessions will be fully online and for the fall 2021 semester, Compton College will offer limited in-person courses with the majority of courses available online.

Registration begins soon for the summer and fall 2021, and we have a complete menu of resources to help students be successful with online/distance learning. In addition to financial aid and assistance grants, Compton College offers students laptop computer and Wi-fi hotspot loans, free food resources, online counseling and tutoring, as well as online workshops and assistance with the enrollment and registration process.

Summer 2021 Registration Begins April 27

Registration for the 2021 summer sessions begins on today, and the first summer session begins on June 21. The summer term provides a great opportunity for students to get ahead in their educational plan and complete up to seven units in five weeks! Summer sessions are perfect for helping students graduate sooner, improve a GPA, repeat an essential course, and lighten the course load for fall, as well as satisfy any prerequisites. Students may register via MyCompton, accessible from the college website at

  • First six-week and eight-week summer session classes begin June 21, 2021
  • Second six-week summer session classes begin July 6, 2021

Fall Semester 2021 Registration Begins May 25

Registration for the fall semester begins on May 25, 2021 and continuing students should check MyCompton for their fall registration appointment dates/times. Full-term fall 2021 classes begin on August 21, with mid-term classes also available.

Recent high school graduates, new and returning students are all encouraged to apply now to achieve their academic and career goals. Application instructions and Steps to Enrollment are available online at:

Celebrating the Class of 2021: Virtual Commencement Ceremony June 11

Commencement 2021 graphic

Compton College will host a virtual Commencement Ceremony this year on June 11, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. which will be streamed via the college’s YouTube channel and accessed via its website at

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Award-winning Filmmaker Ava DuVernay to Deliver 2021 Virtual Commencement Address

Ava DuVernay

Compton College is pleased to welcome award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay as the keynote speaker for Compton College’s 2021 virtual commencement ceremony on June 11. The commencement ceremony will include pre-recorded keynote speeches and brief videos or pictures submitted by graduates

Academy Award nominee and Emmy, BAFTA and Peabody Award winner Ava DuVernay is a writer, director, producer and film distributor. Her feature directorial work includes the Oscar-winning civil rights drama Selma, the Oscar-nominated social justice documentary 13th and the Disney children’s adventure A Wrinkle in Time, which made her the highest-grossing Black woman director in American box office history.

In 2019, DuVernay created, wrote, produced and directed the Emmy Award-winning limited series When They See Us. She is currently in production on Colin In Black and White for Netflix and Home Sweet Home for NBC, and in post-production on Queen Sugar for OWN and DC Comic event series DMZ for HBO Max.

Winner of the 2012 Sundance Best Director award for her independent film Middle Of Nowhere, DuVernay amplifies the work of Black artists, people of color and women of all kinds through her narrative change collective ARRAY, named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies. She currently sits on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Advisory Board of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the Board of the American Film Institute.

Local High School Seniors: Attend Compton College Nearly Free of Cost! 

Compton Promise Logo

The Oliver W. Connor College Promise program pays for 2021 high school graduates’ first two years of enrollment fees at Compton College and provides $400 per year for textbooks and course materials and supplies.

Current high school seniors from the Compton, Lynwood and Paramount unified school districts may apply NOW for the Oliver W. Connor College Promise program for fall 2021.

Application and more Info: 

Compton College Achieves Federal Hispanic Serving Institution Designation

Compton College recently achieved its goal of achieving a federal Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) designation, which can open avenues to pursue HSI sources of funding and create increased opportunities for students to excel and achieve their goals.

“Being a HSI college is an important designation and one that shows our commitment to ensure that all students, especially those from historically marginalized communities, have opportunities to succeed,” said Dr. Keith Curry, Compton College President/CEO.

Full story at the link:

Compton College Helps Re-entry Student Meet Transfer Requirements in Under Two Years

Steve Hsin

Steve Hsin is a non-traditional student that began his educational journey at Compton College in 2019. “I enrolled at Compton College in fall 2019 and have taken a full load every semester and term since then,” Hsin said. “I’ve been accepted to the competitive Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at California State University, Long Beach beginning in spring 2021.”

Hsin graduated from West Torrance High School in 2008 and then left the United States to study abroad. After living overseas in Taiwan for 10 years to study and work as a nurse, Hsin returned to the United States last year to pursue a successful nursing career in America. Since none of his credits transferred, he began his academic journey to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) for a second time. Considered an adult re-entry learner, Hsin did not let his zero transfer credits discourage him. “Starting with zero college credits completed was a big setback for me but I knew if I focused and put in the effort, I would be able to get myself back to working in a hospital,” he said.

A straight-A student, Hsin completed his requirements for an associate degree this semester and is excited to transfer to California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) next semester. A notable accomplishment given a majority of his classes were completed online during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Compton College provided the tools that I needed to get into CSULB’s nursing program, and the rest was up to me to do well in my classes,” said Hsin.

Read his full story success story here:

Alumna Spotlight: Irma Leyva

Irma Leyva

Compton College alumna and mother of three Irma Leyva earned a bachelor’s degree in May 2020 from California State University, Dominguez Hills a decade after becoming a teen mother the same year she graduated from Paramount High School. Now, she has plans to help her community with mental health recovery after earning a master’s degree.

“I want to help my community and the population that suffers from mental illness,” said Leyva. “The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting adults, children and babies’ mental well-being, and I want to be part of the solution.”

Leyva is currently applying to master’s degree programs at the California State University campuses in Dominguez Hills and Long Beach. She is considering a career as a social worker or a psychotherapy counselor. While at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), Leyva completed an internship that inspired her to want to work with senior citizens and elementary school students.

Read her full success story here:

Facilities News

Watch Us Grow!

New Instructional Building

The Compton Community College District grounds continue to improve thanks to funds from Measure CC and Measure C supported by voters in 2002 and 2014, respectively. Facilities projects currently in construction: 

  • Instructional Building 1: The $21.2 million project included the removal of Row Buildings G, half of F, two-thirds of E, and Modular Buildings M1 and M2 (total of 6 structures) to replace them with a state-of-the-art, multi-story classroom building on the north end of campus. Estimated Completion: Fall 2021
  • Instructional Building 2: This $25.4 million project involves the removal of Row Buildings D, and the remainder of Row E and F buildings, and construction of a second state-of-the-art, 30,200 square-foot instructional building. Instructional Buildings 1 and 2 will be part of a new academic village that will eventually include a third multi-story instructional building. Estimated Completion: Winter 2021
  • Student Services Building: This $20.4 million, 36,712 square-foot two-story building will become a one-stop hub for all student services. The project included the demolition of the former Library Building. Estimated Completion: Winter 2021

Click here to view photos of the projects’ progress.

Upcoming facilities projects currently in the planning stages include:

  • Administration Building Renovation: This project is in the planning stages and will include a $5 million renovation of the Administration building. Estimated Completion: July 2022
  • Vocational Technology Building Renovation: The $10.8 million renovation of this building is in the planning stages and will be a multi-phase project designed to minimize disruption to classrooms and shop areas during construction.
  • Management Information Systems/Math Buildings Renovation: A multi-phased, $1 million project to renovate the MIS office area to accommodate an increase in IT staff/services. The final phase will include a $7.3 million renovation of the Math & Science Building after the Vocational Technology Building is renovated.
  • PE Complex Replacement: This $45 million new construction project will include demolition of the current gymnasium, men’s shower/locker, classroom V, pool service, pool, and women’s shower/locker buildings; and the construction of a new gymnasium, men’s and women’s locker room, faculty office space, and physical education support space.
  • Visual and Performing Arts Complex: This future project begins Phase 3 of Compton College’s Facilities Master Plan and includes construction of a $9.7 million new facility to support music, dance, performing arts, film and video to replace aging facilities and provide a vibrant learning environment for these important programs.

District News

Compton Community College District is Accepting Applications for its Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee

The Compton Community College District is currently accepting applications for consideration in serving on the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee. The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, 2021. The Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee informs the public concerning the District’s expenditure of revenues received from the sale of bonds authorized by the voters.

The CCCD is seeking applicants who represent the following constituencies: a member who is a resident of the district and active in a bona fide taxpayers organization; a district resident who is active in a senior citizens' organization; and members of the community at large who reside in Compton, Lynwood or Paramount. More information about the role of committee members, eligibility requirements and link to the application here.

Other News

Compton College Joins Los Angeles County Community Colleges Jobs Consortium

Local employers and Compton College students seeking jobs have a new resource for matching open jobs and trained talent from community colleges, thanks to the Compton Community College District’s new partnership with the College Central Network, Inc. and its FREE Los Angeles County Community Colleges Jobs Consortium website.

The website makes it both FREE and easy for all employers—large and small, public and private—to register just once and then post an unlimited number of job openings to be viewed and applied for by community college students and alumni in Los Angeles County. This is an extraordinarily useful resource for employers hiring in today’s climate as well as for students seeking jobs, especially while students are attending classes virtually.

And, Compton College students seeking jobs may visit to look for open positions in Los Angeles County.

Read the full story here:


Campus Calendar

April 1 – May 12 Grad Fest at Compton College Bookstore
April 27 Summer 2021 Registration Begins
April 28 Virtual Student Forum
May 4 Tartars@Work Job & Resource Fair
May 14 Last day to drop a class with a “W” (full semester courses)
May 25 Fall 2021 Semester Registration Begins
May 31 Memorial Day Holiday – Campus Closed
June 11 Commencement


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