Student Success

Spring 2020 Peak Registration Assistance through February 28

Winter 2020 Class ScheduleWelcome to the spring 2020 semester! Here are key dates for the start of the spring semester:

• Campus is closed Friday, February 14 and the following Monday, February 17 in observance of President Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthdays

• Weekday classes begin Tuesday, February 18

• Weekend classes begin Saturday, February 22

Spring 2020 online registration continues through February 17, 2020, and the last day students can add classes is Feb. 28. Peak Registration office hours are as follows:

Community Forum About Student Residential Housing Scheduled for February 26

student-housing-forumCompton College will host a Community Forum about Student Residential Housing at 6 p.m. on February 26, 2020 at the Dollarhide Community Center, located at 301 N. Tamarind Avenue, Compton, CA 90220. This Community Forum is open to the public; community members, residents served by the Compton Community College District, business partners, students and parents are all encouraged to attend. At the Forum, plans for future student housing at Compton College will be discussed and we want your input on student housing on campus.

“Compton College is working to develop student residential housing with a goal of merging current and future capacities, attributes, and outcomes to deliver on its mission to provide solutions to challenges, and provide a welcoming and inclusive environment where diverse students are supported to pursue and attain student success,” said Compton College President Keith Curry.

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4th Annual Tartar Student Leadership Conference Scheduled for March 19

tartar-leadership-conferenceThe fourth annual Tartar Student Leadership Conference is scheduled for Thursday, March 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Compton College students will hear from distinguished scholars, entrepreneurs, and community leaders about leadership first hand. The featured speaker for this year’s conference is Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA).

The Tartar Student Leadership Conference is designed to motivate and inspire Compton College students. All participants will learn strategies to develop their roles as leaders at Compton College and in their communities. Students are asked to RSVP online at Read other recent student success stories on the Compton College Student Success webpage!

Compton College Receives $400,000 Grant for Guided Pathways

winter-studentsThe Compton Community College District (CCCD) was awarded a $400,000 grant from the College Futures Foundation to support Compton College’s implementation of its Tartar Completion by Design (Guided Pathways), Dual Enrollment, block scheduling, and transfer partnerships.

To close achievement gaps and increase graduation and retention rates, Compton College has adopted the Tartar Completion by Design framework to guide the college’s priorities, decision-making, and evaluations. The Guided Pathways system has four main goals:

• Create clear curricular pathways to employment and further education.

• Help students choose and enter their pathway.

• Help students stay on their path.

• Ensure learning is happening with intentional outcomes.

“We are extremely grateful to the College Futures Foundation for awarding this grant to Compton College,” said Compton College President/CEO, Keith Curry. “The programs supported by this grant will enable Compton College to reach more equitable student outcomes for the communities served by our district. The Tartar Completion by Design program strives to create a faster path to graduation, transfer, and good-pay jobs.”

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CCCD Enters Partnership with USC to Diversify Compton College Faculty

At its January 21, 2020 meeting, the Compton Community College District (CCCD) Board of Trustees unanimously approved a partnership agreement with the University of Southern California (USC) Race and Equity Center to launch a new Faculty Prep Academy for Compton College. This initiative will prepare ethnically diverse cohorts of future faculty members who will advance racial equity in their classrooms. A grant recently awarded to the CCCD by the College Futures Foundation will fund the development of the Faculty Prep Academy.

The new Compton College Faculty Prep Academy will identify currently enrolled master's and doctoral students of color across California who began their higher education journeys at community colleges before transferring to four-year colleges and universities. Students pursuing graduate degrees in academic fields that are offered at Compton College will be targeted for this initiative. "Faculty and staff diversity is a high priority for the Compton Community College District, which remains committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone in the campus community," said Compton College President/CEO Keith Curry. "This includes all employees who are vital to student learning and success at Compton College."

Graduate students who are selected for participation in the Academy will learn about full-time faculty opportunities at community colleges and will be introduced to a set of equity principles that aim to permanently guide their future work as faculty members. Over a one-year period, Academy participants will spend a week on the USC campus and subsequently engage in a monthly virtual learning series focused on preparing for community college faculty work from an equity perspective.

"What distinguishes this Academy from other faculty prep programs is its unapologetic emphasis on preparing people of color who will not only diversify the faculty but will also disrupt curricular and teaching practices that have long undermined academic success for students of color," said USC Professor Shaun Harper, the Center's founder and executive director. "Compton College, as well as other community colleges across our state, will immediately benefit from the equity-minded, highly-skilled instructors the Academy prepares."

In addition to learning about faculty work, each participant will be paired with a current community college faculty member who will serve as a mentor. These mentors will help interpret particular aspects of community college instruction and faculty requirements, help participants craft resumes and cover letters that will help them be competitive on the community college faculty job market, and introduce their mentees to faculty colleagues and administrators who might hire them for full-time faculty positions at community colleges. Significant emphasis also will be placed on skillfully achieving and sustaining racial equity in teaching, learning, and curriculum.

"The Compton Community College District is proud of this new partnership with USC that will help us further diversify our campus community and identify qualified candidates to become members of the Compton College faculty," said Sonia Lopez, CCCD Board of Trustees president. "We are especially looking forward to identifying and investing in Compton College alumni who are graduate students or have earned graduate degrees and are interested in teaching opportunities at Compton College."

College Promise Student Spotlight: Majesty Goodlow

majesty goodlowCompton High School 2019 graduate Majesty Goodlow is currently attending Compton College nearly free from cost through the Oliver W. Conner College Promise Program, which provides two years of waived enrollment fees for local high school graduates, among other benefits.

The child development major would one day like to own a business that impacts and improves the lives of children and their families. As a mother, Goodlow hopes to work in a career where she can help families overcome barriers and thrive. "I would like to be an administrator of some type of program that emphasizes strong family values and economic empowerment, as well as teaching life skills that augment the environment in the urban community," she said.

This month, Goodlow will begin her second semester at Compton College and she says the college location gives her the convenience of being close to home so she can attend to her son's needs while also getting an education. In addition to her college studies and raising her son, Goodlow volunteers at the Walter R. Tucker Park in the City of Compton. Her duties range from helping the children from the community with their homework to teaching a youth dance group she founded at the park called Explosive Dance Team.

Through Compton College's Oliver W. Conner Promise Program, high school graduates from the Compton, Lynwood, and Paramount unified school districts who attend Compton College full time (12 units) immediately after graduation receive guaranteed admission and have two years of enrollment fees waived, plus up to $400 per year for textbooks, course materials and supplies. Under this program, enrollment fees for the fall semester, winter term, spring semester, and summer sessions at Compton College will be paid during a two-year period.

The Oliver W. Conner College Promise Program also offers guaranteed admission and assistance with enrollment; priority registration; opportunities to participate in student support programs such as the First Year Experience (FYE) and Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) for additional resources to successfully navigate the first years of college; assistance applying for additional financial aid to help with other college-related expenses; and Summer Bridge classes for recent high school graduates to assist with college-level English and math placement.

Having the first two years of her college education mostly paid for will put Goodlow in a stronger position from a financial standpoint to transfer and continue her bachelor's degree and beyond. "The Oliver W. Conner Promise Program has continued to be a valuable resource that enables me, through support programs, guidance and counseling, to know what is expected of me in college," said Goodlow. "I believe that the program is instrumental in propelling me to become more than just an average student."

The enrollment process is currently in progress for Compton, Lynwood, and Paramount high school seniors who will graduate this June. For more information or to apply online for the Compton College's Oliver W. Conner Promise Program, please visit or call the Compton College Office of Outreach and School Relations at 310-900-1600, ext. 2765.

Compton College STEM Center Ignites Student’s Passion for Science and Research

Yesenia_DuarteYesenia Duarte is a 2019 Compton College graduate who transferred to California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) this fall as a chemistry major. She is interested in possibly pursuing a career as a forensic scientist. Last summer, she was selected for and participated in the CSULB Summer Bridge to the Beach program, a nine-week research program for incoming Latino and Pell Grant eligible STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) transfer students. The program ignited Duarte’s growing interest in the field of scientific research. She is now considering pursuing a doctorate degree.

In addition to her classes, Duarte spends about four to eight hours each week working in a research lab at CSULB that is conducting research in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Currently, the researchers in the lab are tasked with looking for new methods to develop devices for a sustainable energy cycle. "The entire lab is working to stop the effects of global warming and other things harming the environment as it is important for human survival," said Duarte. "We are working to come up with solutions to world problems. I like that we are trying to do something to help instead of ignoring these problems."

Duarte credits many of Compton College's student services and resources for helping her along her educational path, especially the STEM Center. "While taking an intermediate algebra for science class, STEM Center Coordinator Lorena Fonseca visited our class to promote the benefits of using the STEM Center," said Duarte. "I never ended up going to the STEM Center at that time and I failed my math class. After that, I started going to the center religiously for tutoring and studying, and continued until I graduated." The STEM Center staff regularly informs students, who use the center, about scholarship and internship opportunities that help advance students' experience and academic success. "I was encouraged to apply for the CSULB Summer Bridge to the Beach program by Ms. Fonseca and I'm so thankful for her mentorship and guidance," said Duarte.

"Compton College's programs like First Year Experience (FYE), Extended Opportunity Programs and Services, and the STEM Center impacted me in a good way because I'm somewhat shy and those programs forced me to go outside of my comfort zone and interact with people," said Duarte. "I had an incredible peer mentor in FYE; it was great to have someone to turn to when I was struggling or needed to find resources. She helped me navigate my first year in college and I wanted to pay it forward and provide that same resource to other students, so I became an FYE peer mentor as well."

In addition, Duarte became a chemistry workshop leader at Compton College to help tutor other students, a position she still holds even though she has transferred. "I want to help make chemistry enjoyable for students, or at least make it less stressful," said Duarte. "Leading chemistry workshops also helps me stay familiar with the material."

Speaking from personal experience, Duarte offers some good advice for all college students: "Seek out all the resources available on campus to help you, especially when you need it most. I didn't have a support system for my education when I first started college. It is crucial for any student who may be doubting themselves to speak up and ask for help."

District News

Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee to Meet February 13

The next meeting of the Compton Community College District Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee will be held on Thursday, February 13, at 5:00 p.m. in the District Board Room located at 1111 E. Artesia Blvd., Compton, CA 90221. All meetings are open to the public.

As outlined in the Education Code Section 15278, the role of the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee is to “inform the public concerning the District’s expenditure of revenues received from the sale of bonds authorized by the voters.”

More information may be found at the Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee page on the Compton College website:

Compton Community College District Board Meeting Scheduled for February 18

The next meeting of the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees is scheduled for Tuesday, February 18 at 5:00 p.m. in the Board Room.

All regular session Board meetings are open to the public. Closed session begins at 4:00 p.m.

The Board Agenda is posted 72 hours in advance of the meeting. Agendas are posted on the BoardDocs website under the "Meetings" tab at:

Compton Community College District Conducts Annual Organizational Meeting

The Compton Community College District (CCCD) Board of Trustees held its annual organizational meeting on December 17, 2019, and elected officers for 2020. Sonia Lopez was elected president, Dr. Sharoni Little was elected vice president, and Barbara Calhoun will serve as clerk. CCCD President/CEO Dr. Keith Curry was appointed to serve as secretary to the Board of Trustees until December 2020.

Additionally, CCCD Board of Trustees Vice President Dr. Sharoni Little was appointed to serve as the District's representative to the Los Angeles County School Trustees Association, and Board Clerk Barbara Calhoun will serve as the representative on the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization. Board Member Dr. Deborah LeBlanc was appointed to review nominations for membership on the California Community College Trustees Board and make a recommendation to the CCCD Board of Trustees.

The Board of Trustees carries out its responsibilities on behalf of the citizens of the Compton Community College District. According to Board Policy 2200, the CCCD Board members responsibilities include advocating for and protecting the District; assisting in the establishment of a climate in which high standards are maintained and institutional goals are accomplished; conducting themselves in legal, ethical, and prudent ways; and respecting the authority of District's chief executive officer to manage the day-to-day affairs of the District by providing the President/CEO with guidance and direction only.

Compton Community College District Trustees Extend President/CEO Contract

The Compton Community College District (CCCD) Board of Trustees approved a one-year contract extension for its president/chief executive officer at its December 17, 2019 meeting. The contract for Dr. Keith Curry, who has served as the district’s permanent CEO since 2013, was extended through June 30, 2023.

“Dr. Curry’s dedication to Compton College can be seen in the continued improvements we are making in success and retention, as well as accreditation. His efforts to address community college students’ basic needs statewide directly impact our students,” said CCCD Board President Sonia Lopez. “He is an energetic administrator and innovative educator who will continue to lead Compton College and its students on a path of excellence.”

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Facilities News

Construction Progresses on Instructional Building 1

Construction is currently in progress on the new $18.8 million instructional building on the north end of the Compton College campus. Instructional Building 1 is an all-new, multi-story classroom building that is targeted for completion in spring 2021. It replaces a portion of the former "Row Buildings" that were built circa 1950s. This new construction is made possible with funds from the District's 2002 Measure CC facilities bond and State capital outlay funds. Instructional Building 1 will be the second new instructional building constructed at Compton College since the 1990s.

The new instructional building will house nine classrooms, four computer labs, 15 offices, a lounge/breakroom, two workrooms, custodial and storage rooms, and restrooms. Smart classroom technology that will be incorporated includes wireless access points throughout the building and portable device-charging stations for students, faculty and staff. The sustainable features incorporated into the design and functionality of the Instructional Building 1 will include high-efficiency thermal glass with exterior louvers for shading, high-efficiency HVAC systems and controls, a cool roof, and drinking fountains with filtered water filling stations for reusable containers.

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Instructional Building 2

Instructional Building 2 archtectural renderingThe Compton Community College District held a groundbreaking ceremony in December 2019 for the new 30,200 square-foot Instructional Building 2 on the Compton College campus. Instructional Building 2 is a $25 million all-new, multi-story classroom building at the north end of campus. It will join Instructional Building 1, currently under construction, in replacing the former “Row Buildings.” This new construction is made possible with funds from the District’s 2002 Measure CC facilities bond and State Capital Outlay monies.

Instructional Building 2 is targeted for completion in fall 2021. According to the District’s facilities master plan, Instructional Buildings 1 and 2 will be part of a new academic village that will eventually include a third multi-story instructional building. Instructional Building 2 will house 15 instructional classrooms, two of which will be flexible classrooms that can be sized up or down with moveable partitions. In addition, there will be a study/reading room, 12 faculty offices, restrooms and support rooms, including a lactation room.

Other News

Compton College Spring 2020 Professional Development Days

Compton College begins its spring 2020 semester with two Professional Development Days for Compton College faculty and staff February 12 (optional for full-time and part-time faculty), and February 13 (mandatory for full-time faculty).

The agenda for Wednesday, February 12 will begin with continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m. in the Student Lounge, and the general session will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Little Theater. All Compton College faculty are welcome to attend the general session and the other scheduled activities offered by the Compton College Academic Senate. Wednesday's activities will conclude at noon.

The agenda for Thursday, February 13 will begin with a continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m. in the Student Lounge, and the general session will start at 9:00 a.m. in the Little Theater. All Compton College full-time faculty and staff are expected to attend the general session at 9:00 a.m. Leah Hollis, Ed.D., associate professor at Morgan State University, will serve as the keynote speaker. Lunch will be provided to all Compton College employees in the Student Lounge patio area. Thursday's Professional Development Day activities for full-time faculty and staff will conclude at 4:00 p.m.

The agendas for both Compton College Spring 2020 Professional Development Days are available online at

Spring 2020 Year-End Activities Event Participation Requests

For Compton College departments that wish to have Compton College President Keith Curry speak at an upcoming academic year-end event, please be sure to complete an "Event Participation Request Form" and submit it to the President/CEO Office at least four weeks in advance of the planned event. This will assist in the planning process; thank you.

Register Teams for Student-Athlete vs. Faculty and Staff Dodgeball Tournament

In celebration of National Student-Athlete Day, Compton College will host a Dodgeball Tournament on April 6 at 5 p.m. in the Tartar Gymnasium. Six teams of 10 Compton College employees are currently being formed. Interested parties are encouraged to pick up a team registration packet in the Tartar Athletics Office (Building W). Registration packets and an entry fee of $25 per team are due March 26. For more information, please contact Roberta Camacho, athletic specialist, at 310-900-1600, ext. 2941 or via email at

Campus Calendar

February 12-13 Professional Development Days
February 13 CCCD Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee Meeting
February 14 Lincoln President’s Day Observation – campus closed
February 17 Washington President’s Day Observation – campus closed
February 18 Spring 2020 Semester weekday classes begin Spring Welcome Week 2020 CCCD Board of Trustees Meeting
February 21 Last day to drop a class and be eligible for refund (1st 8-weeks)
February 22 Spring 2020 Semester weekend classes begin
February 25 Tartar Talks
February 26 Community Forum on Student Residential Housing
February 28 Deadline to file graduation intent/certificate petitions for spring 2020 Last day to add classes, challenge residency, or drop classes for a refund and without permanent notation on record


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