Student Success

New Vice President of Academic Affairs Hired for Compton College

Compton College is pleased to announce that Stephanie Atkinson-Alston was hired as the new vice president of academic affairs, effective Dec. 18, 2017. The vice president of academic affairs provides leadership in the planning, development, and implementation of the Compton Community College District's (CCCD) instructional program, while working collaboratively with academic and student support services personnel. She will also provide technological and research leadership for planning services and programs designed to advance the educational mission of Compton College. In addition, she will plan, develop, recommend, and implement policies and procedures; oversee the accreditation process for the college; as well as the special instructional program, assuring compliance with Compton College, the CCCD, state, and federal regulations.

Dr. Atkinson-Alston was previously the dean of academic affairs and distance education co-coordinator at Los Angeles Harbor College. From 2009-2013, she held various positions in administration at Los Angeles Mission College including dean of academic affairs and STEM director, acting vice president of academic affairs, and chief information officer. She also served as dean of educational services at West Hills College and completed the Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellowship. Read More...

Spring 2018 Registration in Progress;
In-Person Registration Assistance Begins January 29

Spring 2018 Registration in Progress

Hundreds of classes are available for the spring 2018 semester at Compton College to help students meet their educational goals. Online registration is currently underway for all students and the spring semester begins February 10. Please encourage all students to register immediately for best class selection.

Classes have been added in high-demand subjects such as English, math, science, history, communications, child development, Spanish, political science, and sociology, to name a few. Read More...

The schedule of classes, in both digital and searchable formats, is available on the web at

Transfer Pathway Partnership with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

The Compton Community College District and Charles R. Drew University have entered into a multifaceted partnership designed to benefit Compton College students and faculty. The exciting new partnership includes a transfer pathway program for students interested in preparing for careers in biomedical science fields. In addition to helping students transfer more easily, the partnership will provide expanded opportunities in the areas of academic collaboration, teaching, faculty advancement and professional development, institutional management and research.

The two institutions of higher learning made the partnership official at a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing ceremony on Nov. 29, 2017 at Charles R. Drew University in Los Angeles.

"As the 114th California Community College, we are proud of quality academic and student resource programs we provide to the community," said Keith Curry, president of Compton College and CEO of the Compton Community College District. "It's all about leveraging relationships for a greater good and this partnership with Charles R. Drew University marks a significant milestone for Compton College. It will help us leverage the talents and resources of both institutions as a way to help transform the economic, cultural and social environments of the communities we serve." Read More...

Congratulations to Fall Nursing Graduates!

At its bi-annual Nursing Pinning Ceremony, Compton College honored 29 students who graduated with an associate of science degree in nursing in December 2017.

Compton College's Nursing program provides a viable career path for those interested in health care and will help replenish the supply of qualified health care providers needed in the workforce. According to the Institute of Medicine, by 2020 nearly half of all registered nurses will reach traditional retirement age. By 2030, the United States will need an extra 3.5 million formal health care providers just to maintain the existing ratio of providers to the total population. Read More...

Debate Students Win Seven Awards at Fall Championships

Compton College debate students had an impressive showing during the recent Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Association 2017 Fall Championships held at Moorpark College in early December. The students competed in the parliamentary debate category and took home a total of seven awards. Compton College's six debate teams were among more than 111 teams competing in parliamentary debate, representing 37 different two- and four-year colleges in California and Arizona.

In the final rankings, one team went undefeated and earned gold – Tahnesia Hall and Gina De Four; and another team earned silver – Jorge Zarate and Kelisha Gonzales. Eloquent Speaker awards went to the following Compton College students: Rashida Pittman, second place; Kelisha Gonzales, third place; Tahnesia Hall, fifth place; Deireanne Morales, sixth place; and Eliza Nunez, eighth place. The Eloquent Speaker award is a cumulative ranking of the students' debate skills during the entire tournament. Read More...

District News

Keith Curry Named Administrator of the Year

Compton College President and Compton Community College District CEO Keith Curry was recently named Administrator of the Year by the Community College League of California African American Caucus. He will be presented with the award at the Legislative Awards Reception on January 29, 2018 in Sacramento. Curry is among four people being honored by the CCLC African American Caucus. The other award recipients include Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) recipient of the Outstanding Legislator Award; Meredith Brown, Board of Trustees member for the Peralta Community College District and recipient of the Trustee Leadership Award; and Pamela Haynes, Board of Trustees member for the Los Rios Community College District who is recipient of the Excellence in Education Award. Congratulations to Keith Curry for this prestigious honor!

CCCD Conducts Annual Organizational Meeting

The Compton Community College District (CCCD) Board of Trustees held its annual organizational meeting on December 12, 2017, and elected officers for 2018. Nicole Jones was elected president, Sonia Lopez was elected vice president; and LoWanda Green will serve as clerk. CCCD CEO Keith Curry was elected to serve as secretary to the Board of Trustees until December 2018.

Additionally, CCCD Board of Trustees Vice President Sonia Lopez was appointed to serve as the District's representative to the Los Angeles County School Trustees Association, and Board Member LoWanda Green will serve as the representative on the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization. Board Member 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.

CCCD Receives 2016-17 Financial Audit Report

The Compton Community College District (CCCD) recently received its 2016-17 Financial Audit Report for fiscal year 2017 (year ending in June 30, 2017). The audit was conducted by independent external auditing firm Vavrinek, Trine, Day and Company LLP.

The CCCD 2016-17 Financial Audit Report may be viewed online on the District website:

Highlights of the report include:

  • The audit was completed and filed on time with the state – meeting the December 31, 2017 deadline with an unmodified opinion of the financial statements.
  • The District ended fiscal year 2016-17 with a general fund ending balance was $10.5 million, which is above the 10 percent minimum reserve requirement pursuant to CCCD Board Policy 6200.
  • The District reported no audit findings for the fourth consecutive year. Over a period of seven fiscal years the CCCD has reduced the number of audit findings from 26 in 2010-11 to zero for four consecutive years by implementing internal controls, policies, and procedures.
  • The 2016-17 CCCD Financial Audit reported no audit adjustments, nor did it report material weaknesses in CCCD internal controls.
  • The 2016-17 CCCD Financial Audit also reported an unmodified opinion on the State Awards. There were no audit findings noted in the State Awards.
  • The District was in compliance with the 50 Percent Law for the fourth consecutive year.

As outlined in Education Code Section 84040(b), community college districts must provide for an annual external audit of all funds, books, and accounts of the district in accordance with regulations of the board of governors and Title 5. The audit shall be conducted by certified public accountants licensed by the California Board of Accountancy.

Compton College Comprehensive Master Plan

The Compton Community College District has been working on the development of the Compton College Comprehensive Master Plan for 2017-2022 since spring 2016. The 2017 Comprehensive Master Plan (Educational and Facilities Plans), 2017 Compton College Human Resources Staffing Plan, and the 2017 Compton College Technology Plan have all been completed. These plans will serve as a guide for District planning through the year 2022.

Other News

El Camino College/Compton College Transition

Last fall, Compton College began the planning and implementation needed to transition the programs, processes and systems to separate from El Camino College to an independent college under the authority of Compton Community College District. This process will take some time, and the El Camino College/Compton College Transition Committee meets monthly to work on implementing items cited in the Partnership Transition Plan document, which is an internal planning document for the transition. The next El Camino College/Compton College Transition committee meeting is scheduled for January 23 at 2:30 p.m. in the Compton College Boardroom.

The most important decision related to the transition that needs to be made immediately is the purchase of the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system for Compton College. Compton College is working with Strata Information Group on a Request for Proposal (RFP) process for a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System/Student Information System (SIS) for Compton College. Read More...

How Would You Describe Compton College?

The Compton Community College District has been working on the development of the Compton College Comprehensive Master Plan for 2017-2022 since spring 2016. The 2017 Comprehensive Master Plan (Educational and Facilities Plans), 2017 Compton College Human Resources Staffing Plan, and the 2017 Compton College Technology Plan have all been completed. These plans will serve as a guide for District planning through the year 2022..

Campus Calendar

January 29 Last day to drop with a "W" for Winter term
February 6 Second spring fee payment deadline for those who register 1/9 – 2/6
February 9 Winter term ends
February 10 Saturday spring 2018 semester begins
February 19 Campus Closed (Washington's Day Holiday)
February 23 Last day to add/drop classes, change residency status, or drop with refund and no permanent notation on record for spring semester
February 27 Tartar Talks Campuswide Update, 1:00 p.m.
February 28 Northern California University Tour application deadline