Student Success

Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

The 11th Annual Commencement Ceremony took place on June 8 with 605 students who met the requirements to graduate with an associate degree, and 263 students receiving certificates. Addressing the Class of 2017 was keynote speaker Eloy Ortiz Oakley, Chancellor for the California Community Colleges.

View the list of graduates by city here.

View the photo gallery here.

Commencement Student Speaker Overcomes Setbacks to Earn College Degree

As an adult learner who returned to college after several attempts at completion of an associate degree, Lynwood resident Audrey Casas waited nearly 18 years to walk in a commencement processional. The associate degree for transfer graduate was honored to be selected as the student speaker at El Camino College Compton Center's 2017 Commencement Ceremony on June 8 – the same day it was announced that initial accreditation was granted to Compton College by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.

In May, Casas authored a first-place spoken word poem titled "Nueva Evolución" for the college's annual "Voices of Compton" journal and competition hosted by the Humanities Department that led her to apply, audition for and ultimately be selected as the 2017 commencement student speaker. Her proud legacy includes the fact that her mother was the first female Hispanic Associated Student Body president at the former Compton College in 1995-96.

Casas received a standing ovation after delivering her commencement speech, which was written as a poem and encouraged all listening to never give up on their dreams. She began, "We all have reasons to quit or not start at all and forever wonder what might have been. In contrast, we can push ourselves to the limit and realize a potential that we have never seen." Read More...

Students with a Passion for Helping Others Graduate with Nursing Degrees

Nursing Students

The annual Nursing Pinning Ceremony was held on June 7 to honor 25 students who completed their associate of science degree in nursing. The traditional ceremony recognized the hard work and determination of this year's graduates.

Nursing graduate Erik Hernandez chose to attend Compton College because of the small class sizes, the "family" atmosphere and the schedule flexibility with evening, online and weekend class offerings. "I chose to pursue a career in nursing because I had worked as a volunteer at California Hospital and spent most of my time with the nurses and the nurse practitioners," said Hernandez. "From that experience, I realized I liked what they did and how the nurses were hands-on with the patients. I was drawn to how the patients progressed from being super sick to healthy and being discharged. I really want to help others restore their health."

View the list of nursing graduates here.

Academic Awards Tea Celebrates Student Success

The annual Academic Awards Tea recognized the academic achievements of 49 honor students, three Presidential Scholars, and 31 scholarship recipients. Scholarships awarded by both the Foundation for the Compton Community College District and college departments totaled $32,500.

The 2017 Presidential Scholars are Tiana Gripper, Perla Yamileth Lara-Escobedo and Tafari Richards. Presidential Scholars represent students who have shown academic strength, singular focus and the desire to reach their highest potential, while overcoming obstacles in the pursuit of their dreams. The Presidential Scholar program recognizes outstanding students who are graduating with a 3.7 grade point average or higher.

Full story and list of honor students and scholarship recipients, here.

Student-Athletes Honored with 2017 Tartar Athletics Awards

Crystal Montalvo (softball) and Trinidad Romero (baseball).

In early June, 20 student-athletes and one athletic counselor were honored for their achievements during the 2016-17 academic year at the annual Tartar Athletic Awards banquet. Sophomores Jayvon Brown and Olga Pardo took top honors and Athletic Counselor Shay Brown received the special recognition award.

Full story and list of honorees Here.

9th Annual Voices of Compton Literary Journal Explores Globalization

This year's edition of the Voices of Compton literary and art journal focuses on themes of globalization. Each spring Compton College art and English students compete to have their literary and artistic works published in the fine arts journal. The ninth annual edition features 42 selections examining the conversion of different cultures both within our borders and beyond. The Humanities Division, Academic Affairs and Office of Student Life recognized 25 students for their exceptional creativity and engaging work with awards in seven categories.

Full story and list of winners here.

Speech and Debate Team Closes Season with Top Honors

The Compton College Speech and Debate Team had an impressive showing during the Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Association's annual Cool-Off Tournament held in late April at Rio Hondo College. Compton College students competed in both individual and team events, taking home a total of eight awards. Compton College's six debate teams were among the 45 teams that participated, representing 20 different two- and four-year colleges from California and Arizona.

Prior to four of Compton College's parliamentary debate teams advancing to the final round, they debated first in four rounds each covering a different social issue. In the final rankings, two teams earned gold—Ivan De La Cruz/Larissa Diggins and Anthony Woods/Jose Naranjo. The teams of Alexandria Goldman/Khalil Teixeira and Inara Jackson/Ariyah Hammonds took silver. In addition, Khalil Teixeira was recognized as Top Eloquent Speaker, which is a cumulative ranking of the students' debate skills during the entire tournament.

"As someone who has struggled most of my life with a speech impediment, receiving an Eloquent Speaker award means quite a lot," says Khalil Teixeira, a psychology major who plans to graduate with an associate degree in 2018. "I have only been involved in speech and debate since the beginning of this current semester and have already learned so much about listening as well as thinking critically in order to coherently respond to arguments posed against me. I believe that strong language and reasoning skills will serve me well in all of my future endeavors." Read more...

Student "Lives Her Dream" with Soroptimist Scholarship

Compton College student Elizabeth Nunez Rivas was recently honored with a first-place "Live Your Dream" Award and $2,500 scholarship presented by Soroptimist International of Long Beach. The award recognizes women residing in local cities who are working to raise living standards for their families through better employment prospects. Recipients may use the scholarship funds toward any cost associated with their educational pursuits including tuition, books, childcare and transportation.

"This is the first award I have ever received, and it is a sweet reward after all of the struggles I have had to overcome," said Rivas.

Rivas had always planned to go to college. She was the captain of the swim team and graduated with honors from Bell High School in 2004. When she became pregnant at the age of 17, she was forced to put her educational and career goals on hold. She is now the mother of four children ages 12, 10, 7 and 4. Her oldest has been diagnosed with autism and epilepsy, and, in addition to caring for a child with special needs, she also assists her aging parents. Read more...

Formerly Incarcerated Student Transition Program

Compton College helps formerly incarcerated students make a smooth transition to college with extra support services. The Formerly Incarcerated Student Transition (F.I.S.T.) program provides academic, social and economic support for students reentering the community after incarceration. One of Compton College's scholarship donors has committed to providing 30 scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each (a total donation of $30,000) during the 2017-18 year to F.I.S.T. program participants.

Students in this award-winning program benefit from regular support meetings, soft skills and professional development, career counseling and entrepreneurship exploration, career workshops and basic skills enhancement. Compton College's F.I.S.T. program was honored with the 2017 Dr. John W. Rice Diversity & Equity Award for advancing social mobility by the Foundation for California Community Colleges and the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office.

Tartar Support: Aid for Student's Basic Needs

Compton College is committed to assisting students in need, especially those who have housing and food concerns or simply need some extra support.

Specifically, Compton College has established a free shower/towel/soap program that will guarantee students soap and clean towels to wash up in the locker facilities, which are open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday when classes are in session each semester and during the summer. In partnership with the Compton Grocery Outlet, Compton College opened a food pantry on campus in May 2017 for eligible, currently enrolled students.

"I'm proud that we're making a start to assist this population of students who need a little extra help," said Junior Domingo, Director of Student Development & Athletics who co-chairs Compton College's Homeless Student Task Force.

The task force has initiated a process to reach out to homeless students and students in need to let them know about financial aid, veterans' assistance and other resources that might be available to them. In addition, the task force is examining other ways to assist students with basic needs. For more information about the Tartar Support Program, please call 310-900-1600, ext. 2802.

Accreditation News

Compton College Receives Initial Accreditation

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) granted initial accreditation status to Compton College during its June 7, 2017 meeting. The action establishes Compton College as an accredited college.

"This accomplishment is a huge success story for the entire Compton Community College District community," said El Camino Community College District Superintendent/President Dena P. Maloney. "El Camino College and Compton College faculty, staff and students are all to be congratulated for their hard work in achieving accreditation directly from eligibility status."

Accreditation consists of several steps, including eligibility, candidacy, initial accreditation and reaffirmation of accreditation. The ACCJC granted accreditation eligibility status to the institution in March 2015. The application for candidacy was the next step and a Comprehensive Institutional Self-Evaluation Report was submitted in January 2017. Read more...

District News

Appointment of Special Trustee for Compton Community College District

California Community Colleges Chancellor Oakley has appointed Gene Farrell as the Special Trustee for Compton Community College District (CCCD) with stay and rescind authority. The CCCD Board of Trustees approved Farrell's employment contract at their Special Board meeting on May 9. Farrell is a graduate of the former Compton Junior College and recently served as the interim chancellor for Coast Community College District.

Student Transportation and Parking Planning

Compton College anticipates future transportation and parking issues that may impact student enrollment in the 2017-18 academic year. As a result, Compton College is launching the following strategies to help relieve future transportation and parking challenges for students, faculty, staff and the community. Read more...

Other News

Distinguished Faculty and Staff Honorees Go Above and Beyond

Compton College recently announced its recipients for the 2017 Distinguished Faculty and Staff awards at the Annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Breakfast, an event designed to thank all members of the campus community for their commitment to Compton College and its educational mission.

Amber Gillis, English and humanities instructor; Juan Meza, adjunct history instructor; and Wendy Wimberly, instructional assistant, were recognized for their dedication to students, Compton College and colleagues. Read More...

Professor Invited to Judge International Science and Engineering Fair

Congratulations to Compton College Biological Science Professor Fazal Aasi who was recently invited to serve as a grand award judge for the 2017 Intel international Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles! "Serving as a judge at this event was a really rewarding experience. I enjoyed my discussions with these budding scientists and being able to collaborate with seasoned microbiology professors and researchers from all over the U.S.," said Professor Aasi.

Hosted by the Society for Science & the Public, the annual fair is the world's largest international pre-college science competition. This year, 1,800 high school students from more than 40 countries participated.

Compton College Website Wins Community College Marketing Award

Compton College's website, redesigned in 2016, won second place in the "Before and After" category at the 2017 Pro Awards. The Community College Public Relations Organization (CCPRO) holds the statewide competition annually where California Community Colleges are invited to submit entries showcasing their best work in marketing, public relations and communications.

Industry leaders in publishing, printing, photography, graphic design, writing, web and social networking judge hundreds of entries for this annual competition. Compton College's website met all of their criteria for appearance, organization, comprehensive content and navigational ease. CCPRO judges were especially impressed by the improved look of the new site and how its visual appeal has led to a significant increase in traffic. Read More...

Campus Calendar

July 27 Six-week summer session ends
July 27 Last day to drop with a "W" (eight-week summer session)
August 10 Eight-week summer session ends
August 22 Fee payment deadline – students who register July 25-August 22, 2017
August 24-25 Faculty & Staff Flex Development Days
August 25 Online registration for fall 2017 semester ends
August 26 Fall 2017 semester begins
August 28 Online add and program change period begins