An Accreditation Forum is scheduled at El Camino College Compton Center for April 3.  An updated version of the “Process to Accreditation” document for the El Camino College Compton Center has also been published. This document provides an overview of the actions required for the ECC Compton Center to progress toward accreditation eligibility. Read More...

Student Success

2014 Commencement Ceremony is May 15

Leslie SykesEl Camino College Compton Center will hold its 2014 Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 15 at 5:30 p.m. in the Tartar Stadium.

The guest speaker for the ceremony is Leslie Sykes, co-anchor of ABC7 Eyewitness News. Sykes was born in San Diego, California, and grew up in the City of Compton. She graduated from Saint Joseph High School in Lakewood, and was subsequently accepted to  Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English. More…

Tartar Athlete Named Player of the Week

Players of the WeekCongratulations to Larry Barraza of the ECC Compton Center baseball team for being named the Southern California Player of the Week in February by the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association (CCCBCA). Barraza, who helped the Tartars to a 3-0 record during the week he was honored, is a sophomore shortstop. Check out the full story at here.

Games for the regular season continue through April 25. The complete Tartar baseball schedule is here.

Focus on Student Success: Kymberlee Wallace

Kymberlee WallaceKymberlee Wallace is on track to graduate from ECC Compton Center with an associate degree in May. With aspirations of opening her own pediatric clinic in the future, Wallace plans to transfer to California State University, Long Beach this fall to major in sociology and pre-medicine. A graduate of Compton High School, she chose to attend Compton Center because the location is close to home and allows for an easy commute.

Wallace enrolled in the First Year Experience (FYE) program upon her graduation from high school, and says she thoroughly enjoyed participating in the program. “It was uplifting because I learned what to do at a college and how to take the right classes,” said Wallace. “The FYE program has amazing teachers and counselors. One instructor helped build my confidence as a student by working with me to identify my strengths.” More…

Three Faculty Members Receive Honors

Congratulations to three El Camino College Compton Center faculty members who were recently honored by professional organizations for their contributions on local and state levels! More...

Tartar Basketball Raises Funds for Cancer Research

Tartar Athletes fight breast cancer!Tartar athletes are paying it forward! Congratulations to the men’s and women’s basketball teams for raising $227 in one day and donating it to the Susan G. Komen Foundation to assist in the fight against breast cancer.

Accreditation News

El Camino College Accreditation Self-Evaluation

As part of the accreditation self-evaluation process, Accreditation Forums are planned for the El Camino College and ECC Compton Center communities. This is a time for faculty, staff, and students to review and discuss the draft Self-Evaluation Report, in preparation for the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges team visit in October. Accreditation co-chairs Jean Shankweiler, Matt Cheung, and Holly Schumacher, along with Accreditation Liaison Officer Jeanie Nishime, will present Accreditation Forums at ECC and ECC Compton Center on March 27 and April 3.

The El Camino College Accreditation Team reviewed and gathered the information for the draft report, working to strengthen the evidence for each standard. As the accreditation process continues, it is important to note that the report should reflect what we do each day to contribute to student success. All are encouraged to read the Draft 2014 Institutional Self-Study in Support of Reaffirmation of Accreditation Report here. Please send all comments to Co-Chair Jean Shankweiler via email at jshankweiler@elcamino.edu.

District News

Compton Community College District to Host Grand Opening of New Library-Student Success Center

Library-Student Succes CenterA grand opening ceremony for the completely new Library-Student Success Center instructional building will be held beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15. Students, faculty, staff and members of the community are invited to attend the grand opening ceremony.

The current Library will be closed March 15-26 while its contents are relocated to the new building. The new Library-Student Success Center will officially open for student use on March 27.

Other News

Black History Month Observance a Resounding Success

Black History MonthThank you to the Office of Student Life, ASB, and everyone else who supported the planning and implementation of ECC Compton Center’s Black History Month observance events this year. In addition, thank you to all the members of faculty and staff who donated books and funds for the Black Book Fair. Please enjoy a slideshow capturing highlights from the month-long celebration here.

ECC Compton Center Hosts Free Tax Preparation Event and Cash for College Fair

Free Tax Preparation and Cash for College FairEl Camino College Compton Center hosted the Intuit Financial Freedom Foundation, and the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), who provided free tax preparation and filing assistance to community members on February 22.

The event helped 104 community members file their tax returns free of charge. According to a taxpayer survey at the conclusion of the event, responders reported a total of $50,664 in Federal refunds. Taxpayer feedback was resoundingly positive highlighting that the event provided expert advice, helpful volunteers, and a timely and organized operation.

The “Cash for College” fair for parents and students on the same day, included an in-depth presentation on available financial aid and scholarships. The fair offered online computer assistance and expert guidance with the Federal Financial Aid Application (FAFSA) to meet the March 2 Cal Grant deadline. Those who attended the Cash for College event were entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship.

Thank you to all the volunteers from ECC Compton Center who helped make these events such a success!

Campus Calendar

March 31 Priority Registration Deadline for High School Applicants
April 3 Compton Center Accreditation Forum
April 15 Grand Opening of Library - Student Success Center
April 18 Last Day to Drop with a "W"
May 15 2014 Commencement Ceremony
May 16 Last Day of Spring Semester
May 21           First Six-Week Summer Session Begins


End of Year Celebrations

April 25 CalWORKS Recognition Breakfast
April 27 Academic Awards Tea
May 8 FYE Year-End Celebration
May 9 Transfer Center Admit Celebration Reception
May 9 EOPS/CARE Spring Banquet
May 13 Nursing Pinning Ceremony
May 29 ASB Awards Banquet