Supporting our commitment to improve the educational outcomes of all students, El Camino College recently announced its collaboration with the Compton Unified School District (CUSD) to establish a new Early College High School program.

Early College High School will provide highly motivated CUSD high school students with the opportunity to earn both a high school diploma and two years of college credit toward an associate degree. Local high school students who participate in this program will be taking college classes offered by El Camino College Compton Center. During the first two years of high school, the program will be highly structured. During their junior and senior years, students will have the opportunity to take classes that match their educational or career goals. Early College High School will begin in fall 2015 and is free to participating students. Read More...

Student Success

Accreditation Eligibility Status Granted for El Camino College's Compton Center

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) has granted accreditation eligibility status to El Camino College's Compton Center. The next step will be to apply for accreditation candidacy for ECC Compton Center, which includes a self-evaluation report.  

Dr. Barbara Beno, president of the ACCJC, notified El Camino College superintendent/president Thomas Fallo of the approval on March 18. A formal letter outlining next steps will be sent to President Fallo within one week. Read More...

Welcome New Managers and Staff!

Welcome to the two new directors, one interim director, and nine full-time staff members who have joined the CCCD and ECC Compton Center during the past semester. Read More...

FYE Offers Students a Personalized College Support System

Eduardo MoralesCompton resident Eduardo Morales went from attending a continuation high school to earning a 3.6 GPA at El Camino College Compton Center with the help of the First Year Experience (FYE) program. He now has his sights set on transferring to a four-year university in fall 2016.

Morales started out at Compton High School, but his lack of motivation and interest in school led him to Cesar Chavez Continuation High School where he earned his diploma. After high school, he spent a year working as a cook and shift supervisor at a pizza restaurant before he decided to enroll at ECC Compton Center in fall 2013. Read More...

Commencement 2015: A Red Carpet Event

2014 CommencementEl Camino College Compton Center's 2015 Commencement Ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. on May 14 in the Tartar Stadium. As part of the festivities, students, friends and family members are invited to join the Class of 2015 at the "Red Carpet Event" during this year's Commencement Reception in the Gymnasium. A custom step-and-repeat backdrop will provide fun photo opportunities for graduates, family and friends. Attendees are invited to take photos and post them online using the hashtag #ComptonGrad to be included in ECC Compton Center's social media channels. There will also be real-time "tweets" posted on Twitter before, during and after the commencement ceremony via @compton_center.

Commencement Address to Be Delivered by UCLA Dean Luz Herrera

Luz HererraEl Camino College Compton Center will hold its 2015 Commencement Ceremony on Thursday May 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the Tartar Stadium. The keynote speaker for the ceremony is Luz Herrera, assistant dean for clinical education, experiential learning and public service at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.

Prior to her current position, Herrera served as assistant professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law; visiting clinical professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law; visiting professor at Chapman University School of Law; and senior clinical fellow at Harvard Law School. In her various academic positions, she encouraged innovation and promoted access to justice through experiential learning. Before entering academia, Herrera ran her own law practice and founded Community Lawyers, Inc., a nonprofit organization that encourages access to affordable legal services and develops innovative opportunities for legal professionals in underserved communities. Read More...

Alumni Success Profile: Justin Medrano

Justin MedranoCompton resident Justin Medrano attended Warren High School in Downey, Calif. He is a 2014 ECC Compton Center graduate who transferred to the University of California, Santa Cruz last fall. The political science major, and legal studies minor, plans to one day attend law school. He is interested in immigration law and reform.

Medrano took advantage of the many student services and resources available at ECC Compton Center to help him achieve his dream of transferring to a UC school. He was a financial aid and scholarship recipient, received assistance from the Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS), and regularly used the Transfer Center. "El Camino College Compton Center is a great choice for the start of one's college career. Everyone is so friendly, and students and faculty alike have advice to offer from their own experiences."

As the is the first person in is family to move away from his hometown, one of his proudest moments at ECC Compton Center was earning his associate degree and attending the commencement ceremony. Medrano's advice to first-time college students is simple: "The first semester of college is so important and can make or break your academic career, so stay focused!"

Students Encouraged to Apply Now for Summer and Fall!

Apply for Summer & Fall 2015Summer and fall 2015 applications are now being accepted. ALL new students can qualify for early registration if they complete the four steps to enrollment.:

APPLY – New and returning students must complete an application.

PREPARE – All new students must participate in an orientation session and are encouraged to take practice placement tests.

TEST – Assessment testing must be completed prior to registering for classes.

PLAN – Students must see a counselor prior to registration to develop an education plan.

Help boost upcoming enrollment; direct students to apply online today at www.compton.edu/apply.

ECC Compton Center Student-Athlete in the News

Student-athlete James Boyd was recently featured in a story by FOX Sports; read the full article here.

"His teammates voted him a team captain at the start of the season. He finished the fall semester with a 3.0 GPA and made the Honor Roll. With Boyd in the fold, Compton Center is having its best season in five years and, with a win in the regular season finale, can clinch a playoff berth."

District News

CCCD Board Meeting Scheduled for April 21

The next meeting of the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees is scheduled for Tuesday, April 21, at 5:00 p.m. in the Board Room at 1111 E. Artesia Boulevard, Compton, CA 90221.

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: http://www.boarddocs.com/ca/compton/Board.nsf/Public

Other News

Financial Aid Deadline Reminder

For students who have already submitted a FAFSA, June 1, 2015 is ECC Compton Center's deadline for students to submit all required documentation, to the Financial Aid Office E-17, in order to receive financial aid disbursement the first week of the fall 2015 semester.

Community Receives Assistance with Tax Preparation and FAFSA Submission

Free Tax PreparationEl Camino College Compton Center served as host to the Intuit Tax Freedom Project and the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), to provide free tax preparation and filing assistance to community members on February 7.

The event helped more than 100 community members file their tax returns free of charge. Taxpayer feedback was resoundingly positive highlighting that the event provided expert advice, helpful volunteers, and a timely and organized operation. A Compton resident complimented the assistance he received: "The service was great last year and it was great again this year. The volunteers/staff are pleasant. Language and computer skills are a challenge for me, but that didn't matter, they still helped me."

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! You play a key role in helping Compton Center provide specialized services to the community.

New Online Photo Gallery

FlickrIt's been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, so if you like getting the story from a more visual perspective, check out photos from campus events on ECC Compton Center's new Flickr photo stream at https://www.flickr.com/photos/compton_center/sets/. New photos will be added regularly and photo albums are organized by event and date.

Campus Calendar

March 31: Cesar Chavez Day Celebration, 12:00 p.m., Student Lounge
March 31 - April 1: Financial Aid Awareness Week
April 2: CCCD Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee Meeting, 5:30 p.m.
April 9: Lecture on "Victim-Witness Assistance Program," 11:15 a.m., Student Lounge
April 17: Last Day to Drop with a "W"
April 20: CCCD Special Trustee Advisory Committee Meeting, 5:00 p.m.
April 24: Girls/Women in Technology Conference
April 26: Academic Awards Tea, 3:00 p.m.
April 30: Athletic Awards Ceremony, 6:00 p.m.
May 7: FYE Program Year-End Celebration, 12:30 p.m.
  EOPS/CARE Spring Banquet, 6:00 p.m.
May 8: Staff Appreciation Breakfast, 8:00 a.m.
  Transfer Admit Celebration, 12:00 p.m.
May 12: Nursing Pinning Ceremony, 6:00 p.m.
May 14: 2015 Commencement Ceremony, 5:30 p.m.
May 15:    Last Day of Spring Semester
May 25:  Memorial Day Holiday (campus closed)
May 26 First Six-Week Summer Session begins
May 28: ASB Awards Banquet, 6:30 p.m.