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.

We recently spoke at three parent/student informational sessions at Compton High School and were encouraged by the considerable attendance and positive feedback in support of Early College High School. CUSD produced this short video to introduce and promote the program.

Also in alignment with the California Community Colleges’ Student Success Initiative, ECC Compton Center continues to introduce programs aimed at boosting student success and transfer rates. An Honors Transfer Program has been established to help academically strong students receive consideration for priority admission to a University of California institution and most other four-year universities.

Students completing the Honors Transfer Program have very specific admission and completion requirements including a minimum cumulative GPA and a set number of Honors courses and workshops or alternate enrichment activities that must be completed per semester.

The Honors Transfer Student Handbook and Application for students beginning the program in summer or fall 2015 may be found at: http://www.compton.edu/academics/honorsprogram/Student%20Handbook.pdf

We are also exploring ways to promote and communicate courses offered at Compton Center that provide pathways to STEM careers. While we do not offer an official STEM program yet, ECC Compton Center strives to become part of the solution to creating greater STEM competence, success, and future careers within the diverse community it serves. We will communicate more in future messages as this initiative develops.

Please join us in the support and promotion of these student success initiatives as a way to ensure Every Student is a Success Story!

CEO, Compton Community College District

Vice President, ECC Compton Center

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