Student Success

Students Encouraged to Enroll/Register for the Spring Mid-Term!

Spring Registration 2022

Spring mid-term classes begin April 16, 2022, and there is still time for students to enroll at Compton College. Or, for students already enrolled, the mid-term offers a great way to pick up a needed class or two! This is the perfect opportunity for students to complete a class requirement during the current academic year to reach your goals quicker.

Students are encouraged to register for Spring 2022 mid-term classes as soon as possible. Students may apply and register online, 24 hours per day via the Compton College website www.compton.edu

The list of the second eight-week spring session classes begin on page 20 of the Spring 2022 Class Schedule here.

Apply and Register for Summer & Fall 2022 at Compton College

Registration begins soon for the summer and fall 2022. Recent high school graduates, new and returning students are all encouraged to apply now to achieve their academic, career and job-training goals. Application instructions and Steps to Enrollment are available online at: http://www.compton.edu/steps/

Summer 2022 Registration Begins April 26
  First six-week and eight-week summer session classes begin June 20, 2022
  Second six-week summer session classes begin July 5, 2022
Fall Semester 2022 Registration Begins May 24
  Full-term fall 2022 classes begin on August 22, with mid-term classes also available.

2022 Commencement Ceremony Conducted In-Person for First Time in Three Years!

Commencement 2022 photo

Compton College will celebrate the academic achievements of its students with an in-person Commencement Ceremony on June 10, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. The graduating classes of 2022, 2021 and 2020 will be invited to participate and the ceremony will take place at the Dignity Health Sports Park Tennis Stadium in Carson, Calif. Please visit our Commencement webpage for updates as we get closer to the ceremony date. https://www.compton.edu//studentservices/student-development/commencement/


#CaliforniansForAll College Corps Grants to Create Debt-Free College Pathways for Philanthropic-Minded Students

Compton College will receive $2.175 million over the next two years to hire service-based fellows and administer a new program aimed at creating debt-free pathways for low-income students to attend Compton College while serving their communities.

Compton College will provide 125 paid student service opportunities as part of the #CaliforniansForAll College Corps, 25 of which will be designated for Compton College AB540 Dreamers. The #CaliforniansForAll College Corps is a program that helps pay for college by giving back to the community while building service-oriented career pathways.

The grant funding received will address unique challenges faced by students in the Compton, Lynwood, and Paramount communities. The Compton College Fellows will serve as tutors. Some will be placed in specific departments to address housing and food insecurity, some will be hired as on-campus CalFresh ambassadors, and some will serve as digital navigators to assist students with their technology needs.

Thank you to Lynell Wiggins, Director of Workforce Development and Adult Education, for taking the lead on the Compton College grant proposal. Detailed information will be communicated once funding is received and the program is implemented. More information here.


Local High School Seniors: Attend Compton College Nearly Free of Cost! 

Compton Promise Logo

Through Compton College’s Oliver W. Conner Promise Program, Class of 2022 high school graduates from the Compton, Lynwood, and Paramount unified school districts, who attend Compton College full time (12 units) beginning in the fall 2022 semester immediately after graduation, receive guaranteed admission and have two years of enrollment fees waived, laptop computer and internet/Wi-Fi hotspot loans, plus up to $400 per year for textbooks, course materials and supplies. Under this program, enrollment fees for the fall semester, winter term, spring semester, and summer sessions at Compton College will be paid during the consecutive two-year period.

The Oliver W. Conner College Promise Program also offers guaranteed admission and assistance with enrollment; priority registration; opportunities to participate in student support programs such as Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) for additional resources to successfully navigate the first years of college; assistance applying for additional financial aid to help with other college-related expenses; and Summer Bridge classes for recent high school graduates to assist with a successful transition to college-level courses.

“I am so thankful for Compton College’s Promise Program for many reasons,” said Majesty Goodlow, a Compton College student and single mother who has benefited from two years of college enrollment fees paid for by the Oliver W. Conner Promise Program. “From the start, its orientation and informational workshops helped me have a full visual of what college would be like. I am good at math now with help from the Summer Bridge classes which is a big transformation for me since I was not strong at math when I started college! Compton College’s Promise Program staff, who I consider my mentors, helped me stay on track and take the necessary classes to transfer. If you put in the work and show you are trying, the professors will work to help you. With all these resources I’m benefiting from, there is no excuse to not achieve my educational goals.” Goodlow’s limited finances would have prohibited her from enrolling in college if it weren’t for Compton College’s student support programs and resources.

Full story here.



Compton College Graduate Gains Confidence as a Woman in Automotive Engineering

Nicole Aquirre

As the only woman in her automotive technology classes at Compton College, Compton resident Nicole Aguirre used the opportunity to challenge herself to perform at the top of her class. Her motivation paid off and she is now an electrical engineering major in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree at a California State University campus. In the future, Aguirre hopes to work for a large automotive manufacturer, such as Tesla, to gain hands-on experience in the field. After gaining experience, her goal is to apply her electrical engineering skills as an independent consultant for automotive companies.

The Compton College alumna graduated in spring 2020 with an associate degree in automotive technology, as well as earned two certificates in automotive technology through the college’s career education courses. “There are so many options at Compton College to get job skills and learn a trade,” she said. Aguirre currently works at an auto parts retailer where she fulfills commercial orders, such as for car dealerships and auto service/repair shops.

Aguirre believes that enrolling in Compton College’s automotive technology courses provided her with a great foundation to continue her education in engineering. “The career education staff helped me every step of the way,” she said. “We went through all the classes I needed step-by-step to earn my certificates and an associate of science degree, which I accomplished in three years while also working.”

Full story here.


Single Mother Returns to Compton College to Pursue Career as Government Interpreter

Sadia Escovar

Compton College student Sadia Escovar likes to share her student success story in hopes that it will inspire others to improve their quality of life. “I believe that I am meant to make a difference by helping others, however, I kept suppressing my dream of becoming a language interpreter instead of feeding my dream, she said.

Escovar is a 2004 graduate of Jordan High School who first enrolled at Compton College in 2006 but ended up dropping out during her first semester. She landed a job in finance that paid a good wage. “I got content with that and was good at my job,” she said. “I worked for the company for 15 years and then realized I had no more opportunities for growth with limited education. Then at age 31, I was a single parent to my newborn child.”

In spring 2019, Escovar again enrolled at Compton College determined to make her dream become a reality. “When I came back to college, I decided to take advantage of all the resources available to stay on track, and I made a plan to enroll in classes every semester/term offered in order to finish sooner,” she said. In less than two years, Escovar met the requirements for an associate degree in Spanish at the end of 2021. In addition, she is just 12 units away from earning a second associate degree in Ethnic Studies which she will complete this spring and graduate with two associate degrees in June 2022. She plans to transfer to a local California State University campus to earn her bachelor’s degree with the future goal of becoming a certified state interpreter and translator for a courthouse.

Full story here.


Compton College Alum Begins Master’s Program in Higher Education Counseling

Julio Reyes Cabezas

“As a DACA student, I’m extremely grateful for the opportunities I’ve received and I’m interested in a career where I can help other underrepresented students navigate higher education and be successful in reaching their goals,” said Julio Reyes Cabezas, who graduated in 2019 from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and is currently working toward his master’s degree in counseling at California State University, Long Beach.

Reyes Cabezas, who came to the United States from Mexico when he was four years old, received his initial guidance in navigating higher education at Compton College after graduating from Dominquez High School in 2012. “I originally didn’t see myself going to college because I didn’t know what it involved or how to manage everything,” Reyes Cabezas said. “Compton College gave me a chance to have a good foundation for my education both financially and academically.”

While at Compton College, he was given the opportunity to apply for the UCLA Center for Community College Partnerships Scholars program and was accepted to the university’s first undocumented student scholars cohort in 2015. “This was the first time I could really envision myself going to a university,” said Reyes Cabezas. “The scholars program took place on the UCLA campus, and we stayed in the dorms for a week. We learned about social justice issues, what college life would be like, and received valuable guidance on how to navigate college.”

Full story here.


Facilities News

New Everytable Cafeteria Opens on Campus

New Everytable Cafeteria

Compton Center is pleased to announce the opening of its new cafeteria operated by partner Everytable at the beginning of the spring 2022 semester. The Everytable Cafeteria is a one-stop location for tasty meal and snack selections to fuel students throughout the day! With a goal of continuing to help support students' success in education, Everytable is excited to be serving those at Compton College.

Free Meals for Students & Employees for Spring 2022 Semester

Current Compton College students and employees are invited to stop by the Cafeteria daily and pick up ONE FREE MEAL per individual for the entire spring semester. The individual’s Compton College student or employee ID number must be provided to pick up a free meal.

Cafeteria Hours of Operation:
Open to the public - Monday-Thursday
10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed 2:00-2:30 p.m.)

  • Meals are made fresh every day in the Everytable LA kitchen and delivered by their local delivery team.
  • Everytable offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, sides, smoothies, and dessert. Meals start at $5.00.

The Everytable Cafeteria is located in the Student Lounge. Nutritious, affordable meals are available for purchase to eat on campus or to take home! An Everytable “smartfridge” is also available in Tartar Village for additional purchases when the cafeteria is closed, including Fridays and Saturdays.


Compton Community College District Applies for State Grant to Construct Student Housing

Student Housing Concept

In fall 2021, the Compton Community College District submitted an application and supporting documentation to the California Department of Finance for a student housing grant. The California State Legislature passed Senate Bill 169 - Postsecondary Education Trailer Bill on September 23, 2021, which establishes a program of one-time grants for the construction of student housing.

“Receiving this grant would be a dream come true by providing a crucial resource for Compton College students, many of whom face housing insecurity,” said Sonia Lopez, Compton Community College District Board of Trustees president. “The Board has supported Compton College President/CEO Keith Curry’s ongoing vision of on-campus student housing. For the last several years, Dr. Curry has tirelessly advocated and lobbied at our state capital for assistance with basic needs for community college students.”

The proposed Compton College student housing will be located at the northeast corner of campus. The 135,350-square-foot building will include three or four floors of student living quarters with about half of the capacity earmarked for low-income students. The long-term goal for this project includes 450 beds with about 120 double room units, 80 double suite units, and 50 studio units. Those with dependents will be accommodated by combining a studio unit with shared rooms. Amenity spaces will include approximately 38 study areas/lounges, 30 shared kitchens, and 18 shared bathrooms for the double rooms. In addition to capacity details, the project’s proposed construction plan outlines costs and related fees in the amount of $77,258,433.

The next step in the grant approval process includes the state’s Department of Finance forwarding projects that meet the selection criteria to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee by March 1, 2022. Funds for proposals submitted in the initial filing round are estimated to be available sometime between March and July of 2022, but this estimate is subject to change.

Full story here.

District News

Compton Community College District Adopts Trustee Area Boundaries

Redistricting Map

After extensive research and review, the Compton Community College District (CCCD) Board of Trustees voted to retain existing trustee area boundaries for the District. The Board’s vote at its February 28, 2022, regular meeting followed a four-month-long redistricting process.

Reviewing trustee areas is part of a legally required redistricting process that occurs every 10 years. Education Code section 5019.5 requires that, following each decennial federal census, the governing board of a community college district must ensure that the population of each trustee area remains proportional.

Board members determined that the Compton Community College District’s current trustee areas map is the best option based on California and Federal Voting Rights Acts criteria and 2020 census data. Population changes in the District since the 2010 census are not significant enough to require adjusting trustee areas boundaries in order to maintain proportionality. The current deviation (9.4%) is below the maximum allowable (10%).

The CCCD submitted the adopted trustee areas to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s Office, and they will be in effect for the November 2022 governing board member election.

More information on the redistricting process and the trustee area map is available online: https://www.compton.edu/district/district_information/district-redistricting.aspx


Other News

Compton College’s Associate Degree in Nursing Program Final Progress Report Accepted by State Board of Registered Nursing

During the 2018-2019 academic year and Compton College’s transition to an independent college, the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) required Compton College’s Nursing Department to submit Quarterly Program Progress Reports for the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program. The quarterly reports submitted over the last three years have demonstrated that Compton College’s ADN Program has complied with all requirements outlined in the California Code of Regulation 2786 of the 2022 California Nursing Practice Act. The BRN Education/Licensing Committee (ELC) voted on February 16, 2022, to accept Compton College’s ADN Program Final Program Progress Report.

Compton College is grateful to the nursing faculty, staff, and Dr. Carol DeLilly, associate dean of nursing, for their dedication to the ADN Program and seamless adoption of a new Concept-Based Curriculum. We further attribute this success to Compton College’s amazing, diligent, and resilient nursing students. During the past two years, Compton College nursing students have achieved an average NCLEX-RN pass rate of 86% and a current 2021-2022 quarterly pass rate average of 90%. This is a significant accomplishment for Compton College and Compton Community College District!


Compton College President Keith Curry Honored as Unsung Hero

Unsung Heroes

Compton Community College District CEO and Compton College President Keith Curry was recognized by Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) as his 2022 Unsung Hero, an annual award presented by members of the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) during Black History Month. Members of the CLBC honored their esteemed guests by presenting them with a framed resolution to celebrate their extraordinary work in the communities they serve during a virtual ceremony on Feb. 22, 2022.

According to the CLBC, an Unsung Hero is defined as a person who makes a substantive yet unrecognized contribution — a person whose bravery is unknown or unacknowledged. The CLBC established the Black History Month Unsung Hero Award to recognize individuals who have contributed selflessly to their respective districts.

“I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Dr. Curry on many occasions. Without leaders like Compton College President Keith Curry, its students and surrounding communities may not have made it through these most turbulent and difficult times during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Senator Bradford during the virtual Unsung Hero Recognition event. “Homelessness and hunger remain major barriers for college students to achieve positive results in their courses and in some cases, students may drop out of college. Dr. Curry has responded to students’ basic needs insecurity by opening a Student Health Center and Food Pantry on campus recognizing that learning and success are connected to basic needs. He has also collaborated with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services to share data and identify students who may qualify for assistance, as well as provided outreach and technical support to supply food and secure benefits for students. Dr. Curry brings an abundance of innovation, passion and empathy to his leadership at Compton College.”

Dr. Keith Curry has adopted a slogan, “Every student is a success story.” He believes every community college student can be successful with the right academic and student support services. Curry has taken a strong stance in the ability of community colleges to provide quality education to students and to provide an environment of educational excellence. Curry also has a passion for teaching those students who aspire to careers as higher education administrators. For the last several years, he has tirelessly advocated and lobbied at our state capital for assistance with basic needs for community college students.

“Thank you to Senator Bradford and the California Legislative Black Caucus for this outstanding recognition,” said Keith Curry during the virtual Unsung Hero ceremony. “The work that we do in support of student success is important to me and it is also important to continue to make changes within our community. Without the support of legislators in Sacramento, a lot of this positive work would not have happened and I’m truly grateful to Senator Bradford, Assemblymember Mike Gibson and the California Legislative Black Caucus for your continued support of Compton College. I appreciate all that you do in support of student success.”

 

Student Vaccination Incentive

Student Vaccination Incentive

Compton College is providing a $350 incentive to enrolled students, from fall 2021 through spring 2022, who submit proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19. To date, Compton College has distributed a cumulative total of $523,250 to 1,499 students. All students enrolled at Compton College for in-person, on-campus classes are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

 




Campus Calendar

March 11 Last day to apply for graduation and certificates
March 12 12-week classes begin
March 21 CCCD Board of Trustees Meeting, 6 p.m.
March 22 & 23 American Red Cross Blood Drive, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
April 9-15 Spring Recess – campus closed
April 12 Mobile Food Pantry, 1 p.m.
April 16 Spring 2022 mid-term (second 8-week session) classes begin

Calendar



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