The close of the spring semester is a time to reflect on the academic year and celebrate the achievements of both ECC Compton Center students and the institution. Please join in congratulating all of ECC Compton Center’s scholars, including the 375 students who have met the requirements to graduate with an associate degree, and the 79 students who have earned a certificate. Read More...

Student Success

2015 Commencement Student Speaker: Jannice Gamble

Jannice GambleAssociate degree candidate Jannice Gamble was honored to serve as the student speaker for the 2015 Commencement Ceremony at El Camino College Compton Center. She has waited 14 years to walk in the commencement processional. Gamble has been accepted to California State University, Long Beach, where she will major in child development. Her future goal is to become a college professor, following in the footsteps of her mother who is also an ECC Compton Center graduate and currently teaches for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Gamble is a hard-working, single mother of two sons (Raphael, 7 and Hosea, 3) who has supported her family by working several jobs before deciding to enroll in college. After graduating from Locke High School in 2001, she entered the workforce and was employed as a loan officer, an operator for public transportation, a nursery director, and finally an instructional aide at ECC Compton Center’s Child Development Center where she found her calling Read More...

From the Red Carpet

GradsCongratulations to the Class of 2015! To all of ECC Compton Center’s 375 graduates: we wish you much success in your future endeavors. View the complete list of graduates by city of residence here.

ECC Compton Center created some social buzz during this year’s celebration by live-tweeting during the Commencement Ceremony and hosting a “Red Carpet Event” with a custom step-and-repeat backdrop, providing photo opportunities for graduates, family, friends and faculty. Attendees were invited to take photos and post them online using #ComptonGrad to be included in ECC Compton Center’s Storify collection.

For the complete Storify album of all of the Twitter and Instagram posts from the May 14 commencement day, visit storify!

Super Scholars!

Academic Awards TeaEl Camino College Compton Center’s annual Academic Awards Tea held on April 19 recognized the academic achievements of 24 honor students, three Presidential Scholars, and 42 scholarship recipients. Scholarships awarded by both ECC Compton Center and the Foundation for the Compton Community College District totaled more than $39,000. Read the list of ECC Compton Center’s 2015 honors students and scholars here.

View photos from the 2015 Academic Awards Tea here.

Congratulations Nursing Program Graduates!

NursingEl Camino College Compton Center will honor 27 students graduating with an associate of science degree in nursing at a pinning ceremony this evening. The Nursing Pinning Ceremony is scheduled to take place at 6:00 p.m. in the ECC Compton Center gymnasium with a reception immediately following in the foyer. Click here for a list of students receiving an associate degree in nursing.


Alumni Spotlight: Alejandro Trujillo

Alejandro TrujilloCompton native Alejandro Trujillo is a bright and thoughtful man who has had more than his share of adversity in his life. He completed his GED before he was 18; was a shooting victim at age 19; and just six months later suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of another shooting incident where he was not physically injured. Then, his beloved nephew passed away, leaving Trujillo with no motivation to improve his life.

Now, he is celebrating his accomplishments. Trujillo is poised to graduate from the University of California, Berkeley this month with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. While he has not yet decided on a career path, he is considering work as a researcher to develop improvements in the treatment of PTSD. “I really want to work with people with PTSD, said Trujillo. “I would like to develop a new method of treating PTSD and bring awareness to the disorder. I believe that doctors are often too quick to prescribe medication rather than offering alternative methods of treatment.” After graduation, he plans to apply for research positions at UC Berkeley in addition to applying to graduate school at UCLA, UC Berkeley, Stanford, and University of Oregon, as well as a few east coast universities. He eventually plans to complete a doctorate degree, which would give him the option to become a professor. Read More...

Veteran Takes Advantage of GI Bill

Jorge MoraArmy veteran and El Camino College Compton Center student Jorge Mora is taking advantage of his GI Bill and financial aid to complete his education and start a new career.  Nearly 40 percent of all California veterans receiving GI educational benefits attend a California Community College, which can help improve their work skills and put them on the fast track to a rewarding job.

Student veterans can receive Veterans Affairs benefits as well as federal and state financial aid. Pair financial assistance with the many academic and Career and Technical Education programs offered at ECC Compton Center and it’s a winning combination to gain skills needed to land good-paying jobs. Through the Veterans Services office at ECC Compton Center, Mora is utilizing a variety of resources to help him achieve his goals to transfer to either the University of Southern California or the University of California, Los Angeles and earn a bachelor’s degree. Read More...

2014 Annual Fact Book Published

Fack bookEach year, El Camino College Compton Center publishes an Annual Fact Book. First produced in 2008 by the Office of Institutional Research, this year’s Fact Book includes information about student and enrollment trends, special programs, success and retention rates, and student outcomes such as persistence, graduation and transfer trends. 2014 year-end highlights include:

  • In 2013-14, 261 degrees and 98 certificates were awarded to ECC Compton Center students. This exceeds the institution-set standards for degrees and certificates of 199 and 77, respectively.

  • During the same academic year, 497 ECC Compton Center students transferred to a four-year university, which is higher than the institution-set standard of 278.

  • The success rate in 2013-14 was about 68 percent, which is above the institution-set standard of 58 percent. The retention rate in 2013-14 was 83.5 percent.

  • For full-time students attending ECC Compton Center for the first time, there was a 13 percent increase in second semester persistence rates for the Fall 2013 cohort.

For the complete 2014 Annual Fact Book, click here.

District News

Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee Members Appointed

At the March 24 Board meeting, Compton Community College District Special Trustee Thomas Henry appointed five community members to serve on the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee. The new committee members are Mark Guillen, Eduardo Morales, Marjorie Shipp, Paul Simpson, and Anthony Yanes.

As outlined in the Education Code Section 15278, the role of the Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee is to "inform the public concerning the District’s expenditure of revenues received from the sale of bonds authorized by the voters." Members are appointed for either a one- or two-year term, with a two-term maximum, and they do not receive any compensation or benefits for their service.

For a complete list of Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee members, click here.

More information may be found at the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee page on the District website.

CCCD Board Meeting Scheduled for May 19

The next meeting of the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees is scheduled for Tuesday, May 19, 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

Summer Sessions

Three sessions are available this summer at ECC Compton Center. The first six-week summer session begins Tuesday, May 26. The eight-week summer session begins, Monday, June 22 and the second six-week summer session begins, Tuesday, July 7, providing a perfect opportunity for recent high school graduates to jump-start their college education. New students may apply online at www.compton.edu/apply.

Girls & Women Explore Non-Traditional Careers

Girls & Women Explore Non-Traditional CareersFemale students and members of local communities had an opportunity to explore non-traditional careers at El Camino College Compton Center during the complimentary “Girls and Women in Technology Conference" held in April.

The annual technology conference introduced women and girls to educational paths and jobs in non-traditional careers that offer high pay, great benefits and job security. ECC Compton Center’s Division 2 Career and Technical Education (CTE) department faculty along with community agencies conducted the workshops. A job and resource fair was also on the day’s agenda.

The workshops covered a variety of career fields. These “hands-on” interactive workshops offered a look into career opportunities in areas such as welding; business; computer technology; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; fashion; commercial music; EMT/fire technology; aerospace fastener manufacturing; machining; and robotics, among others. Information on ECC Compton Center CTE programs, registered apprenticeships, and free job training opportunities was also provided.

The Girls and Women in Technology Conference sponsors included: ECC Compton Center’s Division 2 CTE Department; Career Pathways; Career Advancement Academy; Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Icebreakers Club; Women in Non-Traditional Employment Roles (WINTER); R.E. Michel Company; and Women in Technology (WIT).

Financial Aid 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.

Visual Storytelling: Visit the Campus 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 www.flickr.com/photos/compton_center/ . New photos will be added regularly and photo albums are organized by event and date.


Free Summer Classes Available

El Camino College Compton Center offers FREE college classes during summer to eligible high school juniors and seniors who are California residents. Eligible high school juniors and seniors can earn college credits while still in high school by applying online AND submitting a Concurrent Enrollment Application. Two summer sessions are available for high school students: the eight-week session begins June 22 and the six-week session begins July 7. More information is available on the ECC Compton Center website.

Campus Calendar

May 21: Summer Fee Payment Deadline for students who register May 1-May 15.
May 25: Memorial Day Holiday – Campus Closed
May 26: First 6-Week Summer Session Begins
June 1: Last day to add a class, be eligible for a refund,
or drop without notation on record
June 22: 8-Week Summer Sessions Begins
July 6: Fourth of July Holiday – Campus Closed
July 7: Second 6-Week Summer Session Begins