VP/CEO News - Measure C = Success!

A sincere thank you to all who participated in the successful passage of Measure C. The passage of Measure C will ensure improved facilities and educational opportunities for students well into the future. Read More...

Student Success

Transfer and Career Fair a Resounding Success!

Transfer and Career FairContinuing the effort to support success for its students and community, El Camino College Compton Center hosted a Transfer and Career Fair on November 6 as part of the goal to best prepare students to transfer to a four-year college or university. Between the daytime transfer/career fair for college students and the college night for high school students, the events drew attendance of more than 1,000 participants! Representatives from more than 35 colleges and universities were present to share information with students regarding transfer opportunities. The career and job fair portion of the event featured representatives from 35 local companies offering employment information about careers in their respective industries and the job application process.

The annual College and Career Night Fair is a collaborative effort to support high school seniors in their choice to pursue success in higher education and increase local college enrollment rates. The College and Career Night event is co-sponsored by the Compton Unified School District and ECC Compton Center.
Thank you to faculty and staff who contributed to this successful event!

Summer and Fall 2015 Application Period Now Open

Applications for summer and fall 2015 are now being accepted online. All new students are encouraged to begin the four steps to enroll at ECC Compton Center as soon as possible:

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.

In addition, priority registration is available to high school graduates living within the Compton Community College District who complete the four steps by March 31, 2015. For more information, go to http://www.compton.edu/priority-registration.aspx.

Alumna Prepares to Graduate from the University of Southern California

Shelby WhiteIn high school, Shelby White’s dream was to attend the University of Southern California (USC). Her dream will become a reality this December when she graduates from USC with not one, but two bachelor’s degrees. As a double-major student, White will earn degrees in both creative writing from the Department of English and critical studies from the School of Cinematic Arts. This is notable accomplishment because the acceptance rate of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts has consistently remained at between 8-9 percent for the past several years, making it highly competitive. Read More...

Students Encouraged to Apply for Scholarships

The application period for El Camino College Compton Center’s 2014-15 scholarship program is now open and students are encouraged to apply through December 5, 2014.

The online application is available at www.compton.edu. On the homepage, students must first log into MyECC and then select “Scholarship Application.” Read More...

Compton Alumna Advances Career After Earning Master of Public
Administration Degree

Carolyn ScottUpon securing a job as a training coordinator at the Los Angeles Sheriff Department (LASD) in 2008, Carolyn Scott took advantage of her strong educational foundation to return to school to pursue a master’s degree after more than a decade in the workforce. In 2010, she earned a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from National University, which is part of the LASD University consortium for department employees. The MPA enabled Scott to achieve one of her career goals of transitioning her work from the private sector to the public sector, as well as increasing her potential for advancement opportunities. Read more...

Upward Bound Math and Science Program
Prepares High School Students for Success

This fall, 85 percent of the recent high school graduates who participated in El Camino College Compton Center’s Upward Bound Math and Science Program began their studies at four-year universities in southern California. All are first-generation college students who benefited from the program, which aims to improve college entry success rate for local graduating seniors. For most of these students, being accepted to a university was a distant goal with many obstacles, especially financial. Upward Bound provided them with the academic discipline, knowledge, and resources needed to successfully enter higher education. Read more...

Alumnus Pursues Master’s Degree; Receives Recognition for His
Work with At-Risk Youth

Terrance StewartThe day that Terrance Stewart enrolled at El Camino College Compton Center was a day that would change the course of his life for the better.

In 2007, he was released from prison at the age of 26 and that same year he began his journey in higher education by enrolling in summer classes at ECC Compton Center. “I had recently moved to Compton, so the location was convenient and initially it was my plan for staying out of trouble,” said Stewart, who graduated from ECC Compton Center with an associate degree in 2010 and also served a term as Associated Student Body (ASB) vice president. Read more...

‘Three Year Report to the Community’ Highlights Continued Student Success

‘Three Year Report to the Community’ Highlights Continued Student Success Every student is a success story at El Camino College Compton Center! The stories of several accomplished students and alumnae are highlighted in a new publication that provides an overview of the success of the students who have attended ECC Compton Center since fall 2011. The report, El Camino College Compton Center: Three Year Report to the Community, marks the eighth anniversary of the partnership between the El Camino Community College District and the Compton Community College District.

The report was mailed to every household within the Compton Community College District, just one component of the community outreach plan instituted with the formation of the partnership.

District News

Introducing the New CCCD Student Trustee: Joanna Navarro

Joanna NavaroThe student trustee for the Compton Community College District (CCCD) is Compton resident Joanna Navarro, who was elected by the students of El Camino College Compton Center to represent them on the District’s Board. Navarro is also the current Associated Student Body (ASB) president for the 2014-15 academic year.

As the student trustee, Navarro will discuss student-related issues and receive all materials presented to the members of the CCCD Board of Trustees, except for closed session issues. It is also the student trustee’s responsibility to make regular reports to the Associated Student Body and at other public forums held on behalf of students as it relates to the business of the District. Read more...

Welcome New Classified Staff

Welcome to the eight full-time staff members who have joined the CCCD and ECC Compton Center during the past academic year. Read more...

Other News

New Community Education Classes Provide Personal Enrichment Opportunities

Community Education ClassesEl Camino College Compton Center recently launched a new Community Education Program offered in partnership with Compton Parks and Recreation and El Camino College Community Education. The program provides a variety of classes intended for professional development and personal enrichment. The ECC Compton Center Community Education classes are conducted at the Douglas F. Dollarhide Community Center, located at 301 N. Tamarind Avenue, Compton, CA 90220.

The non-credit, community-driven classes and workshops began in October with more class offerings planned for the future. Most classes meet one day per week and range from one meeting to eight-weeks in duration. Class offerings for this fall include computer basics for technophobes; computer basics boot camp for plus-50 adults; singing; and candle making.

Enroll now! Pre-registration is required. To register, or for more information about fees and available classes please call 310-660-6460 or visit: www.ECCommunityEd.com. From the www.eccommunityed.com website homepage, click on "Courses," then view the courses listed under "Classes Offered in the City of Compton." 

ECC Compton Center Faculty and Staff Enjoy Success in the Literary World

In addition to helping students achieve academic success, ECC Compton Center faculty and staff members are enjoying successes of their own on other professional projects. Their work outside of the classroom does a lot to enrich the ECC Compton Center student experience overall. Here is a look at some of their most recent accomplishments:

Lloyd Noonan, Humanities adjunct professor, served as editor for the new novel “God & California” by Chris Mills. Recently published by The Vermont Press, the novel tells a story about a wounded Iraq veteran and a defrocked Catholic priest as they travel from New York to California on a mission to provoke God into a conversation. Noonan is also a published author and playwright.

ECC Compton Center systems librarian Charles P. Hobbs’ new book “Hidden History of Transportation in Los Angeles” was published this month by History Press. Hobbs, who grew up in Los Angeles, first became interested in transportation as a child when his family used the intricate Los Angeles freeway system to visit different cities. The idea for the book came after the completion of his UCLA library science graduate school project that involved organizing the southern California Metro library and historical archives. Two upcoming book signing events are scheduled:

  • November 23 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Los Angeles County Store, located at 4333 Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.

  • January 6, 2015, at 7 pm at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91101.

Share your news! We know there is no shortage of good news happening with faculty and staff at ECC Compton Center, so keep us in the loop about your accomplishments. Please email your news items to Ann Garten, Community Relations Director, at agarten@elcamino.edu.

Campus Calendar

November 27-30: Thanksgiving Holiday – Campus Closed
December 5: Scholarship Deadline
December 8:  Fee Payment Deadline for students who register Nov. 18 - Dec. 5
  New and Returning Student Registration Begins
December 12: Last Day of Fall Semester
December 16: Board of Trustees Meeting
December 24, 2014 - January 1, 2015: Winter Recess – Campus Closed
January 17, 2015: Spring 2015 Semester begins