CCCD Establishes Partnership with Charles R. Drew University

On Nov. 29, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science held a Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony to mark the beginning of an exciting partnership with the Compton Community College District. To increase access to quality medical education for traditionally underserved populations in the greater Los Angeles area, this partnership is being established for the following reasons:

  • To create a transfer pathway for Compton College students to complete their undergraduate education at Charles R. Drew University.
  • To provide a framework for student exchange, and collaboration among faculty and staff of both Charles R. Drew University and Compton College.
  • To share resources and exchange information related to developments in teaching, student success, institutional management, and research activities.
  • And, to have a platform for the exploration and promotion of other intellectual and academic activities and ventures of mutual interest to both institutions.

"It is our hope that this partnership will help us leverage the talents and resources of both institutions as a way to help transform the economic, cultural and social environment for the communities we serve," said Keith Curry, CEO of the Compton Community College District, during his welcome address at the ceremony.

This partnership provides great opportunity for Compton College students majoring in the biomedical sciences to have a direct pathway to complete their four-year degrees. Both institutions share a commitment to graduating health care providers from local communities who also want to serve those same communities. In addition to helping students transfer more easily, the partnership will provide expanded opportunities for students and faculty alike to have academic collaboration in research projects and more advanced and innovative curriculum.

This partnership could not come at a better time to help replenish the supply of qualified health care providers needed in the workforce. According to the Institute of Medicine, by 2020 nearly half of all registered nurses will reach traditional retirement age. And, by 2030 this nation will need an extra 3.5 million formal health care providers just to maintain the existing ratio of providers to the total population.

"We hope this partnership will inspire a new generation of leaders in nursing and other medical professions, as well as increase enrollment at our institutions," said Curry.

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