Student Success

Winter & Spring 2019 Registration Begins Soon

Winter 2020 Class ScheduleWinter and Spring 2020 are just around the corner! Compton College's winter term begins January 9, 2020 and the spring semester begins February 18, 2020. Winter online registration begins November 19 and Spring registration begins December 3.

Winter term provides a great opportunity for students to get ahead in their educational plan and complete up to seven units in five weeks! The winter term is perfect for helping students graduate sooner, improve a GPA, repeat an essential course, and lighten the course load for spring, as well as satisfy any prerequisites.

All students are encouraged to register early for the best class selection. Students may register online at by clicking on MyCompton. Although campus will be closed for winter recess December 24 through January 1, online registration is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The online searchable schedule of classes, is available at

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid and scholarships are available to help students pay for college. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) well-ahead of the March 2, 2020 priority deadline.

The Compton College 2020-2021 Scholarship Application will be available via MyCompton within the next two weeks. Current students may apply online for multiple scholarships with one application. Applicants are required to write a personal statement and there is an online questionnaire to be completed by a Compton College faculty member.

For more information about financial aid and scholarships, and to receive assistance with the FAFSA, Dream Act or scholarship application, students should contact the Financial Aid Office, Room E-17, at 310-900-1600, Ext. 2935.

Student Success Spotlight: Jamie Alvarez

Jamie AlvarezCompton College student Jamie Alvarez knows she has potential and does not let the barriers she has faced stop her from shooting for the stars, literally. “My high school did not really prepare me to go to college and I felt my academic knowledge was not strong enough,” said Alvarez. “When I first started at Compton College in spring 2017, I regretted it. I was placed in Math 80 – Intermediate Algebra for STEM and was really struggling with it, so my instructor suggested I check out the STEM Center for help.”

The mechanical engineering major and STEM Club president now has her sights set on a future career at NASA. Alvarez is on track to graduate from Compton College with an associate degree in spring 2020 and hopes to transfer to Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering or possibly the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

“I am interested in both aerospace and biomedical engineering which is why I chose mechanical engineering as my major,” she said. “My ultimate goal is to work with NASA doing biomedical engineering, working on projects such as engineering space suits for astronauts.” The Bioengineering Branch at NASA develops next generation technologies to enable humans to live beyond low Earth orbit for extended periods of time with life support systems that need minimal resupply.

She credits the many student resources available at Compton College for enabling her to pursue her career dreams, specifically the STEM Center and Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS), which provides extra support in the form of guidance; personal, academic and career counseling; book vouchers; educational supplies; transfer assistance, and more.

Thanks to Compton College’s STEM Center, Alvarez has secured two internships that are providing hands-on experience and networking opportunities. Last summer, she participated in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) program, which gives community college STEM students an authentic NASA experience and encourages them to pursue a NASA-related field or career. The NCAS program begins with a five-week online course leading up to a four-day program at a NASA center, offering students the opportunity to interact with NASA engineers and other subject matter experts to learn about the different types of careers available in science and engineering. In summer 2019, Alvarez worked with a team of other students to build a rover for NASA. She gained invaluable experience in engineering, teamwork and collaboration.

As the new STEM Club President, Alvarez is working on expanding project and learning opportunities for club members, as well as encouraging students from all science and math disciplines to get involved. Current planned club activities include working in the campus greenhouse and on the compost boxes, partnering with the Reaction Research Society in Gardena, Calif. on a rocket engineering project, participating in Compton College’s High Altitude Balloon project in the spring semester, and collaborating with Loyola Marymount University on CubeSat, a type of miniaturized satellite that will orbit the Earth for research purposes.

Compton College’s STEM Club meets every Friday from 2 - 5 p.m. For more information on STEM Club or the STEM Center resources, contact the STEM Center at 310-900-1600, Ext. 2544 or via email at The STEM Center is located in the Library-Student Success Center, Room 221.

Read other recent student success stories on the Compton College Student Success webpage!

High School Principals’ Breakfast

On October 10, we hosted our 6th Annual High School Principals’ Breakfast in the Student Lounge. High school principals from Compton, Lynwood, and Paramount unified school districts attended along with representatives from Long Beach and Los Angeles unified school districts. Attendees received presentations on the Oliver W. Conner College Promise Program and the High-Altitude Balloon project and STEM Club.

The 2019 High School Report Cards were also presented. The High School Report Cards include information about students who graduated in 2018 from our 13 feeder high schools and enrolled at the Compton College in the fall 2018 semester. The High School Report Cards include educational goal rates, core service completion rates, and fall 2018 to spring 2019 semester persistence rates, and can be used to assess the performance of feeder high students at Compton College.

View the photo gallery from the event here:

District News

CCCD Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee to Meet November 14

The next meeting of the Compton Community College District Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee will be held on Thursday, November 14, at 5:00 p.m. in the District Board Room located at 1111 E. Artesia Blvd., Compton, CA 90221. All meetings are open to the public.

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.”

More information may be found at the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee page on the Compton College website:

Compton Community College District Board Meeting Scheduled for November 19

The next meeting of the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees is scheduled for Tuesday, November 19 at 5:00 p.m. in the Board Room.

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:

Facilities News

Progress Continues on New Instructional Building

Instructional Building 1 construction progressConstruction is currently in progress on the new $18.8 million instructional building on the north end of the Compton College campus. Instructional Building No. 1 is an all-new, multi-story classroom building that is targeted for completion in spring 2021. It replaces a portion of the former "Row Buildings" that were built circa 1950s. This new construction is made possible with funds from the District's 2002 Measure CC facilities bond and State capital outlay funds. Instructional Building No. 1 will be the second new instructional building constructed at Compton College since the 1990s following the opening of the Allied Health Building, which was completed in January 2016.

Instructional Building 2 Groundbreaking Scheduled

Instructional Building 2 archtectural renderingThe Compton Community College District will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 3 p.m. on December 10, 2019 for the $25 million Instructional Building 2 on the north end of the Compton College campus. Instructional Building 2 is an all-new, multi-story classroom building that is targeted for completion in fall 2021. It will join Instructional Building 1 in replacing the former “Row Buildings” that were built circa 1950s. According to the District’s facilities master plan, Instructional Buildings 1 and 2 will be part of a new academic village that will eventually include a third multi-story instructional building.

Other News

Taste of Thanksgiving

Taste of Thanksgiving graphicTis the season for us all to give thanks for the many blessing around us. Let’s celebrate together at the Annual Taste of Thanksgiving meal for Compton College faculty and staff! The event will take place on Tuesday, November 12 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Staff Lounge.

Distance Education Digital Summit 2019

The Inaugural Distance Education Digital Summit for Compton College faculty is scheduled for November 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Vocational Technology Building, Room 212 A and B. The discussion will focus around enhancement pf the Compton College Distance Education program through new online/digital resources. The event is hosted by the Distance Education Department and the agenda for the summit is available online:

“Care for Kids” Holiday Toy Drive

CARE Toy DriveHelp put smiles on the faces of Compton College CARE students’ children this holiday season! The Compton College “CARE for Kids” Holiday Toy Drive is underway and our goal is to be able to provide toys to 85+ children this year. Please donate unwrapped, unused toys for children ages 1 to 16. The toy donations may be dropped off  before December 3, 2019 at the Compton College EOPS/CARE office in Room U-6 or mailed to: EOPS/CARE Office, Compton College, 1111 E. Artesia Blvd., Compton, CA 90221. CARE students, their families and all donors are invited to the “Care for Kids” Holiday Party on December 3, where the children will receive their toys.

Safety Matters

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Think Safety! Please remember to lock doors and windows when not in your office. In addition, secure your phone and other personal belongings before you leave your office, even if it is just for a few minutes. For those on campus for evening classes and activities, please walk in groups at night. Be aware! Be safe!


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We know there is no shortage of good news happening with faculty and staff at Compton College, so keep us in the loop about your accomplishments.

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