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Student Success

New Dean of Student Services Hired for El Camino College Compton Center

Phillip HumphreysEl Camino College Compton Center recently announced the appointment of Phillip Humphreys as the new Dean of Student Services beginning August 4, 2014. As Dean of Student Services, Humphreys will oversee a variety of resources and programs to support El Camino College Compton Center students. Humphreys will be involved with academic affairs, academic support services and student life.

Humphreys has more than 15 years of managerial experience in higher education administering state and federal programs aimed to serve students. He has devoted his career to developing, implementing and managing student support programs for first-generation, low-income and under-represented students.

Before joining ECC Compton Center, Humphreys was the director of the Upward Bound Program at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), and prior to that he served as director of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) also at CSULB. From 1997-2002, he was the assistant director of the Education Equity Services Program at CSULB. Humphreys also has social work experience with the Los Angeles Department of Children’s Services’ Youth Intervention Program where he served as an in-home outreach counselor.

Humphreys earned an Ed.D. in organizational leadership from the University of La Verne. He received both a master’s degree in social science and bachelor’s degree in social work from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California.

ECC Compton Center Welcomes Nine New Faculty Members

Nine new full-time faculty members have been hired at El Camino College Compton Center for the 2014-15 academic year. These instructors, who join ECC Compton Center in the mission to provide high-quality educational programs, bring extensive knowledge and professional experience, helping to contribute to student success. Click to read more.

‘Voices of Compton’ Highlights Creative Talents and Aspirations of Students

Carlos Ornelas, a 2014 graduate of ECC Compton Center, plans to return to Compton to teach after he completes his studies as an English major in the rhetoric and composition program at California State University, Long Beach.

He recently received validation of his talent as a writer when some of his compositions were published in Voices of Compton, a literary journal of student work, but also received two first place honors. Ornelas’ essay “America Writes for American Rights” and spoken word art “Amiri Theory” both took top honors in the 2013-2014 competition.

First place self portrait sketched by student Isabel Herrera.

“During the last two years, I have participated in the Voices of Compton literary journal because I love literature and poetry,” said Ornelas, who also served as ECC Compton Center’s Associated Student Body president for 2013-14 academic year. “I believe that we are in the midst of an artistic renaissance period; and therefore we are the voices of Compton in this particular space and time. We are the documenters of the age and it is important that I do my part.”

More than 29 literary compositions and artistic works created by students at ECC Compton Center were published in the 6th annual edition of Voices of Compton, a fine arts journal and competition. The ECC Compton Center Humanities Division, Academic Affairs and Office of Student Life recognized the students’ exceptional academic and creative work with prizes in nine categories.

Click here for the list of winners!

Debate Team Wins Six Awards at First Tournament

The newly formed Tartar Debate Team at ECC Compton Center took home six awards in its first competition at the Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Association (PSCFA) Cool-Off Tournament in April. Fourteen students from ECC Compton Center’s Communications 4 – Argumentation and Debate class participated in the rookie category competing with students from 23 community colleges. Click to read more.

Spring Nursing Pinning Ceremony

Congratulations to the 34 ECC Compton Center students who graduated with an associate of science degree in nursing at the spring 2014 pinning ceremony! View the list of graduates here.



Welcome to ECC Compton Center!

ECC Compton Center hosted its annual New Student Welcome Day on August 20. View the photo gallery here.


Facilities Updates

Compton Community College District Publishes Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee Annual Report

The Compton Community College District’s (CCCD) Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee’s 2012- 2013 Annual Report was presented at the July CCCD Board meeting. The Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee 2012-2013 Annual Report is available on the Web here.

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.” The committee comprises a cross section of the citizenry who have volunteered their time to represent various constituencies, and fulfill the committee’s responsibilities. Click to read more.

Facilities Update

SSCThe grand opening of the new Library-Student Success Center in April 2014 celebrated the addition of a new building on campus, and became a symbol of the significant progress that has been made in the past few years, especially in the area of new construction and facilities upgrades. Facilities projects either completed or in progress include:


  • Central Plant: supplies cooling for most buildings, while reducing energy costs by $220,000 annually. Completed: December 2013

  • Main north/south access road: a majority of the parking lots were repaved and upgraded, along with the main roads through campus. Completed: December 2013

  • Library-Student Success Center: the 45,000-square-foot, two-story building features floor-to-ceiling windows, four tutorial centers, an art gallery, group study rooms, and a computer lab. Completed: March 2014

  • Phase 1 - Utility Infrastructure: this project also included the Central Plant and stadium lighting. Finalizing the solar interconnectivity agreement with SCE, as well as the practice field irrigation and hydroseed on the retention basin project. Completion: October 2014

  • Phase 2 - Utility Infrastructure: finalizing connection of new infrastructure to existing buildings. Completion: November 2014

  • Server Room & MIS Building Enhancement: first phase of multi-phase project was completed in February 2014. Working with utility infrastructure contractors for system integration. Remaining phases are dependent on future budget allocations.

  • Allied Heath Building Groundbreaking: a groundbreaking ceremony was held in June for this $12 million project. Completion: Fall 2015

  • Music Building North Wing Renovation: this $1 million project includes a multi-purpose building for music, plays, dance recitals, and board meetings. Completion: Fall 2015

These projects and numerous other facilities improvements on CCCD grounds were made possible with state capital outlay funds and 2002 Measure CC facilities bond funds.

Lighting Upgrade Project

Through the Proposition 39 Lighting Upgrade Project, the Compton Community College District received more than $215,000 to replace outdated light bulbs with more energy-efficient LEDs, and install lighting controls that turn lights off when a room is not in use.

California voters passed Proposition 39, also known as the California Clean Energy Jobs Act, in 2012. The measure allocates funding for the next five fiscal years to improve energy efficiency and expand clean energy generation in community colleges and K-12 schools, and to create clean energy jobs. This campuswide project retrofits lights in the Administration Building, Student Lounge, Gymnasium and Stadium, as well as on pathways. The lighting upgrade is scheduled to be completed August 30, 2014.

District News

Compton Community College District to Place Facilities Bond Measure on November Ballot

A resolution to place a $100 million facilities bond measure on the November 4, 2014 ballot was approved at the July 15 Compton Community College District (CCCD) Board meeting. The full language of the 2014 resolution is available online at: www.district.compton.edu/measure-c/documents.asp.

A bond is necessary to complete the facilities upgrades needed at the 62-year-old Compton campus and continue the progress made in the past 12 years, since the passing of Measure CC in 2002. Click to read more.

CCCD Announces Retirements for 2014

The Compton Community College District (CCCD) wishes to express its gratitude to Robert Butler, Valarie O’Guynn and Elizabeth Sweeney who have dedicated much of their careers to the CCCD and the students served by the District.

Robert Butler, Director of Special Programs and Services
Served the District since 1986

Valarie O’Guynn, Director of EOPS/CARE
Served the District since 1977

Elizabeth Sweeney, Assistant Professor of Nursing
Served the District since 2004 

Compton Community College District Special Trustee Appoints New Members to Special Trustee Advisory Committee

Joy Masha has been appointed by Compton Community College District (CCCD) Special Trustee Thomas Henry to serve on the Special Trustee Advisory Committee. Masha will serve a two-year term.

Masha resides in Paramount and is employed by the California State Senate. She served on the California State University, Dominquez Hills Student Fee Advisory Committee in 2009-2010. She is the executive director of Read Lead, a nonprofit educational initiative in Los Angeles, and she is a member of the Board of Trustees for Holy Trinity A.M.E. Church. Masha earned a master’s degree in higher education from California State University, Fullerton and a bachelor’s degree in human services from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

In addition, the new student representative on the committee is Nancy Sepulveda, a working adult who enrolled at ECC Compton Center in spring 2013. Sepulveda plans to graduate with an associate degree and transfer to a university to earn a bachelor’s degree in educational administration. She was elected by her peers to the position of Associated Student Body secretary for the 2014-15 academic year. Sepulveda has 15 years of work experience in public service and customer relations. She has been a special service officer for the City of Long Beach, worked as an administrative assistant at the Los Angeles County Office of Education, and as a retail customer service representative in the home improvement industry.

They join six committee members: Domitila Aguilar, Amirah Hendrickson, Marie Hollis, Lestean Johnson, Cynthia Macon, and Olivia Verrett.

More information on meeting dates for 2014 and the role of the committee may be found by visiting the District website.

CCCD Adopts Tobacco-Free Policy on District Grounds

The Special Trustee for the Compton Community College District (CCCD) approved a smoking policy that prohibits the use of tobacco or nicotine on District grounds. The revised smoking policy went into effect on July 1, 2014.

Prohibited products include any product containing tobacco or nicotine, including, but not limited to, cigarettes, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), cigars, miniature cigars, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew, clove cigarettes, betel, and nicotine delivery devices such as electronic cigarettes, shall not be permitted in any District building, vehicle or facility, or on District grounds.

This policy applies to all faculty, staff, students and members of the general public on El Camino College Compton Center grounds. The CCCD is committed to providing a healthy, comfortable and productive environment, free from the effects of second-hand smoke.

In October of 2011, the Compton City Council unanimously passed its own smoking ordinance. The city of Compton ordinance bans smoking in unenclosed dining areas, service areas, common areas of multi-unit residences, public parks, streets and sidewalks used for public events. CCCD’s new smoking policy is in line with the city ordinance and both policies will work together to offer a smoke-free environment for students, faculty and staff.

The District Smoking Policy BP-3570 is posted on Policies and Procedures page of the District website.

Other News

‘Ask Compton’ Online Q&A Service Launched

Introducing "Ask Compton," ECC Compton Center's online Q&A service, where students can get answers to a wide variety of questions. Simply type a question and get an answer instantly! Faculty and staff are encouraged to let students know this online resource is available for their use. Try it out now at www.compton.edu/AskCompton or on our Facebook page here

Campus Calendar

October 6-9 ACCJC Accreditation Team Visit
October 10  Last day to apply for degrees and certificates (Fall)
October 18 Mid-Term Classes Begin (Fall)
October 21 Board of Trustees Meeting
November 1 First day to apply for enrollment for Summer/Fall 2015