90th Anniversary Homecoming Festival & Car Show September 30

Compton College is celebrating 90 years of educational opportunities being provided to Compton Community College District residents with a free Homecoming Festival and Car Show on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This complimentary event is open to the public.

Compton College President Keith Curry predicts an exciting celebration honoring the District's legacy. "Compton College was recently distinguished as the 114th California Community College by the Board of Governors," he said. "We are celebrating a rich history of educating local communities, as well as encouraging and supporting many notable alumnae. The Homecoming Festival allows us to pay tribute to our history, while looking forward to many more years of helping students create their success stories. We hope as many people as possible will attend, and we look forward to welcoming all to a fun-filled event." Read More...

Student Success

Compton College Grad Receives "Blue and Gold" UCLA Scholarship

The day that Ricardo Garcia enrolled at Compton College was a day that would change the course of his educational journey, and his life, for the better.

During Garcia's adolescent and high school years, his family faced financial uncertainty and was evicted from their home—twice. Confronted with a short period of homelessness and then his parents' separation, he found it difficult to focus on his studies. Now a 2017 Compton College graduate, Garcia looks back on the challenging times in his childhood as defining moments that made him the resilient person he is today.

"While I try not to set limitations for myself, never in my life did I imagine that I would be attending UCLA," said Garcia, a resident of Compton who transferred to UCLA this fall to major in sociology. "A college education is valuable and worth the struggles and challenges we may face. If my story motivates somebody to pursue higher education, than I have done my part!" Read More...

Compton College Open Doors and Paves the Way to UC Berkeley for Parent

Compton College Open Doors and Paves the Way to UC Berkeley for Parent

At the age of 17, Noemi Reyes' life was transformed when she became a mother of a beautiful baby boy. In that instant she realized she needed to lay a strong foundation for her future and be a role model to her son, despite obstacles she would inevitably face as a teen mom.

Reyes knew that higher education was the answer, but she first had to address a couple of barriers that were holding her back. She had completed high school through Attended Opportunities for Learning, a home-study program, and was nervous about making the transition from homeschool to college. In addition, she struggled to find the affordable and flexible childcare she would need as a student-parent. Read More...

Upward Bound Helps Local High School Students Get into College

This fall, 83 percent of the recent high school graduates who participated in Compton College's Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) program are beginning their studies at four-year colleges and universities in Southern California. All are first-generation college students who benefited from the program, which aims to help students graduate from high school, enroll in college and successfully earn degrees. For most of these students, being accepted to a university was a distant goal with many obstacles, especially financial. UBMS provided them with the academic discipline, knowledge and resources needed to successfully enter higher education.

"I joined this program after a representative from Compton College came to my high school to tell students about the benefits of participating in Upward Bound," said Clarissa Rodriguez, a 2017 graduate of Dominguez High School who is attending UC Davis to major in landscape architecture. "I signed up because I believed it would help me prepare for college, and since I wanted to major in a STEM field, Upward Bound's emphasis on math and science appealed to me." Read More...

Change Your Life with Job Training at Compton College

Compton College offers career training in a variety of industries with job availability and good pay such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), automotive technology, cosmetology, machine tool technology, auto collision and technology, business, computer information systems, welding, and aerospace fastener manufacturing. In fact, students can get career education and training at Compton College in 12 different industries where they can learn a new trade, increase wages and/or qualify for promotions in as little as 18 months. There is still time to register for a class or two for the fall mid-term which begins October 21! Read More...

Three Students Honored as 2017 Presidential Scholars

Exemplary students Tiana Gripper, Perla Lara-Escobedo and Tafari Richards were honored as 2017 Presidential Scholars just before they graduated with associate degrees from Compton College in June. The three honors students received their awards at the college's annual Academic Awards Tea. Presidential Scholars represent students who have shown academic strength, singular focus and the desire to reach their highest potential, while overcoming obstacles in the pursuit of their dreams. The Presidential Scholar program recognizes outstanding graduating students who have a 3.7 grade point average or higher. Here are their personal stories of success. Read More...

Pack the Stands for Tartar Football!

Football season is back, and the Compton College Tartars invite you to pack the stands for every home game during the 2017 season. The next game is homecoming on Sept. 30 at 6:00 p.m. where the Tartars will face off against Pasadena City College. Read more...

Accreditation News

Accreditation Update

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) granted initial accreditation status to Compton College at its June 7 meeting. A timeline has been developed for submitting the Compton College Quality Focused Essay special report that is due to ACCJC by November 30, 2017.

The following work is currently in progress related to accreditation:

  • Implementation of the items cited in the future plans from the ECC Compton Center Self-Evaluation Report section of our report.
  • Development of a timeline for implementing the improvement recommendations cited in the External Evaluation Report.
  • Preparation of an additional timeline for completion of the next and final step, which includes El Camino Community College District and the Compton Community College District submitting a substantive change proposal to ACCJC requesting the Compton District assume authority over Compton College. Submission of substantive change proposal to ACCJC is targeted for August 1, 2018.

Thank you to all the faculty, staff and administrators at Compton College and El Camino College for their continued hard work on action items related to accreditation.

District News

New Senior Management Structure for Compton College

The Compton Community College District Board of Trustees approved the following administrators' job title changes at their June 20, 2017 meeting:

  • Steve Haigler, from Chief Business Officer to Vice President, Administrative Services
  • Rachelle Sasser, from Chief Human Resources Officer to Vice President, Human Resources
  • Elizabeth Martinez, from Dean of Student Services to Vice President, Student Services

These job title changes are consistent with the Proposal for Compton College Senior Management Structure. In addition, the CCCD Board of Trustees approved the job description for the Vice President of Academic Affairs position. Barbara Perez will assist with filling the Vice President of Academic Affairs position, after which she will provide assistance to Compton College with the transition to a separate and independent college under the authority of Compton Community College District. Barbara Perez will coordinate the implementation of separate student management and curriculum systems for Compton College.

CCCD Welcomes New Managers

The Compton Community College District is pleased to announce the appointment of Nelly Alvarado as director of enrollment services and Lynell Wiggins as director of adult education and workforce development at Compton College. Read more...

Welcome to Newly Hired Faculty Members

Compton College is pleased to announce that four new faculty members have been hired for the 2017-18 academic year. Each new faculty member brings extensive professional and academic expertise that will enhance student learning and help inspire students to create their own success story in the classroom and beyond. Read more...

Facilities News

Tartar Village Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

The Compton Community College District hosted a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the Tartar Village on August 15.

The $3.6 million Tartar Village provides temporary instructional buildings located in the practice football/soccer field area during construction of the all-new Instructional Building 1 (which will replace the current Row Buildings). The new facility for the cosmetology program that opened last fall is also located in Tartar Village. Read More...

Single-User Restrooms

In compliance with AB 1732–Single-User Restrooms, Compton College will convert all public single-user toilet facilities to all-gender toilet facilities. The single-user restrooms in the Allied Health Building and Tartar Village are now available to Compton College students and employees. Thank you to the Health, Safety and Parking Committee for its research and recommendations on AB 1732.

Other News

Affordable Hair and Beauty Services Available at Compton College!

The Compton College Cosmetology Department offers affordable salon services by appointment to students, faculty, staff and community members. Services available include hair cutting, shampoo and set, color, manicures, permanent wave, chemical relaxers, scalp treatment, dermalogica facials, and braiding. All services are performed by qualified students with an instructor present. Compton College and El Camino College students with ID, faculty and staff, and senior citizens 62 years of age and above all receive a 10% discount! Please see the complete list of available services, hours of operation and additional information here: http://www.compton.edu/academics/CTE/cosmetology/Cosmetology-Service-Menu.pdf

Appointments may be made by calling 310-900-1600, ext. 2778.

It's Now Easier to Get to Compton College

To ease transportation and parking issues that may affect student enrollment during the 2017-18 academic year, Compton College launched a series of strategies in the fall 2017 semester to help relieve transportation and parking challenges for students, faculty, staff, and the community: Read More...

Campus Calendar

September 30 90th Anniversary Festival and Homecoming Football Game
October 5 University Transfer Fair
October 19 Last day to apply for degrees and certificates (fall semester)
October 21 Mid-Term classes begin
November 10 Veterans Day Holiday – Campus closed
November 17 Last Day to drop with a "W" (fall semester)
November 23-24 Thanksgiving Holiday – Campus closed