Student Success

Compton College's Three-Year Report to the Community Highlights Continued Student Success

Compton College's Three-Year Report to the Community Highlights Continued Student Success

Compton College recently published Compton College: Three-Year Report to the Community, which 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 between the El Camino Community College District and the Compton Community College District. The publication marks the twelfth anniversary of the partnership between the two college districts.

The accomplishments of outstanding Compton College students are featured in the report, along with important student success indicators, such as increased numbers of students earning degrees and certificates, higher percentages of transfers to four-year colleges and universities, and additional classes for improved student access to classes. To help offset the cost of higher education, financial support for students has also expanded. In the past three years, Compton College students have received a total of $111,800 in scholarships.

The number of degrees and certificates awarded at Compton College increased by nearly 36 percent between the academic years of 2014-15 and 2016-17. From 2014 to 2017, more than 1,100 Compton College students graduated with an associate degree, and more than 400 students earned certificates.

Over the past three years, Compton College also increased the number of students transferring to University of California and California State University campuses by 28 percent. The top CSU destinations in 2016-17 were Dominguez Hills and Long Beach, while the top UC destinations for Compton College students were UCLA and UCI.

The Three-Year Report is available online via the Compton College website:

New Student Welcome Day Photo Gallery

Every student is a success story, and more than 180 students joined Compton College for New Student Welcome this year to begin their journey to success! Students enjoyed an orientation, break-out workshops, campus tours, and a student services resource fair. Thank you to faculty and staff members for their contributions to making New Student Welcome Day a success. View the photo gallery from the event here:

Upward Bound Math and Science Program Helps Local High School Graduates Get Into College

Upward Bound Math and Science Program Helps  Local High School Graduates Get Into College

A dozen high school graduates from Compton and Dominguez high schools who participated in Compton College's Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) program are heading to four-year universities this fall, many with full-ride scholarships to fund their college education. These students are exclusively first-generation college students who benefited from the UBMS program tailored specifically to their needs. This federal program supports high school students who are dedicated to their goals—graduate from high school, enroll in college and successfully earn degrees.

For many of these students, their dreams of attending a four-year university proved to be a difficult goal due to personal and financial obstacles. UBMS provided them with the academic discipline, knowledge and resources needed to successfully enter higher education and compete for grants and scholarships. The program provides an environment with academic rigor and structured support outside the bounds of high school, where the average student to counselor ratio is 600 to 1.

Compton College's UBMS program is offered at both Compton and Dominguez high schools. "Upward Bound Math and Science is specifically tailored for 9th and 10th grade students who have the potential to improve academically in order to meet university admission requirements," said Nelly Alvarado, Compton College director of enrollment services. Read More ...

2018 Presidential Scholars Graduate at Top of Class

Exemplary Compton College students Cynthia Avelino, Michelle Christy and Cynthia Mendoza were honored as 2018 Presidential Scholars, earning associate degrees and some of the highest GPAs in their graduating class. The three students received their awards at the college's annual Academic Awards Tea and will use the scholarships to continue their educational journeys as they prepare to transfer to UC Irvine, CSU Dominguez Hills and UCLA, respectively.

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. Compton College's 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 ...

Accreditation News

Substantive Change Application: Change in Local Control Approved

On August 27, 2018, Compton College received notification from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) that the Substantive Change Application: Change in Local Control for Compton College, which was submitted on June 20, 2018, was approved by the Committee on Substantive Change of ACCJC. The ACCJC Committee on Substantive Change action letter is available here.

The Compton Community College District (CCCD) then submitted a request to the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office for the issuance of an executive order declaring that Compton College will operate as an independent college under the authority of the CCCD Board of Trustees. On August 29, 2018, California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Oakley issued Executive Order 2018-01 declaring Compton College will operate as an independent college under the authority of the CCCD Board of Trustees effective June 7, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. The California Community Colleges Chancellor Executive Order 2018-01 is available here. At that same time, the partnership between CCCD and the El Camino Community College District will come to an end.

The CCCD's original goal since August 2006 is to continue to provide quality educational programs and services for students while working to have once again an independent and accredited college within the CCCD. We have achieved that goal and so much more since August 2006. This is truly a historic moment for Compton College and the CCCD, and we should all be proud of our many accomplishments.

Updated "Accreditation and the Process Forward" Document for Compton College

An updated version of the Accreditation and the Process Forward" document for Compton College was recently published. The "Accreditation and the Process Forward-Transition Planning" document includes accomplishments and the next steps in the process of establishing Compton College as an independent community college under the governing authority of the CCCD Board of Trustees.

The "Accreditation and the Process Forward" document is available online:

District News

CCCD 2018-2019 Final Budget Approved

At its regular meeting on September 11, 2018, the Compton Community College District (CCCD) Board of Trustees approved the 2018-2019 CCCD final budget. The 2018-2019 budget may be viewed on the district website:

The budget is based upon the information currently available from the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office. The 2018-2019 CCCD Final Budget was developed to achieve a goal of 5,980 full-time equivalent students (FTES). Compton College will offer 1,522 course sections to meet this FTES goal.

The 2018-2019 CCCD Final Budget includes the following assumptions: a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) of 2.71%; filling eleven faculty positions, three classified positions and four management positions; future funding for the Compton College Enterprise Resource Planning system cost of $2,550,000; future funding for the Fire Academy program at the Compton College of $350,000; and the future cost associated with the Compton District Personnel Commission of $200,000.

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Compton Community College District Board Meeting
Scheduled for October 16

The next meeting of the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees is scheduled for Tuesday, October 16 at 5 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

New Public Safety Facility Groundbreaking Ceremony

The Compton Community College District (CCCD) recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for its all-new Public Safety Building, which will house the CCCD Police Department.

Pictured from left are: Diana Medel, field representative for Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson (D-Carson); Myla Rahman, office manager for Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena); Irene Shandell-Taylor, CCCD Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee member; Deborah LeBlanc, CCCD Board of Trustees member; Nicole J. Jones, CCCD Board of Trustees president; LoWanda Green, CCCD Board of Trustees clerk; Janna Zurita, City of Compton councilmember (District 1); Linda Owens, CCCD director of facilities, planning and operations; and Keith Curry, CCCD CEO and president of Compton College. Read More...

Other News

Welcome New Managers!

Compton College is pleased to welcome three new managers beginning in the fall 2018 semester: director of financial aid, director of community relations, and manager of research and planning. Read More...

Welcome New Faculty!

Compton College is pleased to announce that eight new faculty members have been hired for the 2018-19 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...

Safety Matters

Make sure you know what's happening at and around Compton College by following the Campus Police on NIXLE. Receive important information about Compton College related to safety, emergencies, alerts and advisories. You can follow your city of residence, too!

Sign up at today! It's quick, easy and secure. Or, follow these simple instructions to receive Nixle text messages:

1. Compose a text message to: 888777 (no dashes)
2. Text the following message: CECPD to receive alerts from Compton College

You will receive the following text message: "Thank you for signing up for El Camino College Police Department Alerts."

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 and use the free campus courtesy shuttle at night. Be aware! Be safe!

Share your news!

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. Please email your news items to Heather Parnock at

Campus Calendar

September 25-26 Red Cross Blood Drive
October 4 Transfer Fair & College Night
October 9 Student Forums, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
October 16 Weight Room Ribbon-cutting, 3 p.m.
October 18 Last day to apply for graduation and certificates (fall 2018 semester)
Great California Shakeout Earthquake Drill, 10:18 a.m.
October 20 Fall mid-term classes begin
October 22 Last day to register to vote
November 6 California General Election