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Message from the PRESIDENT/CEO

April 15, 2020


Campus Community,

I want to provide you with an update on Compton College in terms of COVID-19. As of Tuesday, April 14, 2020, there are a total of 24,424 positive cases and 821 deaths in California. For more information, go to https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx.

Compton College remains operating at Level Four - Severe Infection Rate, according to the Compton CCD Pandemic Outbreak - Emergency Operations Plan. The Compton College Pandemic Coordinators and members of the President/CEO Cabinet met today, and below are today's updates.

Compton College + Everytable Meal Delivery Program
As mentioned in the Compton College COVID-19 Update - April 10, 2020, Compton College has implemented a new food-resource for students. Through the Compton College + Everytable Meal Delivery Program, currently enrolled Compton College students will be able to receive ten meals per week, delivered to their homes. The deadline to sign up is Wednesday evenings at midnight. Next week, we will be serving 150 Compton College students through the Everytable Meal Delivery Program. Beginning the week of April 27, 2020, we will be able to serve 50 Compton College students per week. If the list fills before the deadline, students will be placed on a waiting list for the following week. Students can sign up by submitting the Compton College + Everytable Meal Delivery Program Sign-Up Form online. This delivery service is in addition to the daily free meals, already available at the Compton Everytable location, Monday-Friday.

As mentioned in the Compton College COVID-19 Update - April 13, 2020, Compton College is expanding the Everytable Meal Delivery Program to Compton College employees. Unfortunately, the Compton College employees Everytable Meal Delivery Program order form is not ready, and will not be available until sometime next week.

Compton College Partnership with Grubhub - Food Delivery
I am pleased to announce we will be entering into an additional food-resource partnership with Grubhub- Food Delivery for Compton College students. Through this food-resource partnership, currently enrolled Compton College students will be provided with $100 per week to order food from local restaurants through the Grubhub- Food Delivery app. The goal is to provide this service to 50 Compton College students per week.  Special thanks to Elizabeth Martinez, Vice President of Student Services, and the Tartar Support Network for their assistance with developing this partnership with Grubhub- Food Delivery.

Compton College Student Laptop Loan Program
Laptop computers are still available to students who submit a Student Laptop Loan Program RSVP and are currently enrolled in spring 2020 courses at Compton College. Next week, the Informational Technology Services and the Student Services divisions will pilot a new process for disbursement of laptops. We will be mailing laptops to students' homes. Next week, we anticipate up to ten students participating in the pilot program. If all goes well next week, we will begin mailing additional laptops to Compton College students the week of April 27, 2020. As of today, April 15, 2020, we currently have 47 students on the RSVP list.

Compton College Mobile Hotspots for Students
In partnership with the Foundation for California Community Colleges, I am pleased to announce in the coming weeks; we will be purchasing 500 mobile hotspots for Compton College students. The mobile hotspots will assist Compton College students who do not have remote internet access. The Student Services Division, Student Equity, and the Foundation for California Community Colleges are in the process of establishing a method for the disbursement of the mobile hotspots. More information on this program will be provided in a future Compton College COVID-19 Update.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance Program Application
The Compton College FEMA's Public Assistance Program Application has been submitted, and the Pandemic Coordinators are exploring all options for federal reimbursements for the implementation of the Compton CCD Pandemic Outbreak - Emergency Operations Plan.  At the April 21, 2020, Compton Community College District Board of Trustees Meeting, I will recommend to the Board of Trustees for approval the FEMA Application - Filing of Cal OES 130 and the Cal OES 130SA forms. These forms are required for federal reimbursements through FEMA.

Campus Closure
Just a friendly reminder on Friday, April 17, 2020, the Compton College campus will be closed. Please do not schedule any meetings on this day.

Compton College COVID-19 Updates
Reminder, please visit the Compton College COVID-19 webpage here for updates. The webpage also provides information for students, faculty, Classified staff, and managers who are not feeling well and who are experiencing the following symptoms - a fever, cough, or shortness of breath.

If you are experiencing distress or anxiety due to the current circumstances, please contact the Employee Assistance Program at (800) 531-0200. We will continue to work through many issues and concerns as it relates to COVID-19.

Final Thoughts
Each week, I participate in the three COVID-19 Zoom meetings: the Community College League of California Chief Executive Officers, the California Community College Chancellor's Office, and the Community College League of California Trustees. This week, in two of those Zoom meetings, the 2020-2021 California State Budget was discussed. The primary concern for many community college leaders is the fiscal impact COVID-19 will have on the 2020-2021 California State Budget. Even though Compton College is held harmless at 5,980 Full-Time Equivalent Students (FTES) through 2023-2024, I am deeply concerned about the fiscal health of our state, county, and Compton Community College District.

I am also deeply concerned that the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) scheduled for 2.29% in the 2020-2021 California State Budget may be reduced in the Governor's May Revise. If the Governor reduces COLA, this will have a profound impact on the 2020-2021 Compton Community College District Tentative Budget and future salary negotiations with our local bargaining units. In the coming week, I will have follow-up conversations with our elected officials to remind them of how vital the hold harmless provision is to Compton Community College District, and the importance of maintaining COLA at 2.29% in the 2020-2021 California State Budget.

I am deeply concerned about the projected reduction in revenue the state of California will receive due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The unemployment rate has increased dramatically over the last three weeks. The Los Angeles Times estimated that more than 925,000 Californians applied for unemployment benefits in early April. The Governor reported, "in the last four weeks, California has processed about 2.3 million unemployment insurance claims, which is more than the total number of claims filed in 2019." Once the California Employee Development Department (EDD) unemployment counts are released on Friday, April 17, 2020,  our Office of Institutional Effectiveness will provide me with a COVID-19, Unemployment, and Forecasting Enrollment at Compton College Report. We anticipate enrollment increasing at Compton College in the 2020-2021 year. However, at the very least, we need to maintain our revenues to effectively support our current and future students in the 2020-2021 year.

Due to these fiscal uncertainties, we will revise our 2020-2021 Compton Community College District Budget Assumptions, and wait on the Governor's May Revise before making final decisions on the 2020-2021 Compton Community College District Tentative Budget. In the coming weeks, we anticipate having many discussions at the Compton College Planning and Budget Committee and Consultative Council meetings about the 2020-2021 Compton Community College District Budget.

We are living and working in uncertain times due to the COVID-19 pandemic; however, our students need us the most right now.

Please be safe,

Sincerely,

Keith Curry, Ed.D.
(preferred pronouns: he/him/his)
President/CEO
Compton College


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