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President/CEO Message

August 27, 2020


Campus Community,

In the President/CEO Message - August 20, 2020, I announced our partnership with the Coalition for Responsible Community Development. In less than one week, we have received over 160 requests through the Compton College Resources Form from students who need housing support. Since many of our on-campus services have been eliminated, many of our students with housing insecurity or who are homeless have been severely impacted by COVID-19. In the coming weeks, I will ask the Tartar Support Network for recommendations regarding how we can provide additional support for these struggling students. We need to discuss how we could provide much-needed services to students who need access to our shower facilities, food resources, and a place to study. The President/CEO Message - August 27, 2020, includes COVID-19 information and other campus-related updates.

Compton College COVID-19 Update
On August 25, 2020, there were 6,004 newly recorded confirmed cases. Numbers do not represent true day-over-day change as these results include cases from before yesterday. The state now has a total of 679,099 positive cases. There has been a total of 12,407 deaths in the state. For more information, go to www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019. Compton College continues to operate at Level Four - Severe Infection Rate, according to the Compton CCD Pandemic Outbreak - Emergency Operations Plan.

Essential Employees Work Schedule
The Essential Employees Work Schedule for August 31, 2020, through September 4, 2020, is posted online here. The schedule will be updated every Thursday for the following week as employees continue to return to campus gradually.

St. John's Student Health Center
The St. John's Student Health Center on campus will open for student services beginning Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Students must make an appointment in advance by calling (213) 226-7480; no walk-in or same-day appointments are allowed. The Student Health Center will be open Monday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Tuesday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In-person and telephonic services are available such as COVID-19 testing, vaccinations, counseling, and annual physicals. More information on the St. John's Student Health Center is available here.

Winter 2021 Term
A decision has been made regarding the winter 2021 term. Classes will remain online, and there will be no in-person lectures or labs scheduled on campus. However, we are still examining what classes would need to be offered on campus for our intercollegiate athletes. In the coming weeks, Andree Pacheco, Director of Student Development and Athletics, working with our instructional deans, athletic coaches, and the pandemic coordinators, will revise the Compton College Athletics Return to Campus Recommendations. Once we have those recommendations, we share them with the Health, Safety and Parking Committee before making a final decision on winter intercollegiate athletic classes.

The winter 2021 term decision provides the Deans and division chairs with additional time to finalize the schedule of classes, which will be available online Tuesday, October 6, 2020. The plan for the spring 2021 semester classes is still in discussion, as we review the California Department of Public Health COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Institutions of Higher Education and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Guidelines for Institutions of Higher Education. The goal is to make a decision on the spring 2021 semester by Friday, September 25, 2020. We must remain flexible as state and local guidelines are updated. Additional conversations regarding winter 2021 and spring 2021, will occur at the next Health, Safety and Parking Committee meeting, which is scheduled for Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at 1:30 p.m.

As a reminder, our campus is telecommuting until further notice.

Enrollment Update
As of today, August 27, 2020, Compton College has generated 1,436 Full-Time Equivalent Students for fall 2020. Our fill rate is at 57%, and our seats filled is 9,636. Click here for the current fall 2020 Enrollment Snapshot. A list of fall 2020 classes with seats available is available online here.

2020-2021 Compton CCD Final Budget
The 2020-2021 Compton CCD Final Budget is available online here. The 2020-2021 Final Budget will be presented at the September 8, 2020, Board of Trustees meeting, and a public hearing on the 2020-2021 Final Budget will be held.  As mentioned in the President/CEO Message - May 22, 2020, over the next three years, I am recommending Compton CCD utilize at least $6 million of the reserve for contingency to support Compton CCD expenditures. Also, it is important to note, that over $3.75 million of our reserve for contingency is set aside for the future funding for the Compton College Enterprise Resource Planning system cost of $3,000,000; future funding for the Compton College Fire Academy of  $350,000; and the future cost associated with the Compton CCD Personnel Commission of $400,000. We must begin planning for the District to assume additional expenses in the 2022-2023 year associated with Compton College Recovery Fund. We have six Informational Technology Services positions funded with the Compton College Recovery Fund that will have to be assumed by another Compton CCD funding source in 2022-2023.

Over the past couple of months, I have been criticized for my leadership and the amount of our reserve for contingency. Unfortunately, many of you are not aware of the difficult decisions I had to make in spring 2011 (which included layoffs of Classified staff, and budget reductions to programs and services); or that the District finances were one of the reasons why the Special Trustee was appointed to Compton CCD in 2004; and how the District finances were cited in the accreditation reports that eventually lead to Compton Community College's accreditation being revoked by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges in 2006. Because of those factors, I error on the side of caution when it comes to how our budget is structured and managed.

Please note, we will continue to monitor the California State Budget situation, and the potential impact it will have on Compton CCD, and budget updates will continue to be included in future President/CEO Messages.

Fall 2020 President/CEO Virtual Student Forums
Three virtual student forums have been scheduled for the fall 2020 semester. Compton College students are invited to meet with me virtually via Zoom Meeting to discuss matters affecting them personally or the College community at large. Virtual forums are scheduled for September 24, 2020, October 29, 2020, and December 3, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Final Thoughts
During the first week of the semester, I always feel swamped and try to make sure I stay on top of my tasks and assignments. This year has been more difficult for me; I watched the video of the shooting of Jacob Blake by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Then I thought about my son Kamilo Ali Curry, Compton College Black Male students, and the Black Males in the community we serve. As mentioned in the President/CEO Message - August 3, 2020, we are working on the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office Call to Action. Our recommendations/activities must be bold and innovative in how we address the issues our Black Male students face, and how we implement programs and services that support all Black Male students through our Guided Pathway Divisions. We also have to fund our recommendations/activities, not just this year, but also every year going forward. Next week, we will reach out to our constituent groups to establish a task force to review and finalize the Compton College Call to Action Response.

Sincerely,

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


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