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President/CEO Message

July 23, 2020


Campus Community,

Compton College has a long list of alumni, who have made significant contributions to our community, in the state, nationally, and worldwide. A couple of weeks ago, I was informed and confirmed that Congresswoman Karen Bass attended Compton College. Since 2013, Congresswoman Bass has served as the U.S. Representative for California's 37th congressional district. Congresswoman Bass previously served for six years in the California State Assembly, including the last two years as the Assembly Speaker. In the President/CEO Message - July 20, 2020, I mentioned the reestablishment of the Foundation for Compton Community College District. My first objective for the foundation is to establish a fundraising campaign for Compton College, and my second objective is to engage Compton College alumni with our campus community. The President/CEO Message - July 23, 2020, includes COVID-19 information and other campus-related updates.

Compton College COVID-19 Update
On July 22, 2020, California reported 12,801 new cases of COVID-19. The state now has a total of 413,576 positive cases. There have been a total of 7,870 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.

Employee Telecommuting Update
In both the President/CEO Message - June 15, 2020, and the President/CEO Message - May 29, 2020, I mentioned that telecommuting would conclude on Friday, August 14, 2020, for all employees, noting that employees will incrementally return to campus during the summer term.

At this time, I do not want to set a date for the full restoration of operations on campus due to ever-changing pandemic conditions. We are currently in Phase 1 of the draft "Eventual Return to Campus" plan, which enables the gradual return of employees to campus. With the increase of positive COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County and the state of California, I will be extending Employee Telecommuting until further notice.

As I mentioned in the Consultative Council meeting on Monday, July 20, 2020, when employees are eventually required to return to campus, proper notice will be provided to the campus community. Until then, we will follow the Essential Employee Work Schedule that is updated weekly.

Essential Employees Work Schedule
The Essential Employees Work Schedule for July 27-30, 2020, is posted online here. The schedule will be updated every Thursday for the following week as employees continue to return to campus gradually.

Off-Campus Events and Conferences
As mentioned in my President/CEO Message - March 11, 2020, all non-essential travel for employees and students is restricted, including attendance of off-campus events and conferences. This policy has been extended through Friday, December 11, 2020.

July 30, 2020, Open Pandemic Coordinator Meeting
We would like you to join the Pandemic Coordinators on Thursday, July 30, 2020, at 3:30 p.m. to discuss the draft "Eventual Return to Campus" plan. If you are interested in participating in the meeting, please email Heather Parnock, Director of Community Relations, at hparnock@compton.edu to receive the Zoom meeting information. The Open Pandemic Coordinator Meeting discussion will focus on the draft plan.

Student Communications
Students received an email today, July 23, 2020, from the Financial Aid Office regarding CARES Act emergency grants available to current summer 2020 students at Compton College. Students must complete the application by Friday, July 31, 2020.

All emails to students are available online on the Student Information and Communications webpage.

Compton College COVID-19 Updates
Reminder, please visit the Compton College COVID-19 webpage here for updates. The webpage provides information for students, faculty, Classified staff, and managers on how to protect themselves and what to look for in terms of COVID-19 symptoms, including 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.

Compton College COVID-19 Basic Need Supports and Student Profile Report
In spring 2020, Compton College responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with several new basic needs resources to support our students: a Student Laptop Loan program, a Wi-Fi Hotspot Loan program, weekly food delivery from Everytable, daily food pick-up from Everytable, and emergency loans. Furthermore, Compton College granted Excused Withdrawals to students who withdrew because of COVID-19. The Compton College COVID-19 Basic Need Supports and Student Profile Report describes the counts and demographics of students who accessed these resources and received Excused Withdrawals grades in spring 2020 at Compton College. The Compton College COVID-19 Basic Need Supports and Student Profile Report is available here. In the coming week, we will be updating the report to include the CARES Act emergency grants provided to Compton College students in spring 2020.

Student Health Services Available Remotely
St. John's Student Health Center is available remotely while the campus remains closed. Current Compton College students may call (323) 541-1411 or (213) 226-7480 to make an appointment for routine medical services, behavioral health concerns, or COVID-19 testing. A Mental Health Therapist is available on Thursdays for telehealth visits. Student health services are available Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Students and Compton CCD Employees are Eligible for a Discount
CollegeBuys, powered by the Foundation for California Community Colleges, offers discounts of up to 85 percent on a wide range of educational products - from industry-leading software and technology to high-quality office and classroom furniture. Compton College faculty, Classified staff, and managers/administrators are eligible for discounts on Microsoft Office and Adobe software, wireless internet, laptops, iPhone accessories, and more. For a complete list, please visit http://store.collegebuys.org/.

Enrollment Update
As of today, July 23, 2020, Compton College has generated 711 Full-Time Equivalent Students for fall 2020. Our fill rate is at 23%, and our seats filled is 4,498. Click here for the current fall 2020 Enrollment Snapshot. Please encourage students and prospective students to enroll in the fall 2020 classes.

2020 Compton College New Employee Welcome Receptions
The office of Human Resources has transitioned the upcoming "New Employee Welcome Receptions" to Zoom for the summer and fall. The receptions are scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on the following dates:

  • August 18, 2020
  • October 20, 2020

All Compton College faculty, Classified staff, and managers/administrators are invited to attend. This is an opportunity to meet new employees after the Compton CCD Board Trustees has approved. The office of Human Resources will send the Zoom meeting information for this event to the campus community via email.

African American Male Education Network Development (A2MEND) Anti-Racism National Dialogue
As mentioned in the President/CEO Message - July 20, 2020, on Saturday, August 1, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the African American Male Education Network Development (A2MEND) organization will be moderating a nationwide discussion across racial lines to discuss anti-blackness and its various impacts on U.S. society. New York Times-Best Selling Authors and renowned scholars Dr. Ibram X. Kendi (How to be an Anti-Racist), Tim Wise (Dear White America) and Dr. Marc Lamont Hill (The Classroom and the Cell) will present on challenges and solutions to equip educators with the knowledge to ensure that Black lives more than matter on their respective campuses. Compton CCD will provide financial support for 30 employees (including faculty, Classified staff, managers/administrators). If you are interested in participating in this national discussion, please contact Pilar Huffman, Professional Development Manager at phuffman@compton.edu. This is a first-come and first-serve opportunity, so please contact Pilar Huffman as soon as possible to RSVP.

Compton CCD Board of Trustees Study Session
Compton CCD Board of Trustees Study Session is scheduled for Saturday, July 25, 2020, commencing at noon via Zoom. Information on how to access the Compton CCD Board of Trustees Study Session agenda is available here.

Final Thoughts
Each day we are inching closer and closer to the beginning of the fall 2020 semester. As such, we are in full planning mode for the Fall 2020 Professional Development Days, which are scheduled for Thursday, August 20, 2020 (Mandatory Day) and Friday, August 21, 2020 (Optional Day). We have confirmed Dr. Felicia Darling, author, and community college faculty member, as the opening speaker for Thursday, August 20, 2020. Dr. Darling is the author of the book Teachin' It.  More information on the Fall 2020 Professional Development Days, including meeting times, Zoom meeting information, and agendas, will be included in a future President/CEO Message.

Finally, please be safe and enjoy your weekend. 

Sincerely,

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


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