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President/CEO Message

July 6, 2020


Campus Community,

I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend with your family and friends. We are halfway through the 2020 year, and all I can say is that this has been an unbelievable experience. We remain focused on student success at Compton College while working through challenges associated with the California State Budget and COVID-19. Even though this has been a challenging year, I am proud of the many accomplishments we have achieved as Compton College and Compton Community College District thus far. The President/CEO Message - July 6, 2020, includes COVID-19 information and other campus-related updates.

Compton College COVID-19 Update
As of July 4, 2020, there are a total of 260,155 positive cases and 6,331 deaths in California. 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 Screening and Protocol for Entering Campus
Essential Employees, as well as Career and Technical Education faculty and instructional support staff assisting spring 2020 students in the completion of required lab hours, must follow social distancing protocol and wear a face covering when in contact with others. Upon entry to campus, these District employees will undergo a temperature screening - daily. These employees must also complete a "COVID-19 - Employee Return to Work Wellness Check" questionnaire - one time. COVID-19 testing is also required - one time only. Results are due to Rachelle Sasser, vice president of Human Resources, via email at rsasser@compton.edu by Thursday, July 30, 2020. Test results must be current within seven business days of submitting to Human Resources.

Employees who are approved for a one-time request to come to campus will also undergo a temperature screening upon entry to the campus. A face covering is required, along with social distancing.

Individuals who have a temperature of 100.4 or higher will be prohibited from entering campus and will be provided with information regarding the next steps, including a copy of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's "COVID-19: Learn About Symptoms & What To Do If You Are Sick" flyer (PDF).

Career and Technical Education Lab Hours
As discussed in the President/CEO Message - July 1, 2020, as many as 160 students from the Spring 2020 semester will return to campus to complete in-person lab hours held in the Vocational Technology Building. Eleven faculty members and instructional support staff, on coordinated schedules, will enforce occupancy restrictions, regulate spatial distancing, and supervise and ensure adherence to safety protocols and use of personal protective equipment. Because of COVID-19, career preparation courses such as Welding, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Auto Collision Repair & Painting, Machine Tool Technology, and Automotive Technology were transitioned to alternative methods of instruction in March 2020. Beginning today, July 6, 2020, students grouped into cohorts have access to machinery and equipment to complete prescribed competencies and student learning outcomes by Thursday, August 13, 2020. Cohorts range in size from 7 to 17 students depending on the room being used.

Career and Technical Education students received information via their @compton.edu email accounts last week regarding the dates and times to report to campus. Students will have their temperature checked upon entry to the campus - daily. These students are required to submit COVID-19 test results to the College's Human Resources Department via email to klambertmartinez@compton.edu by Thursday, July 30, 2020.

Enrollment Update
As of today, July 6, 2020, Compton College has generated 486 Full-Time Equivalent Students for summer 2020. Our fill rate is at 67%, and our seats filled is 3,586. Click here for the current summer 2020 Enrollment Snapshot.

As of today, July 6, 2020, Compton College has generated 547 Full-Time Equivalent Students for fall 2020. Our fill rate is at 18%, and our seats filled is 3,404. Click here for the current fall 2020 Enrollment Snapshot.

2020-2021 Compton CCD Budget
In the President/CEO Message - June 25, 2020, I provided an update on the 2020-2021 Compton CCD Budget, and I mentioned that for California Community Colleges, the Enacted 2020-2021 California State Budget prevents cuts to community college districts' general apportionments and categorical programs, and included budget deferrals. What does this mean for California Community Colleges, including Compton College? From February 1, 2021, through June 30, 2021, Compton CCD will not receive any apportionment payment from the California Community College Chancellor's Office. Compton CCD will receive our monthly apportionment payments for July 2020 through January 2021, and it is possible that a small portion of the February 2021 payment could be made. The payments that would have normally been paid to Compton CCD between February 1, 2021, and June 30, 2021, will instead be provided to Compton CCD between July 1, 2021, and November 30, 2021..

Over the weekend, I read the "Guide to California's education budget deferrals: pros, cons and costs of delayed payments" by John Febsterwald, which was published in EdSource. This article provides more information on budget deferral. I also wanted to share with you the Joint Analysis of the Enacted 2020-2021 California State Budget, developed by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, the Association of Chief Business Officers, the Association of Community College Administrators, and the Community College League of California is available here. Please see page 7 for more information on payment deferrals.

Over the next weeks, we will finalize the 2020-2021 Compton CCD Final Budget Assumptions. We are scheduled to present the Assumptions at the August 18, 2020, Compton CCD Board of Trustees meeting. Due to the Enacted 2020-2021 California State Budget, the following changes are being included in the 2020-2021 Compton CCD Final Budget Assumptions.

  1. Fill four additional vacant faculty positions. I approved the reinstatement of the following new faculty positions for the 2020-2021 year: Chemistry, Film and Video-Social Media, History, and Journalism/English-Social Media. The following new faculty positions for the 2020-2021 year were previously included in the 2020-2021 Compton CCD Tentative Budget: EOPS/CARE Guided Pathway Counselor, Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC), Nursing Instructor (three positions), and the Special Resource Center Guided Pathways Counselor.
  2. Increase Student Help, Hourly, Overtime by $250,000. This was previously reduced in the 2020-2021 Compton CCD Tentative Budget.
  3. Increase Other Services, Postage, and Advertising by $150,000. This was previously reduced in the 2020-2021 Compton CCD Tentative Budget.
  4. Increase Budget Augmentation and Enrollment Management Plan funding by $100,000. This was previously reduced in the 2020-2021 Compton CCD Tentative Budget.
  5. Increase Other Schedule, Non-Teaching by $50,000. This was previously reduced in the 2020-2021 Compton CCD Tentative Budget.

We will continue to keep the campus community updated on the development of the 2020-2021 Compton CCD Final Budget.

Compton CCD Board of Trustees Meeting
The next meeting of the Compton CCD Board of Trustees is scheduled for Tuesday, July 21, 2020. The closed session begins at 4:00 p.m., with open session commencing at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom. Information on how to access the Board of Trustees meeting is available here.

Final Thoughts
As requested during the President/CEO - Office Hours on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, please click on this link to see the progress on Compton College construction projects. In the 2021-2022 year, Compton College will have three ribbon-cutting ceremonies for construction projects.

Sincerely,

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


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