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Message from the PRESIDENT/CEO

June 1, 2020


Campus Community,

It was stressful today, thinking about what is happening at our college, in our community, and across our nation. As an African American man, a father of an African American son, and as a college president, the past week has been a struggle for me. However, I am trying to stay focused on the needs of the institution and our students. As I mentioned previously, our students need Compton College and our support services even more during these times. The President/CEO Message - June 1, 2020, includes COVID-19 information and other campus-related updates.

Compton College COVID-19 Update - June 1, 2020
As of June 1, 2020, there are a total of 113,006 positive cases and 4,251 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.

Eventual Return to Campus Planning
The Return to Campus Plan -  Phase 1, which will begin on Monday, June 22, 2020, and will include permanent employees gradually returning to campus as prescribed in the plans approved by their managers/supervisors to ensure social distancing. The details of Phase 1 will be finalized by Monday, June 15, 2020. Phase 2 of the Return to Campus Plan will include Compton College students who need to complete additional laboratory hours in the following programs this summer.

  • Air Conditioning & Refrigeration
  • Auto Collision, Repair & Painting
  • Auto Technology, Business
  • Machine Tool Technology, Manufacturing Technology
  • Nursing
  • Welding

We anticipate these students will be on campus sometime during the summer of 2020. Today, June 1, 2020, we had an initial conversation with St. John's Well Child & Family Center regarding COVID-19 testing for these students and daily temperature checks for all students and employees who are on campus during summer 2020. Our goal is to complete Phase 2 of the Return to Campus Plan by Thursday, June 18, 2020.

Compton Community College District Virtual Community Meeting
Compton CCD will hold a Virtual Community Meeting on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. via the Zoom meeting. Compton CCD Board of Trustees Vice President Dr. Sharoni Denise Little and Clerk Barbara Jean Calhoun will co-host the meeting and topics to be covered include academic and job training programs offered at Compton College, enrollment for summer and fall at Compton College, a campus facilities update, and an update on the District response to COVID-19. This Virtual Community Meeting provides students, parents, and community members with an opportunity to learn more about what Compton College has to offer and participate in discussions with the two Board of Trustees members. The Zoom meeting information for this meeting is available here.

Summer Enrollment Update
Registration for summer 2020 began on May 26, 2020, and the summer 2020 Class Schedule PDF is available here. As of today, June 1, 2020, Compton College has generated 304 Full-Time Equivalent Students for summer 2020. Our fill rate is at 36%, and our seats filled is 2,082. The Compton College Summer 2020 Enrollment Snapshot – June 1, 2020, is available here. We currently have 25 classes that are already full. Please encourage your current Compton College students to register now for summer 2020. The first six-week and eight-week summer sessions begin on Monday, June 22, 2020.

Third Annual Classified Professional Development Day
The spring 2020 Classified Professional Development Day is scheduled for Thursday, June 4, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. via Zoom. All Classified staff is encouraged to participate in all the activities.

California State University, Fullerton Leadership Institute for Tomorrow (L.I.F.T.)
We extended the deadline for Classified staff to submit their interest to participate in the 2020 L.I.F.T. Program. The L.I.F.T. is a one-year program created to mentor, coach, and L.I.F.T a diverse group of professionals who want to progress as leaders in higher education. Through a unique format that blends a five-day leadership conference with mentors who include former college and university presidents, chancellors, deans, and provosts, participants will be provided with the skills and expertise needed to realize their leadership potential. The Sixth Annual L.I.F.T program will start with a five-day leadership conference held January 11-15, 2021, at California State University, Fullerton. Quarterly web-based connections will continue through January 2022. Classified staff will be notified of their acceptance into the program by Thursday, July 30, 2020. All full-time Classified staff members who are interested in participating are invited to submit a letter of interest to Pilar Huffman, Professional Development Manager at phuffman@compton.edu, by Monday, June 8, 2020, by 4:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Pilar Huffman.

Final Thoughts
This past weekend, I have been thinking about how we can support our employees during this difficult time. If you are having feelings of fear, anxiety, depression, anger, frustration, irritability, due to what is happening, please contact EASE. EASE has expanded its existing TeleHealth options, which provide employees access to safe, free, and confidential support during these difficult times. 24/7 EASE Hotline: 1-800-882-1341. Confidential video and telephonic counseling are available.

In closing, I have asked the Student Services Division to schedule some Zoom meetings so Compton College students can have a space to discuss the events of the past week. Also, tomorrow, June 2, 2020, Elizabeth Martinez, Vice President of Student Services, will be sending an email to students about the services provided by St. John's Well Child & Family Center to students during this time.

Thank you and please be safe,

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


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