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Message from the PRESIDENT/CEO

May 29, 2020


Campus Community,

Two weeks from today, on Friday, June 12, 2020, at 11:00 a.m., we will celebrate Compton College's first Commencement since the separation from El Camino Community College District. I am excited to celebrate with the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees, faculty, Classified staff, managers/supervisors, and with our graduates. The President/CEO Message - May 29, 2020, includes COVID-19 information and other campus-related updates.

Compton College COVID-19 Update - May 29, 2020
As of May 28, 2020, there are a total of 103,886 positive cases and 4,068 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.

President/CEO Virtual Student Forum
Yesterday’s President/CEO Virtual Student Forum was well attended. Many students provided their thank you to the college for the support they are receiving, including free meals and laptops, and the recent distribution of CARES Act and Edquity emergency grants. However, some students were still concerned that they were not able to communicate with their faculty members outside classroom hours. I referred them to the webpage Spring 2020/COVID-19 Student Information webpage where all emails are posted, including the May 4, 2020 email that included information on how to connect with their Guided Pathway Division deans. The forum was recorded and is available here.

California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Update
Earlier this morning, the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Board of Directors, which I serve as the Chair, met and began to discuss the status of fall sports, given all of the uncertainty that we are working through related to COVID-19. Another CCCAA Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Friday, June 5, 2020, at 1:00 p.m., and this topic will continue to be discussed. Today, the CCCAA Board of Directors voted in support of community college athletics and the possibility of hosting athletics competitions in the fall and throughout the 2020-2021 academic year. Furthermore, the CCCAA Board of Directors established guiding principles to help direct the organization as we support community college athletics. 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.

Compton College + Everytable Meal Delivery Program
Current spring 2020 students may pick-up one free meal per day, compliments of the Compton College + Everytable partnership through June 30, 2020. Please remind students to take advantage of this free food. All they need is their current Compton College student ID card or a copy of their spring 2020 class schedule and a valid photo ID. Details, including hours of operation, are available here.

Reminder, Compton College employees can participate in the Everytable Employee Meal Delivery Program - $59 for ten meals, including delivery. The deadline to sign up is Wednesday evenings at midnight. Compton College employees can order and pay for the Everytable Employee Meal Delivery Program online here.

2020 Compton College Commencement Ceremony
Please remind students to check their @compton.edu email. Verified graduates were provided information on how to upload their 5- to 10-second video or a photo by Sunday, May 31, 2020. All verified graduates will receive a commencement program, Class of 2020 tassel, and diploma cover before the June 12, 2020, virtual commencement ceremony. Class of 2020 lawn signs will also be made available to verified graduates for pick-up on campus the first week of June.

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, May 29, 2020, Compton College has generated 281 Full-Time Equivalent Students (FTES) for summer 2020. Our fill rate is at 33%, and our seats filled is 1,930. The Compton College Summer 2020 Enrollment Snapshot – May 29, 2020, is available here. After three days of registration activity, 21 of the classes 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.

Educational Partnership
Each month, Compton College hosts separate meetings with our partners from Compton, Lynwood, and Paramount unified school districts. The purpose of these meetings is to provide updates, discuss dual Enrollment between our districts, and explore new opportunities to expand our enrollment activities. Yesterday I had the opportunity to facilitate our monthly meeting with Compton Unified School District. While reviewing the summer and fall schedules, I noticed we are offering over 23 sections during the summer term at their high school sites, including our Early College High School. We are also offering 28 sections during the fall semester through our AB 288 agreements at their high school sites, at the Early College High School, and through our Afternoon College Program.

As I reflect on the number of course offerings, I must remind myself that our partnerships with our local K-12 districts have been expanding since I arrived at Compton College in the summer of 2005. On Monday, June 1, 2020, three Dual Enrollment Specialists will begin their employment at Compton College. The Dual Enrollment Specialist positions are funded by grants from the College Futures Foundation, the Pritzker Foster Care Initiative Grant, and a contract with Compton Unified School District. These three positions will be assigned to Compton, Lynwood, and Paramount unified school districts to assist with dual enrollment services.

In my President/CEO Message - May 18, 2020, I mentioned how during these times, we must remain committed to our dual enrollment programs and assist our local high school students in preparing for college and beyond. Dual Enrollment is a critical strategy in Compton College 2024 and the 2024 Enrollment Management Plan.

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.

Final Thoughts
As we continue to move Compton College toward 2024, the deaths of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery cannot be ignored. As an institution of higher learning, we have to stay committed to our mission statement. We are committed to enhancing the student success of our diverse community. We also must remain committed to our students by protecting, honoring, and maintaining the integrity of their lives. As a community college, we cannot operate in a vacuum and ignore what is happening in this nation, as many people are hurting.

I hope that Compton College can be a positive influence on males of color, especially black men. Through our Males of Color Taskforce, we can continue to create pathways forward for males of color on our campus. I want to encourage each of us to connect with one another, and to remind ourselves that the work we are doing is for the betterment of our college, our community, and our nation.

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


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