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Message from the PRESIDENT/CEO

NOVEMBER 2018


The 2019 winter term and spring semester are just around the corner! Compton College's winter term begins January 3, 2019 and the spring semester begins February 9, 2019. Winter online registration begins November 20 and spring registration begins December 4. Students are encouraged to check MyECC regularly for registration appointment information. Every FTES counts! So, let's all do our part to facilitate Compton College's Enrollment Management Plan.

There are some exciting events happening on campus in December including the Real #114 Housing and Food Insecurities Conference taking place on December 7, 2018. There is still time for interested faculty and staff members to register online for this event here. Also, please consider joining the campus Fall Book Club in reading keynote speaker Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab's book "Paying the Price - College Costs" in preparation for the Real #114 Conference. The last Fall Book Club meeting is November 27 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. in the Staff Lounge.

Also scheduled in December is the Student Health Center Ribbon Cutting on December 11, 2018 to welcome Compton College's new partnership with St. John's Well Child & Family Center as our new health care services provider.

El Camino College/Compton College Transition

The El Camino College/Compton College Transition Committee continues to work on the implementation of items cited in our Partnership Transition Plan, which is our internal planning document for the El Camino College/Compton College Transition. The next El Camino College/Compton College Transition committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. in the Compton College Boardroom.

Meta-Majors and Most Popular Majors and Programs Report

Compton College has adopted the Tartar Completion by Design framework to guide our priorities, decision-making, and evaluations. This framework reflects the students' postsecondary journey using the concepts of connection, entry, progress, completion, and transition. Included in the Completion by Design framework is the implementation of Guided Pathways, which is being coordinated on campus by the Tartar Focused & Directed Pathways to Completion Committee. Guided Pathways has four main goals, also referred to as the Four Pillars of Guided Pathways:

  • Create clear curricular pathways to employment and further education.
  • Help students choose and enter their pathway.
  • Help students stay on their path.
  • Ensure learning is happening with intentional outcomes.

By fall 2019, Compton College will apply Guided Pathways to develop "Meta-Majors" to support students' early academic exploration in broad areas of interest. Meta-Majors typically involve an entire program of courses that happen to overlap or cross between similar disciplines, ideally allowing students to take classes that will count toward their degree or certificate before they have decided on a specific course of study. The potential Compton College Meta-Majors are included in the Most Popular Majors and Programs Report prepared by Compton College's Institutional Research Office. Campus discussion/input on the potential Compton College Meta-Majors and the Most Popular Majors and Programs Report is targeted for completion by December 14, 2018.

New Compton College Campus Workgroups

Compton College recently established two new campus workgroups. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning+ (LGBTQ+) campus workgroup was established with the purpose of fostering a culture of respect and inclusion, identifying resources, and increasing support for the campus LGBTQ+ community at Compton College. For those who are interested in participating in the LGBTQ+ campus workgroup, please contact Connie Morales, Instructional and Interpreter Services Supervisor, Special Resource Center at cmorales@compton.edu or ext. 2409.

Second, as the transition from El Camino Community College District continues, it is important to develop a comprehensive plan for Veteran Services at Compton College. In our efforts to serve the needs of all student-veterans, we established a Veterans workgroup. The purpose of the Veteran Services workgroup is to identify resources and increase support for the veteran population on campus, as well as future veteran students. Many community colleges offer on-campus Veterans Resource Centers and emergency funds for student-veterans; some provide college credit for portions of the training and instruction received in the military; and many offer programs where student-veterans can complete their degree and certificate faster.

If you are interested in serving on the Veterans workgroup, please contact Keith Cobb, Director of Financial Aid at ext. 2926 or kcobb@compton.edu.

Real #114: Housing and Food Insecurities Conference

Compton College will host the "Real #114 Housing and Food Insecurities" conference on Friday, December 7, 2018. The Real #114 Conference will focus on housing and food insecurities for college students throughout the country and in the communities we serve, and explore how faculty can support students and provide the basic necessities they need to be successful. Discussions at the conference will include:

  • What is the profile of our student community?
  • What are students struggling with?
  • How does the struggle impact students and create barriers to their educational success?

Other challenges including enrollment changes based on a shift in demographics, retaining students who have pressing economic needs, and serving students adequately when the college itself has limited resources.

The event is free for Compton College faculty and staff. Other California Community Colleges will have the opportunity to bring a team of up to five individuals to Real #114 Conference at a cost of $600 per team. Registration for the Real #114 conference is available here. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, professor of higher education policy and sociology at Temple University and founder of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab. The Real #114 Conference promises to be an incubator of local, regional, and statewide strategies to support students in need at our campuses.

Health Center Partnership with St. John's Well Child and Family Center

The Compton Community College District has established a partnership with St. John's Well Child and Family Center to assume operations of the Compton College Student Health Center effective November 13, 2018. Through this new student health services agreement, the Health Center will be open 32 hours per week. Health care services provided to enrolled students include medical services, physical exams, dental screenings, behavioral health, nutrition, family planning, and assistance with benefits enrollment.

Appointments may be made in advance by calling 323-541-1411 or on a walk-in basis. The hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1-5 p.m., and Wednesday 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 4:00 - 7:30 p.m. Compton College students will continue to be assessed the $19 student health fee per semester and $16 per session.

New Bookstore Vendor

The Compton Community College District has contracted with Follett Higher Education Group, Inc. to provide management and operations of the Compton College Bookstore effective November 15, 2018. The bookstore sells and buys back textbooks, and will provide a variety of affordable options including book rentals and availability of digital titles. In addition, the bookstore offers an array of snacks, beverages, school supplies, apparel and gifts. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and closed on Fridays. The bookstore will also have an online store available to students 24 hours a day, seven days per week at: https://www.bkstr.com/comptonstore/home.

As part of its contractor services agreement, Follett Higher Education Group will also make a one-time donation of $50,000 to the Foundation for the Compton Community College District and a $75,000 donation to support the Compton College Promise program.

President/CEO "Open Hour"

As always, I welcome you to visit my office during my regular "Open Hour" on Tuesdays from 2-4 p.m.

New President/CEO Student Office Hours

My new "Student Office Hours" will be on the following dates in the quad at 12:00-1:00 p.m.

     February 20, 2019
     March 13, 2019
     April 17, 2019
     May 15, 2019

Quarterly Tartar Talks

Campuswide quarterly updates will continue to be held on the fourth Tuesday of the designated month from 1-2 p.m.

Tartar Talks 2019 Schedule:

  • February 26, 2019
  • April 23, 2019

Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday. We are thankful for our Compton College community and the opportunity we have each day to contribute to every students' success story!


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