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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

College’s Student Support Programs Make Attending College Possible

To aid students in their educational journeys, Compton College offers a full complement of academic and student support services that have helped thousands of students reach their goals. For many students, these programs provided the added support that makes attending college possible. Each year, hundreds of students graduate from Compton College with associate degrees, earn certification for a skilled trade and get hired for a good-paying job, or transfer to top four-year universities such as UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UCLA, and USC.

Two 2019 Compton College graduates who received support from the college to aid in their success were recently invited to speak at the college’s annual Student Services Year-End Celebration. Here are their success stories.


Xavier Francisco Gutiérrez

Xavier Francisco Gutiérrez graduated from Compton College in June 2019 with several associate degrees: an associate of arts degree in general studies with an emphasis in culture and communication, and two associate of science degrees for transfer in business administration and Spanish. He will be attending the University of California, Berkeley in fall 2019 as a Spanish major.

He is the first person in his immediate family, as well as 30 plus cousins, to graduate college. Gutiérrez aspires to be a college professor and hopes to return to his community to teach and motivate community college students to succeed in higher education. At Compton College, he says he gained more passion and commitment to be prosperous in life. To hone his leadership skills, he joined Compton College’s student government, eventually becoming Associated Student Body (ASB) president. During his term as ASB president, he helped plan and execute several student services events including celebrations for diversity heritage months and mental health awareness. “As a first-generation Chicano, I will continue to live by these words: ¡Sí se puede! (Yes, we can!)” said Gutiérrez.


Brenda Rodriguez-Juarez

Brenda Rodriguez-Juarez graduated with an associate degree from Compton College in June 2019 and is transferring to the University of California, Los Angeles this fall to major in political science. She hopes to one day become a political activist to help marginalized students reach their ambitions. She says her commitment to social justice was instilled in her through personal experience and the knowledge she gained at Compton College.

Rodriguez-Juarez was brought to the United States when she was two years old. “I have faced many of the common hardships experienced by first-generation students trying to reach their academic and professional aspirations,” she said. Rodriquez-Juarez credits Compton College’s EOPS program with helping to reduce the impact of the barriers she faced. This inspired her to give back to the Compton Community because she learned the value of meaningful support.

She served as a student mentor for the college’s First Year Experience program, and became a vocal activist for undocumented students. Through these combined experiences, she developed a passion for politics. In the future, she plans to pursue a career working with Congress to enact social change and help create policies that will benefit immigrant and marginalized communities.

Some of the main Student Services Programs Offered at Compton College are:

• CalWORKs—assists single parents receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) or transitioning from welfare in obtaining their educational degrees/certificates while gaining work experience that leads to sustainable employment.

• EOPS/CARE—Extended Opportunities Programs and Services (EOPS) is a state-funded program that helps eligible students 18 and older who are economically and educationally disadvantaged. Its companion program, Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE), provides educational and career support services to eligible students who are single parents with dependent children.

• Formerly Incarcerated Student Transition (FIST)—an award-winning program that provides academic, social and economic support for students reentering the community after incarceration.

• STEM/MESA Center—The STEM Center provides support to students who are majoring in mathematics, physics, engineering, biology and physical sciences so they can excel academically and transfer to four-year institutions. The Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Center aims to expose students interested in STEM majors to related career options and academic resources like internships and scholarships

• Special Resource Center—facilitates academic success for students with disabilities by providing resources and equal access to educational opportunities.

• Tartar Athletics—provides equitable opportunity for all students to participate in intercollegiate athletics while achieving their academic or vocational goals. Compton College offers six men’s and six women’s sports programs.

• Transfer Center—the ultimate resource for making a smooth transition from Compton College to any four-year college or university.

• Youth Empowerment Strategies for Success (YESS)—helps foster youth successfully transition into independent living through a series of workshops and other resources.

The application and registration period for the fall 2019 semester at Compton College is currently in progress. Students are encouraged to apply and register online, 24 hours per day via the Compton College website at http://www.compton.edu/apply/. Fees are only $46 per unit.

The schedule of classes, in both digital and searchable formats, is available online at http://www.compton.edu/studentservices/admissionandrecords/ClassSchedule.aspx

For more information on any of the Student Services Programs offered at Compton College, please visit the Welcome Center in Room D-27, or call 310-900-1600, ext. 2765.