El Camino College Compton Center opens library after seven year delay

The first floor of the new library at El Camino College Compton Center | Mona Khalifeh

The first floor of the new library at El Camino College Compton Center | Mona Khalifeh

Cutting a crimson ribbon often heralds a new building. For El Camino College Compton Center, it also represents a new beginning.

Visible from Artesia Boulevard, the two-story Library-Student Success Center that opened in March towers over the comparatively flat classroom buildings. A grand opening on Tuesday featured building tours and speeches by officials and community members to celebrate the addition. The glass building has already become the college’s focal point.

The building is spacious and high-tech with chrome embellishments and a clean white interior that matches the futuristic gleaming glass. Some parts of the building even boast floor-to-ceiling windows. The first floor serves as an art gallery and library, while the Student Success Center with four drop-in tutoring centers occupies the second floor along with a writing lab with 100 computers and conference rooms for supplemental programs open to students and faculty.

The opening is especially significant because the Library-Student Success Center has sat lifeless for years.

The building was slated to open in 2007, but building code violations kept it closed. The $25 million needed for upgrades finally came from 2002’s Measure CC general obligation bond and State Capital Outlay funding – but only after Compton’s four councilmembers lobbied full throttle for funds for the 44th Congressional District, which includes Compton.

Read more about the building code violations in the Los Angeles Times: Compton Community College library opens seven years later than planned

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Compton Community College District Special Trustee appoints Independent Audit Review Committee

News release from El Camino College Compton Center

Following on the heels of the Compton Community College District (CCCD) State of the District address, Dr. Genethia Hudley-Hayes has established an Independent Audit Review Committee for the CCCD. The inaugural meeting of the Audit Committee will take place on April 14, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. in the Faculty/Staff Lounge at the CCCD.

“The 2009 external audit for the District included twenty-two material findings; and last year there were twenty material findings,” stated Hudley-Hayes. “The District’s role in preparing for future accreditation includes appropriate fiscal practices and policies. This committee along with the consulting firm of Vasquez and Company will assist us in getting our financial house in order.”

The Audit Review Committee is responsible for reviewing the activities and effectiveness of independent auditors, as well as for the review of policies and procedures which substantially impact the finances and operations of the CCCD. The Audit Committee is convened by the Special Trustee; and must report its findings, conclusions and recommendations to the Special Trustee.

Vasquez and Company will address four areas for the District which include: identifying issues in the fiscal area and developing a work plan and timeline to address these concerns; providing staff training in appropriate practices and policies; recommending appropriate technology enhancements; and providing best practices especially relative to economies and efficiencies for the financial area of the District.

Members of the Independent Audit Review Committee:
Dr. Joseph Zeronian, Adjunct Professor, University of Southern California
Cheryl Branch, Executive Director, Los Angeles Metropolitan Churches (LAM)
Charles Davis, President, CCCD Board of Trustees
Clifford Graves, Interim City Manager, City of Carson
JoAnn Higdon, El Camino College Vice President, Administrative Services
Willie Norfleet, City Manager, City of Compton
Richard Powers, Executive Director, Gateway Cities Council of Governments (COG)
Robert Torrez, Assistant City Manager, City of Lynwood
Danny Villanueva, Chief Business Officer, CCCD

Committee members serve as volunteers and receive no remuneration for their services.

About the Compton Community College District
The Compton Community College District serves the communities of Carson, Compton, Enterprise, North Long Beach, Lynwood, Paramount and Willowbrook. The District is governed by a state-appointed Special Trustee, who works with the five-member elected Board of Trustees. Board meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month and are open to the public. The District is located at 1111 E. Artesia Boulevard, Compton, CA, 90221.