Compton College District, Charles Drew University form partnership
'We hope this partnership will inspire a new generation of leaders in nursing and other medical professions, [and] increase enrollment at our institutions'
Officials on hand for the signing of the Memo of Understanding between Compton College and Charles Drew University: (Left to right) CDU Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. Steve O. Michael, CDU President and CEO Dr. David M. Carlisle, Compton College District Board of Trustees members Sonia Lopez, Deborah LeBlanc (vice president), Nicole Jones (clerk); and Compton College President and CEO Dr. Keith Curry. Photo: Compton College
Memorandum of Understanding establishes pathway to Charles Drew University for Compton College medicine, science students; partnership includes academic collaboration, faculty advancement
COMPTON — The Compton Community College District and Charles R. Drew University have entered into a multifaceted partnership designed to benefit Compton College students and faculty.
The new partnership, instituted Nov. 29, at a Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony at Drew University in Los Angeles, includes a transfer pathway program for students interested in careers in biomedical science fields.
In addition to helping students ease the transfer process, the partnership will provide expanded opportunities for academic collaboration, teaching, faculty advancement, and professional development, institutional management and research.
“As the 114th California Community College, we are proud of the quality academic and student resource programs we provide to the community,” said Dr. Keith Curry, president of Compton College and CEO of the Compton College District.
“It’s all about leveraging relationships for a greater good and this partnership with Charles R. Drew University marks a significant milestone for Compton College,” Curry explained. “It will help us leverage the talents and resources of both institutions as a way to help transform the economic, cultural and social environments of the communities we serve.”
To increase access to quality medical education for traditionally underserved populations in the greater L.A. area, the transfer pathway aspect of the partnership will enable Compton College students to complete their undergraduate education at Charles Drew University.
Additionally, the partnership will provide a framework for student exchange, and collaboration among faculty and staff of both Charles R. Drew University and Compton College.
“We will share resources and exchange information related to developments in teaching, student success, institutional management, and research activities, and establish a platform for the exploration and promotion of other intellectual and academic activities and ventures of mutual interest to both institutions,” Curry said.
CDU President and CEO David M. Carlisle said he was “excited to enter into [a] partnership” with the Compton Community College District.
“We share the same values and the same community roots, so it’s a great fit,” Carlisle added. “Our formal relationships with many of the local school districts and community colleges that serve South Los Angeles enable us to fulfill our mission to increase access to high-quality health professions education to students from underserved and under-resourced communities.”
Curry noted that Compton College has a strong nursing and biomedical science program and a new state-of-the-art Allied Health Building complete with a hospital simulation lab that opened in January 2016.
“We hope this partnership will inspire a new generation of leaders in nursing and other medical professions, as well as increase enrollment at our institutions,” he said.
The unique partnership is timely, in that it will help replenish qualified health care providers needed in the workforce. According to the Institute of Medicine, by 2020 nearly half of all registered nurses will reach retirement age. By 2030, the U.S. will require an additional 3.5 million formal health care providers just to maintain the existing ratio of providers to the total population.