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Student housing topic of Compton College forum

Dr. Keith Curry Public input sought at Community Forum at Dollarhide Center, Feb. 26 COMPTON – Student Housing at Compton College will be the topic of discussion at a Community Forum, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. at

Dr. Keith Curry

Public input sought at Community Forum at Dollarhide Center, Feb. 26

COMPTON – Student Housing at Compton College will be the topic of discussion at a Community Forum, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Dollarhide Community Center, 301 N. Tamarind Ave., Compton. Public input is sought and the event is open to the public.

According to Compton College President Dr. Keith Curry, Compton College is working to develop student residential housing with a goal of merging current and future capacities, attributes, and outcomes.

Curry further explained that the goal is “to deliver on its mission to provide solutions to challenges, and provide a welcoming and inclusive environment where diverse students are supported to pursue and attain student success.”

The Compton Community College District Board of Trustees approved the Compton College 2024 Comprehensive Master Plan, June 16, 2019, which includes plans for student residential housing.

The California Community College #RealCollege Survey Report released last year found that 68 percent of the Compton College students surveyed said they experience housing insecurity. Statewide, the report indicated 60 percent of community college students reported having housing insecurity.

Housing insecurity includes a wide array of challenges such as the inability to pay rent or utilities or not having a regular place to live. The complete Compton College #RealCollege Survey Report is available online

The first planning objective for transforming Compton College’s student housing vision into reality is to complete a demand analysis to determine the cost of prefabricated units. With this data, Compton College will work with the Foundation for California Community Colleges to generate a statewide request for proposal (RFP) for preliminary Division of the State Architect approval of prefabricated housing units. Potential funding sources for this type of student residential housing are currently being identified.

Compton College is proposing changes to the California State Education Code which will allow colleges to utilize capital outlay/scheduled maintenance funding for student residential housing, something colleges are not currently able to do. Additionally, through the 2020-2021 California State Budget process, the Compton Community College District also is requesting funds to support building the first phase of the student residential housing at Compton College. The first phase of housing will include 100 beds, but the college’s ultimate goal is 540 beds by the 2028-2029 year.

For more information about the scheduled Community Forum,  call the Office of President at (310) 900-1600, ext. 2000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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