Compton college on the mend
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#1 Sep 12, 2010
#2 Sep 12, 2010
Compton will always be COMPTON!!!!
#3 Sep 12, 2010
You would have to either be out of your mind or insanely dedicated to attempt to instruct there.
#4 Sep 12, 2010
I have to agree Compton is Compton that that will never change. Even if the classes are not full, I don't feel safe going there.
#5 Sep 13, 2010
It's been years now, and ECC has yet to compensate many of us at the Torrance campus for our efforts at the Compton Center. I feel taken advantage of and resent management and the union, both of who have done absolutely nothing in giving us the compensation that we were told we would get. While the administration basks in the public light, we still wait for the compensation we were PROMISED.
#6 Sep 20, 2010
Mr. Kuznia, as a thirty year employee of Compton Community College District, I found your article to be rude, insulting and misleading. While there where fiscal issues involved leading to the Districts loss of accreditation, you neglected to note that in academics and governance, the Compton district was far ahead of El Camino in terms of meeting state requirements. Compton Community College enjoys a 70 year history as an excellent institution of higher education. When a crime is committed you arrest the criminals, not punish the community they occurred in.
And then theres the fact that you paint the entire city with the same broad brush of biased, misleading insult. I grew up in the City of Compton in the 60s and 70s. I married and bought a home there in the 80s. Compton has ALWAYS been a working class city. Whether the population was predominantly European-American, African-American, or Latin-American, it has always been, and remains, a working class city whose population works hard to buy a home, raise their children, and send them to college. In view of current events in Bell and other surrounding cities your statement that Compton is infamous for political corruption might be taken as biased, especially when you add the remark about gangsta rap(rappers come from virtually every large city in the country), and as for violent crime, you failed to offer a comparison for contrast. Do you mean the crime rate is higher than a rural city with a fraction of the population, or do you honestly believe the crime rate in Compton to be significantly higher than that of cities of similar population in a major metropolitan area?
I have volunteered my time as a karate instructor for the last 30 years, teaching and guiding the youth of Compton at venues ranging from the Salvation Army and the YMCA to city parks, and I tell you, the kids here in the City of Compton are NOT the ones in the rap videos or in your imagination. There are a great many of us who work very hard to serve our community, you have done us all an injustice.
Compton Community College employee
Senior Master, Eyes of the Hawk Karate
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