By Cat Keniston
The Board of Governors of California Community Colleges announced Friday that the accreditation of Compton College has been restored.
The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges granted initial accreditation status to Compton College on Wednesday, according to a statement released in Sacramento.
"This is an extraordinary accomplishment and joyous moment for the community of Compton and for the California Community Colleges system," said Board of Governors President Cecilia V. Estolano.
"The accreditation commission recognized the remarkable progress on the part of faculty, staff, administrators, students and community leaders," Estolano said. "It has long been our goal at the Board of Governors to see Compton College once again operate as an independent, accredited institution."
A special trustee was appointed by the state to oversee the district 10 years ago after administrative failures and fraud led to the revocation of Compton College's accreditation, according to the statement.
"We look forward to continuing to provide comprehensive educational programs and support services to our diverse communities," said Compton College President Keith Curry.
"Thank you to all of our community leaders—at the federal, state and local levels—for your steadfast support," Curry said. "Thank you to the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees for your leadership. Thank you to all of the Compton District students and employees. And last, but not least, many thanks to our partner, El Camino College, for taking this journey with us to an accredited college."
Compton Community College District encompasses about 29 square miles, making educational services available to residents of Compton, Lynwood, Paramount and Willowbrook, as well as portions of Athens, Bellflower, Carson, Downey, Dominguez, Lakewood, Long Beach and South Gate.