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Compton College back on road to accreditation and local control, 7 years after corruption scandal

Compton College lost its academic accreditation and local control seven years ago after a corruption and mismanagement scandal. On Thursday evening the community college’s chief executive plans a public meeting to publicize the timeline toward accreditation.

Compton College had an illustrious 80-year history before it lost academic accreditation and nearby El Camino College took over its administration.

A state-appointed administrator and a chief executive officer make decisions for the school in place of a board of trustees and college president. Chief executive Keith Curry has led two public roundtables to discuss Compton College’s steps toward applying for accreditation. Curry’s also talking about a five-year major construction effort he’d like to launch in two years.

The college encourages roundtable participation from people in the cities of Compton, Paramount, Lynwood, Bellflower, and Carson. The Compton College community roundtable begins Thursday at 6:00 p.m. at the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum in Compton.


Compton college spends $600,000 trying to remove three teachers in grades-for-money scandal

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Students from both El Camino College and the Compton Center campus meet with admissions representatives in this file photo.

A newly released investigative report states that three professors at El Camino College Compton Center were allegedly caught handing out grades for money -- but administrators say they were unable to do anything about it, and even had to pay two of the teachers to go away.

The professors finally did resign in 2010 and 2011, according to the report by California Watch, but only after years of hassle and well over a half-million dollars in legal and investigative fees were spent by the school.

Herkie Lee Williams, a psychology professor, stepped down in December 2010 with a month’s pay in his pocket, California Watch reports. Math professors Mohammad Ghafelebashi and Mohammad Boroujerdi both left in September 2011 with something extra to settle their cases: $26,000 and $34,000, respectively.