COMPTON, Calif. – Leticia V. Wilson has declared herself a candidate for the Compton Community College District 5.
“I am running for Compton College District 5 because I can no longer sit idly by as our community college continues its downward spiral. Since 2011 our college has suffered a 60% decline in enrollment. We cannot expect to succeed without a change in leadership. Our neighboring community colleges have kept up with today’s economy and currently offer up to date job training programs and certificates leading to high paying jobs, while our community is left behind. These programs known as “pathways” exist at other local community colleges. I’m committed to bring them to Compton College.”Leticia V. Wilson
Wilson also pointed to her having worked across all the communities served by the Compton Community College District including Lynwood and Paramount having built a diverse coalition of supporters ready and excited to help move the district forward.
“I’m going to focus on the biggest issues facing our college —bringing job training programs to increase enrollment, leading to high paying jobs, and expanding our child development center to include kids of all ages so that every parents interested in attending Compton College can access services while they are in class or in the library. Having access to an affordable education that leads to a good paying job is a human right and not a privilege.”
Wilson currently serves on the Central Basin Water Board where she focused her efforts on bringing conservation & education programs to her district. She secured $450 million in rebates to remove lawns and replace with drought tolerant plants. This program is known as the ‘Turf It Out” program that helps residents conserve water and reduce their water bills. She brought water education tours to our community to help raise awareness about water issues and worked with local school districts including Compton and L.A.U.S.D. to install water efficient devices and repair water leaks at local schools.
She served on the Lynwood City Council from 2003-2007. During her tenure, she led an aggressive lobbying effort that brought in millions of dollars for new parks, housing, shopping centers, streets, and a new state-of-the-art senior citizen center.
“She has a record of getting things done,” said former Lynwood Commissioner Lorraine Avila Moore. “We need Leticia on our college board. “We need a voice like Leticia’s. She has the compassion and courage to stand up for our community.”
A longtime advocate of empowering women, Letica started her professional career in 1994 at Compton’s Young Women’s Association helping women and children victimized by domestic violence and sexual abuse. She taught in Carson and Lynwood schools. She left teaching several years after being recruited to work for former U.S. Congressman Mervyn M. Dymally in the California Legislature.
Wilson returned to the classroom in 2009 teaching political science at Compton Community College and was recruited by her peers to represent them on the Compton College Faculty Union. She teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in political science and public administration.
Leticia’s roots in the Compton Community College District run deep being raised in Compton’s Richland Farm and graduating from Our Lady of Victory School in Compton. She lives in Carson and is married to Compton native and civil rights attorney Ronald Wilson with two adult children.
For more information on Leticia V. Wilson’s campaign, please visit www.leticia4comptoncollege.com .