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Participate in our Media Preferences Survey
October 11, 2016

Did you know that you could win a $150 Amazon gift card by completing a 25 to 30-minute online survey? All you have to do is answer questions about how you use the media and spend your time.

The college has hired Interact Communications to conduct the survey.   All responses are confidential.  Your name will not be connected with the answers and the college will not know if you participated in the survey. If you decide to enter the drawing for $150 Amazon gift card, you will be directed to a different web site to leave your personal information.

To participate in the survey, go to:

Enter the following password: 136916

Thank you for participating!

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Register to Vote in November 8 Election
Deadline to register is October 24
October 12, 2016 - October 24, 2016

Foothill College has been selected as one of 25 California Community College campuses to receive a $10,000 grant as part of the Civic Impact Project.  The funds will support student learning, civic engagement, voter registration activities and more.

The program kicks off this fall by piloting a non-partisan civic engagement program, using the 2016 election cycle as a way to build interest and focus and increase voter registration and voter participation.

Register Online Today to Vote on November 8

If you are eligible to vote but not yet registered, visit to register online.

Foothill students are working to raise awareness about the importance of registering to vote and will be available to help students and community members register on campus before the October 24 deadline.

After the election, the grant-funded project will be an ongoing effort to educate students on the democratic process and increase student participation as volunteers in community groups, as voters in elections, and as participants in governance at all levels.

For more information about issues in this election cycle and where to vote, visit Foothill's Register and Vote page.

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Foothill's New Sunnyvale Center Now Open
1070 Innovation Way, Sunnyvale 94089
September 26, 2016

For almost 30 years, Foothill College operated its Middlefield Campus in Palo Alto. However, this fall, the college has moved from Palo Alto to Sunnyvale. After searching for a suitable new location for several years, in 2012, the Foothill-De Anza Community College District obtained 9.15 acres of the 18.9-acre Onizuka property, free of charge from the U.S. Department of Education through the federal public benefit conveyance process. After more than a year of construction, the new Sunnyvale Center is now open for fall classes 

A two-story, 46,882-foot state-of-the-art LEED Gold-certified building, the new center features 17 classroom spaces; two dedicated computer labs; one 3-D printing lab; café and on-site parking; admissions and records office; student service support spaces, including counseling, financial aid, testing and assessment; and a student resource center.

"We're going to be cutting edge. The kind of synergy around the established businesses of Moffett Park and what I predict will be the startups in the area really matches the entrepreneurial spirit that is Foothill," says Foothill College President Thuy T. Nguyen.

Classes are offered throughout the day and evening, including a track that begins at 4 p.m., perfect for current high school students and working professionals. An innovative partnership with neighboring Mission College will allow Foothill to offer a wide variety of classes. The center also offers a full suite of support services so students don't need to travel back and forth from the main campus in Los Altos Hills.

Viewable from both the 101 and 237 freeways, the new center is easily accessible via public transportation. There is still time to register for classes, which range from engineering and computer programming to literature and foreign languages. For a full list of courses, visit the Foothill College Sunnyvale Center website.

A formal grand opening will take place in early November. 

Foothill's Middlefield Campus in Palo Alto has closed. All classes have been moved to the new Sunnyvale Center. If you have any questions or need help, please see Contact Us.

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Foothill Receives Prestigious Statewide Diversity Award
September 26, 2016

The Foothill College Family Engagement Institute was named a recipient of the prestigious Dr. John W. Rice Diversity & Equity Award on July 19, 2016. The award, established in 2001, honors community college staff members, districts, colleges or programs that have made the greatest contribution toward faculty, staff and student diversity and equity.

The Family Engagement Institute (FEI) has been making a critical difference in the lives of underserved students and their families since its inception in 2010 as a unique cradle-to-career initiative at Foothill College. The program provides educational opportunities to underserved and low-income families while offering professional development to educators and providers to promote school and workforce readiness, family engagement and pathways to postsecondary education.

Betsy Nikolchev, FEI’s executive director, says she is driven to expand the partnership with Foothill and the community to ensure educational opportunities for all families. Nikolchev began her career as an elementary school teacher. She now has more than 30 years as an administrator and FEI is the continuation of her life’s work to develop and support a comprehensive approach to increasing access to education.

“When you include families in the process of accessing and engaging with education, you get better outcomes from students,” Nikolchev said. "That understanding is the basis for all of FEI’s work."

At the core of the Family Engagement Institute is a belief that in order to break the cycle of poverty, educational opportunities must begin early for children and continuing education opportunities must be offered to families. With that in mind, the Family Engagement lnstitute provides education materials, toolkits and college faculty to deliver developmentally, culturally and linguistically responsive programs to its partner organizations, where families enroll as community college noncredit students.

Angie Cortés had a career in dental assisting for 17 years. Because of her son’s involvement in Stretch to Kindergarten, she enrolled in FEI’s parenting course and became interested in early childhood education. Inspired by the FEI staff, she returned to school and earned a certificate from Foothill College’s Child Development Program. 

“The beauty of the Family Engagement Institute is that there is something for everyone,” Cortés said, looking back, “And as a program, they meet people where they are. The staff and faculty, as well as every participant, helps create a community where there is always someone to help when there’s a problem.” 

The Dr. John W. Rice Diversity & Equity Award is named for a former member of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors. 

“It is a great honor to support the annual Dr. John W. Rice Awards and recognize the achievements in promoting diversity and equity throughout the California Community Colleges," said Keetha Mills, president and CEO of the Foundation for California Community Colleges. "The California Community Colleges is the most diverse system of higher education in the nation, and the three programs we celebrated today are tremendous examples of the systemwide commitment to promoting access for all."

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Sign Up for Free On-Campus Emergency Alert Service
ENS capable of rapidly sending voice, e-mail and text messages
To add or update your contact information for the free ENS service, access your account and follow the instructions listed in the Set Up Emergency Notification section.
January 01, 2015 - December 01, 2016

Foothill College and De Anza College have implemented an emergency notification system (ENS) that rapidly sends voice, e-mail and text* messages to all faculty, staff and students. In the event of an emergency, including a power outage, campus closure or other urgent situation, Foothill-De Anza officials use the ENS service to provide emergency details and information on the appropriate response to all students and employees. The Foothill-De Anza ENS service will not be used for any purposes other than FHDA emergency communications and system testing.

Emergency messages will be sent via e-mail and to all phone numbers that you have signed up for the free ENS service, and can include your work, home, cell and text.

To add or update your contact information for the free ENS service, access your account and follow the instructions listed in the Set Up Emergency Notification section. The contact information used by the ENS service is drawn from the Foothill-De Anza employment database as well as data provided by students who have enrolled at Foothill-De Anza.

Be aware that mobile phone carriers require recipients of text messages to opt in to the Foothill-De Anza ENS service via their mobile phones. *Your mobile phone carrier may assess charges for receiving text messages, and you are responsible for paying them. Contact your carrier for more information. 

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Still Time to Register for Late Start Fall Classes
October 05, 2016 - November 16, 2016

It’s true the fall quarter has started at Foothill College, but there is still time to register for our late start classes! Whether you are interested in improving your green thumb, learning new software, or working with children, we’ve got what you are looking for.

Classes are available daytime, evening and weekends! Plus, there are plenty of online late start classes available as well.

Don’t let another quarter pass you by - get a late start and finish on time!

BUS 59B: E Business (5 units); begins Tuesday, November 8; 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Sunnyvale Center

ACTG 76: Ethics in Accounting (5 units); begins Thursday, November 10; 6:30 p.m. - 8:20 p.m.; main campus

CHLD 53NP: Development of Children With Special Needs (3 units); begins Saturday, October 8 (six Saturdays only); 9 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.; Sunnyvale Center

CNSL 86: Introduction to Leadership (1 unit); begins Monday, October 24; 12 noon - 1:15 p.m.; main campus 

COMM 2: Interpersonal Communication (5 units); begins Tuesday, November 9; 4:00 p.m. – 7:50 p.m. and online; Sunnyvale Campus

HORT 90N: Plant Materials: Fall Color (1 unit); begins Saturday, November 5 (two Saturdays only); 9 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.; main campus

HORT 90U: Landscape Design: Perspective Sketching (1 unit); begins Wednesday, October 26; 1:30 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.; main campus

HORT 90Y: Cacti & Succulents (1 unit); begins Saturday, October 15 (two Saturdays only); 9 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.; main campus

LINC 58A: E-Portfolios (1 unit); begins Monday, October 31; online

LINC 66: Introduction to the Internet (1 unit); begins Friday, November 18; 12 noon - 1:30 p.m. or online; main campus

LINC 70B: Web Page Design II (1 unit); begins Monday, October 17; online

LINC 73: Adobe Photoshop Overview (1 unit); begins Monday, November 14; online

LINC 73H: Adobe Illustrator Overview (1 unit); begins Monday, November 14; online

MTEC 82C: Introduction to the Video Game Business (3.5 units); begins Wednesday, November 9; 2:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.; Sunnyvale Campus

NCEL 401: ESL for Child Care Providers (0 units); begins Tuesday, November 8; 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.; main campus

If you are a new student, see how to apply and register.  If you are a current student, log in to MyPortal to register before the class starts.

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