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Campus Safety & Emergency Preparedness Workshops
Doing our best to keep you informed and prepared
see locations below
October 20, 2015 - November 05, 2015 see specific dates and times below

In light of recent tragic events at a community college in Oregon, Foothill will present several emergency-planning events in late October and early November. Additionally, a campuswide lockdown drill will be conducted next month. 

The Foothill-De Anza Police Department will present a series of one-hour active shooter trainings for students, faculty and staff. Each session will be taught by two FHDA police officers. You need only attend one session.

Sessions for Students

  • Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the Toyon Room (Room 2020);
  • Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 8 a.m. in the Toyon Room (Room 2020); and
  • Thursday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m. in the Toyon Room (Room 2020).

Sessions for Faculty & Staff

  • Thursday, Oct. 20, at 3 p.m. in Room 1943;
  • Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 3 p.m. in the Toyon Room (Room 2020); and
  • Wednesday, Oct. 28; 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Hearthside Lounge (Room 2313)

The safety of our students, faculty and staff is of paramount importance, and we will do our best to keep you informed and prepared. 

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Free Flu Shots While Supplies Last
Get vaccinated, cover your cough, wash your hands, and if you do get sick, stay home and rest.
Health Services Office (Room 2126)
October 05, 2015 - December 11, 2015 M-F, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-4:30 p.m. (while supplies last)

Foothill College offers the seasonal flu vaccine to currently enrolled Foothill students at no charge while supplies last. To receive the vaccine, you must present photo identification and proof of current, valid enrollment in a Foothill course; there are no exceptions. The vaccine is available for $10 to Foothill College faculty, staff and retirees with valid ID. Payment by credit card or check is preferred. 

An appointment is not necessary. Vaccinations are administered in the Health Services Office (Room 2126) weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4:30 p.m. The office is closed the fourth Monday of each month at 3 p.m. For more information, call (650) 949-7243.

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Silicon Valley Income Inequality Report Release
Foothill students, faculty and staff invited to attend.
Visual & Performing Arts Center (VPAC) at De Anza College
October 06, 2015 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Joint Venture Silicon Valley  will release the findings of its income inequality report Tuesday, Oct. 6, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Visual and Performing Arts Center (VPAC) at  De Anza College in Cupertino. Admission is free and the Foothill College community is invited to attend. The event will include:

  • Researcher's presentation of recent JVSV report on income inequality; the report is available at;
  • Q & A session; and
  • Panel discussion moderated by De Anza College President Brian Murphy. Panelists will include instructors, students and former San Jose mayor and current Hispanic Foundation president/CEO Ron Gonzales.

Established in 1993, Joint Venture Silicon Valley provides analysis and action on issues affecting our region's economy and quality of life. The organization brings together established and emerging leaders—from business, government, academia, labor and the broader community—to spotlight issues and work toward innovative solutions.

For event more information, call (408) 864-8948.

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Brown Is the New Green at Foothill
Help conserve water everyday on campus
September 11, 2015 - December 31, 2015

Foothill College continues to take action to ensure that we meet critical water conservation demands during California's record drought. Our campus achieved a 21.3-percent decrease in water usage—equal to more than 5 million gallons—last year*. Please help us conserve even more water on campus this year. 

Foothill College was recently named a recipient of a 2015 Silicon Valley Water Conservation Award for its innovative instruction and conservation projects, which were made possible with funding from the Schmidt Family Foundation and 11th Hour Project. Learn more about the college's conservation and sustainability efforts by reading our recently released sustainability management plan. For more water conservation tips, access

21.3-percent decrease in 2014 compared to 2013.

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Tell Us How You Use Media & Spend Your Time
Take a Quick Media Preferences Survey; You Could Win an Amazon Gift Card
see login instructions below
September 21, 2015 - November 02, 2015

Tell Foothill College how you use media and spend your time—you could win a $150 Amazon gift card!

Foothill College wants to hear from you. We're inviting you to participate in a survey about how you use the media and spend your time. Your participation in the survey will help the college with our future communication efforts. All responses are confidential. Your name will not be connected with your answers. If you decide to enter the drawing for a $150 Amazon gift card, you'll be directed to a different web site to enter your personal information.

To participate in the survey, access Then enter the following password: 136915

Thank you for participating!

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U.S. News Features Foothill Online Learning Program
Online community college courses can provide an affordable and accessible option for employees who want new skills.
February 27, 2015

The popular Foothill College Online Learning Program is featured in the latest edition of U.S. News & World Report in the article titled Consider Whether to Take an Online Course at Community College. Foothill Online Learning Dean Judy Baker is quoted in the article, which details how online community college courses provide an affordable and accessible option for employees who want new skills. Read the article now

U.S. News has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers by focusing on healthpersonal financeeducationtravelcars,news and opinion. U.S. News & World Report’s signature franchises include its series of consumer guides that include rankings of collegesgraduate schoolshigh schoolshospitalsnursing homesmutual fundshealth plans and more.

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Foothill Now Offers 3-D Printing Services
Connecting engineering with art
3-D Printing Lab (Room 4704)
October 02, 2015 - December 31, 2015

Enterprising students and community members can bring their computer-generated, three-dimensional ideas to life by taking advantage of the new, affordable 3-D printing service offered by Foothill College. Customers may submit design projects that are then printed by 3-D printers on campus. The new service appeals to artists, engineers, educators, working professionals, hobbyists and youth groups.

“Foothill’s 3-D printing service connects engineering with art,” says Foothill College Engineering Instructor Oxana Pantchenko. “The types of projects customers may submit are limitless, from cell phone covers and action figures to engineering prototypes and architectural models.”

In addition to providing the advanced technology that Foothill students use to make their computer-based projects into 3-D reality, the new service makes 3-D printing affordable and accessible to the community, Pantchenko says. It also provides another perspective, which can lead to improved designs and more innovation.

“By offering 3-D printing services, our goal is to get current and potential students interested in concept-to-creation engineering, and introduce them to the comprehensive selection of engineering courses that Foothill offers,” she says. “It’s an innovative way to bring our community closer to Foothill College.”

Customers may also arrange to watch their projects being printed on Stratasys Objet 30 or Mini-MakerBot printers. The cost of each 3-D printed item will vary, depending on size and other specifications. Each request includes an $11 printing fee, as well as additional fees for inks and filaments, which range from $1/10 grams to $6/20 grams.

To use the 3-D printing service, customers may complete a request form and submit project files in .stl formats. A price quote is then determined and payment is submitted to the Foothill College Bookstore. Completed projects can then be picked at Foothill’s 3-D Printing Lab (Room 4704). To fill out a project request form and review printing service specifications, access

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Foothill Awarded for Water Conservation Projects
Rooftop Rainwater Harvesting, Water-Recapture Technology Applauded
April 13, 2015

The Foothill College environmental horticulture and design program has been named recipient of a 2015 Silicon Valley Water Conservation Award for innovative instruction and conservation projects, which were made possible with funding from the Schmidt Family Foundation and 11th Hour Project. Foothill College representatives were recently presented with an award plaque at the organization’s annual awards ceremony.

“I am incredibly proud of such a timely award given the exacerbated drought conditions in California,” said Foothill College President Judy C. Miner, Ed.D. “We could not have accomplished our conservation efforts without the expertise of Dan Svenson from Foothill’s environmental horticulture program and the advocacy of donor Kathleen Santora, who championed our cause with the 11th Hour Project of the Schmidt Family Foundation. This is an excellent example of Foothill College addressing a critical need through a strategic partnership.”

Judges said they were impressed with three conservation projects developed and implemented at Foothill and used in the college’s popular environmental horticulture and design program. The award-winning projects include installation of a water recapture system and rainwater harvesting technology, as well as creation of a replication model for use by other colleges and building sites. In addition to their use in Foothill’s instructional curriculum, the water recapture and rainwater harvesting projects together save the college an estimated 110,000 gallons annually.

Water-Recapture System—Using $30,000 in grant funds and donations, the environmental horticulture department teamed up with Foothill-De Anza Community College District facilities personnel to design and install three 780-gallon tanks that hold more than 2,300 gallons of water. The system captures water from campus cooling towers, which provide air conditioning to the campus, and redirects it to supplement the campuswide irrigation system.

The water recapture project now saves the Foothill-De Anza district approximately 50,000 gallons of water annually. In addition to showcasing technology, the project has successfully demonstrated that water from cooling towers can be recaptured and reused for irrigation. Foothill College leaders are working toward the goal of making the campus irrigation rely only on recaptured water and well water.

Rooftop Rainwater Harvesting—For this project, Foothill students, faculty, staff and college district personnel tested the feasibility of harvesting rainwater from the rooftops of the environmental horticulture program’s nursery propagation and construction buildings. Today, half of all water that lands on the horticulture construction lab buildings’ rooftops is captured and directed into underground storage tanks, which hold 1,800 gallons. The harvested water feeds the department’s recirculating stream, which is used to teach design and conservation lessons to students enrolled Foothill’s landscape design courses.

The project also included installation of three 2,500-gallon storage tanks that provide supplemental water to the horticulture program’s nursery. An additional storage tank that holds more than 600 gallons was installed to teach students how homeowners and small businesses can harvest rainwater on a small scale by using small tanks that fit unobtrusively into the landscape. The rainwater capture systems have resulted in harvests of an estimated 60,000 gallons.

“As an instructor, it is imperative for me to teach effective water conservation and recapture methods to my students, who will soon be Silicon Valley landscape designers, landscape contractors and green industry professionals,” says Foothill College Environmental Horticulture & Design Program Instructor Dan Svenson. “To find successful employment in this industry, students must be able to create and maintain sustainable landscapes. The addition of the water-saving projects in our curriculum translates into better education and training for our students as they prepare to enter the workforce.”

Replication Model—In addition to saving thousands of gallons of water, the projects can be replicated at other colleges. With minimal costs, other schools can implement similar water-conservation technology and techniques. Representatives from other educational institutions have visited the Foothill campus to learn more about the water recapture and rooftop rain-harvesting technology.

Funding for the projects came largely from private donations from Los Altos Hills residents Mark and Kathleen Santora, the Schmidt Family Foundation and the 11th Hour Project. A private foundation created by Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and his wife, Wendy, the Schmidt Family Foundation is committed to environmental preservation and education, as well as funding innovative programs that promote the responsible use of natural resources. The foundation also operates the 11th Hour Project, which works to increase awareness about climate change and renewable energy sources.

The Silicon Valley water conservation awards are presented annually to organizations, agencies, businesses and individuals whose programs and leadership have advanced water conservation in Silicon Valley. The awards are presented by the Silicon Valley Water Conservation Coalition, including Acterra, Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency, City of Palo Alto utilities, Committee for Green Foothills, GreenTown Los Altos, Joint Venture Silicon Valley, San Jose Municipal Water System, Santa Clara County Creeks Coalition, Santa Clara Valley Water District, Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Sustainable San Mateo County, Sustainable Silicon Valley and Tuolumne River Trust.

For more information about the Foothill College environmental horticulture and design program and its award-winning water-conservation efforts, call or e-mail Dan Svenson at (650) 949-7402 or

Pictured are representatives from the Foothill College environmental horticulture and design program and Silicon Valley Water Conservation Coalition at the recent Silicon Valley water conservation awards ceremony. 

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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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Foothill Now Offers Community Education Classes
Swimming, Yoga, Fitness Boot Camps and More
Community Education Office at Foothill Middlefield Campus, Palo Alto
March 18, 2015

Through its new fee-based community education program, Foothill College offers an exciting selection of personal enrichment classes and workshops. Choose from of a variety of offerings, including fitness, choreography, radio broadcasting and emergency medical technician challenge series, as well as a comprehensive selection of online classes for personal growth and certification/licensure. Community education classes are ideal for those interested in taking a college-level course without the formality of units or who wish to repeat select courses multiple times. 

More community education classes are being developed and community members may submit proposals for future classes. 

Fee-based community education classes are not state funded and are supported solely by class enrollment fees. Additional material fees may be charged and will be indicated in class descriptions. Foothill community education classes do not award college units toward an academic degree.

For registration instructions or to submit a proposal for a community education class, call (650) 949-6955, e-mail or access

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