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August 12, 2015 - September 21, 2015

Seats are available in numerous core, elective and transfer courses offered this fall. Courses that have available seats are updated daily throughout the fall registration (now through Sept. 20) and late registration (Sept. 21–Oct. 2 only) periods. Search available fall classes at foothill.edu/schedule/sched.avail.php

  • Continuing students (those who were enrolled in spring classes at Foothill) may register via MyPortal.fhda.edu now through Sept. 20.
  • New students may register now through Sept. 20 after submitting the college’s online admission application and creating a MyPortal.fhda.edu account.

There is no fee to apply. Foothill’s Fall Quarter classes begin Sept. 21 and run through Dec. 11, unless otherwise noted in the searchable class schedule at foothill.edu/schedule/schedule.php.

Most Foothill courses are transferable to California State University and University of California campuses, as well as private colleges and universities. California residents pay just $31 per unit plus basic fees for Foothill classes. A full range of student support services is available, including financial aid, academic counseling, tutoring and more. Students can register for classes, review the class schedule, pay enrollment fees, purchase parking permits and buy textbooks online at foothill.edu. For more information and registration instructions, access foothill.edu/admissions.php  or call (650) 949-7325.


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New Student & Parent Orientations Are Sept. 16
Start Your College Experience Right
Smithwick Theatre (Room 1001) & Campus Center Dining Room
September 16, 2015 see below for event times and locations

Foothill College will host New Student Orientation Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event gives incoming freshmen the opportunity to meet other new students and get answers to questions about attending Foothill College. Admission is free when you sign up at foothill.edu/nso/. 

“Foothill’s new student orientation is the first stop on your way to an exciting collegiate experience, academic opportunity and personal growth,” says Foothill College Vice President of Student Services Denise Swett, Ed.D. “We’re thrilled that you’ve chosen Foothill, and we’re excited to show you all that the college has to offer.” 

Participants will learn about campus life programs and student services, including financial aid options, university transfer information and student activities. New students can pick up the OwlCard student ID, take a campus tour and purchase textbooks during the orientation. In addition to complimentary lunch and morning snacks, the event features a student success panel discussion, cool raffle prizes and live entertainment.

Parking is free in Lot 1. Meet at the Smithwick Theatre on campus. Foothill College is located off I-280 on El Monte Road in Los Altos Hills. If you require accommodations for a disability, call (650) 949-7038. For more orientation information, call (650) 949-7241 or access foothill.edu/nso/.

Foothill Parent Orientation, Too

Foothill College also hosts Parent Orientation Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 6 p.m. in the Campus Center Dining Room (Room 2201). Parents and students are welcome to attend. Admission and parking are free.

In addition to answering parents’ questions, Foothill faculty and staff will give brief presentations on university transfer options and the transfer process, financial aid opportunities, academic counseling, academic integrity, federal privacy laws, adaptive learning resources and procedures for requesting accommodation services and college resources that support student success. 

“We offer Parent Orientation because we want you to learn more about the place where your student will be spending so much time over the next few years,” Dr. Swett says. “You’ll leave with information that can inspire productive college-related conversations with your student. Most importantly, you’ll send an important message to your student that you’re interested in his/her education.”

The event gives parents and guardians of college students the opportunity to meet Foothill faculty, counselors, administrators, staff and students; get answers to questions; learn about strategies to help your college student succeed; discuss student rights and responsibilities; and learn about the numerous programs and services available to Foothill students.

Parking Lots 1 and 2A provide the closest access to the Campus Center. Foothill College is located off I-280 on El Monte Road in Los Altos Hills. If you require accommodations for a disability, call (650) 949-7038. For more Parent Orientation information, call (650) 949-7813 or e-mail ChavezAntoinette@foothill.edu.


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Kimberlee Messina, Ed.D., Selected as Interim President
She Will Serve In This Role Aug. 1, 2015–March 31, 2016
July 15, 2015

Kimberlee Messina, Ed.D., has been selected to serve as interim president of Foothill College from Aug. 1, 2015 through March 31, 2016. She replaces outgoing Foothill College President Judy C. Miner, Ed.D., who was hired last month as the new chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. Miner begins her role as chancellor Aug. 1.

A passionate and committed educator who has served the California Community Colleges for more than 20 years, Messina's career path includes service as a full-time Spanish instructor, a two-term academic senate president, and an instructional dean at Santa Rosa Junior College. Since 2011, she has served as Foothill's vice president of instruction and institutional research.  Since her arrival at Foothill, she has capably handled increasing areas of responsibility. She currently oversees all seven instructional divisions and recently assumed oversight for the Foothill-De Anza Education Center. During her tenure, she has guided Foothill though a successful reaffirmation of its accreditation, revised the program review and resource allocation process, implemented the early summer session, and operationalized student equity-focused initiatives such as Year Up and associate degrees for students enrolled in Foothill's Apprenticeship Program.

An accomplished public speaker, she has presented to the Statewide Academic Senate and the Association of California Community College Administrators. She has also served on a number of accreditation site teams and currently serves as the co-chair of the technical assistance committee for the statewide Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative.

When Dr. Miner was on medical leave in Winter 2015, Dr. Messina assumed the role of acting president, representing the college at meetings of the board of trustees, the Foothill-De Anza Foundation, and numerous community functions. Colleagues are inspired by her intellect, systems thinking, commitment to shared governance, and focus on student access and success. She has truly demonstrated her ability to continue the innovative momentum that distinguishes Foothill College.

Messina holds bachelor's and master's degrees from CSU Sacramento and a doctorate from UC Davis.


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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 middlefield@foothill.edu or access foothill.edu/communityeducation/.


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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 SvensonDaniel@foothill.edu.

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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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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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 MyPortal.fhda.edu 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 MyPortal.fhda.edu 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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