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Fall Quarter 2014 Grades
December 19, 2014 - January 05, 2015

The first round of Fall Quarter 2014 grades will be posted to MyPortal on Friday, December 19. Admissions & Records hopes to have all grades posted by Monday, January 5.


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Foothill Community Mourns the Loss of Rick Knepp
Photo Lab Technician Was Beloved Institution at Foothill
Memorial arrangements will be anounnced by the family.
December 07, 2014

Students, faculty, staff and community members mourn the passing of Foothill College Photography Laboratory Technician Richard "Rick" Knepp, who passed away this week. Rick touched the lives of thousands of students and inspired all who knew him. He will be greatly missed by his Foothill family. We extend our deepest condolences to his loved ones. Memorial arrangements will be announced by the family.

Rick Knepp is pictured here with one of his beautiful grandchildren, Cadence, who he loved so much, at an exhibit of his photographs at PhotoCentral of the Hayward Area Recreation & Park District where he learned and eventually taught photography.

In a recent statement about this work, Rick said, "I find before my camera, more often than not, the beauty of what Ansel Adams referred to as 'the Natural Scene' in its grandeur, intimate detail and moments of quiet reverie. For me, however, a vital work speaks more to experience rather than to subject, and is intensely personal: It transcends the obvious visual record to become physical evidence of a moment of personal discovery, informed by the magic of the light. Should the viewer find something in an image that reaches beyond the document into the realm of emotion, I am then given the opportunity to revisit that moment—to rediscover, with new perspective."

Although he had been "taking pictures" since his cub scout days, Rick said he didn't start "making photographs" until 1989. Since that time, every spare moment was spent in the pursuit of the photograph as fine art.

Born in Oakland, California, and raised in the greater Bay Area, Rick began his association with photography while in search of a merit badge for his scout troop in Hayward. A casual interest continued through his education in journalism at CSU San Luis Obispo, and into his adult life, where he recorded the growth of his two sons and his love of the out-of-doors. He enrolled in his first black-and-white printing class, taught by artists/educators Geir and Kate Jordahl. The pair's love of the medium proved infectious. A number of other classes followed, and Knepp considered them close friends, as well as mentors, and was a colleague to Kate Jordahl who teaches photography at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.

Rick's career in broadcasting and management took a significant detour following his immersion in photography, and his discovery of the mystery and beauty of California's Eastern Sierra. He moved to "The East Side" in 1992, spending more than four years with the Mono Lake Committee, a grassroots environmental organization dedicated to protecting and restoring that threatened inland sea, and another three as owner of a nature-oriented gift, book and music shop in Mammoth Lakes. In 1999, Rick relocated to the coast to accept a position as director at the Weston Gallery in Carmel, one of the top fine art photography galleries in the world. In 2001, he joined the staff of the Foothill College Photography Department in Los Altos Hills, where he helped students hone their printing skills, and managed the photo lab and its staff.

Rick worked in digital, color transparency, infrared and zone system image making and printing. Working primarily with a 4x5 field camera, his first love remained the black-and-white study of the land. In addition to the Jordahls, he studied with master printers John Sexton, Jim Stimson and Rod Dresser; taught photography and darkroom techniques; and directed and assisted at workshops around the Pacific Southwest. His work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, published in books, magazines and calendars, and is represented in public and private collections throughout the West. 

The Foothill College community celebrates his artistic vision, devotion to education and passion for student success. 


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Register Now for Winter Quarter
Register Early for Best Course Selection; Classes Start Jan. 5
Register for courses and pay fees by accessing your account.
November 20, 2014 - January 04, 2015

Earn a specialized career certificate or associate degree, or upgrade your professional skills by enrolling in winter courses at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. Foothill can also help you complete the general education course requirements needed to transfer to a four-year university. Most Foothill College courses are transferable to California State University and University of California campuses, as well as private colleges and universities.

Continuing students may register via now through Jan. 4. New students–including high school students–may register after submitting the college’s online admission application and creating a account. There is no fee to apply. Foothill’s Winter Quarter classes begin Jan. 5 and run through March 27, unless otherwise noted in the searchable class schedule at www.foothill.eduReview more important registration dates and deadlines.

California residents pay just $31 per unit plus basic fees for Foothill classes; fees are due at the time you register. A full range of student support services is available, including financial aid, academic counseling, tutoring and more.

Pay to Stay; You'll Be Dropped for Non-Payment of Fees—Payment is due when you register for classes, and when you add subsequent classes. You will be dropped for nonpayment unless you have either a Quarterly Payment Plan in place or your fees are paid in full. When you are dropped for nonpayment, your seat will be given to another student. To pay fees or sign up for the college's payment installment plan, access your account. Deadlines are enforced.

You're Responsible for Dropping Your Classes—If you choose not to attend your class(es), you are responsible for initiating the official drop process. Failure to officially drop classes will result in assessed enrollment fees for which you are financial responsible as well as failing grades on your college transcript.

Find the Information You Want Fast
Use the Foothill College website, including the comprehensive gatewaysearchable class schedule and course catalog. These online resources link to specific webpages for additional information about Foothill programs, support services, courses and more. The college no longer prints a class schedule. For the most accurate, current course listings always access the searchable class schedule. You can view or download a PDF version at

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MIT Technology Review Features Foothill College
Article discusses Foothill's role in knowledge economy, income inequality
October 21, 2014

Foothill College and President Judy C. Miner, Ed.D., are featured in the current edition of MIT Technology Review in author David Rotman's "Technology and Inequality" article. Read Rotman's article here.

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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, 2014

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 CEUs to Health Care Professionals
American Heart Association CPR Certification to Comprehensive Renewal Training
Classes Meet at Foothill Middlefield Campus
September 02, 2014

This fall, Silicon Valley health care professionals can head back to local classrooms to complete required continuing education units thanks to an innovative partnership between the Center for Training & Solutions at Foothill College and Medics For Life, Inc. The new continuing education courses, which range from basic first aid certification to highly specialized life-support skills and diagnostic training, debut at the Foothill College Middlefield Campus in Palo Alto in October.

"There is a huge void in the Bay Area for certification training and continuing education for health care providers," said Medics For Life CEO Tracy Villanueva. "Doctors, nurses, technicians, EMTs and public service professionals who rely on continuing education units to maintain licensure compliance and leading-edge skill sets now have a local, reputable, approved training center for all of their professional training needs."

Foothill’s continuing education classes will be offered weekdays, weeknights and weekends, as well as through blended courses that combine online and in-person instruction. The classes are competitively priced and will range from $5–$125 for basic and recertification classes to $90–$380 for advanced, multiday certification and skills courses. Organizers of the contract education program are also available to deliver on-site continuing education training at an employer’s facilities.

Designed for health care professionals, as well as employees from the public and private sectors who must learn new skills, complete initial certifications and renew certifications, the program features instruction from Foothill College faculty and Medics For Life trainers in a variety of vital subjects, including:
• Advanced Airway Management
• Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support
• Basic/12 Lead EKG Interpretation
• Basic Life Support
• EKG Rhythm Recognition
• Emergency Cardiac Care
• First Aid, CPR & AED for Infants, Children & Adults
• Pediatric Advanced Life Support
• Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support
• Trauma First Responder
• and many other subjects

"First responders and other interested professionals now have the unique opportunity to maintain their certifications as they earn continuing education units locally and affordably," said Foothill College EMS Education Center Program Director Dave Huseman. "Foothill’s program is designed to have an immediate impact on the career and professional development of every participant through the more than 25 classes that we’ll be offering throughout the year."

To present these high-demand continuing education courses, the Center for Training & Solutions at Foothill College and Foothill EMS Education Center have contracted with Prunedale-based Medics For Life, an authorized provider of American Heart Association training. A member of the National Association of EMS Educators, Medics For Life is an American Safety & Health Institute approved training center and a continuing education provider approved by California’s Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider #27-0028) and Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA Provider #CEP 15192).

To register for Foothill’s continuing education courses and review state-mandated certifications and renewals, access

About Foothill College—Founded in 1957 with the hallmark of educational opportunity for all, Foothill College is recognized internationally as one of the most innovative community colleges in the U.S. Students enroll at Foothill College for a single class, certificates and associate degrees or to complete general education requirements for transfer to four-year universities such as the University of California, California State University and private education systems. For students who want retraining or career advancement, Foothill offers in-demand professional and technical training programs that lead to specialty career certificates. Foothill College faculty and staff challenge and inspire all students, and support and nurture them in an environment that is personal and serene. Each 12-week quarter, Foothill College offers more than 1,000 course sections and enrolls approximately 15,000 day, evening and online students at its main campus in Los Altos Hills and Middlefield Campus at the Cubberley Community Center in Palo Alto. A public California Community College, Foothill College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community & Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools & Colleges. Since 1981, Foothill has provided training, certification, professional development, internships and job placement with community partners, including some of the world’s leading technology companies, Fortune 100s and government agencies. Learn more at

About Medics For Life, Inc.Launched in 1990, Medics For Life is a state-of-the-art, fully accredited training center that consistently delivers high-quality, evidence-based emergency medical training. Fully staffed with highly capable, intelligent, passionate and experienced providers/instructors, the company ensures that students receive a more engaging, hands-on education that prepares them to better serve their patients immediately and throughout their careers. Specializing in experiential immersion learning and high-fidelity simulation, Medics For Life offers a complete line of courses to suit the needs of lay rescuers and health care professionals alike. All courses are offered at the Foothill College Middlefield Campus in Palo Alto or can be delivered onsite to businesses and institutions for customized training of qualified staff. Medics For Life is an authorized provider of American Heart Association training, American Safety & Health Institute Approved Training Center, member of National Association of EMS Educators, and a continuing education provider with Board of Registered Nursing and Emergency Medical Services Authority approval. Learn more at

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Winter Schedule Available; Registration Opens Nov. 20
Login to Your Account to Review the Schedule
October 30, 2014 - January 04, 2015

The Foothill College Winter Quarter 2015 class schedule is now available to review by logging into your account. You may also review courses that will be offered at

Winter registration runs Nov. 20–Jan. 4. Winter Quarter courses meet Jan. 5–March 27. For registration instructions for continuing students, new and former students, and high school students, access

California residents pay $31 per unit plus basic fees for Foothill courses. For more fee and refund information, access All fee payments are due at time of registration. Deadlines are enforced.

Find the Information You Want Fast—Use the Foothill College website, including the comprehensive gatewaysearchable class schedule and course catalog. These online resources link to specific webpages for additional information about Foothill programs, support services, courses and more. The college no longer prints a class schedule. For the most accurate, current course listings always access the searchable class schedule.

Instructors are not obligated to hold a seat for the student who is enrolled but does not attend the first class meeting. The Foothill-De Anza Community College District reserves the right to cancel classes; make other changes as college needs require; and change without notice any of the information, requirements and regulations in the schedule. 

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