Foothill College offers non-credit classes and certificate programs at the main campus, Sunnyvale Center Campus and in the community for students seeking self-improvement, increased literacy and job skills, and access to higher education and employment. Non-credit classes are free, do not require proof of residency and do not have prerequisites.
The Board of Governor's for California Community Colleges established non-credit classes and programs to provide an "educational gateway" or a "portal to the future". It serves as a key contributor to "open access" for students with diverse backgrounds and those seeking ways to improve their earning power, literacy skills and access to higher education. For many, particularly immigrants, the economically disadvantaged and low-skilled adults, it is the first point of entry into a college.