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Deadline to Petition for Fall Graduation
Do Not Wait Until the Deadline; Schedule Your Petition Appointment Early
Counseling Office
December 01, 2015

The deadline to petition for Fall Quarter graduation with the associate in arts degree or associate in science degree is Dec. 1. If you intend to graduate at the end of this quarter, you are responsible for scheduling the required 30-minute petition consultation with a Foothill counselor online or by calling (650) 949-7423. You must meet with a counselor to complete the petition. Schedule your appointment well before the deadline. Appointments fill up quickly; plan accordingly.

Petition to Graduate Deadlines

Oct. 1: Deadline to petition for Fall Quarter graduation with AA-T/AS-T degree;
Dec. 1: Deadline to petition for Fall Quarter graduation;
Feb. 1: Deadline to petition for Spring Quarter graduation with AA-T/AS-T degree;
March 1: Deadline to petition for Winter Quarter graduation;
May 1: Deadline to petition for Spring Quarter graduation and have your name printed in the commencement program;
June 1: Deadline to petition for Spring Quarter graduation; your name will not be printed in the commencement program (no exceptions); and
Aug. 1: Deadline to petition for Summer Session graduation.

Petition for Graduation—Upon completion of required coursework, you may request to receive the A.A./A.A.-T/A.S./A.S.-T degree from Foothill College. You must complete a 30-minute petition for graduation consultation with a Foothill counselor and all transcripts of your college coursework at Foothill and/or other schools must be on file at Foothill College. The petition should be filed no later than the beginning of the quarter during which you plan to complete graduation requirements. Foothill confers degrees every quarter, and the annual commencement ceremony is presented in June. For more information, schedule a consultation with a counselor by accessing
— Source: Foothill College Course Catalog.

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Winter Quarter Registration Ongoing through Jan. 3
Register Early for Best Course Selection
November 18, 2015 - January 03, 2016

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

  • Continuing students (those who were enrolled in fall classes at Foothill) may register via Nov. 18–Jan. 3.
  • New students may register Nov. 19–Jan. 3 after submitting the college’s online admission application and creating a account.

Foothill’s Winter Quarter classes begin Jan. 4 and run through March 25, unless otherwise noted in the searchable class schedule at

California residents pay just $31 per unit plus basic fees for Foothill classes. A full range of student support services is also 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 There is no fee to apply for admission. For more information and registration instructions, visit or call (650) 949-7325.


State Laws Change Priority Registration—State laws now define enrollment priorities at all California community colleges, and may affect when a student may register for classes. Effective Fall 2014, new, fully matriculated students who have completed college orientation and assessment, and have filed an official education plan, as well as continuing students in good academic standing who have not exceeded 100 units (not including basic English, math or English as a second language) now receive registration priority over students who do not meet these criteria. The student is fully matriculated when he/she completes the required orientation and assessment, and writes an education plan with a counselor.

This new state mandate, called the Student Success & Support Program (3SP), which is part of the Student Success Act of 2012, ensures that classes are available for students who are pursuing job training, completing an associate degree and/or preparing for university transfer, and rewards students who make progress toward their educational goals. The new laws and 3SP are the legislative cornerstone of a California Community Colleges reform initiative to improve educational outcomes for students and better prepare the workforce needed for California’s economy. The legislation, SB 1456, ushers in some of the most significant improvements to the state's community college system in more than a decade. Learn more about changes to priority registration at

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Foothill College Security Advisory
November 22, 2015

On Saturday, November 21, 2015 at approximately 12:10 p.m., a strong-armed robbery (no weapon involved) occurred in the Foothill College Women's Locker Room. The victim's coin purse was stolen and she was forcibly shoved to the ground. The suspect then fled on foot toward Parking Lot 2A.

The victim described the suspect as a white female adult between the ages of 20-30, with mid-length brown hair. She was last seen wearing a white, long-sleeved compression shirt with beige/brown pants.  
A countywide law enforcement advisory has been issued. All Foothill College faculty, staff, and students are asked to be aware of their surroundings and secure personal property. Additionally, please report any suspicious persons or activity to 9-1-1 immediately. 

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Nov. 30 Is Deadline for CSU & UC Fall 2016 Applications
Foothill Transfer Center Offers Free Application Workshops & Assistance
review link below for workshop locations.
November 30, 2015 due by midnight

The deadline to submit your completed CSU or UC admission application and supplemental materials, if required, is Nov. 30 to be considered for transfer to the Fall 2016 academic term; CSU and UC deadlines are strictly enforced. 

To help you complete your application, Foothill's Transfer Center offers a variety of free application workshops and assistance. Review the calendar of upcoming transfer workshops and sign up to attend one or several. Be aware that some workshops require advance sign up. 

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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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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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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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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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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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Winter Class Schedule Now Available
Registration Begins Nov. 18
October 26, 2015

The Foothill College Winter Quarter 2016 class schedule is now available to review by logging into your account. You may also review the online searchable class schedule at

Winter registration is Nov. 18–Jan. 3. Winter courses run Jan. 4–March 25. For registration instructions for continuing students, new and former students, and high school students, visit and

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

Foothill College has open admission for all high school graduates and non-graduates 18 years of age or older.

  • High school students may attend Foothill with written parental and school permission. Access additional information about high school admission including the high school permission form.
  • International students who hold F1 visas may attend Foothill College and should access application information and additional resources at the International Students Webpage.

To register for classes, you must use MyPortal, our registration portal. For a quick overview of the registration process, download the Student Registration Guide. To access the portal, you will need your Campuswide ID/SID (CWID/SID). You'll use a temporary password to log in the first time.

Find the Information You Want Fast—To help you find information quickly, use the Foothill College website, which features the comprehensive gatewaysearchable class schedule and course catalog. Use these online resources to link to specific Foothill webpages for additional information about programs, support services, courses and more.

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