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Foothill Now Offers Community Education Classes
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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Register Now for Summer Sessions
Choose from a variety of on-campus and online class options.
Registration via
March 18, 2015 - June 07, 2015

This summer, you can complete one or a few classes and still have plenty of time for sun and fun! Foothill College offers you two summer sessions that run just six weeks:

  • Early Summer Session runs June 8–July 18 and
  • Summer Session runs June 29–Aug. 9.

Each session features general education courses for transfer students, university students home for the summer who need to pick up a class, and recent high school graduates who want to get an early start. You can choose from a variety of on-campus and online class options.

Summer Session Registration Dates

  • Continuing students (you were enrolled in spring courses at Foothill) register May 7–June 7. Review your date to register, register for courses and pay fees by accessing your account.
  • New and former students register May 7–June 7 after submitting the college’s online Application for Admission and creating a account. There is no fee to apply.

Foothill’s summer class schedule will be posted online in late April. Access the schedule at that time to select classes and get important registration instructions.

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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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Earn a Bachelor's Degree from PAU at Foothill
PAU's Business Psychology Program
Room 5019
January 16, 2015 - December 16, 2015

Earn your Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Psychology here at Foothill College in partnership with Palo Alto University, The PAU Business Psychology Program is a two-year fast-track program with a high graduation rate. Complete your bachelor’s degree after you've complete Foothill general education courses. With the PAU program, you're guaranteed:

•    Enrollment in all business psychology classes to complete your bachelor's degree for graduation;
•    Set class schedule at Foothill College, in classes that meet Mondays–Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 2:45 pm with an hour for lunch; and
•    Fixed tuition for the entire two years.

For more information, call or e-mail PAU representative Robert Reese​ at or (650) 417-2053. You can also visit the PAU cubicle in the on-campus Transfer Center Mondays–Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.​

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Foothill to Offer Bachelor's Degree in Dental Hygiene
Foothill Selected for Pilot Program from 36 Statewide Proposals
January 20, 2015

It’s official. A new bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene will soon be offered at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.

For the first time in its 57-year history, Foothill College will award bachelor’s degrees to dental hygiene students who complete the state’s new limited baccalaureate degree pilot program. Foothill was given initial approval to participate in the pilot program Jan. 20 by the 13-member California Community Colleges Board of Governors in consultation with representatives from the California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) systems.

“This is a historic day for California, for community colleges, for employers and most importantly, for our students,” said Foothill-De Anza Community College District Chancellor Linda M. Thor, Ed.D. “The opportunity for local community colleges to address regional needs for highly skilled workers will benefit the local economy enormously. And the opportunity for community college students to earn an in-demand bachelor’s degree without leaving home or going into debt will enrich lives and change futures.”

The Foothill College dental hygiene program was selected for the pilot program from 36 proposals submitted by California community college districts. The proposals included a variety of career-training programs, including airframe manufacturing technology, biomanufacturing, respiratory therapy, engineering technology and public safety administration.

“We’re making history! We are thrilled that Foothill students will have the very real opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree at a reasonable cost from one of the country’s most highly respected dental hygiene programs,” said Foothill College Dental Hygiene Program Director Phyllis Spragge, RDH, M.A., who is an alumna of Foothill’s dental hygiene program. “We’re also performing a tremendous service to our community by improving the high-quality of dental hygiene care in California.”

California offers no baccalaureate degree-level dental hygiene programs at its UC or CSU campus. The only baccalaureate programs in the state are at private universities, including the University of the Pacific (Stockton), Loma Linda University (Loma Linda), West Coast University (Irvine) and USC (Los Angeles). Tuition at these private institutions ranges from $43,000–$70,000 per year. The tuition for the pilot community college baccalaureate degree program will be higher than the usual community college fees ($31 per quarter unit at Foothill and De Anza colleges), but lower than CSU or UC fees. Lower-division coursework would cost approximately $46 per unit and upper-division coursework would cost about $84 per unit, with an estimated total cost of $10,000 to complete the bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene.

The pilot program is the result of Senate Bill 850 authored by Sen. Marty Block (D-San Diego) and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 28, 2014. The new law permits 15 community college districts—including the Foothill-De Anza Community College District—to develop and offer a baccalaureate degree program at one of their colleges in a field of study not offered by the CSU or UC.

“SB 850 is a game changer for California students,” Block said. “Students now have another path that can lead to a quality, affordable four-year degree. It tells employers that California is doing all it can to ensure that our state is open for business and will stay open to employers looking for highly trained employees.”

Foothill College leaders expect to offer the first dental hygiene bachelor’s degree course by Fall 2016. To start the program, Foothill College must also secure approval from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) and the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

Spragge said that Foothill’s dental hygiene program was selected for the statewide pilot based on the academic rigor of the program, the number of units it requires for completion of the associate degree, the strength of the job market, and the increasing need for dental hygiene care in California.

Since its inception in 1964, the Foothill College dental hygiene program has experienced an impressive history of academic and career-training excellence. In fact, the program’s history includes a 100-percent pass-rate on the dental hygiene national board examination for the past 50 years. Students learn from experienced, caring faculty; train in state-of-the-art clinical facilities; and are supervised at all times as they work on patients during clinical experience. Students who successfully complete the intensive two-year program earn the Foothill College Associate in Science Degree in Dental Hygiene and are qualified to take the dental hygiene national board examination and the California state licensing examination. Accredited by CODA and ACCJC, the program’s curriculum includes comprehensive study of basic sciences, oral anatomy, public health, nutrition, clinical dental hygiene, periodontics, pathology and radiology.

According to the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, the new law was enacted to assist the state in meeting the need for individuals in high-demand technical disciplines that are increasingly requiring baccalaureate degrees and to increase college participation rates and improve workforce-training opportunities for local residents who are unable to relocate. Further impetus for the pilot program comes from studies that show that California must produce 1 million more baccalaureate-degree earners by 2025 to remain economically competitive. Twenty-one other states permit community colleges to offer baccalaureate degrees.

The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation composed of 72 districts and 112 colleges serving 2.1 million students per year. Community colleges supply workforce training, basic skills education and prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions.

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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 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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