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Free College for First Generation College Students Still in High School
Early College Promise covers costs for first two years
June 06, 2017 - June 20, 2017

Foothill College has announced the creation of its Early College Promise, a program offering free college to high school students who will be the first generation in their family to attend college. The program is aimed primarily at high school students who participate in AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) a college and career readiness program at four local high schools.

The Early College Promise is believed to be the first college promise program of its kind in the state solely aimed at high school students. It covers the costs of students’ tuition, fees, textbooks, instructional materials, and public transportation, and makes it possible for eligible students to complete the first two years of college for free while still in high school.

The model for Foothill’s Early College Promise program is built upon national research showing that early college pathways created by dual enrollment in high school and college increase the rates at which underrepresented students enter and succeed in college.

"Foothill College is nationally recognized  for its academic programs, and we want to make our programs available to AVID students, many of whom are the first generation in their family to attend college,” says Foothill College President Thuy Nguyen. Added Sandy Husk, CEO of AVID, “We applaud the leadership of Foothill College who are implementing this pathway for AVID students.”

Created to give high school students a successful and debt-free head start in college, Foothill’s Early College Promise is currently accepting applications from students enrolled in AVID programs at Los Altos High School, Mountain View High School, and Palo Alto High School, and all students enrolled at Alta Vista High School. An orientation for interested families will be held on Tuesday, June 20 at 6:00 p.m. in room 8330 at Foothill College. 

AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. It is a national non-profit organization that serves students who are historically underrepresented in four-year colleges and universities, including ethnic minority, low income, and first generation college students as well students who have special circumstances in their lives. AVID has demonstrated success in preparing high school students to graduate from high school, attend college, and succeed in college.

"Foothill’s Early College Promise program removes the economic barriers that often prevent students from receiving their college degree and achieving their highest potential. This new program paves the road to more degrees and bright futures," says Dr. Jeff Harding, Superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos High School District.

Students who wish to participate in Early College Promise may start the program this summer by enrolling at Foothill College in Counseling 5 (CNSL 5), Introduction to College. Students may also enroll in other general education courses starting this summer.

The Early College Promise is being underwritten by a combination of private donations and state funding. The college is currently offering the Early College Promise to approximately 750 AVID students at four local high schools but hopes to expand the program to include more high school students.

“As a school district, we commend Foothill College’s Early College Promise. Their efforts to reach and support all students on their quest to obtaining their higher education goals aligns with our vision and district goals and we are eager to support this collaborative endeavor,” says Dr. Glenn “Max” McGee, Superintendent of the Palo Alto Unified High School District (PAUSD). “In PAUSD, equity and access for all students is part of the work that we do every day in offering our students a high-quality education. We are excited to partner with Foothill College as we work together to provide another pathway to college for our historically underrepresented students.”

The college will hold a formal Early College Promise launch event in September with Dr. Martha Kanter, executive director of the national College Promise Campaign, former U.S. under secretary of education under President Obama, and former chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District.

For more information on the program, please visit the Early College Promise website at

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More Pell Grant Money Available for Students
June 21, 2017 - July 21, 2017

Beginning this summer 2017, a student who would have normally received Pell Grant aid for only three quarters of enrollment, can now get up to four quarters worth of aid if they attend in summer. That is up to 133% of the normal annual amount if you attend in all four quarters! 

Contact the Financial Aid Office to learn more about how this change may positively impact your financial aid award for summer quarter (650-949-7245;; Building 8100, main campus).

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Apply for Humanities Mellon Scholars Program
New Program Offers Humanities Certificate, Transfer Pathways and Internships
May 19, 2017

Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this program responds to a growing need for professionals who are skilled not only in the tools of their trade but also in the habits of innovation, critical thinking and problem solving.

Humanities Mellon Scholars at Foothill College is designed to get you ready for transfer in two years with a strong foundation in the humanities.

Program Highlights

  • Your choice of major
  • Certificate of Achievement in Humanities
  • Faculty mentors
  • Paid internships applying your coursework
  • Bachelor's degree in four years
  • Scholarships available
  • Be part of a learning community

The program prepares you to meet the eligibility requirements for transfer into the University of California and California State University systems.

It also guarantees admission for up to 20 students a year to the University of San Francisco (USF), who will each be eligible for up to $20,000 in scholarships. At USF, you can choose among specific pathways that will allow you to graduate with a bachelor's degree in two years.

The deadline to apply is Friday, July 14.

Visit Foothill Humanities Mellon Scholars to learn about eligibiity and how to apply.

For more information, please contact program director Dr. Falk Cammin at


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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 - August 01, 2017

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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Sunnyvale Center to Host Cyber Camp for 7-12th Graders
Sunnyvale Center
July 24, 2017 - July 28, 2017

From July 24-28, Foothill College's Sunnyvale Center will host a weeklong cybersecurity camp for middle and high school students. This free camp includes instruction on hacking prevention, system hardening, access control and system protection. Modules are taught by college instructors. 

Snacks and lunch will be provided. To register, visit

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Foothill Hosts Girls Who Code Summer Camp
June 12, 2017 - August 25, 2017

Girls Who Code, the national nonprofit working to close the gender gap in technology, kicked off its 2017 Summer Immersion Program today in the San Francisco Bay Area in partnership with the following: Adobe and the Adobe Foundation; Amazon; Autodesk; Electronic Arts; Facebook; The Ford Motor Company; GE Digital; GoDaddy; IBM; Intuit; Lifelock; Microsoft; Moody’s; Pivotal; Pixar; Sephora; Twitter; and The Workday Foundation. Foothill College serves as a program host in the region.

The Summer Immersion Program began in 2012 in New York City, offering rising 11th and 12th grade girls 300+ hours of immersive instruction in web development and design, robotics, and mobile development with mentorship and exposure to top female engineers and entrepreneurs. 2017 Summer Immersion Programs will reach 1600 rising 11th and 12th grade girls this summer across 80 programs in 11 cities, including: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle and Washington, D.C. A total of 21 Summer Immersion Programs teaching 420 girls will be running in the San Francisco Bay Area this year, from June 12 - August 25, 2017. To visit a Summer Immersion Program in the area, please contact Christina Honeysett:, 914-424-3356.

“Technology is about to change everything about the way we live and work,” said Girls Who Code Founder and CEO, Reshma Saujani. “Computing jobs are some of the fastest-growing and highest paying in our country, yet girls continue to get left behind. Access to a computer science education can bring women into a thriving innovation economy and give families a real shot at the middle class. I want to thank the companies and foundations that have really doubled down on efforts this year to give girls the chance to prosper in today’s economy.”

2017 marks the fifth year of programming for Girls Who Code’s flagship Summer Immersion Program. The Summer Immersion Program is a 7-week computer science course that embeds classrooms in major media and tech companies. Students learn the fundamentals of computer science - from robotics to how to build a webpage - while gaining exposure to the tech industry and mentorship from women working in technology. No prior coding experience is required. 93% of Summer Immersion Program participants plan to major or minor in computer science or closely related field and 84% of program graduates said they are likely to pursue a career in technology or a computing field.

This year the organization’s first group of alumni will graduate college, marking a historic year for the organization as its first participants enter the workforce. Alumni of Girls Who Code have already gone on to pursue computer science degrees at top universities and secure paid technical internships working alongside professionals in the field. In the last five years, the organization has served girls in all 50 states and will reach over 40,000 girls by the end of the year. To view our 2016 Summer Immersion Program final project gallery, visit:

About Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code is a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology. Through its Summer Immersion Program and Clubs, Girls Who Code is leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. By the end of year, Girls Who Code will reach 40,000 girls in every US state. Additional information is available at

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