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Improve Your English & Writing Skills This Summer
Sign Up for Summer Bridge English by July 3
June 22, 2016

Do you struggle with reading, writing or study skills? There is still time to enroll for English Summer Bridge, a program that helps Foothill students prepare for college-level courses. The non-credit course meets July 5-July 28, Monday-Thursday, 1:30-4:50 p.m.

In Just Four (4) Weeks, We'll Help You . . .

  • Improve your reading, writing, grammar and test-taking skills

  • Build confidence to be more successful in not only your English classes but also other classes that require reading, writing and study skills

Eligibility Requirements

You're eligible for the Summer Bridge English Program if:

  • You're a high school graduate and have not yet completed an English class at Foothill College
  • You have taken Foothill's English placement test (recommended but not required) and the results placed you in ENGL 1S, 110 or 209
  • You want to improve your English skills and/or place higher in the English course sequence

Register Now: It's as Easy as A-B-C

To sign up, complete these easy enrollment steps by July 3.

  1. Get your student identification number (SID) through the free online Application for Admission. Follow the e-mailed instructions to activate your SID and account.
  2. Take the recommended English placement test by Friday, July 1.
    • Schedule your test appointment at or call the Assessment Center at (650) 949-7672. There's no charge for testing.
  3. Sign up for the Summer Bridge English Program by July 3 by e-mailing program coordinator Allison Herman, The program starts Tuesday, July 5!

For more information, visit the Summer Bridge English Program website.

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Rotary Improving the College Experience for Student-Veterans
Visionary Rotary donors raise money for scholarships, textbooks, assistive devices, new plaza facility
June 17, 2016

As Foothill College wraps up academic year 2015–2016, Foothill students, faculty and staff count themselves lucky to have a supportive community and visionary donors who are also committed to helping Foothill students succeed in their academic and career endeavors. Foothill’s biggest ally for improving students’ college experience are the generous members of the Los Altos Rotary Club. Dedicated Rotarians have taken up the mantle of assisting hundreds of Foothill’s student-veterans, men and women who are returning to college after completing U.S. military services. To date, the Los Altos Rotary Club has raised more than $300,000 for a variety of programs now offered by the college’s popular Veterans Resource Center (VRC).

“Our student-veterans have given their best in service to this country,” says Rotarian Ron Labetich, who chairs the Los Altos Rotary Veterans Support Committee. “Now it’s our turn. The men and women of Rotary have compassion for veterans who take an oath to keep our families safe. The Foothill College Veterans Resource Center is an outstanding resource that encourages Rotarians and other community members to contribute money, as well as time and talent to help our student-veterans as they transition from military service to civilian life.”

Fundraising efforts on behalf of Foothill’s VRC by Los Altos Rotarians have generated money to purchase Livescribe smart pens and tablets, Plantronics audio stereo headsets, Dragon Naturally Speaking software and a dedicated laptop, and a printer and scanner with assistive-technology features. Generous Rotary contributions have also funded a VRC staff coordinator position, as well as decorative braided cords that student-veterans wear with their academic regalia during the college’s annual commencement ceremony.

Earlier this year, Foothill’s VRC was again the beneficiary of proceeds generated by the Los Altos Rotary Club’s Cioppino Dinner. This spring, Rotary presented a $32,500 check to Foothill to provide textbook vouchers and award Friends of American Veteran Scholarships to deserving Foothill student-veterans.

In addition to their financial contributions, the members of the Rotary Veterans Support Committee arrange workshops, guest speakers, mentoring assistance, legal guidance, and most importantly, camaraderie with student-veterans.

In the spirit of generating more camaraderie and networking opportunities among Rotarians and Foothill student-veterans and students with disabilities, Los Altos Rotary has launched a fundraising campaign to construct an inviting on-campus plaza that will provide an al fresco area to foster community interactions, nurture friendships, and create connections with other Foothill students, faculty and staff. Now in the early planning stage, more than $135,000 has been raised for the plaza project. The project’s next step is to develop architectural drawings. Honoring all veterans in our community, once constructed, the Los Altos Rotary Plaza at Foothill College will be dedicated to Los Altos native son, Capt. Matt Manoukian, USMC, who was killed in combat in Afghanistan in 2012.

To learn more about Foothill’s VRC and how you can help, call Foothill-De Anza Foundation Development Director Laura Woodworth at (650) 949-6232 or e-mail

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Media Center Closed for Renovations
Center will reopen in time for Fall Quarter
June 27, 2016 - September 25, 2016

The Foothill Media Center (Room 5941) will be closed June 27–September 25 for renovation. The center will reopen for student, faculty and staff use in its newly remodeled location behind the Hubert Seman's Library in time for Fall Quarter. During the closure, you'll find printing services at the following on-campus locations:

  • ASFC Smart Shop (Room 2016)
  • Campus Center
  • Krause Center for Innovation (Room 4002)
  • Library (Room 3525)
  • Physical Sciences & Engineering Center (Building 4400)
  • STEM Success Center (Room 4213)

Also, starting June 27, the non-print media collection will permanently circulate through the Library's Circulation Desk.  

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Nguyen Named New Foothill College President
She is the first Vietnamese American community college president in California
May 02, 2016

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District Board of Trustees has approved the hiring of Thuy Thi Nguyen as the next president of Foothill College. She will begin work July 1.

“Based on her record of innovation in promoting student access and diversity, I believe that Thuy will lead Foothill College in advancing a culture of student equity and in closing the achievement gap,” Miner said. “I am confident she will offer the kind of leadership and inspiration that will help the college achieve its most ambitious goals and further enhance the state and national leadership role for which our district is known.”

Currently serving as interim general counsel for the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office since July 2015, Nguyen has spent the past 12 years working for community colleges and community college students. She is on loan to the state chancellor’s office from the Peralta Community College District, where she had worked for more than a decade.   

“I am extremely grateful to Chancellor Judy Miner for the opportunity to lead a nationally top-ranked community college,” said Nguyen, 40. “Foothill has a long tradition of academic excellence and I look forward to working with the exceptional faculty and staff in fulfilling the college’s commitment to student success for all.”

Nguyen will take her place among a small group of Asian American college presidents and is believed to be the first Vietnamese American community college president in California. Across the country, only 1.5 percent of presidents at two- and four-year colleges and universities are Asian and Pacific Island Americans, according to the most recent published data from the American Council on Education.

Nguyen’s is a classic American success story.

When she was 3, she and her family joined the wave of “boat people” who fled Vietnam after the end of the war. They drifted in the Pacific Ocean on a rickety boat for more than 20 days before a commercial ship rescued them and took them to a refugee camp in Japan. Eventually, the family relocated to Wichita, Kansas, then moved to the warmer climate of New Orleans.

When she was 14, the family settled in the Bay Area, living in a low-income housing apartment in Oakland. Nguyen attended a predominantly African American and Latino school, Castlemont High, where she embarked on a path of community leadership and service. 

At Castlemont, she served as a student representative on the Oakland Unified School District’s Board of Directors, cadet colonel brigade commander in the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, and valedictorian of her class. Upon graduation, the mayor of Oakland declared June 23, 1993 “Thuy Thi Nguyen Day” recognizing her community service.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy at Yale University, then entered the UCLA School of Law. Nguyen said she was inspired to pursue a legal career so that she could play a part in correcting social injustice, having seen firsthand the contrast between the “haves” and  “have nots” in society. While still in law school she was selected to receive a Paul and Daisy Soros for New Americans Fellowship, which provides opportunities for new immigrants to achieve leadership positions in their chosen field and achieve the American dream. Nguyen was part of the inaugural class in the law school’s public interest law and policy program and earned a juris doctor degree.

Nguyen started her career at a small law firm in Emeryville, providing legal assistance to school districts in areas such as desegregation, student discipline, bilingual education and employment. She later worked as a field representative for California Assembly Majority Leader Wilma Chan.

In 2003, the Peralta Community College District appointed her interim general counsel, and soon made the appointment permanent. As general counsel, she represented the interests of the district and its four colleges, Laney College, Merritt College, College of Alameda and Berkeley City College. Over the years, she performed additional duties for the district as acting vice chancellor for human resources and districtwide strategic planning manager.

Before her assignment in the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, Nguyen took a leave from Peralta to serve for six months as interim president and chief executive officer of the Community College League of California, heading the chief advocacy organization for California community colleges.

In announcing her selection, Miner cited two projects that she said illustrate Nguyen’s ability to translate passion and vision into action.

One is the law school pathways project Nguyen created to diversify the legal profession. As a volunteer on the State Bar of California’s Council on Access and Fairness, Nguyen brought together law schools, universities and community colleges to develop a program that gives a diverse population of students a clear pathway to law school.

The 2+2+3 Community Colleges Pathway to Law School launched in 2014 and today includes six California law schools, six undergraduate universities, 29 community colleges and 16 high school law academies and is viewed as a model.

Another example that Miner pointed to was the creativity Nguyen brought to her general counsel role in the state chancellor’s office.

As overseer of equal employment opportunity plans for 72 community college districts and 113 colleges, Nguyen led the move to an innovative funding approach that encourages community colleges to assess and strengthen their efforts in equal employment opportunity. She’s also organized regional training workshops covering such topics as why diversity in hiring matters and how to address unconscious bias, highlighting evidence that a diverse faculty helps close the student achievement gap.

Nguyen has deep connections in the East Bay and is well known in the local Vietnamese community.

She co-published a book, “25 Vietnamese Americans in 25 Years,” showcasing the contributions of 25 distinguished Vietnamese Americans to American society to mark the anniversary of the fall of Saigon. The book is archived in the Library of Congress and available at the Viet Museum in San Jose and many public and university libraries across the country.

Nguyen worked as an adjunct instructor teaching education law for several years at what is now California State University, East Bay. She currently serves as board president of the Marcus Foster Education Institute, which promotes excellence and educational opportunity in Oakland public schools.

In 2011, the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California gave her its Trailblazer Award and in 2012, the Minority Bar Coalition presented her with its Unity Award. She is the founding president of the Castlemont High School Alumni Association and has been inducted into the school’s Alumni Hall of Fame.

Nguyen is a Rotarian and lives with her husband and two children in Castro Valley.

She places on the salary schedule for executive compensation at $188,878.

Nguyen’s appointment will conclude a nationwide search for Foothill’s top administrative post that began last fall with the assistance of the national recruiting firm Community College Search Services.

Foothill College serves approximately 13,000 students annually. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently identified it as the top two-year public college in the nation for graduating first-time, degree-seeking students within three years.

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Read The Heights, Foothill's Online Newsletter
New Courses and Programs for Summer Sessions
May 27, 2016

The summer edition of The Heights, Foothill's community newsletter, is now available online at

In this edition, you'll learn how Foothill is celebrating Agatha Christie's 125th anniversary year with the production of Appointment With Death, Christie's classic whodunit, as well as the how community members can experience seven weeks studying Spanish literature and anthropology in Barcelona. You'll also learn how you can take a physical education class for fun and fitness, sign your kids up for STEM summer camps, and how to enroll your high school student in Foothill sports medicine courses that we're offering at Mountain View High School. 

You'll also meet new Foothill College President Thuy Nguyen, J.D; Foothill student Dahlia Salem, the first woman of color to lead a statewide student advocacy organization; state swim champion and Foothill student-athlete Layna Auchard; energy champion and Foothill student Joshua Kuehn; Foothill honors students who presented original research projects at UC Berkeley; Foothill Dance Director Bubba Gong, who is commemorating 30 years of Foothill dance with Blessings, a two-night showcase of student dance talent; entrepreneur and Foothill alumnus Nimit Tank; and Foothill's beloved Veterans Program Specialist Carmela Xuereb

We're also excited to share updates on the progress on the new Foothill College Sunnyvale Center, our foundation's leadership legacy, and the statewide online education initiative that's based at Foothill.

Register Now for Summer Session—Foothill will offer two six-week sessions this summer: June 6–July 17 and June 27–August 6. Check out the summer class schedule and register now through June 5. California residents pay just $31 per unit plus basic fees for Foothill classes. For registration instructions, visit or call (650) 949-7325.

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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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