Survey: Residents Value Affordability, Preparation for Transfer and Jobs
An independent community survey commissioned by the Foothill-De Anza Community College District in late 2017 shows that local residents strongly support the programs and educational facilities that Foothill and De Anza colleges provide. Top priorities include preparing students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities, better preparing students for good-paying jobs, and upgrading classrooms and labs for science, technology, engineering, and math-related fields.
Students, Employers Like Baccalaureate Progam
An initial review of California’s groundbreaking community college baccalaureate pilot program recognizes its benefits for students and employers but suggests that additional information is needed to comprehensively evaluate the program’s effectiveness. Based on interviews with participating students, the state Legislative Analyst’s Office found that pilot program appears to be expanding educational access for place-bound students, one of its primary goals.
District Seeks Volunteers for Committees
The Foothill-De Anza Community College District is seeking two community members who live in the district to serve on committees that advise the Board of Trustees – the Measure C Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee and the Audit & Finance Committee.
Applicants for both committees must reside within the district’s service area, which includes the cities of Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Cupertino, Sunnyvale and small portions of San Jose, Santa Clara and Saratoga. Applicants may not be an employee, contractor, consultant or vendor of the district. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22. 2017.
Tax Rate Drops as Last Measure C Bonds Sold
Foothill-De Anza Community College District has reached a major milestone in its Measure C capital improvement program with the sale of its final series of bonds. Authorized by district voters in 2006, the $490.8 million bond program has transformed the Foothill and De Anza college campuses by funding essential infrastructure upgrades, repairs and renovations to existing buildings, and new construction. With the sale of the final series of bonds, the tax rate for retiring Measure C bond debt is significantly lower than the district’s projection when it placed Measure C on the ballot.
“We appreciate voters’ support for creating a truly outstanding and environmentally sustainable learning environment for our students and community,” said Chancellor Judy Miner. “The district is committed to being an excellent steward of the colleges and the taxpayers’ investments in them.”
District Takes Stand for Undocumented Students
The Board of Trustees unanimously approved resolutions Dec. 12 affirming Foothill-De Anza Community College District’s support for undocumented students and calling for extension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program “thereby allowing these students to better their lives and their communities.”
Resolution 2016-44 in Support of Undocumented Students and Affirming the Privacy of Student Records asserts that the district will not cooperate in efforts to create a registry of targeted groups and will hold fast to its policy on the privacy of student records.
Resolution 2016-43 in Support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program reiterates the message contained in a recent letter signed by the chief executives of the California Community Colleges, California State University and the University of California urging President-elect Donald Trump to continue the DACA.
The independent Measure C Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee has released its annual report, which informs the public on how bond funds were spent in 2015-16. Based on independent financial and performance audits, plus its review of the records, the committee determined that bond funds expended over the year were spent in accordance with the purposes set out in Measure C.
Major projects undertaken during the year include construction of the Foothill College Sunnyvale Center and extensive renovation of the libraries at Foothill and De Anza colleges. The bond oversight committee is made up of seven community members representing different interest groups, including students and business and senior citizens organizations.
Students in a new biomedical device engineering program at Foothill College have teamed up with California Children's Services to design and create devices that help children overcome disabilities and become more independent. The hands-on program, which launched in 2014, is unusual in community colleges. Students make use of the college's 3-D printers to fabricate assistive devices they've designed, such as tools to securely grasp eating utensils, toothbrushes, pencils and other similar objects.
In January, a student-designed exoskeleton that allows 4-year-old Noel Gaeta to bend his arms to play and perform day-to-day activities was featured in an article in the San Jose Mercury News. Coming up with a successful design was a life-changing experience for the Foothill College student who worked on the project.
Foothill and De Anza colleges have both unveiled remodeled libraries that feature renovations made with today's students in mind. The libraries both reopened on Jan. 4, 2016, and both projects were funded by Measure C, the bond initiative that district voters approved in 2006.
Foothill's $10.5 million library remodel features a new learning commons with state-of-the-art technology, improved individual study areas, more group study rooms plus new furniture and climate control. The building has a new roof and improved interior lighting. Read more
De Anza's $12.2 million renovation also includes modernization and upgrading of the library's interior. Inviting for both individual and group study, the library now features upgraded wireless, more plugs for students' electronic devices and expansion and upgrades of group study rooms. The upgrades at De Anza were featured in a Cupertino Courier article that also ran in the San Jose Mercury News.