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Commission Raises $128K for Student Programs & Services
Foothill Commissioners Are Volunteers
November 01, 2012
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The Foothill College Commission proudly presented a total of $128,973 that will be used to help fund a variety of student support programs to Foothill College President Judy C. Miner, Ed.D., at the group’s annual allocation ceremony Oct. 25. The funds were raised by the entirely volunteer commission from events held this summer and will be used for Foothill programs and projects that directly support student success. The Foothill Commission presented its Savoring a Scientific Agenda fundraising dinner in July which focused on supporting initiatives of the Foothill College Science Learning Institute (SLI). The future of Silicon Valley’s economy depends upon a workforce that is proficient in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Foothill College is answering this challenge through its Science Learning Institute (SLI), a bold new instructional concept that’s based on best practices for the successful teaching and learning of STEM subjects at all levels. The funds were designated for student research internships and scholarships, and to support underrepresented and under-prepared high school students who will attend Foothill’s Summer STEM Camp. The SLI instructional model was inspired during the planning for Foothill’s new Physical Science & Engineering Center (PSEC), the newest construction project on the 122-acre campus. The PSEC, with its state-of-the-art lab equipment, instructional technology and learning spaces, will facilitate the college’s goals of increasing degrees in the sciences and increasing success in STEM courses among historically underrepresented populations of students. Students who enroll in STEM courses this winter will be the first to use the PSEC’s new classrooms, labs and equipment when classes get under way Jan. 7. The remaining funds, raised in connection with the well-attended Hilltop Soiree event held late last summer, will be used to support Foothill’s counseling services and its support for the college’s extraordinary efforts to fulfill three state-mandated functions—basic skills, workforce development and university-transfer readiness. Additional funds were allocated to support Foothill Commission Scholarships; book vouchers for students who participate in Foothill’s Extended Opportunity Programs & Services; participation by students enrolled in the Foothill Honors Institute to attend research seminars and conferences; work by the college’s Veterans Resource Center to ensure that returning women and men military personnel achieve their educational goals; and the Krause Center for Innovation's acclaimed MERIT Program, which provides K–12 teachers with instruction to integrate technology into Silicon Valley classrooms. Foothill Commission members are Gisela Zebroski and Janet Harding, co-chairwoman; Gerri Acers; Steve Acers; Kathy Adams; Jean Gardner Ching; Diane Doolittle; Norma Egan; Virginia Farthing; Jan Fenwick; Janet Harding; Charlotte Horton; Mady Kahn; Ray Klinke; Penelope Midlock; Barbara Mordo; Eliane Neukermans; Karen Purtich; Ann Rando; Carla Stevenson; and Barb Swenson. The mission of the Foothill Commission is to promote Foothill College within the community and engage in projects, activities and fund-raising directly in support of Foothill College and its students. The commission operates as an auxiliary organization to the Foothill-De Anza Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to raise and invest funds to support the educational excellence of Foothill and De Anza colleges. For more information about the Foothill Commission and about ways to support these and other programs at Foothill College, call or e-mail Foothill-De Anza Foundation Associate Director Laura Woodworth at or (650) 949-6232.
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