Foothill College offers noncredit classes and certificate programs at the main
campus, Middlefield Campus and in the community for students seeking self-improvement,
increased literacy and job skills, and access to higher education and employment.
Noncredit classes are free, do not require proof of residency and do not have prerequisites.
The Board of Governor's for California Community Colleges established noncredit classes and programs to provide an "educational gateway" or a "portal to the future". It serves as a key contributor to "open access" for students with diverse backgrounds and those seeking ways to improve their earning power, literacy skills and access to higher education. For many, particularly immigrants, the economically disadvantaged and low-skilled adults, it is the first point of entry into a college.