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.District Seeks Volunteers for Committee Service
The Foothill-De Anza Community College District is seeking community volunteers to serve on two district advisory committees – the Measure C Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee and the Foothill-De Anza Audit & Finance Committee. Public members play important oversight and advisory roles on the two committees, providing valued feedback and guidance to the Board of Trustees. A total of six people are being sought to volunteer their public service.
“The district has benefitted enormously from the astute observations and advice provided by local residents who have served on these committees,” said Chancellor Judy C. Miner. “Their sound judgment and business and financial acumen have helped Foothill-De Anza meet the highest standards of fiscal accountability and transparency. The community has been well represented through their participation.”
The independent Measure C Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee has released its annual report, which informs the public on how bond funds were spent in 2014-15. 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 completed during the year, such as extensive renovation of the libraries at Foothill and De Anza colleges, are "an indispensable investment in maintaining the resources of Foothill and De Anza," said committee chair Dudley G. Andersen. The committee is made up of seven community members representing different interest groups, including business, senior citizens and taxpayer 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.
The Board of Trustees announced Monday night that it has selected Dr. Judy C. Miner as Foothill-De Anza Community College District’s seventh permanent chancellor. She succeeds Dr. Linda M. Thor, who retires June 30 as the district’s top executive. President of Foothill College for the past eight years, Miner brings a deep understanding and love of the district to the chancellor’s position. She worked for 19 years as an administrator at De Anza College, ending her service there as vice president of instruction.
The Board of Trustees has announced four finalists for the position of chancellor of the Foothill-de Anza Community College District to succeed Linda Thor, who retires June 30. Each candidate will visit the district for a day between June 8-11 for additional interviews and to participate in open forums.
In EDsmart's ranking of California's top 15 community colleges, De Anza scored as the No. 1 large college and Foothill as the No. 1 midsize college based on their graduation and university transfer rates, which far surpassed the other top-rated schools.
It’s official. A new bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene will be offered at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills starting in 2016. The pilot program is the result of a new law that permits 15 community college districts—including the Foothill-De Anza Community College District—to develop and offer a baccalaureate degree program at one of their colleges in a field of study not offered by the CSU or UC. See more.
Foothill-De Anza Community College District is mounting a national search for a new
chancellor to lead one of the nation's largest and most successful college districts
at an exciting time in its history. Dr. Linda M. Thor, a nationally respected college
educator known for innovative approaches to serving students, announced that she will
retire June 30, capping a successful 40-year career as a community college leader,
29 of them as a chief executive.
I want to let you know that this afternoon I informed the Board of Trustees that after
40 years in community colleges and 29 years as a chief executive officer, I will
be retiring next summer.
De Anza will be featured in an upcoming film from Universal Pictures about Apple founder
Steve Jobs. Yet to be titled, the film is directed by Danny Boyle, whose previous
projects include "Trainspotting" and "Slumdog Millionaire."
The Foothill-De Anza Foundation provided some $350,000 in scholarships this year to
graduating and continuing Foothill College and De Anza College students. Approximately
350 scholarships are awarded annually through the foundation (https://foundation.fhda.edu).
The scholarships are privately funded by community members, civic groups, family foundations,
local businesses, current and retired faculty and staff, and other friends of the
An oversight committee of local residents has released its report to the community
on 2012-13 spending by the Foothill-De Anza Community College District funded by Measure
C, the district's $490.8 million general obligation bond program. For environmental
and fiscal reasons, the annual report of the Measure C Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee
is available electronically at http://measurec.fhda.edu/AR1213.
The Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges today (Nov. 12) awarded
a $16.9 million competitive grant to a partnership of the Foothill-De Anza and Butte-Glenn
community college districts to launch Gov, Jerry Brown's groundbreaking Online Education
Initiative for the state of California.
Responding to a thoughtful campaign by students and citing the community college district's
commitment to environmental sustainability, the Board of Directors of the Foothill-De
Anza Foundation has voted to discontinue direct investments in fossil fuel companies
and minimize investments in comingled assets that include such companies.
Having established themselves nationally as education philanthropists, Gay and Bill
Krause are again sharing their generosity close to home with a commitment from their
family foundation to give $3.5 million to the Foothill-De Anza Community College District.