|Foothill College Commission donation supports student services|
|Written by Town Crier Report|
|Wednesday, 21 November 2012|
The Foothill College Commission presented $128,973 to college President Judy C. Miner at the group’s annual allocation ceremony Oct. 25.
The all-volunteer commission raised the money by hosting summer events. Proceeds will underwrite a variety of support programs at Foothill that directly support student success.
The commission’s “Savoring a Scientific Agenda,” a July fundraising dinner, focused on supporting initiatives of the Foothill College Science Learning Institute. With the philosophy that the future of Silicon Valley’s economy depends on a workforce proficient in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, Foothill developed the institute, a new instructional concept based on best practices for the successful teaching and learning of STEM subjects at all levels.
The funds are earmarked for student research internships and scholarships, and to support underrepresented and underprepared high school students, who will be able to attend Foothill’s Summer STEM Camp.
The Science Learning Institute’s instructional model was inspired during the planning for Foothill’s new Physical Science & Engineering Center, the newest construction project on the 122-acre campus.
The center, 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 promoting 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 center’s new classrooms, labs and equipment when classes begin Jan. 7.
The remaining funds, raised at the “Hilltop Soiree” last summer, support Foothill’s counseling services and its 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 and Services, students enrolled in research seminars and conferences at the Foothill Honors Institute, the Veterans Resource Center and the Krause Center for Innovation’s MERIT Program, which provides K-12 teachers with instruction to integrate technology in Silicon Valley classrooms.
Foothill Commission members include co-chairwomen Gisela Zebroski and Janet Harding, Foothill College President Judy C. Miner, Gerri Acers, Steve Acers, Kathy Adams, Elaine Anderson, Jean Gardner Ching, Diane Doolittle, Norma Egan, Virginia Farthing, Jan Fenwick, Charlotte Horton, Kurt Hueg, Mady Kahn, Ray Klinke, Penelope Midlock, Barbara Mordo, Eliane Neukermans, Karen Purtich, Ann Rando, Carla Stevenson and Barb Swenson.
The commission’s mission is to promote Foothill College in the community and engage in projects, activities and fundraising directly in support of the college and its students. The commission operates as an auxiliary organization to the Foothill-De Anza Foundation.
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