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Updated: November 02, 2015

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Foothill College Classes Now On Campus at Two Local High Schools

Juniors & Seniors Can Take College-Level Anthropology or Child Development Courses This Fall

Foothill College is coming to Mountain View and Alta Vista high school campuses to offer juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn college units and complete a college-level anthropology or early childhood education course this fall.

“We’re offering two courses at two high schools as part of our effort to develop closer connections with high school students who are considering higher education and career training,” says Foothill College Business & Social Science Division Dean Kurt Hueg, M.B.A. “Many students want to complete several college units before they graduate from high school. This pilot program gives them the opportunity to do just that.”

High school students who enroll in Foothill’s ANTH 1: Introduction to Physical Anthropology course will experience the lectures, assignments and academic rigor of a college-level, transferable course. Those who enroll in the CHLD 56N: Principles & Practices of Teaching Young Children class will have a similar experience that also emphasizes career training. Both courses are taught by Foothill faculty.

“We’re especially excited to offer juniors and seniors a career-focused child development course and introduce them to a career option that they can pursue immediately following high school. They can complete the CHLD 56N course prior to graduation and pursue additional college-level courses and/or enter the workforce right out of high school,” Hueg says.

The CHLD 56N and ANTH 1 courses are both four units and meet for 12 weeks. Students are expected to attend all class meetings, participate in meaningful class discussion and keep up with readings and assignments. ANTH 1 transfers to the CSU and UC systems; CHLD 56N transfers to the CSU system.

"Alta Vista is thrilled to host the Principles & Practices of Teaching Young Children class on our campus," says Alta Vista Principal Bill Pierce. "I'm personally gratified that Foothill and AVHS are renewing our ties. This relationship can only benefit our high school students as they prepare to transition to Foothill after graduation."

CHLD 56N: Principles & Practices of Teaching Young Children

Students who enroll in the CHLD 56N course will learn about teaching strategies that support the physical, social, creative and intellectual development of young children in a variety of settings. The class meets Wednesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 23–Dec. 11, from 1:45 to 3:35 p.m. at Alta Vista High School. The class is ideal for the high school student who is interested in early childhood education as a rewarding career. Then, when students complete high school, they can enroll in Foothill’s comprehensive child development program and complete an associate in arts degree or certificate of achievement, and/or transfer to a four-year university to complete a bachelor’s degree.

ANTH 1: Introduction to Physical Anthropology

Students who enroll in the ANTH 1 course will examine the relationship between biology and behavior, and analyze investigations conducted by paleoanthropologists, geologists, biologists and archeologists. The course meets Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 21–Dec. 11, from 3 to 4:50 p.m. at Mountain View High School. The class is ideal for the high school student who is interested in getting a head start in college by completing a general education requirement.

“It’s important for Foothill to have strong ties with local high schools, and this pilot program is an excellent way to introduce college studies and Foothill College to local high school students,” Hueg says. “The concurrent enrollment pilot is a great option for students, whether they choose to attend Foothill College or another college after high school graduation.”

Registration Instructions

To register for either course, first meet with your principal and obtain permission forms. You may then register after submitting the college’s online admission application and creating a account. To register for CHLD 56N, use course code CRN 22492; for ANTH 1 use course code CRN 22384. Registration is ongoing through Sept. 20. Textbooks and other course materials will be distributed to high school students at the first class meeting.

Though offered on high school campuses, community members may also enroll register for either or both courses at

For more information, call the Foothill College Business & Social Sciences Division Office at (650) 949-7322.

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