The Heights

Updated: December 19, 2016

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New Sunnyvale Center open for business

For almost 30 years, Foothill College has operated its Middlefield Campus in Palo Alto. However, this fall, the college will move from Palo Alto to Sunnyvale. After searching for a suitable new location for several years, in 2012, the Foothill-De Anza Community College District obtained 9.15 acres of the 18.9-acre Onizuka property, free of charge from the U.S. Department of Education through the federal public benefit conveyance process. After more than a year of construction, the new Sunnyvale Center opens for classes on Monday, September 26.

The center is a two-story, 46,882-foot state-of-the-art LEED Gold-certified building and includes 17 classroom spaces; two dedicated computer labs; one 3-D printing lab; café and on-site parking; admissions and records office; student service support spaces, including counseling, financial aid, testing and assessment; and a student resource center.

"We're going to be cutting edge. The kind of synergy around the established businesses of Moffett Park and what I predict will be the startups in the area really matches the entrepreneurial spirit that is Foothill," says Foothill College President Thuy T. Nguyen.

Classes will be offered throughout the day, including a track beginning at 4 p.m., perfect for current high school students and working professionals. An innovative partnership with neighboring Mission College will allow us to offer a wide variety of classes. The center will also have a full complement of student services so students won’t need to travel back and forth from the main campus in Los Altos Hills.

Viewable from both the 101 and 237 freeways, the new center is easily accessible via public transportation. There is still time to register for classes, which range from engineering and computer programming to literature and foreign languages. For a full list of courses, please visit the Foothill College Sunnyvale Center website.

A formal grand opening will take place in early November.

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