The Heights

Updated: March 09, 2017

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Foothill College celebrates grand opening of Sunnyvale Center

Years of hard work and planning culminated on Friday, Nov. 4, when Foothill College celebrated the grand opening of its new Sunnyvale Center, located in Moffett Business Park. 

More than 100 guests, ranging from former Blue Cube employees to Sunnyvale City Council members, attended the event and were treated to presentations from board members and architects. At the conclusion of the formal portion of the event, student ambassadors led tours which highlighted the unique historical aspects of the building.

For almost 30 years, Foothill College operated its Middlefield Campus in Palo Alto. However, this fall, the college moved 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.

The Onizuka station was in operation from 1960 until it closed in 2010. The station was crucial in several aerospace projects. During the Cold War, it tracked satellites and was used in top secret missions with its defining feature, the iconic Blue Cube.

The new Sunnyvale 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.

Classes are offered at the center 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.

Gustav Larson, vice mayor of Sunnyvale commented that “What really intrigues me is the opportunity for internships. Given where you have the facility and the companies, it creates a great opportunity and creates skill building. I think it’s going to be great to see enrollment grow.”

Viewable from both the 101 and 237 freeways, the new center is easily accessible via public transportation. There is still time to register for winter 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.

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