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Foothill College 60th Anniversary

For 60 Years, Changing Lives Through Service to Others

Foothill College is proud to celebrate its 60th anniversary, which allows us the opportunity to educate, celebrate, and commemorate.

Foothill College has identified community, global consciousness, and responsibility as one of its four core competencies and for the past 60 years, has served larger community through various service projects such as the Global Medical Brigades, March for Science, and The Physics Show.  These projects become opportunities for students to learn about the world while developing their leadership skills.

In celebration of our 60th anniversary, the college is launching a service leadership initiative — which will create a common thread among existing activities on campus, while increasing the number of such activities collegewide and ensuring that each activity identify with intentionality of student leadership learning outcomes.

Why is this objective important?

The skills needed to succeed have become more focused on leadership, non-technical skills such as emotional intelligence, growth mindset, teamwork, critical thinking, lifelong learning, and oral and written communications.

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

- Mahatma Gandhi

Even within the attention to and investment in career technical education programs at community colleges, employers have consistently ranked non-technical skills as critical for hiring and advancement in the workforce.  Our students also need to have a strong sense of community and build community as they navigate work and life. 

By participating in service leadership projects, students feel more engaged and develop a stronger sense of community, which is especially critical for transient community college students and underrepresented students.

Service Leadership Project Photos

#60for60 Service Leadership Projects

  1. Summer 2017 Global Brigade club travels to Central America for sixth trip
  2. Aug. 2017 Football Team distributes food and clothing to homeless
  3. Sept. 18, 2017 International Students volunteer at Second Harvest Food Bank
  4. Oct. 7, 2017 Art Department creates chalk murals at Los Altos Fall Festival
  5. Nov. 11, 2017 Vet Tech Students collect donations for rescued NCal animals
  6. Nov. 17, 2017 Students learn about Service Leadership through lens of business
  7. Nov. 28, 2017 Students in SOSC 79 and CNSL 86 serve up support at shelter
  8. Fall 2017 Students volunteer with City of Los Altos as archivists and historians
  9. December 2017 Photography Students Bring Pop-Up Portrait Studio to Cuba

Research and Service Leadership Symposium

These #60for60 Service Leadership Projects list above are examples of community and social activism projects that can be submitted for the upcoming Research and Service Leadership Symposium on May 17, 2018. LEARN MORE

More Projects Planned for 2017-2018

  1. Holiday Book Drive for Foster Youth — Sponsored by all Senates and Administrators districtwide
  2. Secret Santa Gift Card Drive — Sponsored by students from SOSC 79 Intro to Community Engagement
  3. Jingle & Mingle Toys for Tots Drive — Foothill Repertory Dance Company
  4. ENGR 10 Sustainability Service Leadership Projects
  5. Mindoro 2.0: The Service Continues
    A continuation of our Service Leadership Missions To Mindoro in The Philippines.  ENACTUS, The Social Entrepreneurship Club on campus is sponsoring this project. 
      • Build A Well - For a local elementary school with 500 student, our students will scope, plan and build a fully functional and self sustained water system, including a well, water delivery system, filtration components and storage, intended to provide pure drinking water for the whole school.
      • Develop A Composte Pile - For a local high school, our students will plan, design, and build a composting pile business.  The business will provide composte which can be used to fertilize the high school grounds, as well as an excess amount of composte that can be sold to sustain and grow the composting business on-going.
      • Entrepreneur's Bootcamp - For a local high school, our students will plan, design and conduct a educational bootcamp intended to teach high-performing senior students in need how to start a small business in the Philippines.  In addition our student team will conduct a "shark-tank" like competition for the high school students.  The top-performing students will win a 1-year scholarship to a local college of their choice. 
  6. Business Innovation Challenge, sponsored by The Business and Entrepreneurship Club
    This year's challenge will focus on Service Leadership.  Students will be challenged to use their entrepreneurial skills and ingenuity to create innovative solutions that are impactful and sustainable for communities in need.  In addition to welcoming participation from students across the campus, we will be working with instructors in a variety of departments to incorporate the Challenge as relevant classwork to encourage a broad range of participation from our amazing student population. 
  7. Community Dental Health Outreach Program
  8. 6th Annual Oral Cancer Awareness Walk, planned for April 21, 2018
  9. Dental Hygiene Externship: Each Friday dental hygiene students work in local low cost or free dental clinics providing care to patients. Last year they treated over 600 patients.

Check back often! We are highlighting completed projects on this page.

For submissions or questions, contact Vanessa Smith, Interim Director of Marketing and Public Relations, at smithvanessa@foothill.edu.

View our Service Leadership project gallery



#60for60 Service Learning Projects

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Vanessa Smith