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services and take courses with perspectives from across the African Diaspora.
Noncredit courses offer a new way to gain valuable job skills, expand your personal knowledge or become better prepared before taking classes for academic credit. Enrollment in these courses is free, with no tuition or registration fees.
De Anza offers noncredit courses and certificates under guidelines established by the Board of Governors for California Community Colleges, with the goal of increasing educational access for students from diverse backgrounds. These programs can be a starting point for many individuals – particularly immigrants, the economically disadvantaged and adults who need to improve their skills – on a pathway to gaining basic skills, preparing to enter the workforce, transitioning to for-credit programs or transferring to a four-year university.
It’s important to remember that noncredit classes do not count toward a degree or academic certificate, and students do not earn college credit units. However, students can earn a noncredit certificate after completing a series of required classes.
For more information, see page 38.
The Foothill-De Anza Community College District’s Occupational Training Institute (OTI) offers career training for students who are eligible through CalWORKs (TANF/Welfare to Work), Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA), Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and Computer Technical Support (CompTechS). Services are designed to prepare students with the specific skills needed for the local job market.
OTI offers students a wide selection of Career Training programs such as accounting, business, computer information systems, computer science, enterprise security, health technology, network administration, paralegal studies, design and manufacturing (CNC) and many other career programs.
OTI supports CalWORKs students by assisting with enrollment into transfer or Career Training programs, on-campus paid work-study, advocacy and liaison with the referring county and supportive services. Students who participate in CalWORKs are eligible for reimbursement for college fees, academic, career and personal counseling, development of an approved individualized education plan; as well as help with purchasing required textbooks, child care, priority registration and referrals to various community services such as health care, housing, clothing, food and a free computer for schoolwork.
CompTechS provides a unique opportunity for students who are interested in exploring careers in the tech industry. Students are trained on professional skills related to all aspects of a working environment. Through hands-on instruction, students learn how to refurbish donated computers that are then made available to needy students at no cost. Students may also have opportunities to apply for internships at Silicon Valley companies.
Location: SEM 1 Telephone: 408.864.8869 Website:
Fresh Success is a new program developed to increase the employability of limited- income students by removing barriers to higher education, offering expanded services, and supporting them in completing degree or certificate programs that can lead to sustainable employment and higher wages. Students can qualify for this program if they receive CalFresh benefits, major in Career Technical Education (CTE) programs or enroll in CTE courses, basic skills, English as a Second Language or noncredit courses. For more information, contact Sabrina Stewart at
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LCW 102
 VASCONCELLOS INSTITUTE FOR DEMOCRACY IN ACTION (VIDA) Students participating in VIDA become leaders in their communities, engaging in experience-based learning in the classroom, workplace environments and other communities and interacting with people from diverse backgrounds. Students also have the option of earning a leadership certificate. More information is available on page 7 and online.
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East Cottage Cynthia Kaufman, Faculty Director 408.864.8739
The renovated Library contains resources for students including books, e-books, periodicals and DVDs. The building has Wi-Fi access, computer workstations, group study rooms and a lending program for students who need to borrow a laptop or graphic calculator.
Electronic resources are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Using the library website as a starting point, users can access e-books, scholarly articles, streaming videos and other materials. Databases such as EBSCOHost Academic Search Premier, Films on Demand, Proquest Research Library, Literature Resource Center, Lexis- Nexis and Encyclopedia Britannica are available from off campus. The Library also offers a series of online classes, which can be found in the course listings.
Students can use the computer workstations in the Library Computer Lab on the first floor to check email, access the internet and use Microsoft Office software. Workstations with assistive technology for accessibility as well as viewing stations for watching DVDs are available
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Library 408.864.8761 408.864.8479

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