Kathleen Santora with De Anza College Dean of EOP&S and Student Development, Michele LeBlue-Burns

Foothill-De Anza Foundation board president leaves a legacy of dynamic leadership

Kathleen Santora joined the Foothill-De Anza Foundation Board of Directors in 2011 and became its president in 2013. As she steps down from her role of president this July, she leaves behind a legacy of dynamic leadership as well as a personal story that demonstrates how being an engaged community member can change lives.

Dean Michele LeBleu-Burns with De Anza EOPS students

De Anza EOPS program quietly changes lives

Michele LeBleu-Burns is dean of Student Development and Extended Opportunity Programs & Services (EOPS) at De Anza College. A community college graduate and former EOPS student herself, she speaks from experience when she lauds the benefits of the program. LeBleu-Burns credits EOPS with giving her the resources, support and resilience she needed to succeed and to earn her master's degree.

Students Michelle Le and Tu Le looking at the molds for their devices inside 3D printers

Students create adaptive devices for those with disabilities

This year, Foothill College launched a series of new courses aimed at students interested in learning about the biomedical industry, a booming piece of the Silicon Valley tech sector. The classes are part of the Foothill Science Learning Institute (SLI), an initiative that uses an innovative education model for the successful teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics at all levels. A hands-on approach encourages students to explore the process of science, not just the solution.