Building her Future, One Car at a Time

You might be surprised when Emily Lowdermilk looks up from underneath the hood of your car. In this male-dominated industry, Emily is not your stereotypical auto technician. However, she is enrolled in De Anza’s highly successful Automotive Technology program and wouldn’t dream of being anywhere else.

Students Jumping in the air

FHDA Divests

In fall 2012, a political science assignment rapidly grew into a campus-wide discussion. Students of the Poly Sci class in question were challenged to apply citizen advocacy and organizing skills towards solving an environmental problem. The result was a campaign geared toward green living and divesting from companies with fossil fuel holdings. Organized by a handful of students, the resulting campaign gathered support across the campus and won endorsements from student governments at both Foothill College and De Anza College.

Foothill alumnus Cole Nielson, interns Jacqueline Simion and Bradley Thompson (not pictured) built a model OMEGA system, an innovative algae/biofuel prototype based on the research of Dr. Jonathan Trent.

Foothill inspires a passion for engineering

As a student at Foothill College, he arrived on campus in need of basic skills. Through the caring support of his math and science instructors he found direction and passion for learning. Cole received financial aid, book vouchers and jobs on campus that helped him to stay in school. After graduating from Foothill, he earned not one, but two bachelor degrees - in Computational Mathematics and Engineering Physics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.