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Spotlight on NOVA Board Member Dr. Judy Miner of Foothill-De Anza Community College District

NOVA Workforce Board member Dr. Judy Miner is chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, which serves approximately 62,000 students a year at colleges in Los Altos Hills and Cupertino and a new education center in Sunnyvale. As chief executive officer of the district and its 2,000 employees, she works to ensure that youth in the community acquire the skills necessary to transfer to a four-year university or enter the workforce and that adults can retool with high-demand skills for the growing industries in Silicon Valley.

Dr. Miner brings to the NOVA Board more than 35 years of experience as a community college administrator, a passion for lifelong learning, a commitment to improving the success of underrepresented populations, and a regional perspective gained by serving on the governing boards of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute and the Bay Area Community College Consortium Career Technical Education Leadership Group. Dr. Miner currently serves on national boards for Year Up, the League for Innovation in the Community College, Council on Higher Education Accreditation and the American Council on Education, where she will be chair from March 2017 to March 2018.

Her contributions to education will be invaluable to the Board as it explores innovative approaches to closing the gap between employer demands for a skilled workforce and the availability of workers with the required talent to fill these positions. “I look forward to broadening and deepening community partnerships, pursuing best practices to address local workforce needs and leveraging economies of scale through regional problem-solving,” Dr. Miner said.

For more than 50 years, the Foothill-De Anza Community College District has been meeting the educational needs of the local community with innovation and excellence. Its primary service area includes Cupertino, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Stanford, Sunnyvale and portions of Saratoga and San Jose. However, today Foothill-De Anza’s extensive educational programs are open to students from throughout the region.

In 2013, the state awarded the district a five-year $56.9 million grant to launch a statewide Online Education Initiative (OEI) in partnership with Butte-Glenn Community College District. OEI makes high quality online courses and services available to students throughout California and offers online professional development for community college instructors. The project’s goal is to increase higher education degree attainment to help close California’s workforce skills gap.