Building Bridges in K-14 Education

November 23, 2021
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KCI at Foothill College

The Krause Center for Innovation classes are named LINC (Learning in New Media Classes) and are currently part of the Business and Social Science Department of Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA.  The KCI began offering professional learning classes focusing on K-12 educators in the year 2000 when we completed the renovation of the former Space Science Museum building. As we have grown our programs to serve 23,000 educators over the 21 years we have expanded our offerings to include 5 state certificate programs. 

We began our own version of the current dual-enrollment programs offered to high schools in collaboration with colleges 15 years ago — before there was a formal Dual Enrollment Program offered through Foothill College.  Our goal was, and still is, to help maintain a partnership with Foothill-DeAnza (FHDA) Colleges, enable our high school students to have the opportunity to take college classes while they are still in high school, and help us grow our enrollment opportunities. Leo Florendo, a multimedia instructor at Freestyle Academy in the Mountain View/Los Altos High School District, and Will Cavada, multimedia instructor in the Eastside Union High School District, were our initial dual-enrollment instructors and they have continued to work with us each quarter of the academic year. 

Together, our program empowers excited and passionate students to pursue higher education as early as ninth grade.

This has not only cemented higher enrollments at FHDA Colleges, but it also serves as a “proof of concept” that can be replicated throughout the state. We are so grateful for our team members and partnerships that make this opportunity for students possible. 


Editor’s Note:

This is Part 7 of KCI’s Student Media Collaboration Blog Series highlighting the amazing partnership between KCI, East Side Union High School District, and Foothill College and produced on the WeVideo platform. Stay tuned for more news from the students and community members impacted by this amazing project.

Author

  • Executive Director, Gay Krause, founded the KCI in July 1998. Gay was responsible for developing and implementing the initial vision to serve K-14 educators in professional development activities. She also led the effort to restore the former Space Science Museum into a fully equipped technology facility to serve K-14 educators, Foothill students, and the community. The KCI is available for professional development activities 24/7 both in-house and on-line throughout the state of California. Prior to July 1998, Gay was a principal of both elementary and middle schools in the Mountain View Whisman School District. Gay served as teacher, middle school counselor, assistant principal and principal for 10 years. Gay received her B.S. degree from The Pennsylvania State University in education and special education, her M.S. degree from the University of Virginia in counseling psychology, and a credential in administrative leadership from San Jose State University and San Francisco University.