Elect Pearl Cheng
It has been an honor and privilege to serve as a Board Trustee with the Foothill-DeAnza (FHDA) Community College District.
Since my appointment in December 2008 I have jumped right in with the governance team. I care very much about youth and families in our communities and am committed to continue serving as I run for election this November.
Foothill College and De Anza College are both key educational institutions known for innovation, creativity, and quality instruction with a core value for educating the whole student. The community college system is the nation's largest and most affordable system of higher education. At FHDA we serve over 44,000 students and open the doors to opportunities for many students – some the first in their families to enter college, some seeking transfer to 4 year institutions, some that come for new careers or to upgrade their skills, some with disabilities and some committed to lifelong learning. In addition, we serve the community as an important regional hub for cultural and civic activities.
The District is currently facing critical challenges as the state’s budget deficits translate into major cuts to education – all in the midst of increasing student demand and cuts to financial aid. Some have said these are the worst times they have seen in decades.
Even in the midst of these challenges, I am passionate about serving. I bring experience, commitment, partnerships, and leadership that will help keep FHDA at the forefront of achievement. I am absolutely committed to work with students, faculty, staff, and the community to ensure that education opportunities for our youth stay solid.
Bob and the children are doing great and support me in these many efforts. They know the importance of giving back and building strong communities.
I ask for your support and vote as I seek election to a full term with the FHDA Board of Trustees. I love Silicon Valley and all the promise that it holds. You have my pledge to do the very best for all in the community and to build a strong future.