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The National Science Foundation-sponsored DEEP (Developing Effective Engineering Pathways) Program has concluded its programmatic engagements with Foothill College and De Anza College as of December 31, 2008.

The Developing Effective Engineering Pathways (DEEP) is a program that provides students with academic support and enrichment opportunities to create a successful educational plan leading to a career in engineering. The DEEP program creates pathways from Silicon Valley schools through Foothill and De Anza Community Colleges, to the Jack Baskin School of Engineering at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

DEEP's goals are to...

  1. Motivate and support students in order to increase the total number of community college students completing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math courses and transferring to four-year programs.
  2. Create effective supports for underrepresented minority students completing engineering degrees.

The collaborative vision is of higher education working in partnership with the community to provide a seamless delivery of education services in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Statement On Mentoring from Bruce Alberts
President of the National Academy of Sciences
July 23, 1997

"An academic experience in science or engineering is a challenging and exciting intellectual pursuit. It can also be fraught with intense pressures and frustrations: how to balance a heavy courseload with family responsibilities; what research avenue to pursue; what career path to follow. Young scientists and engineers need strong, creative mentors to provide them with wise guidance as well as with friendship. The future of science and engineering, so important to the health and prosperity of the world, depends on the skillful mentoring of each new generation by the one that precedes it."