Hope-De Anza

Hope-De Anza Program

About HOPE-De Anza Programs


◊ History and Description ◊

◊ Transportation and Visits ◊

◊ Scheduling, Cost, and Eligibility ◊

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Did You Know?
  • The HOPE-De Anza program partnership began in 1975, one of the earliest such community college programs in California.
  • In the beginning...
    • This innovative program was started by
      • De Anza College and one HOPE instructor,
      • at one HOPE site
      • with about 100 students, mostly from Agnew State Hospital.
    • A small staff of De Anza and HOPE collaborated to
      • manage the original electronics and wood shop programs and
      • expand the traditional workshop model to include pre-vocational classes.
  • Today, HOPE-De Anza
    • offers programs at 2 community HOPE Services' sites
    • enrolls 265 students a quarter
    • has 3 full-time instructors
    • is supported by instructional associates at each site
    • continues to focus on instruction for both
      • work experience and adjustment on the HOPE production floor and
        in the community and
      • vocational development in classes and other individual and group learning activities.
What Do the Programs Offer?
The program is designed to prepare job seekers with disabilities for successful job placement in supported or community employment and to have students actively participate in their communities. The goal is to provide a range of activities that advance students toward their personal and employment goals. 

To that end, students at each site participate in both work activity and floor production tasks as well as participate in classes. Weekly job preparation classes, computer training, leadership groups, communication classes and daily current events are held at both sites. 

Sites also offer varied elective classes and activities to enhance students’ skills and abilities while preparing for community employment through the vocational work activity programs. 

Students are placed at the individual sites by their referral agency, either the Regional Center or Department of Rehabilitation, based on client needs and geographic location.

There is more information on the vocational development activities and classes offered, as well as a picture gallery available. 

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Students are transported from their homes to the HOPE-De Anza site by regular public transportation,  Mv Transportation, or VTA  Paratransit, depending on determination by the San Andreas Regional Center case manager.

Can Prospective Students Visit the Program?
Yes! If interested in determining what the HOPE-De Anza program  has to offer in your individual situation, come to see the program.
Visits are set up by appointment only:
  • Appointments must be made at least 1 week ahead.
  • Visits are typically scheduled for Tuesday afternoons.
  • Other times may be available, on request.
For further information on visiting, call Monica Sheirich at 408.282-0427

There are no visits available during college breaks or on college holidays.  Check dates on the De Anza website calendar.

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Scheduling, Cost, and Enrollment

How are Classes Scheduled?

HOPE-De Anza classes follow the De Anza College's quarter system calendar, with the exception of summer. The HOPE-De Anza program offers an 10 week Summer quarter, in contrast to most on-campus classes that last 6 or 8 weeks.  The  start and finish of each quarter corresponds basically to the four seasons of the year.

Fall Quarter           (12 weeks)     Late September - mid December

Winter Quarter      (12 weeks)     January - end of March

Spring Quarter      (12 weeks)     Early April - end of June

Summer Session  (10 weeks)     July - mid September

Once enrolled, it is the expectation that students attend through the entire quarter period, after which they may re-enroll for the next quarter (see Enrollment section, below.)

Students typically attend Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Who is Eligible and How do Students Enroll?
New Students

New students who wish to enroll in the De Anza program at HOPE sites must be referred by the San Andreas Regional Center (SARC)  or the State Department of Rehabilitation (DR).  They may join the program only when the referral process is complete.

If interested in attending HOPE-De Anza programs, current SARC or DR clients should contact their SARC Case Manager or DR Counselor. For those who are not clients, contact their local SARC or DR office to start the client application process.

Continuing Students

Students enroll for one quarter length session at a time.  To continue in the following quarter session's classes, students must re-enroll quarterly.  Re-enrollment takes place at each HOPE site and is facilitated by the De Anza instructor.

What is the Cost?

Fees for Class Enrollment

Community college enrollment fees are set by the state of California.  However, for most HOPE-De Anza students there is no cost to enroll or the fee is very nominal.

Students referred for the program by the Regional Center or Department of Rehabilitation may be eligible for agency funding for the program.  Most students receiving Social Security Disability Income (SSDI ) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) qualify for fee assistance through the Board of Governor's Grant Waiver (BOG-W program.)  The HOPE-De Anza staff will provide assistance in applying for this and can provide additional information.

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The HOPE-De Anza is a program in De Anza's Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS) Division. DSPS on-campus programs offer services and classes on the college's main Cupertino campus .  These services and classes address the needs and goals of college students with disabilities who are enrolled and matriculating in the academic and vocational programs at the community college.

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Hope-De Anza Off-Campus

Contact: Monica Sheirich
Phone: (408) 282-0427


Contact: Chris Magnin

Phone: (408) 562-1834


Last Updated: 2/20/17