Office of Outreach and Relations with Schools
De Anza College
21250 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Cupertino, California 95014
Future Students and Parents
- Please feel free to contact us by phone or email (see above) for answers to your questions about De Anza College.
New Students at De Anza
- If you'd like to speak with an academic counselor, you can use our online scheduler to arrange a phone or Zoom video session. Please visit the Outreach Counselors webpage for more information.
Between June 28 and Sept. 3, the Outreach Office will be open Monday through Thursday, except holidays.
- We will be closed for holidays on Friday, Sept. 3 and Monday, Sept. 6.
- We will be open Tuesday–Friday on Sept. 7–10.
Meet the Outreach Team
- Erick Aragon, faculty director
- Martha Espinosa, administrative assistant
- Sheldon Fields, counselor
- Ashley Flores, counselor
- Erika Flores, program coordinator
- Norma Guido Flores, counselor
- Anna Nguyen, counselor
- Chai Saechao, counselor
- Jesus Ruelas, counselor
- Nubia Sánchez, school relations specialist
- Ana Vallejo, administrative assistant
The Office of Outreach and Relations with Schools works to promote college access and success for all students, with emphasis on underserved and underrepresented students.
The mission of the Office of Outreach and Relations with Schools is to recruit and attract students from diverse backgrounds to De Anza College, support prospective students in their transition from high school to college, and work in collaboration with college programs and services, local high schools, and communities to promote college access and success.
About Our Staff
Staff members in the Outreach office provide information about campus programs and services to prospective students and their parents, through a variety of activities at area high schools. These include college fairs, career and college nights, presentations, info tables, student ambassadors, application workshops and placement testing.
The Outreach office also organizes De Anza campus tours and serves as a point of contact to support the successful transition of prospective students from high school to college.
Outreach staff members draw on their academic and professional training – and life experience – to connect with students and their families. In a recognition of outstanding work, the Outreach staff was honored with a 2017 Excellence Award from the League for Innovation in the Community College.
“Being able to connect to different resources on campus allowed me to be successful,” said Jesus Ruelas, a De Anza graduate and Karl S. Pister Scholarship winner, who’s now a counselor in the office. “I feel connected to the community here, so now I try to fill that same role for others."
“A lot of us (on the Outreach staff) are first-generation college students and so, for us, it’s kind of giving back to the community,” added counselor and faculty director Erick Aragon. “We’re always in the schools, working with students that may not have a trajectory toward college.”
During the last academic year, the office held 200 outreach events, serving over 12,000 students in 38 high schools. Team members also organized four conferences that brought more than 1,300 high school students to the De Anza College campus, along with the annual New Student and Parent Open House, which attracted more than 3,000 students and parents in the spring.
The outreach effort extends to parents, who may not have gone to college themselves, said Nubia Sánchez, school relations specialist.
“It’s important that parents see their students in college and know their students belong here,” she added.
Outreach staffers also works with students after they’ve enrolled at De Anza, helping them with access to academic advising and counseling, education planning, peer mentoring and a food pantry for low-income students.
“I like that we get to help students in need. I was one, so that’s important to me,” said Ambrocine Rodriguez, administrative assistant. “I’m the first person most students see when they walk in our office. So I want to make sure they feel like their voices are heard, and that their issues can be solved in this office.”