Cuesta College will welcome back nearly 9,400 students when fall classes begin Monday, Aug. 20.

Students can add a class with an instructor’s approval until Sept. 3. Find class availability by clicking on the “Find Fall Classes” link on

As of Friday, Aug. 17, some 9,361 students were registered to take courses on Cuesta’s San Luis Obispo and North County campuses, its South County Center at Arroyo Grande High School or online through the college’s Distance Education program for the fall semester, which continues through Dec. 21.

Enrollment is down 5 percent compared with last year, officials said, because the college had to cut 90 classes this fall as a result of state budget cuts.

Cuesta, thanks to a generous grant by the Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust, is again teaming up with Regional Transit Authority to offer free bus service for Cuesta students the first two weeks of class — Aug. 20 through Aug. 31. Students attending the college’s North County campus in Paso Robles ride free on Route No. 9 year-round. Reduced rates on 31-day RTA passes for Cuesta students are available at the Main Campus Cashier’s Office for $40 while supplies last.

The college has hired six new full-time instructors for the fall term. These include political science instructor Sarah Spengeman of San Luis Obispo, economic instructor Susan Iredale of Cambria, philosophy instructor Carmen Zinn of Morro Bay, chemistry instructor Lara Baxley of San Luis Obispo, microbiology instructor Elizabeth Lobo of Paso Robles and Beth Johnson of Atascadero, who will be teaching nursing.

The college’s top administration team saw some shifts over the summer. Deb Wulff was named assistant superintendent/vice president of academic affairs. Brett Clark, the former division chair of the Physical Science Department, replaces Wulff as dean of academic affairs, sciences, math, nursing, kinesiology, health sciences and athletics. Longtime Cuesta administrator Sandee McLaughlin is the new assistant superintendent/vice president of student services. Former business instructor Gary Rubin replaces McLaughlin as executive dean of the North County Campus and South County Center.

Contact: Jill Beck
(805) 546-3108

Released Aug. 17, 2012