Local Latina and Latino high school students recently benefited from a $20,000 donation from Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to Cuesta College; five thousand dollars went toward the college’s Edúcate – Sí Se Puede Conference. The annual conference took place on March 18 and drew approximately 300 San Luis Obispo County high school seniors to the San Luis Obispo Campus. Students heard from motivational Hispanic speakers and learned about higher education opportunities. PG&E was on hand at the conference where representatives presented the funding, which provides critical assistance to students, employees and the local community.

“At PG&E, we strongly believe in giving back to the communities that we live in and serve,” said Pat Mullen, PG&E's Los Padres Division Director. “That's why PG&E has provided nearly $70 million to local schools throughout Northern and Central California over the last decade. PG&E is excited to continue that commitment by providing funding to support Cuesta College’s annual Edúcate – Sí Se Puede event to help inform and inspire young students about the importance of pursuing higher education.”

Four Cuesta College programs are directly benefiting from the $20,000 grant: academic peer tutors, the Edúcate – Sí Se Puede Conference, athletics and SkillsUSA.

For more information on the Los Padres Division of PG&E, please visit http://www.pge.com/en/about/community/local/lospadres/index.page.