San Luis Obispo County high school seniors are invited to come onto Cuesta College’s San Luis Obispo Campus and get a taste of college life during the college’s 3rd Annual Promise Day, set for Friday, October 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Students will have the opportunity to learn about Career Technical Education and academic programs from faculty, talk with admissions and financial aid representatives and discuss campus life with current students. Information will also be provided on scholarships, including the Promise Scholarship which guarantees a fee-free full year of college to all recently graduated high school students.

“We’ve heard from the community that local high school students truly benefit from Promise Day, as evident by the attendance of nearly 700 seniors at last year’s event, which was nearly double that of the event’s inaugural year,” said event organizer and Cuesta College Advancement Administrative Assistant Jessica Strano. “We expect to host even more high school seniors this year, allowing them to experience a taste of what Cuesta College has to offer.”

Lunch, campus tours and giveaways will be included. In addition, dozens of college faculty members will showcase their programs via hands-on booths in areas like welding, construction, nursing and more. For more information on this free event or to RSVP, contact your local high school, or the Cuesta College Advancement Office at (805) 546-3279, by October 12.

The 2017-18 Cuesta Promise Scholarship application opens in January 2017. The Cuesta Promise is the result of a private donation of more than $8 million to the Cuesta College Foundation from the Charles and Leeta Dovica Family Trust, who requested the funds be used for scholarships. The scholarship endowment, created in the fall of 2013, currently saves students an average of $1,400 in their first year at Cuesta College.

In addition, the college now offers the Cambria Promise, an advancement of the Cuesta Promise that offers a second year fee-free to all recently graduated high school students of Coast Unified School District (CUSD). The Cambria Promise is the result of a private donation of $20,000 to the Cuesta College Foundation announced June 2016.