On February 1st, Cuesta College held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Measure L-funded R & B Shultz Early Childhood Education (ECE) Center at the North County Campus in Paso Robles. The 10,935 square foot, one-story building will provide dedicated teaching spaces related to early childhood education, faculty offices, additional parking, and increased childcare services for children 18 months to 5 years old. The estimated completion date is Fall 2020. 

“Just as the Campus Center transformed Cuesta’s delivery of student services, so will the Early Childhood Education Building enhance our early childhood education programs,” said Cuesta College Superintendent / President Dr. Jill Stearns. In June of 2018, the Campus Center became the first Measure L-funded building to be completed at the North County Campus. 

“We are beyond excited to see this vision come to fruition,” said Cuesta College Children’s Center Director Katie Mervin. “This will not only provide a place for more Cuesta College students to achieve their educational goals in a supportive setting but will also allow families to have an exceptional place for their children to grow and thrive. I am proud to be part of an institution that is intentionally investing in building quality early education opportunities for our community.” 

“The stunning and technology-rich North County Campus of Cuesta College grew from very humble beginnings in an array of temporary facilities,” Dr. Stearns said. “Over the course of 20 years, through generous and relentless support of the local community, the modular buildings have been replaced with modern, highly functional, and interactive teaching and learning facilities. Measure L is key to maintaining our learning environments and transitioning from temporary to permanent facilities.” 

Measure L is a general obligation bond, in the amount of $275M, passed in November 2014 by the voters of San Luis Obispo County. Other current bond projects include upgrades to the Aquatic Center and a new Data Center at the San Luis Obispo Campus. Additional Measure L updates and information can be found on cuestacollegebond.info.

Video of the ceremony can be found below: