San Luis Obispo County Community College District
Established: 1963
Cuesta College is located at the heart of scenic San Luis Obispo County, and is highly regarded throughout the state for its excellent education programs, responsive student services and exceptional faculty and staff. Cuesta College offers classes at the main campus in San Luis Obispo, the North County Campus in Paso Robles, and the South County Center in Arroyo Grande.

Western Association of Schools and College

Instructional Programs
Lower division academic transfer courses, career technical education, short courses, continuing education, distance education, day and evening classes.


84 Degree Programs:

25 Associate of Art degrees

22 Associate in Arts for Transfer degrees

23 Associate of Science degrees

14 Associate of Science for Transfer degree


141 Certificate Programs:

54 Certificates of Achievement

33 Certificates of Specialization

10 Certificates of Competency (Non Credit)

44 Certificates of Completion (Non Credit)

Student Services
Academic and career technical education counseling, children's center, student newspaper, art gallery, student radio station, Disability Support Programs & Services (DSPS), Extended Opportunity Programs and Services EOPS/CARE, financial aid, health center, Hollister Adobe Museum, learning skills, library learning resources, student development, transfer/career center, athletics and tutoring center.

Community Programs
Community education classes, online not-for-credit classes, special events, writer’s conference, College for Kids, 4th grade camp, sports camps, sports leagues, aquatics and fitness classes.

Total General Fund Budget

2020-2021: $58.3 million


Fall 2019 Student Headcount by location:

San Luis Obispo: 7,166
North County: 3,433
South County: 992
Distance: 3,884

Faculty and Staff 

Fall 2019

Full-time faculty: 134
Part-time faculty: 462
Classified staff: 218
Managers, administrators, supervisors and confidentials: 41

Board of Trustees


President: Mary Strobridge, District 5
Vice President: Patrick Mullen, District 3
Trustee: Danna Stroud,  District 1
Trustee: Debra Stakes, District 2
Trustee: Pete Sysak, District 4
Student Trustee: Dawn Grillo


Dr. Jill Stearns

Assistant Superintendents/Vice Presidents

Student Success and Support Programs (interim): Dr. Elizabeth Coria
Administrative Services: Dan Troy
Office of Instruction: Dr. Jason Curtis
Human Resources & Labor Relations: Melissa Richerson

Executive Directors

Information Systems & Technology: Keith Stearns
Foundation/Advancement: Shannon Hill


Arts, Humanities, Math & Sciences: Madeline Medieros 
Student Success & Support Programs: Dr. Maria Escobedo
Institutional Research, & Community Engagement: Dr. Ryan Cartnal
Student Success and Support Programs: Dr. Genevieve Siwabessy
Health, Workforce & Kinesiology: Dr. John Cascamo