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Fall semester begins Aug. 12 at Cuesta College 

–There is still time to register for Fall 2019 classes at Cuesta College – the semester begins Aug. 12 and runs through Dec. 13. Courses are offered on the San Luis Obispo (SLO) Campus, the North County Campus in Paso Robles, the South County Center in Arroyo Grande, and online.

Students can enroll in courses in the areas of agriculture, architecture, biology, business, computer information systems, engineering, English, film television and electronic media, geographic information systems, graphic design, mathematics, music, welding, and more.

The Hospitality Program is back at Cuesta College. The newly offered Hospitality Management Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) degree prepares students for success in Hospitality Management with the lower-division coursework required to transfer into the CSU system. Once earning a bachelor’s degree, students can expect to find entry-level management employment opportunities in the hospitality field, including restaurant, lodging, food service, gaming, and recreation industries.

The AS-T in Hospitality Management is the newest Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) available at Cuesta College. ADTs are specialized degrees offered at California Community Colleges that prepare students to transfer and guarantee admission to a campus within the California State University system. Cuesta College is recognized as one of the top community colleges in California for its innovative strategies to ensure the ADT is the preferred transfer pathway for students. With the addition of AS-T in Hospitality Management, Cuesta College offers 36 of the 40 available ADT pathways—the most out of any California community college.

New classes being introduced in the Fall 2019 semester include:

• Introduction to Hospitality (HOSP 200/700) provides an overview of the structure and financial performances of the hospitality and tourism industry. HOSP 200 is available for credit, and HOSP 700 as a noncredit course for those who wish to gain experience. The class satisfies course requirements toward a Hospitality Management Associate in Science for Transfer or Certificate.
• Introduction to Queer Studies (HDHS 219) explores the meaning and relevance of contemporary gay, lesbian, transgender, intersex, and pansexual issues. Students will explore fundamental concepts for understanding the role of sexuality and gender in politics, psychosocial development, and culture.

To see a list of available Fall 2019 course offerings, visit and click on ‘Find Classes.’

All recent SLO County high school graduates are eligible to get two full years of fee-free education at Cuesta College through the Promise Scholarship. The deadline to apply is Aug. 1. Find more details by visiting the website at or by calling the Promise Hotline at (805) 546-3153. Additionally, various forms of Federal and State financial aid opportunities are currently still available to students via the college’s Financial Aid Department. For more information, visit the Admissions and Financial Aid Website.

Also new for the fall semester, the Cuesta College Children’s Center and Lab School is accepting up to 16 children, ages 2.5 to 5 years old, for its brand-new evening preschool program held Monday through Thursday evenings from 3:30 – 9 p.m. The program will have daily activities that include preparing (and eating!) a light dinner and participating in developmentally appropriate activities both indoors and outdoors. Enrollment priority will go to students first, then faculty and staff, and finally to community members. The Children’s Center will host an open house on Wednesday, Aug. 7 from 5:30 to 6 p.m. For questions, please email Cuesta College Children’s Center Director Katie Mervin at

As of April 23, Barnes and Noble College now operates the bookstores at both campuses and recently completed a renovation at the SLO campus. The bookstores provide all required textbooks and supplies for students in a variety of different formats, including new, used, rental, and
digital. Students can take advantage of the buyback and price match program year-round. For more information, please visit one of the locations or the website at The bookstores also offer general interest books, greeting cards, school spirit clothing/accessories, and general merchandise to accommodate the needs of the campus community.

Cuesta College is named the #1 Best Community College in California and the #40 Best Community College in America by Niche (Niche, 2019). The Cuesta College Nursing Program is also ranked as the #1 Best Nursing Program in California by

Students can get information on how to apply, register, and enroll in Fall 2019 courses by going to

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