SLO County Roundup

Cuesta College

The community college has hired consulting firm California Collegiate Brain Trust to address deficiencies noted by an accrediting body last month.

Strategic planning was one area of improvement required by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges in their report to Cuesta College.

The Cuesta College Foundation is paying for the consultation.

The consulting team will arrive on campus Monday and visit again in mid-April to conduct research and elicit help from constituent groups on campus. Members of the public will also have the opportunity to participate in the process.

“This is a very important project for the college,” said Dr. Gil Stork, superintendent/president of Cuesta College, in a news release. “It is an important piece of our future and our accreditation remediation.”

In addition to the March and April dates, the consulting team will work closely with the college and visit Cuesta’s campuses several times in the next four months.

The commission in February placed Cuesta on probation, saying it was not satisfied with progress on several recommendations it gave the college one year ago.

Cuesta could lose its accreditation if it fails to address these recommendations.

— AnnMarie Cornejo


Local restaurant owners and city officials came up with three new options this month when they discussed ways to boost dining business.

The business stimulus methods, which do not have a specific timeline yet, include:

• Creating a new Dine Atascadero Web site to promote local restaurants.

• Developing a punch card promotion where patrons would receive gift cards donated by the eateries for future dining after a number of visits.

• Coordinating restaurants and local organizations for fundraising dinners.

A public meeting to describe the new stimulus program is in the pipeline but has yet to be been announced.

— Tonya Strickland

SLO County

High school students from parts of the county are invited to participate in the 2010 Congressional Art Competition for high school students.

The deadline is April 23 to drop off entries at Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s Bakersfield office or Atascadero office at 5805 Capistrano Ave., Suite C.

The winning entry from the 22nd Congressional District will be displayed in a corridor leading to the United States Capitol for one year.

The artwork must be an original concept, two dimensional and no larger than 30 inches by 30 inches. Paintings, prints, computer generated images, photography, drawings and collages will be accepted.

McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, represents the North County and inland parts of the South County. The competition also will extend to parts of Kern and Los Angeles counties in McCarthy’s district.

For further information, contact McCarthy’s Atascadero office at 461-1034 or any high school art department in the 22nd Congressional District.

— Julia Hickey