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More students enrolling at Cuesta College this fall

A bird's-eye view of Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo.
A bird's-eye view of Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Registration for the fall semester at Cuesta College is underway, and the college is seeing an increase in enrollment. More than 6,500 students are already registered for courses — nearly 100 more than last year at this time.

The number of full-time students is also up by more than 12 percent, meaning students are taking more classes.

The fall semester runs from Aug. 18 to Dec. 19 with courses offered at the San Luis Obispo campus, North County campus in Paso Robles, South County Center in Arroyo Grande and online.

“We are seeing an increase in enrollment as a result of many things, most notably the awareness of our Promise program, the public’s confidence in our accreditation status and the successful development of our 21 transfer degrees,” said Sandee McLaughlin, vice president of Student Services.

The Cuesta Promise program offers a nearly $700 scholarship to local students attending Cuesta for the first time by providing a fee-free first semester. It is new this year, and so far 650 students have applied and received it.

The college has also hired 13 new full-time faculty in the areas of mathematics, kinesiology, construction, psychology, art history, business, Spanish, biology, graphic design, library, counseling and student health services.

In addition, five new specialized certificate programs in the areas of Android app development, iOS app development, Internet and digital marketing, emergency medical technician training, and searching and researching strategies are also being offered.

Students can get information on how to apply, register and enroll for fall courses at http://cuesta.edu/apply. Courses are $46 per unit. For more details, call 546-3100.

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