Cuesta College Successful Launch WIOA Program

 200 S.13th St #210
Grover Beach, CA 93433
Tel: (805) 574-1520
Fax: (805) 574-1521
 
P.O. Box 8106
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403-8106
Tel: Classroom (805) 546-3168
Fax: (805) 546-3168

John Muir Staff

 
William Infanto
Lead Teacher
 
John Shaw
Teacher
 
 
Eric Finlayson
Career Pathways Coach

Cuesta College Successful Launch Staff

 
Melissa De La Cruz
Vocational Site Coordinator
 
Jamie Bettencourt
Academic Site Coordinator

Our sites, located in Grover Beach and San Luis Obispo, are non-traditional classrooms that aim to prepare students to enter the workforce and continue on to post-secondary education. We have students from diverse backgrounds and understand that many of our youth are returning back to school after overcoming barriers. Many of our students have often associated learning with failure, ridicule, boredom and frustration. Changing these students' perspective on education can affect their futures in a powerful way. Our program uniquely addresses individual's academic and life needs. Staff uses a holistic approach when working with students, helping them design a life plan that will help them beyond their days in the classroom. Students not only earn their high school diploma while enrolled at Muir, they also participate in life skills curriculum. Our small class sizes allow students and staff to work closely to set and work toward goals, and receive support that might not exist in a larger setting.

The mission of Cuesta College’s Successful Launch program is to increase educational opportunities, assist with the attainment of a high school diploma, explore career interests, leadership opportunities, and provide meaningful vocational opportunities to individuals in San Luis Obispo County between the ages of 16 to 25. Our curriculum aims to bridge the gap between the classroom and the workplace. While enrolled in the program, students may earn their Food Handler's Safety Card, First Aid and CPR Training, National Retail Federation Certificate, Driver's License and specialized training and support in specific fields of interest. Students have the opportunity to participate in an array of field trips that expose them to local colleges and careers in the local job market. Upon graduation we want students to feel confident and prepared for the next step in their life, and leave with a plan for achieving their goals.

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