The library at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo CA
SNC Tahoe and Cuesta College are teaming up to provide new 4-year degree options to California college students in San Luis Obispo.

Cuesta College Welcomes SNC

SNC Tahoe and Cuesta College team up to provide new 4-year degrees

Economic changes in this country have created a surge of “non-traditional” students. Almost half of those enrolled in higher education by 2016 were older, working, had a family – or all three. These students want a pathway to the higher wages and better career options that come from a bachelor’s degree. At the same time, they need an education that meets them where they are in life. Also, the impacted state of the California State University and University of California systems has generated even more pressure on existing 4-year programs.

Sierra Nevada College continues to build new ways to meet the needs of these students. In the fall of 2019, Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, CA will become the latest community college to host Sierra Nevada College’s four-year extension program. Cuesta students will be able to pursue SNC bachelor’s degrees in Psychology, Global Business Management, Entrepreneurship, Accounting, or General Studies, all on the Cuesta campus.

“It is fantastic to welcome Sierra Nevada College to the Cuesta College SLO Campus,” says Dr. Jill Stearns, Cuesta College President. “Our partnership with Sierra Nevada College launches tremendous opportunity for Cuesta College graduates, and local associate degree holders, to take the next step on their educational journey.”

The Cuesta College program joins existing SNC extension programs at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada, and Lake Tahoe Community College in South Lake Tahoe, California. Sierra Nevada College brings its educational model of experienced faculty practitioners, small class sizes, and flexible schedules to all of its locations. These programs provide access to the advantages of higher education to those who might otherwise be held back by community ties or family circumstances.

Dr. Mark Atkinson, Vice-President of Extension at SNC is ready. “We are thrilled to offer in-demand degrees on the campus of Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, and express gratitude to our new partners for this opportunity,” Says Dr. Atkinson. “Sierra Nevada College will serve the students of this community with high-quality bachelor’s degrees to elevate their education and career.” As SNC President Alan Walker pointed out, “Partnering with community colleges to create seamless pathways to 4-year degrees is just good public policy. It helps students, it helps employers, and helps the communities where students live and work.”

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