Cuesta College

A Central Coast university is getting a new leader.

Dr. Jill Stearns will be the new Superintendent/President of Cuesta College. Stearns is currently president of Modesto Junior College, a post she’s held for more than five years.

A man who’s spent more than a half century working for a Central Coast college, eventually becoming its Superintendent/President, has announced his retirement.

Dr. Gil Stork will step down as head of Cuesta College in June of 2018.

Stork has served at Cuesta’s Superintendent/President for the last seven years, a period which included the passage of a $275 million dollar bond measure. He also helped launch a scholarship program which gives local students who meet academic standards a free first year at the campus.

A Central Coast college has received a major grant to help more high school students get into college, and graduate.

Cuesta College is the only community college on the Central and South Coasts to get funding from the state’s Award for Innovation in Higher Education program. The $2 million dollars will be used to create a new program which will set up a classroom on the Paso Robles High School campus for students to take tuition-free college campuses.

The students would have the ability to gradate with Associate Degrees a year after graduation from high school.

A debate is set for later this week on the Central Coast in one of the most hotly contested congressional races in the region in decades.

Cuesta College is hosting the Thursday night forum for the 24th District seat. The seat is wide open for the first time in decades, after Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara announced she won’t seek re-election to the post she’s held since 1998.

Organizers say all nine candidates for the seat committed to taking part in the Cuesta College debate, which is open to the public.