Cuesta College, established in 1965 by the San Luis Obispo County Junior College District, has a long history of teaching at off-campus instructional sites. For more than 40 years, Cuesta has had satellite campuses in Cambria, Atascadero, Paso Robles, Templeton, Arroyo Grande and Nipomo along the central coastline of California.
Despite the district's modest beginnings, 917 day students and 991 evening students were enrolled in classes by the fall of 1965. The college now serves more than 11,500 students.
The South County Centers are off-campus evening instructional sites, provided in cooperation with the Lucia Mar Unified School District on Arroyo Grande and Nipomo High School campuses. In an ongoing effort to reach South County students, Cuesta is seeking additional options to expand instruction and services.