Cuesta breaks ground on Early Childhood Education Center at North County Campus


Cuesta College held a ceremonial groundbreaking for its R & B Schultz Early Childhood Education Center on Friday, Feb. 1, at the North County Campus.

Construction for the $12,088,940 project is being funded by Measure L, a $275 million general obligation bond passed by voters in November of 2014.

In 2013, Cuesta College received a gift of more than $1M from Bertha Shultz’s estate to go toward the funding of the Children’s Center at the North County Campus.

Cuesta College Superintendent Jill Stearns addressed the crowd on Friday, saying the project is a major piece of the North County Campus.

“Just as the Campus Center transformed Cuesta’s delivery of student services, so will the Early Childhood Education Building enhance our early childhood education programs,” Stearns said.

The 10,935 square foot, one-story building will provide dedicated teaching spaces related to early childhood education, faculty offices, additional parking, and increased childcare services for children 18 months to 5 years old. The estimated completion date is Fall 2020.

Cuesta College Children’s Center Director Katie Mervin said the ECE Center is a boon to the college and students alike.

“We are beyond excited to see this vision come to fruition,” said Cuesta College Children’s Center Director Katie Mervin. “This will not only provide a place for more Cuesta College students to achieve their educational goals in a supportive setting but will also allow families to have an exceptional place for their children to grow and thrive. I am proud to be part of an institution that is intentionally investing in building quality early education opportunities for our community.”

In June of 2018, the Campus Center became the first Measure L-funded building to be completed at the North County Campus.

“The stunning and technology-rich North County Campus of Cuesta College grew from very humble beginnings in an array of temporary facilities,” Stearns said. “Over the course of 20 years, through generous and relentless support of the local community, the modular buildings have been replaced with modern, highly functional, and interactive teaching and learning facilities. Measure L is key to maintaining our learning environments and transitioning from temporary to permanent facilities.”

Barbara George, vice president of the Cuesta College Board and Dan Troy, assistant superintendent of Administrative Services for Custa College also spoke during the groundbreaking.

Following the ceremonial groundbreaking by college officials and board members, children from the North County Campus Children’s Center donned small yellow hard hats and used small plastic shovels to dig in the dirt where the building is taking place.

Other Measure L current bond projects include upgrades to the Aquatic Center and a new Data Center at the San Luis Obispo Campus. Additional Measure L updates and information can be found on cuestacollegebond.info.

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