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Funding found for south county Cuesta facility 

Cuesta College officials plan to report to the college’s Board of Trustees they will likely reach their funding goal and move one step closer to opening a South County facility in Grover Beach.

According to Barbara George, executive director for the Cuesta College Foundation Campaign Committee, school officials will meet with the Board of Trustees March 9. They’ve been able to raise nearly $1 million of the estimated $1.17 million needed to lease the 13,000-square-foot building at 998 Huston St. in Grover Beach.

George said the foundation was able to raise the money through private donations.

“It’s really heart-warming, the support from the community, when you consider the college has a lot on its plate right now,” George said, citing budget issues and the college’s ongoing fight to reaffirm its accreditation.

“It may seem counterintuitive right now, with accreditation, budget cuts—and we certainly take those seriously—but we also take giving our students access very seriously,” said Cuesta College Director of Marketing and Communications Stephan Gunsaulus.

Currently, the college rents classrooms from the Lucia Mar School District, but those rooms often leave students without technology suitable for college-level curriculum, and are near residential areas without adequate parking.

Gunsaulus said the new facility would serve roughly 3,000 students. He added that there are still “several hurdles” to overcome before anything is finalized, but the financial support from the community is a big step in the right direction.

If all goes as hoped, he said, students could be taking courses at the new facility by the end of 2012.

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