Located in San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly is renowned for its engineering and agricultural programs. Many Paso Robles High School graduates find their careers and futures at this prestigious institution. Graduates from Cal Poly are highly sought after in our community and the Chamber works to match these graduates with the appropriate employers here in Paso Robles.
With three locations in SLO county, one located in Paso Robles, Cuesta College offers a low cost, accessible continuing education for all on the Central Coast. As many as 45% of Paso Robles High School graduates attend Cuesta College after graduation (2020). As such, the Chamber works with new graduates of Cuesta to pair them with local employers.
Tech start ups may traditionally be a staple of Silicon Valley, but with SBDC that innovation can be found right here on the central coast. The SBDC offers mentorship to Cal Poly students in their attempts to “launch companies, create and retain jobs, and attract capital investment”. The Chamber works to encourage these young entrepreneurs to open up shop right here in Paso Robles!
One of SLO county’s most valuable social programs is the Workforce Development Board. The WDB “supports economic expansion and development of talent in the local workforce”. In addition, the WDB incudes the Rapid Response, Layoff Aversion, and American Job Center programs to “assist employees and employers during downsizing or business closures”.
Founded by Jack and Ruth Eckerd in 1968 Eckerd Connects is a multi-state and multifaceted philanthropic organization. Eckerd Connects offers an incredible workforce development program that serves both youths and adults in finding and retaining jobs and furthering their careers. We are lucky to have a center near our city in San Luis Obispo and the Chamber is proud to support Eckerd in their mission!
Created by the SLO Office of Education, the SLO County Apprenticeship Program seeks to pair apprentice and mentor. This program has been invaluable in providing a path for professional trades people within our community.