The mission of CSS is to prepare students for success at Cuesta College. Through the instruction of pre-collegiate, basic skills, and transfer-level coursework emphasizing college readiness, CSS effectively supports students in their efforts to improve foundational and college-readiness skills.

CSS courses and curriculum are designed to provide dynamic and challenging learning opportunities that encourage critical and creative thinking strategies. Our courses support students working toward a variety of educational goals, including transferring to four year institutions, earning certificates or associate degrees and advancing in the workforce.

Finally, the CSS department plays a vital role in college-wide professional development activities to encourage student success and retention strategies across the curriculum. The CSS department offers a variety of courses some of which have a distance education option. CSS courses include:

  • basic skills reading and writing strategies
  • learning skills
  • college success
  • tutor training
  • college success support lab