About SLO Partners

SLO Partners was formed under the aegis of the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education in 2014 to address college and career readiness among the county’s student population. SLO Partners’ mission is to engage business partners and educators in aligning workforce needs with career and college pathways and provide work experience opportunities to ensure that students have the skills and knowledge necessary for success in the workplace and businesses have the skilled workers required for a sound growing economy. SLO Partners is committed to collaborating with local businesses and education for pathways to opportunity and skilled local talent. 

Our Partners

SLOCOE
Workforce Development Board
Cuesta College
San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce
EVC
Cal Poly

Why Future Careers - Locally Grown?

There are jobs today that didn’t exist 10 years ago such as  app developer, social media manager, driverless car engineer, cloud computing specialist, big data analyst, data scientist, sustainability manager and drone operator. The current and future generation of students in SLO County need to be prepared for future careers that increasingly require creativity, critical thinking, and complex problem solving. San Luis Obispo is consistently ranked as one of the happiest places in the United States, it is also among  the 10 most unaffordable places to live in the country. Let’s  grow our own workforce so the businesses and people who want to stay here, thrive here.

Why Is This Important?

In 7 years, the major private employer that contributes nearly a billion dollars to the county’s economy, the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, will be closing. We must start today to create a more skilled workforce to enable economic growth in higher paying jobs in San Luis Obispo county. Our goal is to create a thousand more head of household jobs in traditional trades and tech before Diablo shuts down. This goal is above and beyond what PG&E does for its employees after decommissioning.

What Is SLO Partners?

SLO Partners is a regional consortium of business, industry, education, and community leaders committed to working together for collective impact in workforce and economic development by aligning education systems and employment programs with economic opportunities.

What Is SLO Partners Mission?

SLO Partners’ mission is to engage business partners and educators in aligning workforce needs with career and college pathways that provide work experience opportunities to ensure that students have the skills and knowledge necessary for success in the workplace and businesses have the skilled workers required for a sound growing economy.

Who Is SLO Partners?

SLO Partners was formed under the aegis of the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education in 2014 to address college and career readiness among the county’s student population. The San Luis Obispo COE was awarded a competitive grant to fund a consortium of all local public high schools, Cuesta College, SLO Workforce Development Board, and local industry partners. Learn more about California Career Pathways Trust (CCPT) competitive grant created by Assembly Bill 86 here.