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Innovations In Education

The San Luis Obispo County Office of Education provides leadership through innovations in education that serve our community and residents’ needs for training and educational opportunity in a rapidly changing economy. A common focus of all programs is support for a cradle to career system that benefits local residents. Specific programs and initiatives include:

SLO Partners

Strong local businesses and a skilled workforce thrive together, strengthening economies, families, and communities. Through modern bootcamp training programs specifically designed to fill the talent needs of local businesses, we are helping to bridge the gap between opportunities and reality for businesses and individuals in our community.

Ticket 2 Teach

Ticket 2 Teach is an earn and learn apprenticeship designed to support current and future educators by providing work-based learning opportunities that are paired with meaningful support and resources such as educational opportunities, skill development and mentoring. Educators are urgently needed in San Luis Obispo County and the surrounding rural communities. The San Luis Obispo County Office of Education (SLOCOE), Cuesta College (and the Early Childhood Education Department), Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County (CAPSLO), and San Luis Obispo County First 5 are teaming up to address the labor market demand with early childhood education apprenticeships, in high-quality early childhood programs, coupled with educational support.

Early Care and Education

The San Luis Obispo County Early Care and Education serves as an advisory body to the County Board of Supervisors and Superintendent of Schools. The Council, in partnership with families and the community, plans for and promotes the highest quality and accessible services for the care of all children and youth ages 0-12. The Council serves as a hub for early care and education initiatives supporting all types of programs and settings. Through initiatives like Quality Counts, We Are The Care, and Month of the Child, the Council supports analysis and advocacy of community needs as well as advancement of the workforce and economic development.

SLO CTE Foundation

A non-profit organization aimed at improving the lives and economy of our community by supporting and inspiring transformative education opportunities. Our efforts support three proven initiatives of the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education: SLO Partners, The Arts, and K-12 Technical Education.


The SLOCOE Communications and Media (CAM) Team tells the story of SLO County Education Initiatives through creative video, web, targeted digital marketing, and traditional outreach to the community through schools and the community access channels on cable TV.

Regional Technical Assistance Centers (RTAC)

The GSPP RTACs will provide technical assistance to potential applicants and grant recipients seeking to establish or expand their pathway programs. The Regional Technical Assistance Center for the Central Coast (Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, and Ventura) is the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education and Michael Specchierla is the main point of contact.

College and Career Access Pathways Grant (CCAP)

The goal of this funding is to provide incentives for local educational agencies (LEAs) to establish partnerships with community colleges that gives students access to college courses while in high school, especially students who may not be college bound or are underrepresented in higher education.

SLOCOE eNews for February

Read the latest SLOCOE news including a message from Dr. Brescia, staff introductions and transitions and events.

Executive Director

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Michael Specchierla


  • Workforce Development including Modern Apprenticeship
  • Career Technical Education, and K12 Strong Workforce
  • SLO Partners
  • Early Care and Education
  • Communications and Media Team
  • Regional Technical Assistance Centers
Senior Director

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Paula Mathias-Fryer

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Jen Clayton

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Paul Piette

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Educational Technology Coordinator

Michael Garrett

DIgital Media Specialist

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Mike Thiesen

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