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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:

    • Workforce Development including Modern Apprenticeship
    • SLO Partners
    • Child Care Planning Council
    • Career Technical Education, and K12 Strong Workforce
    • Communications and Media Team

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.

Child Care Planning Council

The San Luis Obispo County Child Care Planning Council 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.

Youth Workforce Development

We are here to empower youth and young adults (ages 16-24) in SLO County to overcome obstacles to employment. Services include assistance with career exploration, educational and training opportunities, and access to paid internships.


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.

SLOCOE eNews for January

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
  • Child Care Planning Council
  • Communications and Media Team
Senior Director

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Paula Mathias-Fryer

Innovations in Education

Educational Technology Coordinator

Michael Garrett

DIgital Media Specialist

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Mike Thiesen

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