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Cuesta College is receiving a $2-million award for innovation in higher education. 
     
The college says it will use the money to help with a pilot program at Paso Robles High School, giving students the tools they need to get a college degree. 

"Our proposal was based off research indicating that students who have some college credit during their high school experience have a higher GPA, higher graduation rates and a higher percentage of completing a college degree," said Dr. Deborah Wulff, assistant superintendent/vice president of academic affairs. 

Cuesta says it is creating the new program to give Paso Robles High School students the opportunity to earn a transfer degree just one year after graduating from high school and tuition free. 

"The goal is to deliver fee-free college education by expanding dual and concurrent courses at PRHS and via the already existing Cuesta Promise Scholarship," the school said in a press release. 

Cuesta says it was only one of 14 community colleges in California chosen by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office to receive the award, which "recognizes CA districts and colleges that help reduce the time it takes students to complete degrees, reduce the total cost of attendance for students, or do both."

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