A Welcoming Message From the President of Cisco College
On behalf of the Cisco College Board of Regents, faculty, staff and administration, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Cisco College. As a former student of this great community college, I can attest to the many benefits to be gained from starting your career at a small local college. Since 1940, Cisco College has provided quality educations to tens of thousands of students in the communities we serve. Today, we offer opportunities for students to improve their lives by studying in a wide range of courses in academic transfer, career and technical education, and workforce training.
I encourage you to explore our website to find out more about Cisco College and the variety of pathways available to expand your dreams and explore new possibilities for your success. I believe our College provides an excellent learning environment with small classes and a caring and dedicated faculty. We stress life-long learning with many programs designed to train students for a new career or to enhance and improve existing skills. All of our programs provide quality educational opportunities at an affordable price.
It would be our pleasure to talk to you about your educational needs. Please give us the chance to see how Cisco College can fit into your plans for a successful future.
Bobby W. Smith
About Cisco College
Since first admitting students in 1940, Cisco College has offered programs and activities intended to encourage lifelong learning and enhance the quality of life in the communities it serves. As a member of the Texas state system of publicly supported institutions of higher education, Cisco College maintains an open-door admissions policy and provides an array of learning, skill development and life experiences to motivate and challenge students. Classes are offered at two primary locations, Cisco and Abilene, and several other off-campus sites, and the College strives to maintain a student/faculty ratio which guarantees close interaction between faculty and students. Cisco College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate level degrees. The Commission can be contacted at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Cisco College. Note: The Commission is to be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support the institution’s significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard.
History of Cisco College
Education on the “hill” in Cisco began in 1909 when O. C. Britton, prominent early-day educator, gained the support of far-sighted Cisco citizens in opening a private school known as Britton Training Institute. The school operated successfully until military involvement in World War I so depleted the number of students that it was forced to close.
In 1923, the Christian Church of Texas reopened the institution as Randolph College and operated it until 1932 as a four-year church related school. Financial difficulties plagued the college, and from 1932 until 1936 officials tried to keep the school open as a two-year junior college. When this effort ultimately failed, the college again was closed.
Cisco Junior College was actually established in 1940. On May 8, 1939, after months of planning and consultation with state officials, Cisco citizens succeeded in getting enacted into legislation a bill which created the college as a part of the Cisco Independent School District. R. N. Cluck, superintendent of Cisco schools, who had devoted years to the project, became its first president. Randolph College properties were purchased, the college was formally opened in September, 1939, and the first students were admitted in 1940. Such was the success of this venture that in 1956 the college was separated from the public schools and a Board of Regents was elected. Since that time the high quality, low cost, state supported educational programs have enabled the College to satisfy the needs of students from its service area and from across Texas and beyond.
During the early 1980’s, the College began offering classes in several locations in its designated service area, including Abilene, Clyde and Coleman. The Abilene location continued to grow even as the leased facilities used for classes changed several times over a period of years. Ultimately, in 2004, Cisco Junior College opened a permanent location for the Abilene Educational Center, a 77,000 square foot facility owned by the College. The Center is located at the corner of Industrial Boulevard and Loop 322. In 2009, the College dropped the “junior” designator from its name, becoming Cisco College. A 9,000 square foot addition was completed in 2011, which is used mainly as the home of the Nursing and Allied Health programs. In addition to these programs, academic degrees and career and technical certifications are offered. The College also works closely with the Texas Workforce Commission and many regional employers to provide both credit and non-credit classes in numerous career fields.