History/About 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. This 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 shortages plagued the college, and from 1932 until 1936 officials tried to keep the school open as a two-year junior college. When this effort failed, the college was again 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 received 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 Cisco Junior College to satisfy the needs of students from its service area and from across Texas.
Cisco College dropped the “junior” designator from its name in 2009, becoming Cisco College - a State of Texas community college. After several years of holding classes in a variety of leased facilities around the Abilene area, the school opened its 77,000 sq. ft. location on a 38 acre site at 717 East Industrial Blvd at Loop 322. The building accommodates the more than 3000 students, which is an average enrollment for the location. In 2011, the 9,000 sq. ft. Health Sciences Center wing was added to AEC to serve the more than 300 health care students enrolled in programs including the Nursing School (RN&LVN) Respiratory Care, Pharmacy, Surgical Technology, Medical Assisting and other health and other health and science programs. Cisco College has an alliance with Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in Abilene, where students can go to earn a Bachelor’s degree and beyond I these disciplines. In addition to state accredited academic programs, many career and technical courses are offered. The college works closely with the Workforce Development and many regional employers to provide both credit and non-credit classes in over 300 career fields. The average enrollment of the college is about 3500, with around 3,000 plus of these students attending the Abilene Educational Center.