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, in addition to several other off-campus sites. The College strives to maintain a student/faculty ratio which facilitates 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 or by phone at (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Cisco College. Please 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.

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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.

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Mission and Philosophy

  • Mission Statement​

    The mission of Cisco College is to provide quality, affordable, educational opportunities to meet the diverse academic, technical and career needs of the students and communities we serve. 

  • ​Vision Goals

    Offer Life-long Learning Opportunities

    Offer high-quality, life-long learning opportunities in academic transfer programs, career and technical programs, continuing workforce development, developmental college-preparatory course work, faculty and staff development, and personal enrichment.

    Focus on Students

    Focus on students through caring and responsive faculty and staff and through support services that promote access, opportunity and student success.

    Provide a Life-long Learning Environment

    Provide an environment with appropriate facilities, resources, and staffing that support the life-long learning mission of the college.

    Enhance Quality of Life

    Initiate programs, activities and opportunities that enhance quality of life, encourage tolerance for diversity, engage in the service of others, and partner with the community to meet various educational needs. 

  • Ethics and Philosophy

    At Cisco College, ethical standards and a commitment to excellence are the foundations for creating an environment of life-long learning. The college is committed to fulfilling its mission by providing a positive, encouraging and success-oriented environment. All members of the college community are encouraged to act with mutual respect, integrity and professionalism towards one another and when representing the college to the greater community.

    College policies that support innovation, sponsor collaboration, maintain open communication, encourage students and employees to adapt to change, call for efficient and effective use of college resources, and promote and protect the rights of each individual in the college community are enforced. This includes freedom from harassment and freedom for students and employees to develop and learn.

    Cisco College adheres to both state and federal regulations and policies and accepts its responsibilities to students, employees, and the taxpaying citizens of Texas. The college strives to meet these responsibilities with fairness, accountability and integrity.

  • ​Guiding Principles

    The principles that guide our expectations of learning and working together at Cisco College reflect our values as a community of learners and educators. The college’s commitment to ethical standards is demonstrated through these principles.

    • Learning - We believe an emphasis on teaching and learning should be the guiding force behind everything we do at Cisco College.
    • Respect - We respect and value each and every student and employee as a unique individual making an important contribution to the College.
    • Integrity - We work and interact with honesty, integrity, and mutual trust—looking beyond self interests and without hidden agendas.
    • Communication - We listen carefully and communicate respectfully, giving genuine consideration to multiple perspectives and diversity of thought.
    • Cooperation - We work together to achieve common goals, offering support and building consensus.
    • Joy - We encourage fun and laughter, taking joy in our work and our learning while celebrating our successes.
    • Innovation - Always striving to improve, we encourage innovation and risk taking without the fear consequences for unsuccessful endeavors.