University description (as per official university website)
Cisco Junior College, also referred to as CJC, was originally established in the year 1909 as Britton Training Institute. However, due to depletion in the number of students, it closed down after World War I. It was reopened in 1923 as Randolph College but closed down in 1936. Finally, in May, 1939, Cisco Junior College was created as a part of the Cisco Independent School District. Located in Cisco, Texas, United states, the college's campus spreads over an area of more than 90 acres. The college offers degrees and certificate programs in various areas of study including fine arts, business, and science.
About Cisco College
For almost 70 years, Cisco College has prepared students for lifelong learning and service. Through quality academic programs, a commitment to workforce development and personal life enrichment opportunities, the college prepares students for success in the 21st century.
Founded: Cisco College was founded in Cisco, Texas, in 1939.
President: Dr. Colleen Smith
Location: Cisco College offers classes in Cisco and Abilene.
Enrollment: Cisco College enrolls approximately 3,800 students. The college's student/faculty ratio of 16:1 guarantees close interaction between professors and students.
Accreditation: Cisco College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate-level degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges 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 institutionís significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard.
Undergraduate Degrees: Cisco offers the Associate of Arts, Associate of Arts in Teaching and Associate of Applied Science as well as many certificates.
Costs: Your college bill is 1/3 of what it would be at a major public university and thousands less than private institutions.
Financial Aid: More than 40 percent of Cisco students qualify for federal grant programs while many others receive institutional or state grants.
Technology: All Cisco students have access to the Internet, email and information in regional libraries. Labs on both campuses campus provide student access to the latest in computer technology.
Student Life: Cisco offers many ways to get involved, including student organizations, honor societies, service and social clubs, departmental groups, athletics and intramurals.
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.