Cisco College is a community college in Cisco, Texas. It first began as Britton Training Institute in 1909. Today, the college is located on a 92-acre campus one mile north of town. Accreditation is granted by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The catchment area includes the counties of Taylor, Coleman, and Callahan. The branch campus, the Abilene Educational Center, is located 40 miles to the west. It is located on 38 acres right in Abilene.
The mission of the college is “to provide high-quality learning opportunities that promote student success in an ever-changing global environment.” The vision goals of the college include offering lifelong learning opportunities, focusing on students, providing a lifelong learning environment, and enhancing quality of life.
Students may choose between an academic transfer track or they may study in a direct entry career or technical program. Academic transfer departments include Science, Business and Mathematics, Fine Arts, Language and Communication, Performing Arts, and Social Science. Career and Technical Education programs include Health Sciences Occupations, Industrial Technology, Business Administration, Public Services, Kinesiology, and Biotechnology. There is a strong continuing adult education program as well.
One of the most popular programs at the college is Criminal Justice. Graduates of this program become police officers, probation officers, parole officers, criminologists, crime laboratory specialists, correctional officers, customs officials, private investigators, public investigators, planning analysts, and research analysts. Students in the program study Criminal Investigation, Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice, Police Systems and Practice, Child Abuse Prevention, Community Resources in Corrections, Crime Scene Investigation, Special Topics in Homeland Security, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and more.
High School Academics
Dual credit classes allow high school students to earn college credit at reduced prices. Successful completion of the dual credit program can lead to beginning college at the sophomore level. Students may take up to two college classes per semester of their junior and senior year of high school. The program is open to homeschooled students as well as public and private school enrollees. Many students enrolled in dual credit choose to take online classes to best suit their high school schedules, although they may also take classes on campus.
Most Popular Fields of Study
In keeping with their mission to offer technical education and higher education opportunities to any adult who wishes to pursue them, the college offers open admissions. Some health and technical programs may have further requirements, and some have limited registration, so be sure to inquire in the department of your choice prior to enrolling.
In addition to the wide range of state and federal financial aid options available to college and university students in Texas, Cisco offers several of their own need- and merit-based scholarships.
There are dozens of student organizations on campus to meet the personal and professional interests of a wide range of students. The Student Government Association is the voice of the student body in administrative and other public matters. Popular activities include the Wrangler Band, Guys and Gals, Future Teachers, and more.
A wide range of counseling services are available through the student services office, including academic, career, and individual counseling. In order to make college education accessible to everyone in their catchment area who wishes to take advantage of it, the school offers voice-activated assistive technology, mobility assistance, large print and Braille texts, and more.
Residing on Campus
Over 360 students live on campus in six residence halls. Women’s residences include Memorial Hall, Nance Hall, and Bivins Hall. Men’s residences include Wrangler Hall, Cluck Hall, and Presidents Hall. All dormitories feature wifi.
Many members of the women’s volleyball and basketball teams live in Bivins Hall. On-campus members of the women’s softball and soccer teams generally live in Presidents Hall, as do students in the band and on the dance team and cheerleading squads. Most baseball players live in Cluck Hall. The football team is divided between Wrangler Hall and Nance Hall.
Student Enrollment Demographics
The athletics department is called the Wranglers. The Wranglers compete in the NJCAA in the Region V Athletic Conference. Men’s sports include baseball, soccer, and football. Women’s sports include softball, basketball, soccer, and volleyball. The school colors are blue and white. Intramurals, which are open to all students, include flag football, kickball, basketball, and more.
The precision dance and drill team is known as the Wrangler Belles. The Belles perform precision military, high kick, pom, lyrical, modern, jazz, hip hop, and novelty dances at events throughout the school year. Members of the Wrangler Belles live in President’s Hall in their own, dance-team-only hallway. Each receives a scholarship. Belles must maintain a 2.0 grade point average and take at least 12 credit hours every semester.
The college is also particularly well known for their Athletic Training and Kinesiology department. Athletic training students gain clinical experience in Division I NJCAA athletic programs. They also gain practical experience in rehabilitation rotations and surgical rotations. Most athletic training students go on to four year programs to earn a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology.
The town of Cisco is best known as the birthplace of the Hilton Hotel chain, begun by Conrad Hilton in 1919. It is also known as the famous site of the Santa Claus Bank Robbery in 1927. The town is also home to frequent dinner productions such as The Cowboy Ain’t Dead Yet! and an annual 5K Mud Run.
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