Cochise College opened its doors in 1964 as one of the first community colleges in Arizona. Today, we provide high-quality associate-level education, professional development and workforce training to about 14,000 students each year.
The establishment of the college can be attributed to the efforts of the dedicated citizens of Cochise County, who voted in 1961 to create a community college district. A 1962 bond election resulted in the construction of the Douglas Campus, a 540-acre facility featuring unique architecture, scenic landscaping, and panoramic views of the Mule and Chiricahua Mountains, as well as neighboring Sonora, Mexico.
From the first semester, we have committed to serving citizens throughout the county. Our two campuses and three centers are located in an area rich in history, cultural diversity and natural beauty. Classes also are offered online, and, under a contract with Santa Cruz County, we began offering classes there in fall 2003. Fort Huachuca and Sierra Vista grew rapidly since the 1960s, and, after several years of providing classes in a network of temporary locations, we opened the Sierra Vista Campus on North Colombo Avenue in 1978. Our centers in Benson, Nogales and Willcox provide classes, computer labs, library access, distance learning, admissions, registration, placement assessment and financial aid services to students in those areas.
Driven by teaching and learning, access and diversity, and the use of technology and innovative instruction, we now focus on the college as a learning community. We continue to expand general education programs while also addressing the needs of the healthcare and technology industries. In addition, our community-directed programs include Adult Education, the Career Services Center, the Center for Economic Research, the Small Business Development Center, and Workforce Training and Community Education.
Cochise College Historical Publications
Retired Cochise College instructor Jack Ziegler has authored two books about the history of Cochise College.
Ziegler is originally from New Jersey. After being discharged from the Army at Fort Huachuca in 1972, he worked for Cochise College as an administrator and English and humanities teacher. He retired in 2004.
Cochise College provides accessible educational opportunities that are responsive to a diverse population and lead to constructive citizenship, meaningful careers and lifelong learning.