Cochise College

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Cochise College
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MottoElevate Yourself at Cochise College
Type Community college
EstablishedSeptember 1964
ChairmanTim Quinn
  • Jane Strain (Secretary)
  • David DiPeso (Member)
  • Don Hudgins (Member)
  • Dennis Nelson (Member)
PresidentJ.D. (James Dale) Rottweiler, Ph.D. [1]
  • Verlyn Fick, Ph.D. Instruction/Provost
  • Wendy Davis, Ph.D. Administration
Administrative staff
Students7,983 [2]
Location, ,
CampusMultiple sites
ColorsRed and White

Cochise College is a public college in Arizona. Founded in 1964, the school has campuses in Douglas and Sierra Vista, and centers in Benson, Fort Huachuca, and Willcox. Cochise College offers associate degrees in Art, Applied Science, Business, Elementary Education, General Studies, and Science, and over 30 different certificate programs. The College also offers transfer programs for students to transfer to partner Universities.


Cochise College was one of the first community colleges in Arizona when it was founded in 1964. The college was voted on by the citizens of Cochise County in 1961 and a 1962 bond election resulted in the construction of the Douglas Campus. With the increased growth and interest in secondary education, a second campus was opened in Sierra Vista. The new campus was originally housed in a few temporary buildings on the grounds of Buena High School in the early 1970's but opened a full scale college campus in 1978.


Cochise College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. The College holds memberships in the Arizona Community College Association, the Council of North Central Two-Year Colleges, the American Association of Community Colleges, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities [3] and the Association of Community College Trustees [4]. [5]

The College also holds Federal Aviation Administration certification for its professional pilot and aviation maintenance programs and Arizona Department of Health Services/Emergency Medical Services certification for its paramedicine and emergency medical technology programs. The nursing program is accredited by the Arizona State Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. [6]

The Cochise College Library system consists of two branches, the Charles Di Peso Library on the Douglas campus and the Andrea Cracchiolo Library on the Sierra Vista campus. The libraries maintain a collection of over 60,000 books and media items, including DVDs and audiobooks, to support Cochise College curriculum and lifelong learning. The Cochise College Online Library provides access to more than 8,700 magazines and scholarly journals, eBook collections containing over 100,000 titles, and 20,000 plus streaming videos. [7]

The school is noted for having its own school-owned airport, built specifically for the college's aviation program. [8]

Organization and administration

The college contains seven campuses and centers, each with its known founding date:

  • Benson Center (2000)
  • Douglas Campus (1964)
  • Douglas Prison
  • Downtown Center, Sierra Vista (2016)
  • Fort Huachuca
  • Sierra Vista Campus (1978)
  • Wilcox Center (2010)


Cochise College offers 49 Undergraduate Associate Degrees in total.
Associate of Arts

  • Administration of Justice
  • Computer Science
  • Early Childhood Care and Education
  • Economics
  • Exercise Science, Health and Physical Education, Recreation and Wellness
  • Fine Arts
  • General Requirements
  • Liberal Studies
  • Music
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Theatre Arts

Associate of Arts Elementary Education

  • Elementary Education

Associate of Business

  • Business Administration
  • Computer Information Systems

Associate of Science

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • General Requirements
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Associate of General Studies

  • Aviation Dispatch
  • General Studies
  • Professional Pilot Technology

Associate of Applied Science

  • Animal Science
  • Crop Science
  • Automotive Technology
  • Building Construction Technology
  • Business Management
  • Cisco and Linux Networking
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Programming
  • Culinary Arts
  • Cybersecurity
  • Early Childhood Care and Education
  • Education
  • Electronics Technology
  • Intelligence Operations Studies
  • Law Enforcement
  • Media Production Arts
  • Network Technology
  • Nursing
  • Paramedicine
  • Professional Pilot Technology
  • Residential Construction Technology
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Flight Operator
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems Technician
  • Welding Technology



As of June 2019, the Board of Directors has designated $585,071 of net assets without donor restrictions as a general endowment fund to support the mission of the Cochise College Foundation. [9]

Student life

On-Campus Housing

Cochise College - Douglas Campus has traditional residence halls (dorms) and town homes that can house up to 180 residents each semester. The College welcomes students from around the state, country and world to the rural on-campus community. Students enrolled in at least 12 credits may reside on campus. More information may be found at


Cochise College Rodeo

Cochise College offers several intramural sports programs available to the student body. These include Men's and Women's Basketball, Soccer, Baseball, and Rodeo.

Women's Basketball

The members of Women's basketball team at Cochise College have been awarded multiple honors to include All National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 1 Division 1 honors, All Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC) honors, All American honors, and Academic All American honors.


  • 1984-1985 Season - Record: 25 - 6 (ACCAC Champions, Region 1 Champions, NJCAA National Tournament Appearance)
  • 2004-2005 Season - Record: 19 - 10 (Region 1 Runners-Up)
  • 2005-2006 Season - Record: 16 - 16 (Region 1 Runners-Up)
  • 2012-2013 Season - Record: 26 - 6 (Region 1 Runners-Up)
  • 2016-2017 Season - Record: 28 - 4 (Region 1 Champions, ACCAC Champions, NJCAA National Tournament Appearance)
  • 2017-2018 Season - Record: 29 - 3 (Region 1 Champions, ACCAC Champions, NJCAA National Tournament Appearance)
  • 2018-2019 Season - Record: 28 - 4 (Region 1 Champions, ACCAC Champions, NJCAA National Tournament Appearance)

Men's Baseball

The members of Men's baseball team at Cochise College have been awarded multiple honors to include All American honors, All Region honors, and All ACCAC honors, and Academic All American honors.



Notable faculty and staff

Notable alumni and students

  • LaCosta Tucker (born 1951), American country music artist
  • Carolyne Mas (born 1955), singer-songwriter, guitarist, pianist, and producer
  • Beau Allred (born 1965), former American professional baseball player
  • Chad Curtis (born 1968), former American professional baseball player
  • Todd Youngblood (born 1970), former American professional baseball player
  • David Lundquist (born 1973), former American professional baseball player, current assistant pitching coach for the Philadelphia Phillies
  • Kevin Kouzmanoff (born 1981), former American professional baseball player, current hitting coach in the Oakland Athletics
  • Charles DeBarber, cyber threat intelligence and computer security professional
  • Eric Gonzalez (born 1986), former Spanish professional baseball player
  • Kenji Hagiwara (born 1986), former French professional baseball payer
  • Nathan Sobey (born 1990), Australian professional basketball player for the Brisbane Bullets of the National Basketball League (NBL)
  • Brayon Blake (born 1995), American professional basketball player for the Manisa Büyükşehir Belediye of the Turkish 2nd Division

See also


  1. ^ Cochise College : About Cochise : Administration : President's Office
  2. ^ "Cochise College : About Cochise : About : Quick Facts". Archived from the original on 2014-02-19. Retrieved 2014-02-02.
  3. ^ Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Accreditation and Affiliation". Cochise College. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  6. ^ "Cochise College - Nursing - Associate of Applied Science (Major Code - NUR)". Retrieved 2018-01-31.
  7. ^ "Cochise College Library". Retrieved 2020-03-17. External link in |website= ( help)
  8. ^ Budd Davisson, "Cochise College: Learning where the Sun shines", Plane and Pilot, September 1, 1998  – via  HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  9. ^ "Cochise College: Comprehensive Annual Financial Report" (PDF). Retrieved 2020-03-17. External link in |website= ( help)

Latitude and Longitude:

31°22′07″N 109°41′23″W / 31.3685081°N 109.6897284°W / 31.3685081; -109.6897284