Cleveland Institute of Electronics

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Cleveland Institute of Electronics
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Former names
Smith Practical Radio Institute
Motto A School of thousands. A class of one. Since 1934.
Established 1934 (1934)
Type Private, for-profit technical college
President John R. Drinko[1]
Dean Keith Conn
Vice President Administration Scott Katzenmeyer
Location Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Campus Urban
Affiliations CHEA, DETC, ACE[2]

Cleveland Institute of Electronics (CIE) is a privately held, for-profit, technical college located in Cleveland, Ohio.

CIE ran a 4 year college, World College, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, From 1992 until World College was closed in 2014.

CIE is nationally accredited through DETC - DEAC. CIE's DETC accreditation was terminated on July 18, 2014. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) was founded in 1926. As of July 2014, CIE is no longer offering degree programs. Cleveland Institute of Electronics (CIE) provides electronics and computer training via distance learning.


The Institute was established in 1934 by Carl E. Smith under the name Smith Practical Radio Institute to provide correspondence learning courses in the field of Radio and Electronics, and has attracted an international student body since its inception. In 1972, enrollment reached 40,000 students from 70 countries.[3] In 1992, a wholly owned subsidiary, World College, was added to CIE, but this subsidiary college has since closed in Summer of 2014.


In 1956, Cleveland Institute of Electronics conceptualized and patented its "Auto-Programmed" method, a new approach to curriculum presentation.[4]

In the 1960s, Carl Smith commissioned Pickett & Eckel Company to manufacture a slide rule tailored toward the school's course modules. The model became known as the Pickett N515-T Electronic Slide Rule.

Programs of study[edit]

CIE offers numerous certificates and diplomas in Electronics, Broadcast Engineering Technology (Leading to CBT designation by the Society of Broadcast Engineers), and Computing fields.[5][6]

Undergraduate Certificates[edit]

  • Broadcast Engineering
  • CompTIA A+ Certification and Computer Technology
  • CompTIA Network+ Certification and Computer Technology
  • Computer Programming with Java and C#
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Electronics Technology and Advanced Troubleshooting I & II
  • Electronics Technology with Digital and Microprocessor Laboratories
  • Electronics Technology with FCC License Preparation
  • Electronics Technology with Laboratory
  • Industrial Electronics with PLC Technology
  • Introduction to Computers and Microsoft Office
  • Introduction to Home Automation Installation
  • Introduction to Photovoltaic Systems
  • Wireless and Electronic Communications

Associate's of Applied Science Degrees[edit]


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