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.
Type Private, for-profit technical college
Established 1934 (1934)
President John R. Drinko[1]
Dean Keith Conn
Students Over 1,000 World Wide
Location Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Campus Urban
Affiliations Society of Broadcast Engineers

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

CIE offers Diplomas and Certificates from a variety of electronics and computer technology programs.


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.[2] In 1992, a wholly owned subsidiary, World College, was added to CIE, but this subsidiary college has since closed in Summer of 2014. The World College was Nationally Accredited by DETC/DEAC a CHEA and US Department of Education recognized commission.


Cleveland Institute of Electronics is approved by the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools to offer post secondary programs of electronics technology, computer technology and electronic engineering technology. Registration Certificate 70-11-0002H.

Better Business Bureau[edit]

Cleveland Institute of Electronics has been an accredited business with the Better Business Bureau since 1964 with an outstanding A+ Rating.


In 1956, Cleveland Institute of Electronics conceptualized and patented its "Auto-Programmed" method, a new approach to curriculum presentation.[3]

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.[4][5]

Undergraduate Diplomas and Certificates[edit]

Associate's of Applied Science Degrees[edit]


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