Central Texas College

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Central Texas College
Central Texas College logo.jpg
Established 1965 (1965)
Type Community college
Chancellor Dr. Thomas Klincar
Students 67,080 (Spring 2013)[1]
Location Killeen, Texas
Nickname Eagles[2]
Affiliations Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Website www.ctcd.edu

Central Texas College (CTC) is a community college located in Killeen, Texas, which was founded in 1965. It has a number of branch campuses around the world.

History[edit]

Seal of Central Texas College

Central Texas College was established by the citizens of Central Texas in 1965 to serve the western section of Bell County, Texas. The campus was constructed on more than 500 acres of land donated by Fort Hood between Killeen and Copperas Cove. In September 1967, the school opened its doors to 2,068 students. CTC has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1969.[3][4]

As defined by the Texas Legislature,[5] the official service area of CTC comprises:

Due to its proximity to the US Army installation at Fort Hood, Central Texas College has evolved from a small junior college into a community college catering to the military. CTC instituted classes and programs on Fort Hood in 1970 and in Europe in 1974. Success with the military led to branch campuses at military installations such as Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, South Korea, and on-ship with the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets of the US Navy in 1976. By the early 1980s, CTC offered classes to military personnel in the Pacific Command, Alaska, and Panama. CTC offered classes for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in the prisons at Gatesville, Texas, in 1976.[6]

Dr. Minoru Fukuda, contracted instructor through Central Texas College, teaches crewmembers aboard the USS Essex in elementary Japanese

Central Texas College had a nationally ranked tennis team in the early 1970s, playing as the Golden Eagles.[7] In 2013, a campus-wide vote led to the selection of CTC's new official mascot, the Eagle.[8][9]

Classes are held at many military bases around the world, and the college ranks fifth in the nation among all colleges and universities in terms of online enrollment.[citation needed]

Degrees offered[edit]

Students enrolled at CTC may select a degree plan from Associate of Arts degree programs, Associate of Science degree programs, Associate in Applied Science degree programs, or Associate of Arts in General Studies. There are more than 40 certificate programs.[10]

Main campus[edit]

At the main campus in Killeen, the central courtyard has a memorial statue to Lyndon Baines Johnson, and a fountain by which are metal markers indicating the boundary between Bell and Coryell Coryell Counties. CTC's main library is named in honor of Oveta Culp Hobby. CTC's older buildings are built in Spanish Colonial Revival Style.

CTC is also home to the PBS station KNCT Television, and beautiful music station KNCT-FM.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fast Facts". Retrieved 2013-09-18. 
  2. ^ McGuinness, Chris (2013-09-05). "Central Texas College unveils new mascot". Killeen Daily Herald. Retrieved 2013-09-18. 
  3. ^ "CTC History". Retrieved 2013-09-18. 
  4. ^ Central Texas College-American Educational Complex from the Handbook of Texas Online
  5. ^ Texas Education Code, Section 130.171, "Central Texas College District Service Area".
  6. ^ "CTC History". Retrieved 2013-09-18. 
  7. ^ McGuinness, Chris (2013-09-05). "Central Texas College unveils new mascot". Killeen Daily Herald. Retrieved 2013-09-18. College officials hung two banners featuring CTC’s official mascot, an eagle, from the Anderson Campus Center during its annual Fall Festival. The mascot is a partial nod to the college’s past, when CTC’s nationally ranked tennis team in the early 1970s was referred to as the “Golden Eagles.” 
  8. ^ McGuinness, Chris (2013-09-05). "Central Texas College unveils new mascot". Killeen Daily Herald. Retrieved 2013-09-18. College officials hung two banners featuring CTC’s official mascot, an eagle, from the Anderson Campus Center during its annual Fall Festival. 
  9. ^ McGuinness, Chris (2013-09-05). "Central Texas College unveils new mascot". Killeen Daily Herald. Retrieved 2013-09-18. College officials hung two banners featuring CTC’s official mascot, an eagle, from the Anderson Campus Center during its annual Fall Festival. The mascot is a partial nod to the college’s past, when CTC’s nationally ranked tennis team in the early 1970s was referred to as the “Golden Eagles.” 
  10. ^ "CTC History". Retrieved 2013-09-18. 

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Coordinates: 31°07′11″N 97°48′32″W / 31.119658°N 97.808951°W / 31.119658; -97.808951