Central Texas College maintains a staff of academic and student services advisors, evaluators and designated staff at CTC locations around the world to assist students with general academic advising. The initial advising session focuses on the student’s program of study and whether student plans to transfer to a four-year program, enter the workforce upon completion of an associate degree, acquire new or improve skills for current job, or further their education while in the military. Students can visit their local CTC representative for program and course selections. All military students worldwide are advised to contact their military education counselor for guidance prior to enrolling in classes. If you are at a location without a CTC representative contact the Eagles on Call Center at email@example.com.
CTC Degree/Certificate Seeking Students
For students seeking a degree or certificate with Central Texas College:
- All students should have an approved degree plan by the end of their first semester.
- Evaluated degree plans for active duty Servicemembers using military tuition assistance are completed within 60 days after admission to the college and receipt of required official college transcripts and the Joint Services Transcript (JST).
- Students using Veterans education benefits are required to have an approved updated degree plan each semester they enroll. Veterans are required to have their military education and training evaluated.
- Students using MyCAA (My Career Advancement Account) benefits must have an Education and Training Plan (ETP) approved for funding. Contact your C&I CTC site representative. If you are not located near a CTC site, contact Eagles on Call at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students may view their online degree plan, explore programs, and register for courses required on their degree plan through CTC’s Eagle Self-Service “Student Planning.” Students may log into WebAdvisor and select “Eagle Self-Service” and then select “Student Planning.” Click on “Go to My Progress.” My Progress is an automated degree plan that includes anticipated completion date, program and course requirements, CTC courses completed or in progress, transfer credits accepted and evaluated credits applied to their program.
Academic and Financial Advising - Servicemembers
The Associate Dean, Student Financial Aid and Veteran Services, is the primary contact for academic and financial advising, including student support services, for Servicemembers. The Associate Dean may be reached at email@example.com. Information about the military tuition assistance program, Department of Education Title IV financial aid, education benefits offered by the Veterans Administration and other services is available. While the Associate Dean is not exclusively dedicated to providing these services, the associate dean may refer the Servicemember to other individuals with
Unofficial Transcripts. Students may obtain an UNOFFICIAL CTC transcript through their CTC WebAdvisor student account.
Official Transcripts. CTC has retained the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) to accept official transcript requests over the Internet via a secured site. Visit the CTC “Transcript Services” webpage on the CTC website at www.ctcd.edu for specific transcript ordering information. Transcript delivery options include Electronic, PDF and paper (mailed). Transcript order handling fees vary based on the delivery method requested.
You may be denied your transcript if you have an outstanding obligation to Central Texas College. The obligation may be due to a library fine, parking ticket, returned check, non-repayment of financial aid, or any other indebtedness to CTC.
Central Texas College provides an extensive testing program, which supports traditional classroom instruction and distance learning courses. Cell phones and children are not permitted in testing areas.
Placement and College Readiness
Unless a contract or memorandum of agreement requires placement testing or other prerequisites, a student who has demonstrated college readiness through one of the non-academic exemptions provided below may enroll in the entry level courses ENGL 1301, MATH 1314/1324/1332/1342 and BIOL 1406 without further restrictions. Official documentation (transcripts, DD214, etc.) is required.
- Active-duty service members or reservists who have been serving at least three years preceding enrollment
- Students who on or after August 1, 1990, were honorably discharged, retired or released from active duty or a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces
- Students who have earned an associate or bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution of higher education
- Non-degree seeking students (transient students). Note: A student receiving federal financial aid and/or VA educational benefits through Central Texas College must be a degree-seeking student with CTC.
Proctored Testing for Distance Learners
Although most online courses do not require proctored exams, a few instructional departments do. If you are enrolled in a distance learning course that requires a proctored exam, visit the Testing Services webpage on the CTC website at www. ctcd.edu for information on how to request a proctor.
Institutional Challenge Examinations
CTC instructional departments may make available institutional challenge examinations for some of their courses based on availability. Cost of the exam is $50 and is non-refundable. Students are eligible to take a challenge exam upon successful completion of six semester credit hours with “C” or higher grades at CTC. Students who wish to take a challenge exam should contact the Director of Evaluations and Graduation at firstname.lastname@example.org. Passing grades to receive course credit are determined by the instructional department administering the exam. Credit awarded for successful completion of the challenge exam is posted as evaluated credit on the student’s CTC transcript and cannot be used to satisfy CTC residency requirements.
Evaluation of Previous Education and Training
Central Texas College recognizes that each student’s educational needs, goals and experiences are unique and individuals are skilled in many areas of college work not formally documented on transcripts. It is the policy of Central Texas College to recognize nontraditional learning experiences and to award college credit in all cases where such credit is appropriate. In keeping with this policy, Central Texas College has established the Individualized Career Evaluation Process (ICEP). ICEP credit recommendations may be viewed at https://collegecreditforheroes.org.
All students, including military and former military personnel, are eligible for credit consideration based upon documentation of their previous learning experiences.
The nontraditional methods usually considered applicable toward a degree at Central Texas College are:
- DSST exams.
- College Level Examination Program (CLEP).
- UExcel® college examinations.
- Defense Language Proficiency Tests (DLPT).
- College Board Advanced Placement. (AP)
- Military service schools, military occupational specialties (MOSs), ratings and other military job training and experience as recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE).
- Civilian education and training as recommended in the National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training.
- Correspondence courses and other forms of distance education offered by recognized accredited institutions.
- Automotive Service Excellence tests.
- Refrigerant Transition and Recovery Certification (EPA Type I, II, III and Universal)
- American Welding Society certification program.
- Others to include certain types of civilian training, specialized training and work experience.
Official Evaluation Requirements
CTC students are eligible to receive an official evaluation of nontraditional learning as follows:
- Active-duty military: service members are eligible to receive an official evaluation upon admission to CTC, declaring a CTC program of study and upon receipt of official college transcripts from each regionally accredited institution attended and their official Joint Services Transcript (JST).
- Non-active-duty/civilians are required to complete six semester hours with a 2.0 (C or better) grade point average with CTC.
- GoArmyEd students who choose CTC as their home college will automatically receive a Military Student Agreement upon receipt of official college transcripts if applicable and their JST.
To apply for an evaluation and a degree or certificate plan:
- Complete and submit the eForm Request for Official Evaluation. Student eForms are available through the CTC website at www.ctcd.edu. If you are unable to submit the online eForm, a paper version is available on the CTC Evaluated Credit webpage. GoArmyEd students are completed within 60 days of receipt of all official documents. No form is required.
- Request official transcripts from each regionally accredited college or university be mailed directly to Central Texas College in Killeen, Texas.
- Military and veterans should request an official Joint Service Transcript (JST) be sent to CTC.
- For questions regarding your evaluation, contact us directly at email@example.com or 1-800-792-3348 ext. 1317 or 1635.
CTC’s Fast Forward
CTC’s Fast Forward tool at https://fastforward.ctcd.edu is available to Servicemembers and Veterans. Servicemembers and Veterans can upload their original JST and receive an almost instant estimate of credits that will be awarded for their military education and training and apply those credits to an unofficial degree or certificate program selected by the individual.
Central Texas College confers the Associate of Arts, the Associate of Science, the Associate of Applied Science, and Certificates of Completion.
Associate of Arts and Associate of Science Degrees are primarily designed to allow the transfer of credits earned at CTC to a bachelor’s degree at most four-year Texas colleges and universities. The degrees require 60 semester credit hours of which 42 are core curriculum courses (CORE) transferable toward the general education requirements of a bachelor’s degree at Texas state-supported colleges and universities. Some degrees include complete or partial field of study courses (FOS) designed to transfer toward a bachelor’s degree and be applied to an appropriate major at Texas colleges and universities. For more information on the CORE and FOS courses, refer to the Degrees and Certificates section of this catalog.
Associate of Applied Science Degrees are designed to prepare students for employment. All programs require a minimum of 15 semester hours in general education courses selected from specific core curriculum components. Many of the fastest growing careers in the state of Texas require these degrees and certificates.
Certificates of Completion, Level I are 15 to 42 semester credit hours and Level II are 15 to 51 semester credit hours. Within many of the associate of applied science degrees, there are certificates of completion that can be finished in less than two years. The certificates are building blocks for students to move from basic to more advanced workplace competencies. Most certificates allow students to build toward the associate of applied science degree.
To graduate from Central Texas College, the student must:
- Apply for graduation by the deadline date.
- Successfully complete all courses required in the program of study.
- Earn a “C” or better grade for any major or major-related
- elective course in the program of study.
- Complete at least 25 percent of the degree or certificate semester credit hours at CTC (to fulfill residency requirements).
- Earn at least a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale on all CTC coursework. All courses completed at the time the degree or certificate requirements were met are calculated in the CTC GPA, even if the courses were not used to meet specific degree or certificate requirements.
- Earn at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale, which includes transfer credits applied to the degree and CTC coursework.
- Meet state, institutional, licensure and other agency rules as applicable.
- TSI-obligated students seeking an associate degree or a certificate level 2 must be TSI complete or exempt in reading, writing, and mathematics.
Graduation with Honors
Candidates for degrees conferred by Central Texas College may be eligible to graduate with highest honors or honors. Certificates of completion do not qualify for honors. To graduate with honors or highest honors from CTC, the student must:
- Have a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale on all coursework taken, which includes all CTC courses taken and any transfer credits that apply toward the degree program the student is graduating with.
- Must have a minimum of 30 semester hours of traditional study with Central Texas College. Courses with grades of “P” or developmental coursework are not considered when determining the minimum 30 semester hour residency requirement.
In any graduating class, the student with the highest GPA and who meets all other requirements above will be designated as graduating with highest honors.
Applying for Graduation
Students who have reached the final semester of their degree or certificate program should apply for graduation by the dates listed below. The Application for Graduation is available on the CTC website or may be picked up at the Graduation office located in the Student Services Bldg. 119.
Semester of Graduation Deadline
Graduation applications received after the deadline will be processed the next semester. Final course grades, high school transcripts or GED scores, and official transcripts from all regionally accredited colleges or universities previously attended must be on file before issuance of the degree or certificate.
Students who do not complete remaining degree or certificate requirements by the end of the month of graduation (31 May, 31 August, or 31 December) will be declared nongraduates and are required to reapply for graduation in a following semester.
Many CTC sites conduct an annual graduation ceremony in conjunction with their local Education Center or Navy College office. Students may contact their local CTC representative for more information.
Central Texas College in Killeen, Texas, holds two graduation ceremonies per year, in May and in December. To participate in the graduation ceremony in May, students must complete degree or certificate requirements by the end of the spring semester. Students who complete degree or certificate requirements in the summer and fall may participate in the December graduation ceremony. Candidates for graduation who attend CTC at its worldwide locations or complete degree requirements through distance learning may participate in the graduation ceremonies held at the Killeen campus. Caps and gowns are purchased directly through the CTC Bookstore in Killeen, Texas. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic conditions, CTC graduation ceremonies may be changed, canceled, or held virtually.
Reverse Transfer Graduation
If you transfer to a university before completing an associate degree at CTC, you can still earn your associate degree through reverse transfer. Texas public universities are required to identify, track, and follow up with each student who has (1) earned at least 30 semester credit hours at a community college and (2) completed a total of 66 semester credit hours. Once a student meets these requirements and students have submitted a signed consent form for release of information, the university will release courses, grades, and credit information to the lower institution of higher education. CTC will review the information. If CTC determines you have completed the course and degree requirements for an associate degree, CTC will award you the degree. CTC has articulation agreements with several colleges and universities outside Texas, which also participate in the reverse transfer process.
Replacing a Lost Certificate or Degree
If a certificate or degree has been lost, stolen, or damaged, a replacement may be obtained through the Student Services Graduation office in Killeen, Texas. An appropriate fee is required to replace a diploma.