Guidance and Counseling
Central Texas College maintains a staff of academic advisors at various locations throughout the world. Visit your local CTC representative for program and course selections, or the designated Education Center or Navy College Office representative. If you do not have a designated representative at your location, contact your campus Student Services Office. If you are at a location without a CTC representative, contact the Student Services Office located on the Central Campus in Killeen, Texas. For students enrolled in distance learning programs, there are several CTC distance learning advisors who can assist you. Refer to the Personnel section of this Catalog for points of contact.
Students may obtain an unofficial CTC transcript and view the status of a CTC transcript request from their Student Account in WebAdvisor. To view the status of a CTC transcript request, go to the Student Menu and click on the Transcript Request Status link under the Academic Profile section.
Information and forms for ordering transcripts are available from the CTC web site at www.ctcd.edu. Transcripts may be provided upon your written request. Email requests are accepted if the request is to issue a transcript solely to another institution of higher education. Exceptions are made for active duty military stationed/deployed overseas. Military located overseas may submit a request by email if they use their military email address and include their current location on the form. Refer to "Transcript Requests" in the Quick Links section on the CTC home page. When a transcript is requested to be sent priority mail or express mail, the student is responsible for the cost. This must be paid at the time of the request. However, CTC reserves the right to limit the number of transcripts issued at any one time. A complimentary free official transcript is provided upon graduation. Requests to fax transcripts are limited to locations in the United States to include Alaska and Hawaii; and requests to fax transcripts overseas are limited to a military education center or CTC site office. It is the decision of the receiving institution to accept a facsimile transcript as official or not. Transcript requests are honored as soon as possible in the order of receipt. During peak periods such as graduation, end of the semester, registration, and college closings, additional time will be needed to process requests.
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, failure to comply with admissions requirements, or any other indebtedness to CTC.
Central Texas College provides an extensive testing program, which supports traditional classroom instruction and distance learning courses.
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 Servicemembers 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 Distant Learners
Although most online courses do not require proctored exams, a few instructional areas do. If you are enrolled in a course that requires a proctored exam, complete the Test Proctor Submission form at http://soarapp.ctcd.org/online_forms/requests/studentdataform.cfm within the first week of class. Information on testing and identifying a test proctor can be found at http://online.ctcd.edu/testing.cfm. You may check with the appropriate instructional department in Killeen, TX, to verify whether proctored testing is required.
Upon submission and approval of the Test Proctor Submission Form, the CTC Testing Office personnel will coordinate and provide access information to proctors at the beginning of the course. If you submitted a form but your proctor has not received this information within 5 to 7 business days, the proctor should contact the CTC Testing Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Institutional Challenge Examinations
Students may request permission to take challenge examinations for certain courses. An application for challenging a course must be submitted with the nonrefundable fee through the Campus office serving the student’s location to the CTC Testing Office in Killeen, Texas. The student coordinates with the local CTC representative for the time and place to take the examination. Students are eligible to take a challenge exam upon successful completion of six semester hours with a "C" or higher with CTC. To obtain credit, the student must pass the examination with a minimum grade of "B." Retesting is not permitted, and the fee is forfeited. Credit awarded for successful completion of the challenge exam 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 that individuals are skilled in many areas of college work that are 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). The purpose of ICEP is to systematically correlate business, industry, government and military education received by nontraditional methods with institutional curricular requirements. 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:
- DANTES Standardized Subject Tests (DSST).
- College Level Examination Program (CLEP).
- Excelsior College Examinations (ECE).
- 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.
To apply for evaluation and a final certificate and degree plan, submit an Evaluation Request form to Evaluations, Central Texas College, or at the administrative office serving your area. Addresses are listed in this catalog.
Evaluation, final certificate and degree plans are provided upon receipt of all official transcripts and documents following successful completion ("C" or "P" grade or higher) of a minimum of six semester credit hours earned in the Central Texas College system or based on contractual requirements. Servicemembers and reservists are eligible for an official evaluation and evaluated degree plan upon completion of admission to CTC, which includes receipt by CTC of official transcripts from each regionally accredited college or university previously attended and the Joint Services Transcript if applicable.
GoArmyEd students who choose CTC as their home college will automatically be issued a SOCDNS-2 agreement upon meeting eligibility requirements. Please ensure that you request an official Joint Services Transcript (JST) and official transcripts from previously attended colleges or universities. Transcripts are needed to ensure that you receive a comprehensive evaluation and to prevent you from being placed on automatic hold and blocked from enrolling in further courses through the portal.
Evaluated credit awarded by Central Texas College applies to its programs of study and may transfer to other institutions according to the policies of the receiving institution. If you are planning to transfer to other institutions, consult with those institutions regarding their policies on acceptance of evaluated credit.
Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
The Central Texas College District is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Degree Network System.
SOC Degree Network System Membership
The SOC Degree Network System (DNS) are institutions selected by the Military Services to deliver specific associate and bachelor’s degree programs to servicemembers and their families. As a member of the DNS, Central Texas College has agreed to adhere to academic policies intended to support military students in their academic endeavors towards degree completion. Central Texas College is approved for membership in SOCDNS-2 at the associate degree level.
The Career Center, located on the Central Campus in Killeen, Texas, provides career planning and employer connections to current CTC students and alumni, high school students, and the general public. To access Career Services online or for additional information and assistance, visit our website at www.ctcd.edu and go to current students.
Disability Support Services
Disability Support Services (DSS) provides accommodations and services to eligible students creating opportunities that promote educational access and student success. Appropriate documentation of the disability is required in order to receive course accommodations. Students should contact the DSS office located on the Central Campus in Killeen, TX, or their CTC Site Director for more information.
Distant learners have access to the same support services as campus-based students. Services provided to distant learners include but are not limited to, financial aid, veterans’ benefits, career planning, career advisement, library, bookstore and special assistance. These services may be obtained by email, phone, Internet or through any of the CTC campus locations. The Distance Learning web site contains web-based tools as well as points of contact for all student services. Technical support for distant learners is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A Distant Learner Handbook is located on the CTC Distance Education website and is available through each distance education course.
Student Complaint Process
For the complaint process, refer to the Central Texas College Student Handbook on the CTC website at www.ctcd.edu/locations/central-campus/student-life-activities/publications/student-handbook/.