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 1314/1414/1324/1332/1342, 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
CTC requires proctored testing for many distance learning courses. It is the student’s responsibility to locate a suitable test proctor, make arrangements, and immediately provide the CTC Testing Office with the proctor information or changes to the original proctor. You must submit proctor information using the Test Proctor Submission Form available on the CTC distance learning website.
To locate a proctor, military students should check with their Education Center; Navy College Office; or the installation’s testing center, library, or learning center. Other students may locate a proctor at a local college, library, high school, or other suitable facility. You may also contact the CTC Testing Office to request testing site options and to request information about persons who qualify as proctors.
Most tests are available online. 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.
The CTC Testing Office cannot be responsible for test delays due to lack of complete test proctor information if not provided in a timely manner. If you find yourself in this situation, contact your course instructor immediately. The instructor makes the final decision on whether to allow an extension on a test.
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.
- 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 Educational Credit for Training Programs.
- 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. Students on financial or academic hold are not eligible for final evaluation of nontraditional educational experiences until the financial or academic hold is cleared. Students pursuing a technical/vocational program may be required to repeat major field of study courses if the degree program is not completed within five years.
GoArmyEd students who choose CTC as their home college will automatically be issued a SOCAD2 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 Consortium
The Central Texas College District is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium and the SOC Degree Network System.
The Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium, consists of colleges and universities committed to expanding and improving voluntary postsecondary educational opportunities for servicemembers worldwide. SOC Consortium members subscribe to principles and criteria to ensure that quality academic programs are available to active duty military students, their family members, and veterans. A list of current SOC Consortium member institutions can be found on the SOC website at http://www.soc.aascu.org/ .
SOC Degree Network System Membership
The SOC Degree Network System (DNS) is a subgroup of SOC Consortium member 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 SOCAD, SOCNAV, SOCMAR, and SOCCOAST 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
The Disability Support Services provides assistance to distant learners with a documented learning or physical disability. Appropriate documentation of the disability is required in order to receive course accommodations. Students should contact the DSS office located on central campus in Killeen, Texas or the 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.