Central Texas College

Campus Life

Social and cultural activities play an important part in the life of the college student. The Student Life Activities office supports and guides student development by providing opportunities for individual and group interaction through student organizations, tournaments and other social and seasonal activities.

The Roy J. Smith Student Center (Bldg. 106) is the social and recreational center of the campus. The first floor contains the offices for Student Life and Activities, the Student Government Association, a game room, a recreational center and a television lounge.

The second floor houses the Student Success and Persistence department, which includes the Academic Studio Tutoring Center.

Alumni and Friends Association

The CTC Alumni and Friends Association is open to any individual or group that wants to help the association achieve its mission to develop and maintain the love and loyalty of graduates, former students and community members for CTC. Current objectives include:

  • Keeping in touch with former and returning students
  • Fostering a spirit of loyalty and good will toward the college
  • Encouraging student enrollment
  • Developing a corps of alumni who serve as CTC ambassadors

In addition to assisting current and future CTC students achieve their goals through the association’s scholarship program, members also receive the following benefits:

  • Free career placement services
  • Notice of college activities and special alumni events
  • Go on record as a CTC booster

To learn more about the Alumni and Friends Association, visit the CTC website at www.ctcd.edu.

Student organizations

There are approximately 22 officially recognized student clubs and organizations at CTC. They offer a variety of activities and interests for students, faculty and staff. Student organizations include political, social, special interest and recreational interests, along with international student clubs, honor societies and religious organizations. Their activities include discussion meetings, guest speakers, picnics and barbecues, fund-raising activities and field trips.

All student organizations and activities must conform to the educational objectives and administrative regulations of Central Texas College as stated in official documents and the Student Organization and Sponsors Handbook. All activities and fund-raisers must be cleared through the Student Life Activities office at least two weeks before the event. Club sponsors must ensure all club funds are deposited and disbursed properly through the club’s on-campus Agency Fund Account.

Those students interested in forming a club should contact the Student Life office at 526-1258 for additional information.

Student travel

Student travel is recognized by Central Texas College as an essential activity of the institution’s educational and student activities programs. All travel for student groups must be made in accordance with the administrative provisions contained in CTC Board Document No. 367, Travel, Relocation and Other Reimbursable Expenses.

KNCT-TV and KNCT-FM

Central Texas College owns and operates a full-power UHF television station, KNCT, which is affiliated with the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). The station broadcasts on Channel 46 and is carried on all local cable systems (Channel 4). KNCT is also available on the two major satellite television services. KNCT’s digital signal includes PBS High-Definition Channel (46.1) and the Pentagon Channel (46.2), which provides 24-hour programming for America's armed forces, and the Create Channel (46.3) which provides instructional programs with expert advice on cooking, arts and crafts, gardening, home improvement and travel. KNCT-FM broadcasts at 91.3 MHZ providing easy listening. The stations also serve as a laboratory facility for students enrolled in the Radio/TV Broadcasting degree program. The stations are located in Building 109 on the central campus.

Child Development Center

The Central Texas College Child Development Center serves as a laboratory where CTC students can obtain practical experience in child care and early childhood educational programs. Located on Clear Creek Road, the facility is licensed for children ages 18 months - five years of age. A developmentally appropriate curriculum meets the emotional, social and intellectual needs of children. College students, faculty, staff and members of the community are equally welcome to enroll their children in this program.

Food service

The Central Texas College food service facilities are housed in the Anderson Campus Center (Bldg. 156). Their aim is to serve well-balanced and nutritional meals at the lowest cost. The food court, snack bar and bakery operation provide full meals or a la carte entrees Monday through Friday. Facilities are open to the public. Commuter meal cards are available for purchase from the Food Service office.

Each residence hall student is required to purchase the five-day, 15 meal plan. The board plan begins on the first day of classes and ends on the last day of the semester and is valid for use only by the purchaser. Each student will be issued a picture I.D. card ($5 charge for replacement). The meal card must be presented to the cashier before each meal. Students who leave their meal cards in the residence hall will be required to either pay for meals or go back and get their card before being allowed to eat.

Bookstore

The Campus Bookstore, located in the Anderson Campus Center (Bldg. 156) on the central campus, carries new and used textbooks, supplies, trade books and general merchandise for the convenience of students, faculty and staff.

A receipt is required to initiate a return, refund or exchange. In addition to the receipt, customers seeking a refund on items purchased with a credit or debit card must present the card used and the refund will be credited to the card. A cash refund will not be given for purchases made with a credit or debit card. All returns and exchanges are subject to the following guidelines:

Refund grace period

Starts on the first day of the semester or term and ends according to the schedule below:

  • 14 business days for 12-week and 16-week courses
  • Seven business days for 8-week or self-pace courses

Book condition

To obtain a full refund, all items must be in their original state and/or packaging. Shrink-wrapped materials must remain sealed. Items must be clean. Items may not contain any markings or highlights.

Non-returnable items

No returns, refunds or exchanges are given on optional books, study guides, manuals, workbooks or trade books. Do not purchase books unless you are certain you want them, regardless of their "required" status. No returns, refunds or exchanges will be given on supplies, Skill Center books, spiral-bound books, modules, gifts or software.

Buybacks are held every day and at the end of each fall and spring semesters at central campus.

Natatorium and Physical Education Center

The Central Texas College Natatorium and Physical Education Center is open during specified times for student use. Courts are available for basketball, volleyball, badminton and tennis. A weight room, equipped with free weights, weight machines, bicycles, treadmills and stair climbers is also available. Physical Education staff members are available to issue equipment and assist students, staff and faculty. A current CTC I.D. is required to use the equipment and facilities.

Health services

Central Texas College does not employ a nurse or physician. However, first aid kits are available in the Office of Student Life Activities located in the Student Center (Bldg. 106) student lounge/game room or the Campus Police office (Bldg. 137) directly behind Student Services (Bldg. 119). Each building coordinator also has a first aid kit. Further information is available in the Student Handbook.

Housing

All first-time resident students, including transfer students, must show evidence of being immunized against bacterial meningitis at least 10 days prior to campus residency. Specific information regarding required vaccination documentation is included in the housing application. For more information regarding bacterial meningitis, refer to the "Important Information about Bacterial Meningitis" in the Admissions section of this catalog.

Residence Hall

Central Texas College operates a co-ed residence hall for 120 full-time students. Supervision is provided by a full-time Residence Hall manager who is responsible for daily operations. Each student residing in the Residence Hall is responsible for respecting the rights of others and for maintaining an atmosphere conducive to study and to harmonious social life. The Residence Hall is closed during the intervals between semesters. The Residence Hall remains open for the convenience of students during the Thanksgiving holiday and spring break.

Requests for information about the Residence Hall or an application for a room should be addressed to the Residence Hall manager. Room requests are accepted up to six months in advance of the semester of expected enrollment at CTC. Applications are honored by semester on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Residence Hall is accessible to students with disabilities. Students requiring a room that accommodates a disability should notify the Residence Hall manager. Documentation of the disability should be made available to the Office of Disability Support Services for verification purposes.

Refer to the section of the Catalog "College Costs" for room and board rates.

Married Student Housing

Student apartments, located on the central campus, are available for married couples and single parents with live-in children. One- and two-bedroom, unfurnished apartments are available for rent. Tenants are billed for electricity monthly. Telephone service and cable television are available in each apartment at the tenant’s expense. Those interested in housing may apply through the coordinator of  Student Housing, Apt. 9-C, located on Residence Drive.

Certain apartments have been made accessible to students with disabilities. Students needing an accessible apartment should notify the Housing office. Documentation of the disability should be made available to the Office of Disability Support Services in the Student Center for verification purposes.

Refer to the "College Costs" section of the catalog for apartment rates and required deposits.

Parking

CTC students are no longer required to obtain a parking permit and may park in any of several parking lots across CTC main campus. Student parking is permitted in areas which are not marked or painted “Adjunct Faculty,” “Reserved,” “Official Use Only,” “Red/Fire Zone” or “Maintenance” or where temporarily designated for a special individual or activity. Parking spots marked “Official” or “Official Use Only” require a special permit at all times. Reserved parking spaces are limited to full-time faculty and staff members only. Reserved parking is enforced Monday through Friday 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. Vehicles found to be in violation of any campus, county or state regulation or law will be subject to a fine not to exceed $1,000. Failure to pay a campus parking fine will result in a hold being placed on the student’s grades and/or transcripts. Additional information on parking is available online, in the CTC Student Handbook, semester class schedule bulletins or by calling the Campus Police at 526-1200.

Student ID cards

The CTC student ID is used for various campus facilities such as the library, computer labs,  the physical fitness center and natatorium and student lounge/game room. CTC student ID cards are issued in the main lobby of the Student Services (Bldg. 119). Students must present a valid state or federally-issued photo ID such as a driver’s license or military ID card and a copy of their paid CTC registration receipt. The first student ID card is free. A $5 fee is charged for each replacement. The replacement fee must be paid at the Business Office in Building 119 and the receipt brought to the student ID card section to receive a replacement card.

ID cards for students enrolled in distance learning courses will not be mailed. Student ID cards are available only through the CTC ID section located in Building 119.

Library services

The Oveta Culp Hobby Memorial Library offers a variety of services both “Virtually” and “In Person” to students, faculty and staff at Central Texas College CTC.  The physical library is located in building 102 on the Central Campus, call 254-526-1621 or email ReferenceRequest@ctcd.edu for help or more information.

Listed below are just a few of the services and resources we offer, a professional librarian is available to answer all your research information questions during library hours. Trained library support staff can assist you as you move around our website and our many and varied resources.  

The library webpage is your portal to all of the library’s services. Go to www.ctcd.edu, click on the Library link under the Academics Tab.

  • Email service is offered 24/7, 365 days a year, even when the library is closed. A professional librarian is available  to answer questions. Responses will typically be sent  within 24 hours of an inquiry.
  • Live chat is available during the library’s open hours.  Library users can type in questions and get an immediate  response from a professional librarian.
  • Online databases contain 84 subject specific databases;  provide digital information to collections of articles  and abstracts from various sources that include peer  reviewed academic journals as well as popular magazines  and newspapers. The collection also includes  , e-books and full text articles.

Seminars

  • An Introductory seminar either “In Person or Virtually” is a one-hour session which covers databases, appropriate websites, the library catalog and citation assistance.
  • Specialized seminars are offered on writing styles,  avoiding plagiarism, copyright and how to write and  proofread research papers.

Multimedia Lab

  • Laptops and iPads are available for a three hour check out, for use within the library building.
  • The library has more than 50 computers available for use.
  • Vision impaired software is installed on designated computers.
  • Free WIFI available throughout the library.
  • Faxing, scanning and copying services are available at $0.10 a page.

TLC Room (Teaching Learning Center)

  • The Teaching Learning Center (TLC Room), staffed by professional librarians, assists students with all aspects of research. (Finding articles, citing MLA/APA style, proof reading.)
  • Drop-in hours are Monday - Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Study/Presentation Rooms

  • Individual/small group study rooms available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Group study rooms can be reserved by filling out a Room Reservation Form located on our web page.

Copying service

Two coin-operated copier machines are available at the library (Bldg. 102) and one coin-operated copier machine is available at the Nursing Center (Bldg. 155).

AROTC-affiliated programs

The Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is designed to provide courses of military instruction which will permit volunteer, selected, male and female college students to prepare themselves for commissions as second lieutenants in the United States Army Reserve while they pursue academic courses leading to baccalaureate degrees. Specific courses are available to Central Texas College students through concurrent enrollment arrangements with the University of Texas A&M-Central Texas and may also be transferred to other universities with an advanced ROTC program. These courses may be taken without military obligation. ROTC courses will be treated as hours in residence at Central Texas College and may be used for elective credits in some programs. Four-year ROTC scholarships are available for the CTC-TAMU-CT ROTC program. For more information, contact the Central Texas College Guidance and Counseling office at 254-526-1226 or the Texas A&M-Central Texas Military Science department at 254-526-1676.