Central Texas College

Student Services

Guidance and Counseling

The CTC Guidance and Counseling office provides counseling services to assist you with your educational and personal goals along with your career career planning. Services include occupational and degree program planning, general academic advising and labor market information.

All new students are required to meet with an academic advisor. Students who have not met the state requirements for the Texas Success Initiative should meet with an academic advisor each semester. It is strongly recommended all students meet with an academic advisor on a regular basis to review one’s academic progress and graduation requirements.

Transfer counselor

Assistance in planning to transfer to a four-year college or university is also available through the Transfer Center located in the Student Services (Bldg. 119). Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university can receive assistance about applications, transferring credits, sponsored visits and transfer scholarships.

Career Center

The Career Center provides career planning and employer connections to current CTC students and alumni, high school students and the general public. Our services can help students to identify career interests and aid in preparation to become successful college students and employees. Assistance includes the following:

  • Career counseling
  • Career assessment - MyPlan
  • Job search assistance
  • Resume writing/critique
  • Mock interview
  • Typing tests
  • Career-related seminars

To access Career Services online or for additional information and assistance, visit our website at www.ctcd.edu and go to Current Students.

International Student Services (F-1 Visas)

Services include admissions assistance, placement into the English-as-a-Second-Language Program (ESL/DSLA courses), registration, orientation, academic and social counseling, preparation for departure, immigration regulations advising and housing assistance. Central Texas College is not responsible for a student’s immigration status. The student is responsible for remaining in status with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Inquiries should be addressed to the director of International Student Services at the central campus address listed in the front of this catalog. (ctc.international@ctcd.edu)

Learning Resource Center

Individualized, self-paced, open entry/open exit instruction is available year-round. Some texts and audiovisuals are dispensed from the Learning Resource Center. Classes are provided in the following areas:

  • General Educational Development (GED).
  • Mathematics, reading and English preparation for college.
  • Mathematics and reading instruction for nursing students.

Student Support Services

A textbook lending library and childcare assistance are available based on available funding to qualified students enrolled in a declared technical/vocational program.

Disability Support Services

The Disability Support Services program provides individualized assistance to students with documented disabilities. Students should apply for services with the Offices for Learning and Physical Disability Support Services located in Building 111, room 207 on the central campus. Each semester eligible students should meet with their Disability Support Services coordinator to discuss accommodation needs.

Child Care Assistance Program

This is a federally-funded program and the number of students enrolled is based upon the receipt of funds. Students are chosen by the greatest economic need. Students majoring in career, technical and certificate programs are eligible for child care assistance. Students should:

  • have a career/technical degree plan or a certificate plan
  • apply and complete the process for financial aid (PELL grant)
  • meet income guidelines and grade point average (2.0 or higher).

Lending Library Textbook Program

The program is a federally- and/or state-funded program. Textbooks are purchased up to the availability of funds. Students majoring in career, technical and certificate programs are eligible for the textbook program. Students are required to meet the income guidelines for the program.

Student and Employee Assistance Program

The Student and Employee Assistance Program provides assessments, intervention and referral services for students and staff. Services include literature on drugs and alcohol abuse and dependence.

Transcripts

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 website at www.ctcd.edu. Transcripts may be provided upon your written request. E-mail 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 e-mail if they use their military e-mail address and include their current location on the form. Refer to "Transcript Requests" in the Quick Links section of 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. 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, including 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.

Testing Services

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 the testing areas. Services include:

  • Entrance Examination - American College Test (ACT). The ACT is not required for admission to CTC. The ACT is administered on national test days each year.
  • TSI Assessment - The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment is the state-approved assessment test replaced the ACCUPLACER, ASSET, COMPASS and THEA tests. Students who did not enroll in a CTC course prior to August 26, 2013, are required to take the new TSI Assessment regardless if the student had previously taken the ACCUPLACER, ASSET, COMPASS or THEA. Students will be required to complete a pre- assessment before taking the TSI Assessment.
  • Health Education Systems Inc. Admissions Assessment (HESI A2) - The HESI is a timed, computerized exam that consists of five sections. The exam is required by the CTC Nursing department. The exams measure the examinee’s ability to apply nursing and health professional concepts to clinical problems.
  • Diagnostic tests - Students enrolling in a Vocational Skills Center open-entry, self-paced program should contact a Skills Center counselor to determine if they are required to complete diagnostic testing. Students who do not meet TSI requirements and will be enrolling in the Heating and Air Conditioning Level I certificates are required to take the diagnostic test. The diagnostic test is given during regular operating hours at the Learning Resource Center in the Skills Center (Bldg. 118).
  • Automotive Services Excellence (ASE), the Automatic Transmissions Rebuilders Association certification (ATRA) and IMAC Automotive Air Conditioning examinations – The certification examinations are available for automotive professionals.
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DANTES Subject Standardized Tests – The CLEP and DANTES examinations are nationally recognized tests for students desiring to receive credit for knowledge already obtained. Active duty Fort Hood soldiers can take these tests free of charge at the Fort Hood Education Center.
  • General Educational Development (GED) examinations – CTC is an approved GED site for individuals who have not completed a formal high school education.
  • Institutional Challenge examinations – A student may request permission to take challenge examinations for certain courses through the appropriate department chairperson .
  • Comprehensive English Language Test (CELT) – This test is administered by the English as a Second Language department for course placement of non- English or limited-English speakers.

For detailed information, visit CTC Testing Services and refer to the College Costs section of the catalog for fees.

NOTE: If special accommodations are needed because of a disability, contact the Testing office before taking the test.

Evaluation of previous education and training

Nontraditional education

Central Texas College recognizes each student’s educational needs, goals and experiences are unique. Each individual is 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).

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 Subject Standardized 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 College Credit for Workforce Training
  • Correspondence courses and other forms of distance education offered by regionally-accredited institutions
  • Automotive service excellence tests
  • Refrigerant Transition and Recovery Certification (EPA Type I, II, III and universal)
  • American Welding Society certification program
  • Others including certain types of civilian training, specialized training and work experience

Evaluation procedures

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 and 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 or based on contractual requirements. Servicemembers who have previous coursework from accredited institutions and/or relevant military training and experiential learning will receive an evaluated educational plan that indicates how many, if any, transfer and evaluated credits will apply toward the Servicemember's CTC program of study. The educational plan will be provided within 60 days after admission to CTC in which all required transcripts have been received and the Servicemember has selected a program of study.

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 you request an official Joint Service Transcript (JST) from previously attended colleges or universities. Transcripts are needed to ensure 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 post-secondary educational opportunities for service members worldwide. SOC Consortium members subscribe to principles and criteria to ensure 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 degree programs to service members 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.