Academic Advising

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

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 that all students meet with an academic advisor on a regular basis to review one’s academic progress and graduation requirements.

Transfer Advisor

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 has resources for all phases of the career planning and job search process. We can help students identify career interests and aid in preparation to become successful college students and employees. Free services are available for current and former students:

  • 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/career-center.

International Student Services (F-1 Visas)

Services include admissions assistance, placement into the English for Speakers of Other Languages Program (ESOL/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

Disability Support Services (DSS) provides accommodations to eligible students creating opportunities that promote educational access. Appropriate documentation of the disability is required in order to receive class accommodations. Students should contact the DSS office located on the Central Campus in Building 111, Room 207, or 254-526-1195 for more information. Students are encouraged to visit the DSS website at www.ctcd.edu/disability-support to learn more about DSS and the process students are required to follow to request classroom accommodations in accordance with state and federal disability laws.

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 check on the status of any CTC transcript requests through their CTC WebAdvisor student account. 

If you need an OFFICIAL CTC transcript, visit the “Transcript Services” webpage on the CTC website at www.ctcd.edu for specific information. Students and former students may submit transcript requests through mail, fax, and eForms. There is no charge for the CTC transcript. However, if you need a CTC transcript be sent by priority or express mail, you are responsible for the mailing costs, which must be paid in advance. CTC reserves the right to limit the number of transcripts issued at any one time. A complimentary transcript is provided upon graduation from CTC.

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 CATE Center competency-based, open-entry program should contact a CATE Center Advisor to determine if they are required to complete diagnostic testing. 
  • 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 .
  • English Language Proficiency Test – A test, which is administered by the English for Speakers of Other Languages Department, for course placement of non-English or limited-English speakers.
  • Pearson VUE Exams – CTC is a Pearson VUE test center where computer-based certification and licensure tests are offered for various testing programs.
  • TCOLE – CTC has become a testing center for TCLEDDS offering tests to the police academy on campus and for the surrounding area.

For detailed information visit the CTC testing website at www.ctcd.edu/testing/testing.htm 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 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 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 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) by CTC. 
  • 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 chose CTC as their home college will automatically receive a Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Student Agreement upon receipt of official college transcripts if applicable and their JST. 

Evaluation procedures

To apply for an evaluation and a degree or certificate plan:

  1. 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.
  2. Request official transcripts from each regionally accredited college or university be mailed directly to Central Texas College in Killeen, Texas.
  3. Military and veterans should request an official Joint Service Transcript (JST) be sent to CTC.

College Credit for Heroes and CTC’s Fast Forward

Other tools available to Servicemembers and Veterans include the College Credit for Heroes portal and CTC’s Fast Forward tool. Servicemembers and veterans may request an official or unofficial evaluation of their military education and training only through the College Credit for Heroes portal at www.collegecreditforheroes.com at any time or simply search the databases for recommended credits. CTC’s Fast Forward tool at https://fastforward.ctcd.edu allows an individual to 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. 

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 SOC DNS-2 at the associate degree level.

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/.