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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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) room 100 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.
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.
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.
Student parking is available in all parking lots on campus except where marked "Reserved," "Maintenance," "No Parking," "Visitors," "Handicapped," "Fire Zone," "Official Use Only" or where temporarily designated for a special individual or activity. Reserved parking spaces are limited to full-time faculty and staff members and requires a yearly fee. Each student who drives and parks on campus will be required to register the vehicle with the campus police department and obtain a parking permit. Parking is free; however, violating any parking regulations, state or college, can result in a monetary fine. Students may register their vehicles during regular class registration times or at any time by going to the campus police department located in Building 137 behind the Student Services (Bldg. 119) during regular business hours. Additional information on parking is available online, in the CTC Student Handbook, semester 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 and the physical fitness center and natatorium. CTC student ID cards are issued in Room 100 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. CTC student ID cards must be renewed each semester and are available once the student is officially registered. 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 student ID section located in Building 119.
The Oveta Culp Hobby Memorial Library wepage, www.ctcd.edu (click on Library), is the main vehicle for providing library services and materials. 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 the website and the many and varied resources. Virtual resources are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- The "Ask a Librarian" link found on the library webpage links you to a live "online chat" and our e-mail services. Referencerequest@ctcd.edu is checked several times a day, seven days a week. There is a 24-hour turnaround time to all queries.
- The "Request a Library Seminar" link takes you to a form to schedule a one-hour live virtual seminar on accessing the library website. The session will familiarize individuals with library resources such as databases, catalog and appropriate websites.
- To access the "Online Databases," go to the library’s homepage, click on the "Find databases, articles, e-books and videos" link and then click "I am using an OFF-CAMPUS computer" link. Follow the login instructions. The 72 subject-specific databases provide digital information to collections of articles and abstracts from various sources including peer-reviewed academic journals as well as popular magazines and newspapers. The collection also includes encyclopedias, e-books and full text articles.
The Multimedia Services department has 58 computers for student use and four for use by the general public. The audiovisual collection has 2,963 items available for patrons to use. The multimedia department maintains an inventory of equipment that meets all trade specifications and assists patrons with their audio visual needs.
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).
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.