2013 News Archive

The following news items are from the news web page during 2013. These are only the 2013 items that have been removed from the main news web page. Some of the links may no longer exist. Some of the links may have been updated with more current information. These items are presented for historical interest only. For up to date information on any of the subjects mentioned, please visit our main web pages on those topics.

14 June 2013

CTC Europe Graduation In Mannheim June 14th

Central Texas College graduates at the college’s annual commencement ceremony held June 21st on Coleman Barracks, Mannheim. The ceremony, held at the historic Chapel on Coleman Barracks, was the last one the college will hold in the Mannheim area due a move this summer to the Kaiserslautern area, according to Dean Gary Kindred. Guest speaker Anthony R. Williams, CWO3, Ret., U.S. Army, and senior CTC faculty member, remarked to the graduates, who travelled to the ceremony from sites all over Germany, “Whenever two humans interact there will be a mutual exchange; make them positive, and change the world."

To see Photos of the Graduation Click Here
28 May 2013
CTC graduates and their Field Representative at the joint graduation ceremony held recently at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan

Fifteen service members from throughout Regional Command-South received their associate degrees from Central Texas College in a ceremony held at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, May 28, 2013. The CTC grads took part in a joint commencement ceremony which included 55 graduates of 14 colleges and universities. Several of the graduates flew in from outlying forward operating bases for the ceremony. Guest speakers included Brig. Gen. Scottie D. Carpenter, commander of the 311th Sustainment command (Expeditionary), who noted that it was appropriate the ceremony was held following Memorial Day weekend because the graduates sacrificed so much to earn their degrees while deployed under hostile conditions. The graduation was the second to be held at Kandahar Airfield. A similar ceremony was held last year with 30 graduates.

For more on the ceremony, click on http://www.dvidshub.net/news/107718/graduates-receive-degrees-afghanistan-ceremony#.UaaAp-vgI1g#ixzz2UiuYrOPX.
May 2013

CTC Graduation in June

CTC Europe Campus will hold their annual commencement ceremony at the Chapel on Coleman Barracks on Friday, June 21st at 11:00 a.m. All recent graduates and certificate receivers are invited to walk in the ceremony, which will feature a guest speaker, music and a reception afterward. This will be the last ceremony to be held on Coleman Barracks, as the college headquarters is moving to the Kaiserslautern area this summer. All interested recent grads, if they have not been invited already, should contact their field representative or email the graduation coordinator at lindsay.bibus@europe.ctcd.edu.

In addition to the event at Coleman Barracks, CTC holds graduation recognition ceremonies at bases throughout Europe and in deployed areas. Contact your field representative for more information.
May 2013

The Eagle has Landed

The mascot election is over and by a beak, CTC is the CTC Eagles!!!

It was a very close race and CTC thanks everyone who voted. Look for more info about the CTC eagle before the fall semester. Go CTC Eagles!!

Find out more about the mascot competition, and about what’s going on at CTC home campus and throughout the world, at https://www.facebook.com/#!/CentralTexasCollegeCTC?fref=ts
April 2013

Senior NCO and Officer Panel in Kuwait.

CPT Samuel Arnett, CTC instructor in Kuwait, recently invited 8 senior leaders (officers and NCOs) to his Applied Management/Military Science class to discuss issues pertaining to Army Professionalism and Responsibility. The panel discussion was part of the course MTMS 1274, and allowed students to see and hear how senior Army leaders communicate and feel about important issues that impact the Army, as well as to gain insight and advice on being successful as a professional and how to conduct business.

Panel members and students were given the following topics for discussion:

  1. Success in the military profession:
  2. NCO/officer relationships:
  3. Where the Army is heading, where it's been (in your opinion):
  4. EO, SHARP, DADT Repeal, etc.:


Students observed the discussion, took notes, and then had the chance to ask the members of the panel some follow up questions at the end of the event. Following the evening, students wrote a 1,500 essay on the discussion and what they learned from the forum.

April 2013

CTC welcomes return of Army Tuition Assistance

Effective midnight on April 9, the Army Tuition Assistance (TA) program was reactivated allowing eligible soldiers to use the program to fund college tuition. Central Texas College (CTC) students can once again use the GoArmyEd online portal to enroll in classes for the upcoming summer semester or monthly online classes.
Read Full Article - (note link now gone, it was centraltexascollege.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/ctc-welcomes-return-of-army-tuition-assistance/ .
March 28th, 2013 - Updated April 16th

The CTC Mascot voting is open!

Voting closes April 12 | Winner announced the week of April 22

March 8th, 2013
Submissions are now closed for the CTC Mascot Contest. See Below.
February 21, 2013

Announcing the CTC Mascot contest!

Submissions are now closed. We will identify up to five finalists and start voting in conjunction with “Students of the Real World” kickoff week, March 27 – April 12.

  • All entrants will receive a CTC logo item
  • The five finalists will receive a $100 gift certificate to the CTC bookstore
  • Winning entry will receive an iPad!
  • Entry deadline MARCH 8!
  • March 27-April 12: Finalists announced; voting period
  • Week of April 22: Winner announced
January 10, 2013

CTC selected as a top military-friendly school

For the sixth consecutive year, Central Texas College (CTC) was named to the list of military-friendly schools compiled recently by Military Advanced Education magazine. In its 2013 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities, Military Advanced Education compared more than 300 institutions including private, public, for-profit, not-for-profit, four-year and two-year colleges. See to https://centraltexascollege.wordpress.com/2013/01/10/ctc-selected-as-a-top-military-friendly-school/ to learn more.
31 December 2013

2014 Army Marathon

CTC is the official college of the Army Marathon to be held March 2, 2014. The full 26.2-mile marathon will start in Killeen and end in Temple. There will also be a five clicks (5K) and half-marathon runs. Students and family members interested in participating can join the CTC Team. The deadline to join the CTC team is Friday, January 17 2014.

Entry fee for the marathon is $95, the half marathon is $70 and the 5K run is $35. However, if you are interested in being on a Central Texas College team to participate in the marathon or half marathon, we have a limited number of complimentary registrations! Please contact: kchristian@ctcd.edu

Runners are advised to start training as soon as possible.

The Army Marathon is a non-profit charitable organization to benefit our active duty and veteran service men and women and their families.

For more information about the Army Marathon, go online to
19 December 2013

CTC named a top military-friendly school seven years in a row

For the seventh consecutive year, Central Texas College (CTC) was named to the list of top military-friendly schools by Military Advanced Education (MAE). In its 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities, MAE cited CTC for its flexibility of online learning options, extent of transfer credits accepted by degree level, on-campus ROTC program and Servicemember Opportunity Colleges (SOC) participation.

From community colleges to state universities, online universities and nationally-known centers of higher learning, MAE’s 2014 guide provides potential students with information about institutions that go out of their way to give back to the men and women in uniform. “We designed this database with the military student in mind,” said Kelly Fodel, MAE’s editor. “We want to help them make informed choices, so we are giving them access to all the survey questions and answers provided by the schools as well as explanations about critical issues like the schools’ activation and deployment policies, withdrawal policies, scholarship and financial aid information and important support information.”

Read More.
13 December 2013

Europe Campus has received Chancellor’s Award

Central Texas College Home Campus in Texas held its annual awards ceremony on Friday, 12/13/2013. Annual awards were presented to employees of the year, along with the department of the year, students’ choice teacher of the year, the CTC Foundation Employee Alumnus award, years of service awards, and the Chancellor’s Award recipient. Europe Campus has received Chancellor’s Award of the year, as selected by CTC Chancellor Dr. Thomas Klincar. Europe Campus employees attended the ceremony with bidirectional projection on a large screen via Internet.
15 November 2013

Central Texas College named to the list of Best Colleges for Veterans

Central Texas College (CTC) was once again named to the list of Best Colleges for Veterans based on a survey conducted by the Military Times. CTC was ranked as the seventh “Best for Vets: Colleges 2014” in the category of online and nontraditional schools. The selection was based on the primary criteria of academic accreditation, whether the school has a central veterans’ office and staff knowledge on veterans’ issues.
And for the first time, Military Times placed a new emphasis on academic rigor this year when conducting and scoring its fourth annual Best for Vets: Colleges survey. In addition to evaluating schools’ veteran-focused programs, Military Times considered more than a dozen different measures of academic success, quality and rigor, as reported by schools themselves and the Education Department, in addition to evaluating in developing the rankings.
12 November 2013

Statement on New HQ at Kindsbach, Germany and Presentation

It is a great pleasure to introduce to you our new Headquarters building here in Kindsbach. Due to the closure of Coleman Barracks in Mannheim, our former Headquarters for many years, we were forced to relocate to Kindsbach near Kaiserslautern.
This is a significant milestone. Since our inception, we have made a commitment to our students, customers, and community to bring to them the best quality in education and related business practices, to promote policies of equal access and equal opportunity in employment, admissions, educational programs and all other college activities.
Central Texas College Europe successfully demonstrated compliance to the highest standards, with a strong intent to help students to succeed and maximize the benefits of a comprehensive array of the offered degrees. Learn More

Download a presentation about our new Kindsbach Headquarters.
07 November 2013

Developmental Studies News

Complete an entire sequence or developmental classes in one semester! Check out the NCBO courses offered by CTC for developmental math, reading and writing. (note - Link gone. It was http://www.ctcd.edu/devstudies/devstudies.htm).
07 November 2013

CTC celebrates National Distance Learning Week

Central Texas College (CTC) will commemorate National Distance Learning Week, November 12-15, with a variety of online activities to engage students and potential online users. During the week, a series of events will be held on the CTC Distance Education website, http://www.online.ctcd.edu to celebrate distance learning and educate the general public on the future of learning. The public is invited to learn how distance education can help achieve educational goals and become familiar with the services available to the CTC distant learner.

For students and the public, CTC will host online scavenger hunts and trivia challenges for prizes. Various educational departments will host webinars and there will be a workshop on how to succeed in online courses. CTC will also host a Blackboard Collaborate orientation for students to teach them the ins and outs of the new online classroom and meeting software to be used by CTC in the coming spring semester.

CTC faculty members will also be treated to scavenger hunts and trivia games as well as workshops and webinars. Webinars will feature the chief executive officer and president of BioSig, CTC’s new student identity proofing vendor for proctored tests, the Blackboard Collaborate, student engagement in online classes, discussion boards, blogs and wikis and trends in education.

More activities for both students and faculty will be offered during the week. For times of events and more information, visit http://www.online.ctcd.edu during the week of November 12-15.
17 October 2013

Tuition Assistance Reinstated

Tuition Assistance for the Army has been reinstated. Classes with a start date of October 17, 2013, or after will be honored by Army Education. Soldiers with approved TA requests for classes with a start date on or after October 17 may attend their classes. Learn More about Financial Aid at CTC.
17 October 2013

MyCAA Funding is Available

The MyCAA portal will be temporarily modified to allow financial assistance documents to be submitted one day before the class start date versus the normal 15 days before the course start date. Any financial assistance documents that have been previously submitted and have not been disapproved are being processed now. If a FA was disapproved it will need to be resubmitted. MyCAA cannot pay for any classes that do not have an approved FA and backdating of FA's is prohibited. Please check your MyCAA messages for the status of your requests. Learn More about MyCAA.
16 October 2013

Self-serve tool now open on WebAdvisor

CTC recently announced a new WebAdvisor tool to help students avoid standing in line at the Business Office for schedule copies or paying for classes. The new Student Finance Self-Service option is located in the “View Account and Make A Payment” link. As an added enhancement, the View Account screens are now much more robust and include all the information frequently requested and expected by students. Financial aid, Tuition Assistance and refund information can now be displayed along with charges per class and payment information.
Learn More
October 2013

New CTC Surveys and Contests

Become the new Face of CTC
CTC is looking for its next student celebrity to be a part of the next round of ads and promotionals. Take the online survey for your chance to be chosen. All local CTC students and alumni are eligible. Go to http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07e8b5zknxhmhph7a4/start to take the survey.

CTC Media Use Survey
Do you Tweet, Yelp, Digg, Flick, or Tumble? Do you use Facebook. We want to hear from you. Win a $150 Amazon gift card for taking our media preferences survey! Participation in this survey will help CTC with its future planning. You will be asked questions about how you use media and spend your time. Go to: (Link inactive was www.interactresearch.com/mp140/).

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