In 1965, the citizens of Central Texas voted to establish a community college district to serve western Bell and Coryell counties and the surrounding area, including Fort Hood. The campus was constructed on 560 acres of land donated by Fort Hood and with funds supplied through a local $2 million bond.

Construction on the buildings began in January 1967, and the college was officially dedicated by President Lyndon Baines Johnson in December of 1967.

CTC quickly built a relationship with Fort Hood, serving soldiers and their families both on and off-post. That military tie spread to education contracts in Europe, the Far East, and throughout the continental United States. Today CTC offers instruction in more than 150 locations worldwide, and a growing number of students opt for online courses through the Distance Education program.

CTC's involvement in distance learning began with telecourses in the 1970s, and evolved into offering online classes in 1998. In 2000, CTC was invited to become one of the original education partners with the Army's Electronic University Online (now eArmyU). Today, CTC leads the way in offering flexible, accessible distance learning options to military and family members worldwide.

Since the first graduating class of 25 in May, 1968, Central Texas College has awarded a total of more than 50,000 associate degrees and certificates of completion in Texas and at locations around the globe.

Central Texas College has maintained its accredited status with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1968. The college has undergone the most recent reaffirmation of institutional accreditation in the spring of this year.

Central Texas College is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunities Colleges (SOC). This guarantees that those in the military who complete at least 25% of their course work in residence at CTC can continue to work on their degrees at other institutions of higher learning and receive a degree from CTC when all credit requirements have been satisfied. It is particularly beneficial due to frequent military transfers, and CTC remains the top institution in the world in SOC agreements.

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