CTC trustees approve student online resource

During its July meeting, the Central Texas College (CTC) District Board of Trustees approved the $150,000 purchase of a new online resource for service members, veterans and family members. Known as MyCompass, the service provides personalized academic and career guidance.

“This resource will provide our students around the world with access to real-time data to help them plan their education and meet their ultimate educational goals,” said Jim Yeonopolus, president – CTC Continental and International Operations. “By entering their academic history, military or civilian experience and training, they can instantly visualize their path to a degree as well as gain up-to-date information on careers and potential earnings.”

The board also voted to increase the requirement for competitive bidding of goods and services from $25,000 to $50,000, a figure last set by the Texas legislature in 1994. “This change is in line with House Bill 987 relating to competitive procurement requirements for local governments,” said Michele Carter, director of Business Services. The board then approved electronic bidding as a method for receiving bids and proposals with appropriate guidelines.

In other board action, a second option period was authorized for a contract with Richards/Carlberg for branding, design and online marketing consulting services through August 31, 2015. The Houston-based advertising agency was contracted in the fall of 2013 and developed a new logo and branding for the college.

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CTC to introduce EagleMail – student email accounts


Central Texas College (CTC) will soon provide a new email address for its students worldwide. Known as EagleMail, students will be assigned a new free CTC email account upon registering for the fall 2014 semester. It will be the preferred email address for any student electronic communications from the college.

The new e-mail accounts will automatically be created no sooner than seven days prior to the class start date or within 24 hours of the student registering for class. The new e-mail will be formatted with the student’s first name initial, full last name. In case of duplicate names, a sequential number will be assigned to the address. Students will receive an activation email within three days of account creation. It contains log-in and other instructions for accessing the new email.

“The activation email will be sent to the student’s email address with which they currently receive CTC communication,” explained Barbara Merlo, CTC director-marketing and outreach. “From there, students can log-in with their temporary assigned password then create a password to access the account. The new email accounts are based on the gmail platform powered by Google, so many students will be familiar with the interface.”

Merlo noted students who do not wish to keep up with another email address or prefer to use an existing email can simply forward e-mails from their EagleMail address to their personal or work email address. ”Since all official communication from CTC will be sent to the EagleMail address, we encourage students to use the new address or forward their emails accordingly,” she said.

The first email accounts will be activated July 28 and students may receive an activation email as early as July 29 for classes starting the first week in August. Returning and new students registering on July 28 for fall semester classes, which starts August 25, will have the new email account created on August 18 and receive the activation email on August 19.

All CTC students across the globe, with the exception of Continuing Education students, will receive an EagleMail account. “CTC’s military students using the GoArmyEd portal will still receive any CTC correspondence that goes through that portal to whatever address they have already have established,” said Merlo. But we encourage these students to change their email address in the portal to the new CTC student email address so they do not miss any relevant CTC communications.”

For some online students, Merlo noted their initial class notification may be sent to their existing email address. “Because of the way online students are entered into our Blackboard distance learning management system, local students who register for an online class the week prior to the class start date may receive their initial Blackboard notification to the email address already on file.”

Once the fall semester is underway, access to the new EagleMail address can be made through a log-in icon on each student page of the CTC website. Students needing technical assistance such as help with the log-in, can contact the CTC IT Helpdesk.

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CTC fall semester online registration now open

Central Texas College (CTC) students can now register online for the fall 2014 semester. Returning students and new students who have completed the academic advisement process can then register online through the CTC WebAdvisor system. The first day of the fall semester is Monday, August 25.

Academic advisement for new students and returning students looking to discuss or change their degree plan is being now through August 8 in Student Services (Bldg. 119). Students seeking advisement should follow the pre-set schedule which is based on the last four digits of the student’s Social Security number. The advisement schedule is available online at the CTC website by clicking the “Students” link or in the Fall Semester Schedule Bulletin. Upon completion of the advisement process, students can then register for classes through online through WebAdvisor and avoid any delays associated with walk-in registration.

New students must first complete the admissions process and all required testing before undergoing academic advisement and registration. Students are encouraged to do this as soon as possible to avoid extended delays once registration opens.

Walk-in registration will be held August 11 – 22 in Bldg. 119 from 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 – 11 a.m. on Friday. Walk-in registration is also based on the last four digits of the student’s Social Security Number and students are required to follow the pre-set walk-in schedule. Late registration will be conducted August 25-28.

Students interested in taking distance learning or online classes starting with an August start date may register on WebAdvisor now through August 21. Registration for online classes with a September start date is ongoing now through September 18 and through October 16 for online classes with an October start date.

Students interested in taking classes at the CTC Fort Hood campus can now register for classes which start August 18. Registration is at Bldg. 3201, located at 72nd Street and 761st Tank Battalion Avenue on Fort Hood. Registration times are 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information about Fort Hood classes, call 254-526-1906. The last day of registration is August 21.

For students using the CTC service area sites covering Burnet, Lampasas, Marble Falls and Gatesville, registration is as follows: Burnet – July 28 – August 22, CTC office; Lampasas – July 28 – August 25, Lampasas High School; Marble Falls – now through August 22, CTC office; and Gatesville – July 28 – August 25, online or at the CTC office.

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Students complete CTC jailer course; school set to open police academy

CTC Jailer Course graduates - 2014As Central Texas College (CTC) prepares to open it police academy again this fall, 26 students recently completed the Basic Jailer course. The three-week class, which was first offered this spring, provides study in various areas of the corrections field so students may obtain jailer certification through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE).

During the training, students completed 112 training hours of TCOLE instruction and 112 hours of continued training through CTC. Instruction included care, custody and control of jail inmates, gender and cultural diversity, legal issues, stress management techniques for a local correctional environment, defensive tactics and liability issues in the corrections field. Upon completion of the course, the recent graduates were qualified to take the certification exam on June 30.

Graduates of the third Basic Jailer course were the top graduate of the class, Maurice Gary, and Brandon Albert, Benito Alcozer, Mark Alcozer, Kaitlyn Braddock, Bobby Branch, Vincent Dingianni, Hunter Droddy, Haime Edwards, James Extine, Lewis Felton, Joe Fernandez, Marc Gibbs, Karen Herzog, Raymond Holguin, James Jenney, Robert Koehne, Adrian Ocampo, William Purdie, Brent Schmidt, Darrin Turley, James Valdez, Raymond Villareal III, Simon Webster, Brett Whitesell and Krista Withers.

Dinginanni and Schmidt are with the Coryell County Sheriff’s Office while all other graduates are with the Bell County Sheriff’s Office.

Starting this fall, CTC will again open its police academy and offer the Basic Peace Officers and the Extended Basic Peace Officers courses. Both classes offer training for law enforcement agencies, peace officers, prospective peace officers and civilian personnel.

The basic course is a 20-week course for members of local police, sheriff or correctional agencies to fill peace officer or commissioned positions. The extended course includes 740 hours of training and instruction designed to prepare the graduating cadet to take the State licensing examination to be a peace officer in the Texas. It also establishes a base line of training so the respective sheriff and police departments can provide additional field training to the individual cadets.

Individual blocks of instruction are presented in a variety of topics including multiculturalism and human relations, interpersonal communications, problem solving, ethics and professionalism, victims’ rights, Texas Penal Code, Texas Traffic Code, Texas Family Code, use of force law and concepts, firearms, defensive tactics, police vehicle operation, criminal investigation, stress management and physical conditioning.

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CTC board approves building renovation contracts

The Central Texas College (CTC) Board of Trustees approved a $5.8 million contract with Vanguard Contractors, LP to renovate buildings 104 and 121. “The building renovations will enhance our classroom learning environments and make technology more accessible for our instructors,” said Dr. Thomas Klincar, CTC chancellor.

“Building 104 was constructed in 1967 and was last remodeled more than 20 years ago. Building 121 was constructed in 1975 and has never been renovated or remodeled,” said Mr. Mark Harmsen, director of facilities management.

According to Harmsen, the work will include interior updates and new furniture along with mechanical, plumbing and electrical work. In addition, a number of “smart” classrooms will be included in the renovation. Work will begin with Bldg. 121 this fall and Bldg. 104 in the spring.

A third option year was approved with Indtai, Inc. for maintenance and support of the College Credit for Heroes system. “We have generated approximately 1,000 transcripts to service members through the website,” said Dr. Johnelle Welsh, dean of student services. “This program saves veterans time and money in fulfilling their educational goals, whether they go to CTC or another Texas public institution.”

An upgrade to the CTC phone system was approved at a cost of $174,764. The upgrade will allow CTC to move to a fully digital telephone network and upgrade seven-year-old software that is no longer supported.

In other action, CTC board members approved contract renewals to Casa Blanca Travel for travel services and an extension of the airport lease agreement was approved through July 2017. In addition, Davis Coleman was approved as professor emeritus – computer Science and David McClure as associate dean emeritus – Student Services.

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CTC College For Kids continues in July

The Central Texas College (CTC) Continuing Education’s College For Kids program continues in July with new classes and returning favorites. A variety of classes for youngsters three to 18 are available in fields such as science, exercise, personal development, cooking and arts and crafts.

Latin Dance: Students will learn basic salsa, meringue, bachata and cha cha dance moves. The class for 6-11-year-olds is every Monday, July 7-28, from 4-5 p.m. The class for those 12 and older is every Wednesday, July 9-30, from 4-5 p.m. The cost for either class is $25.

Zumba Kids Jr. (age7-11): This dance exercise class features age-appropriate music where students explore a different country and genre of music. The class for 4-6-year-olds is Fridays, July 18 – August 8 and the class for ages 7-11 is the same day from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. The cost for either class is $25.

Water Fitness Camp (age 8-14): This class helps students develop strength and flexibility while improving posture through a 30-minute aerobic routine, 15 minutes of strength training and 15 minutes of stretching. The class is Saturdays, July 26 – August 16, from 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. The cost is $25.

Programming for Teens (age 14+): This class gives students the foundation to begin computer programming in Java. Basic concepts such as variables, data, logic, loops and principles of objected-oriented programming are covered. The class meets Monday-Thursday, July 14-17, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The cost is $75.

CSI Junior (age 9+): Learn the basics of crime scene investigation with an emphasis on terminology, fingerprinting, lifting prints from evidence and casting impression evidence. The class is Monday-Wednesday, July 21-23, from 9-11 a.m. The cost is $45.

Young Science Lab Rats (age 6-8): Discover the amazing world of science as you race boats using soap for power, cultivate ghost crystals, make a Technicolor milkshake and other perform other fun experiments. The class is Monday/Tuesday, July 14-15, from 4 – 6:30 p.m. The cost is $85.

Hocus Focus! (age5-12): Students will learn how to increase their concentration power and sharpen their focus. Instruction includes explaining, demonstrating, guiding and enabling each student to learn about the science behind optical illusions. The class is Friday, July 18, from
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. The cost is $35.

I Wanna Be a Nurse (age 7+): Explore the exciting world of nursing and learn about basic first aid. The class includes a tour of the CTC simulation lab where students will listen to heart and lung sounds of mannequins. The class is Thursday, July 10, from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and again at the same time on July 31. The cost for either class is $19.

Beginning Theater Production (age 9+): Learn the basics of putting on and performing in a play. Class focuses on movement, vocal and facial expressions, casting and production techniques. The class is Monday-Friday, July 14-25, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. The cost is $65.

Art Exploration (age3-4): Children will have fun learning how to express themselves by exploring textures, patterns, colors and blending colors. This class encourages creative thinking. It meets Monday-Thursday, July 7-10, from 1-4 p.m. The cost is $39.

Learning Carnival (age 7-10): This engaging learning event challenges young people and tests their skills in math, science and reading concepts. Students must navigate their way through different learning stations set up as a variety of carnival games. The class is Saturday, July 12, from 1-3 p.m. The cost is $19.

Summertime Snacks (age7+): Have fun making easy, no-bake snacks. Students learn about healthy ingredients, food preparation and clean-up. The class is Monday-Wednesday, July 14-16, from 8-10 a.m. The cost is $49.

Dino Quest (age 5-12): Unearth the most fascinating creatures from the past – dinosaurs. Explore the different types of dinosaurs, create your own dinosaur and make your own fossils. The class is Monday-Wednesday, July 21-23, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. The cost is $55.

Other College For Kids classes include, Chess Basics and Strategies, group piano and guitar lessons, public speaking, babysitter training, creative writer’s workshop, poets’ jam, painting, beginning drawing, Galaxy Quest, amusement park engineering, gardening for kids, manners, animal horses, chemistry fun and more. To register or get more information about the classes, call 254-526-1586. Class descriptions and schedules can also be found online at http://www.ctcd.edu/ce.

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Summer II registration underway at CTC

Central Texas College (CTC) is conducting registration at central campus for summer II semester classes now through July 6 for classroom courses and July 3 for online courses starting in July. Returning students and new students who have completed the advisement process can register online through the school’s WebAdvisor system.

Students needing to complete academic advisement can do so now through July 3. Walk-in registration for summer II will be held June 30 – July 3. The five-week summer II semester starts July 7. Late registration for summer II courses is July 8.

At the CTC Fort Hood campus, students can now register for the eight-week fall semester which begins August 18. Registration can be completed at the Fort Hood campus, Bldg. 3201, 72nd Street, or at Education Services, Bldg. 33009. To be eligible for in-state tuition, active-duty military personnel and their dependents must submit a military verification form if they are not using Tuition Assistance.

Course schedules for classroom and online courses at the CTC central and Fort Hood campuses can be found online at http://www.ctcd.edu.

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