CTC to host Town Hall Meeting

The Central Texas College (CTC) Student and Employee Assistance Program/Substance Abuse Resource Center will host a Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, September 17 in the Anderson Camps Center (Bldg. 156). Held in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (SAMHSA), the program is entitled, “How Can We Create a Better Future for Our Youth?” and will focus on the problem of underage drinking. The meeting will be from
12 – 2 p.m.

Event coordinator, Dr. Gerald Mahone-Lewis, director of the CTC Employee-Student Assistance Program, noted “the event will bring the youth of the community and their caregivers together with Central Texas College leadership, educators, substance abuse resource center and representatives from local community centers.”

Guest speakers for Town Hall Meeting include Tori Lineberry, Texas RED program coordinator. Her program targets juvenile (ages 15 – 19) who have exhibited risky behavior while driving. She helps educate young drivers about the path of injury following a motor vehicle crash and what they can do to drive sober, silent and secure.

Dr. Bryan Davis, a retired Temple police officer who has helped with the Shattered Dreams programs in schools. He has also served as a chaplain for more than 30 police, fire, EMS, military and communication centers in Bell County.

Reita Hill from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) – the nation’s largest non-profit agency working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking.

“This is a great opportunity for us all to raise awareness about this important issue, emphasize healthy choices and support each other in making a meaningful difference in our own lives, our children’s lives and our community,” added Mahone-Lewis.

To help ensure there is enough space and seating, anyone interested in attending must R.S.V.P. to Mahone-Lewis at 254-526-1166 by September 5 and they will then receive a ticket for the event.

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Mayborn Science Theater offers Labor Day matinees

The Mayborn Science Theater, located on the campus of Central Texas College, will host a matinee tripleheader on Labor Day, Monday, September 1. Matinee tickets are $4 per person, per show.

The matinees open at 10 a.m. with “One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure.” The show is designed as an introduction to astronomy for young children. It will engage and nurture their natural sense of the night sky as the audience joins the furry friends of “Sesame Street” on an imaginary trip to the moon where they discover how different it is from Earth. The travelers also learn how to find the Big Dipper constellation and the North Star. There’s also a sing-along of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.”

At 11 a.m. is the laser light show “Spirit of America.” This patriotic show features an eclectic mix of inspirational orchestral, country and good old rock and roll music with artists such as Aaron Copeland, Lee Greenwood, Celine Dion, Brooks and Dunn, John Mellencamp, Garth Brooks and others.

Then at 12 p.m. is the full-dome show “Stars: Powerhouses of the Universe.” Narrated by Mark Hamill of “Star Wars,” the show takes the audience on a journey to the furthest reaches of the galaxy to experience both the beauty and destructive powers of stars. The show focuses on the lives of the stars, how they are born, how they die and how human understanding of the stars has changed over time. From Native Americans to Newton, from the electromagnetic spectrum to Einstein, audiences will explore nebulae, star clusters, pulsars, black holes and more.

In addition to weekday matinees, the Mayborn Science Theater offers weekend public shows on Friday and Saturday nights and an afternoon of matinee shows on Saturday starting at 11 a.m. Show schedules, descriptions, directions to the theater and membership information can be found at http://www.starsatnight.org.

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CTC closed Labor Day

The central, Fort Hood and service area campuses of Central Texas College (CTC) will be closed Monday, September 1 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Classes will resume and administrative offices will re-open Tuesday, September 2.

Posted in Texas Campus News

CTC Online High School earns continuing SACS CASI accreditation

Central Texas College (CTC) recently announced its online alternative high school, CTC Online High School, earned continuing accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), an accreditation division of AdvancED. This action was taken at the AdvancED Accreditation Commission meeting held in Tempe, Arizona in June this year. CTC Online High School has been accredited since 1973.

SACS CASI provides nationally recognized accreditation for the purpose of continuous school improvement focused on increasing student performance. Accreditation is granted on a five-year term. To earn accreditation, schools must meet SACS CASI’s high standards, be evaluated by a team of professionals from outside the school and implement a continuous process of school improvement.

“Accreditation demonstrates to our students, parents and community we are focused on raising student achievement, providing a safe and enriching learning environment and maintaining an efficient and effective operation staffed by highly qualified educators,” said Larry Kruse, coordinator – CTC Online High School.

SACS CASI accreditation is recognized across state lines. This not only eases the transfer process as students move from accredited school to accredited school, but also assures parents the school is meeting nationally accepted standards for quality and successful professional practice.

Dr. Mark Elgart, president/CEO of AdvancED, the parent organization of SACS CASI, said, “SACS CASI accreditation is a rigorous process that focuses the entire school on the primary goal of creating lifelong learners. CTC Online High School is to be commended for engaging in this process and demonstrating a commitment to continuous improvement.”

Parents and interested community members can learn more about accreditation at http://www.advanc-ed.org.

About CTC Online High School
An alternative to traditional high school, CTC’s fully-accredited online high school offers students a choice of two excellent high school graduation programs. The Recommended Program consists of 26 credits and includes college-prep coursework. The Minimum Program consists of 22 credits and includes all essential high school coursework. It offers an online self-paced, open entry/open exit virtual high school program with a curriculum aligned with the standards set by the State of Texas. The CTC Online High School is available to prospective students worldwide and the online format provides the flexibility that many students look for, especially military personnel and their family members. It is accessible anywhere an Internet connection is available.

About AdvancED and SACS CASI
Dedicated to advancing excellence in education through accreditation, research and professional services, AdvancED is the world’s largest education community, serving and engaging 30,000 public and private schools and school systems in more than 70 countries and serving more than 16 million students. AdvancED is the parent organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).
SACS CASI is a non-governmental, voluntary agency that accredits nearly 13,000 public and non-public institutions throughout the world.

Posted in Texas Campus News, World-Wide Campuses

CTC walk-in registration opens Monday, August 11

Walk-in registration for the fall 2014 semester at the Central Texas College (CTC) central campus begins Monday, August 11. New students who have not completed the admissions process, former students who have not completed the re-admissions process and returning students who either need placement advise or are unable to register online can register during this time at Student Services (Bldg. 119).

Walk-in registration will be held Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., and 7:30 – 11 a.m. on Friday. The last day of walk-in registration is Friday, August 22. Registration is based on the last four digits of the student’s Social Security Number and students should follow the pre-set walk-in schedule below. It can also be found online or in the printed schedule bulletin.

Date Last four SSN Time
Aug. 11 4890-7089 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Aug. 12 7090-9289 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Aug. 13 9290-2589 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Aug. 14 2590-4889 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Open registration dates are August 15-22 for any student who did not register during their appointed time and for any student who has yet to register.

Students who have academic holds and cannot register online through the CTC WebAdvisor system and those students who have not completed the academic advisement process should meet with an academic advisor.

The first day of classes is Monday, August 25. Late registration will be conducted August 25-28.

Returning students and all new students who have completed the admissions and advisement process can register anytime online through the CTC WebAdvisor system.

Posted in Texas Campus News

ATTN military veterans! If you used, or

ATTN military veterans! If you used, or are using, the GI Bill to fund your higher education, we want to hear your success story. Use the link to share your story. Deadline: Aug. 15. CTC celebrates GI Bill 70th anniversary; Friday, Aug. 22; 11:30 a.m.; library. Free and open to the public.

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ATTN military veterans! If you used, or

ATTN military veterans! If you used, or are using, the GI Bill to fund your higher education, we want to hear your success story. Use the link to share your story. CTC will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the GI Bill Friday, Aug. 22 at 11:30 a.m. in the library. Free and open to the public.


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