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.”
Other attributes considered in evaluating this year’s schools were on-campus active duty/veteran assistance, the support provided to the families of service members, faculty trained in veteran reintegration issues, presence on military installations and full-time counselors trained in veteran-specific mental health concerns.
In June 2013, CTC was named a Yellow Ribbon school as part of the Veterans Administration’s (VA’s) Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program. The program is a provision of the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 and is designed to help students avoid paying out-of-pocket for tuition and fees associated with education programs.
It allows approved institutions of higher learning and the VA to partially or fully fund tuition and fee expenses that exceed the established thresholds under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The school can contribute a specified dollar amount of those expenses, and VA will match the contribution, not to exceed 50 percent of the difference.
CTC then entered another agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide an on-campus VetSuccess Center which employs two experienced vocational counselors on campus to assist veterans, active duty and eligible family members with a variety of services to assist student veterans in making a smooth transition to college life and successfully complete their educational programs.
Among the many services offered by the VetSuccess Center counselors, military personnel and veterans can seek assistance with information applying for and maximizing VA educational benefits including the Montgomery G.I. Bill (Chapter 30), 9/11 G.I Bill (Chapter 33) and other VA and non-VA educational benefits. They can also obtain help with applying for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Chapter 31) services, transition support services to include vocational exploration and career counseling, information on college credit for military experience and training, job placement assistance to include resume writing, translating military work experience and training and referrals to state and other agencies for assistance.
CTC also provides practical training on current services offered by the school including career counseling, vocational assessment, employment assistance, financial aid assistance, financial services, psychological counseling and services for students with disabilities, learning assistance and academic advising.
CTC has served active and retired military and family members for nearly 50 years and offers associate degrees and certificates designed for the military student via face-to-face and distance learning options and provides maximum credit for military education and training. With campuses across the continental United States, the Pacific Far East to include mainland Japan, Okinawa and Korea, locations across Europe as well as deployed locations in Southwest Asia, CTC also offers classes on ships at sea and online to civilians and the military through the Army´s eArmyU program, MarineNet and the Navy´s PACE program.
In addition to on-site operations in deployed locations, CTC has developed various other educational delivery methods such as classes on CD-ROM, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and ipods for military personnel who are unable to attend classes and do not have regular Internet access.