CTC board authorizes regional police academy request

The Central Texas College (CTC) Board of Trustees voted unanimously to authorize college administrators to request Regional Police Academy designation from the Central Texas Council of Governments. CTC will begin a police academy program in the upcoming fall semester offering basic peace officer and extended peace officer courses.

CTC previously conducted training for law enforcement agencies, peace officers, prospective peace officers and civilian personnel but discontinued the program in 2011. The school recently re-obtained licensure from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement and needed the vote from its Board of Trustees to request the regional designation.

CTC recently conducted its first Basic Jailer Academy course in which 14 cadets graduated the second week of March. The school will hold a Basic Telecommunicator course to train students as law enforcement dispatchers beginning in April.

The CTC board also voted to accept the invitation of Earl Williams, commander of CENTEX Chapter 1876, and his wife, Doris, president of the Ladies Auxiliary, to become a Purple Heart College. The invitation is extended to those colleges/universities that offer a quality education to veterans and their family members and have shown a willingness to work with the vast military population. Currently there are only two other schools designated as Purple Heart Colleges – Troy University in Alabama and the University of Alabama.

In their invitation, the Williams noted, “Central Texas College has always been a friend of the military and offered opportunities to them to complete their educational degrees in the states and overseas. I feel designating your college as a Purple Heart College could only add to the military cohesive relationship Central Texas already maintains with the military population.”

In other action, CTC board members voted to approve the purchase of a replacement of the sanitary wastewater lift station on campus and the purchase of a new disk storage system from IBM. The next meeting of the CTC Board of Trustees was then set for April 24 at 1 p.m. in the Anderson Campus Center (Bldg. 156).

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