At its March Board of Trustees meeting, Central Texas College (CTC) was presented a plaque in recognition of being named a Purple Heart School. CTC is now one of a handful of higher education institutions in the country to receive this honor. CTC received the plaque from Earl Williams, president of the Military Order of the Purple Heart CENTEX Chapter 1876.
Originated in 1782 by President George Washington, the Purple Heart denoting a badge of military merit and signifying the sacrifices made by soldiers to protect and defend the country. The Purple Heart is awarded to those military personnel who have been wounded or injured by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy, or by terrorist actions and posthumously to the next of kin to those who were killed in action or died from their wounds.
“This is indeed a great and humbling honor,” said Dr. Thomas Klincar, CTC chancellor. “This is recognition for our rich tradition of serving the military and all of the strides we have made to ensure the men and women in uniform have the most affordable higher education opportunities wherever they may be located. But what we do pales in comparison to the sacrifice our soldiers make every day. And for this we are truly grateful.”
In his letter presented to the CTC Board of Trustees, Commander 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 that designating your college as a Purple Heart College could only add to the military cohesive relationship Central Texas already maintains with the military population.”
To further enhance its commitment to the military, CTC became a Yellow Ribbon school last fall. The Yellow Ribbon program allows institutions of higher learning such as colleges, universities and other degree-granting schools in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition and fee expenses that exceed the tuition and fee amounts payable under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The institution can contribute a specified dollar amount of those expenses, and VA will match the contribution, not to exceed 50 percent of the difference.
CTC has also been among the Top 20 Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities by KMI Media Group and Military Advanced Education publication for seven consecutive years, is listed among the top 50 most popular colleges chosen by active-duty military and consistently ranks among the Best For Vets list of colleges and universities.
The proclamation read, in part, “Central Texas College does hereby honor the sacrifices made by the veterans and family members within this military community for their commitment and dedication to protect and defend our freedoms and way of life by designating Central Texas College as a Purple Heart College.”