Central Texas College continues to lead the way in education, particularly for veterans and active-duty service members, its chancellor told members of the local chapter of the Military Officers Association of America during the club’s monthly meeting Friday at Yank Sing.
“We were military friendly when it wasn’t cool to be military friendly,” said Tom Klincar, a retired Air Force colonel and top official at the Killeen-based college with about 140 locations around the world.
The college is ranked No. 1 for service members using tuition assistance for an associate degree and No. 3 overall, based on total military tuition assistance dollars in fiscal year 2012.
Klincar went through several of the programs and services the college offers for all its students, as well as how the college can operate at one of the lowest tax rates in the state.
During the past year, the college has moved up 10 spots, to No. 16 in production of associate degrees of any two-year school.
“We’re not in New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas or Houston. We’re in Killeen, Texas,” Klincar said with a smile.
For high school graduates in the area, Klincar said the college is the top choice for continuing education. Thanks to a partnership with Texas A&M University-Central Texas, they also can offer a bachelor’s degree for as low as $15,060.
Dick Archer, president of the local MOAA chapter, said he enjoyed Klincar’s presentation.
“I was pleased to host the chancellor and see the significant growth ... and the partnerships they have established with Central Texas A&M,” he said.