Central Texas College will continue to provide higher education to members of the armed forces, thanks to a recently awarded federal contract.

The college said Thursday it was awarded a federal contract to provide post-secondary education services for voluntary education programs in the U.S. Armed Forces, including the Army, Air Force, Marines and Navy at various military installations throughout Europe.

The contract is for $2.7 million; however, the college may not receive the total amount, as the funds vary depending on troop strength, enrollments and other variables stipulated by the Defense Department. The contract, effective July 1, runs for one year with an option to extended it for nine 12-month periods.

The contract permits Central Texas College to provide vocational and technical courses to military personnel in England, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Greece and other locations throughout Europe.

“We have been serving the military in Europe in this capacity since 1973,” said Jim Yeonopolus, the college’s campus president for continental and international operations. “We are grateful for the chance to continue providing higher educational opportunities to the military and further enhance their career options.”

The college also has contracts with the U.S. Pacific Command to provide education services to military and family members through 2014. Those contracts include all Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps institutions in Korea, mainland Japan, Okinawa, Guam and Diego Garcia.

Contracts to provide courses to service members in the Middle East, Africa and other parts of the globe will be up for renewal before the end of the year, Yeonopolus said.

The college also receives millions of dollars each year from military students using the tuition assistance program. According to data collected by the Army Times, CTC received more than $25 million in tuition assistance during the 2012 fiscal year.

Contact Chris McGuinness at chrism@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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