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Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2012 12:00 pm

By Chris McGuinness

Killeen Daily Herald

While most local residents know Central Texas College from its Killeen campus, the community college actually has an international reach.

"Our core is right here in Texas, but we are truly a global institution," said Chancellor Tom Klincar about the college's six main campuses worldwide.

In the U.S. the community college operates at 21 sites outside of Texas. It also has a Europe campus headquartered primarily in Mannheim, Germany, with regional staff in Schweinfurt, Germany, and Naples and Vicenza, Italy. The school also has students as far east as Bahrain and Qatar and aboard U.S. Navy vessels at sea.

The community college's global presence is reflected in Klincar's upcoming travel itinerary, which was approved by the college's board last month. The chancellor is heading to Germany in June for site visits and to attend a graduation ceremony,.

He will spend nearly half of October touring the college's Pacific Far East campus sites in Korea, Okinawa and Japan.

"We want to make sure that we are offering a quality education and that the standard is consistent though all of our campuses," said Klincar, who has met deans at the other campuses but hasn't had a chance to visit many of the locations since becoming chancellor earlier this year.

"At its heart, no matter where your campuses are, it's all about relationships," he said. "That can be visiting with staff, students and maintaining our current relationships or building the foundations for future relationships."

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

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