Central Texas College

Students eat lunch and hang out at the Anderson Campus Center during the first day of classes Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, at Central Texas College.

A local college has reason to celebrate.

Central Texas College was ranked No. 3 by the Military Times in the category of online and nontraditional colleges.

The Military Times — which also publishes the Army Times and similar military-related periodicals — released its Best Colleges 2018 issue in November.

This is the eighth consecutive year CTC has been included in the Military Times rankings, which were formerly known as Best for Vets, according to Bruce Vasbinder, CTC spokesman.

The Military Times rankings are considered the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services.

The publication asked more than 600 institutions of higher learning to answer about 150 questions on a “rigorous survey,” according to the description of the selection process. Those answers were evaluated based on what veterans have said is important to them, combined with the editors’ judgment.

CTC ranked high in its category due to its military-friendly approach to education. CTC offers G.I. Bill gap coverage, reducing or eliminating out-of-pocket tuition costs for Post-9/11 G.I. Bill users.

All CTC programs were charged at or below the $250-per-credit-hour limit set for most military tuition assistance for the 2016-2017 school year, which was the data used by the Military Times to determine the rankings.

For that school year, CTC had an enrollment of 33,094 across all its campuses worldwide. The military enrollment for that period was 21,934.

Current enrollment numbers for the local CTC campus were not immediately available, according to Vasbinder.

“When we opened our doors 50 years ago, one of our goals was to offer the best higher educational opportunities for members of the military,” said Jim Yeonopolus, CTC chancellor. “We continue to do that today by expanding course and program offerings for current and transitioning service members and military veterans. CTC’s inclusion in the list of Military Times’ best colleges is not only an indication of the commitment to our original goal but an accomplishment we will continue to strive to achieve.”

CTC has campuses in Killeen and at Fort Hood, plus 26 sites on military installations across the continental United States and Alaska and Hawaii.

CTC also provides higher education services to military personnel in numerous countries through its Europe Campus and to Navy ships at sea through the CTC Navy Campus, Vasbinder said.

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