Central Texas College will be offering students new courses, certificate programs and degree programs beginning this spring.

The college announced earlier this week that it plans to offer a new degree program in culinary arts. The degree program is billed as “hands-on,” and offers courses such as introduction to the hospitality industry, basic food preparation, saucier, fundamentals of baking, American regional cuisine and international cuisine and others.

The college also will offer two new courses in its business administration/business management program.

Beginning in the spring semester, the college will hold a course in real estate finance. The course will cover a number of real estate related topics such as monetary systems, sources of mortgage loans, federal government programs, loan applications, processes and procedures, closing costs, alternative financial instruments and equal credit opportunity laws affecting mortgage lending. That course will be offered each Monday and Wednesday from 6 to 7:20 p.m.

The second new course will be contract forms and addenda, which will run every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

In addition to the two new courses, CTC also will introduce two new certificate programs, which allow students to work toward a professional license in a specific career area.

One program is called basic mental health professional (Level One), which provides the basic skills for students seeking entry-level employment prior to completing additional certificates or degrees in the mental health field. The second certificate program is called substance abuse prevention specialist (Level One), and will be for students interested in working in the substance abuse field, with a focus on drug prevention and abuse among youth.

Students interested in participating in the courses can begin online registration for the spring 2013 semester Monday.

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

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