Central Texas College’s bond with the military is now even stronger, officials said.
The local college is now designated as a Purple Heart College.
“We have a strong bond with this college,” said retired Command Sgt. Maj. Earl Williams, commander of Chapter 1876 Military Order of the Purple Heart. “I know you have a strong history in working with the military.”
Williams and his wife, Doris Williams, president of the chapter’s ladies auxiliary, extended the invitation to become a Purple Heart College earlier this year, and the CTC Board of Trustees accepted it Thursday during its monthly meeting.
“Central Texas College has always been a friend of the military and offered opportunities (for soldiers) to complete their educational degrees in the states and overseas,” Williams said. “I feel designating your college as a Purple Heart College could only add to the military cohesive relationship Central Texas already maintains with the military population.”
Currently, only two other schools in the U.S. are Purple Heart Colleges: Troy University in Alabama and the University of Alabama. CTC is the first Texas college to receive the designation. CTC Chancellor Thomas Klincar said it is a “great and humbling honor” to receive the Purple Heart designation.
“This is recognition for our rich tradition of serving the military and all of the strides we have made to ensure the men and women in uniform have the most affordable higher education opportunities wherever they may be located,” he said. “But what we do pales in comparison to the sacrifice our soldiers make every day, and for this we are truly grateful.”