By Rebecca LaFlure

Killeen Daily Herald

Soldiers and their family members will have access to more classrooms and technology resources this month when Central Texas College's new education building opens at Fort Hood.

The two-story facility will house more than 800 students in 23 classrooms and includes four computer labs. It cost an estimated $4.25 million.

"One of the problems we have with scheduling classes now is it's based on the space available. This will allow more opportunities for soldiers and their families to take classes on post," CTC spokeswoman Barbara Merlo said Tuesday.

CTC officials will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 13 for the newly completed classroom building, at the intersection of 72nd Street & Battalion Avenue in Building 3200. The event is open to the public.

The building was funded by CTC's savings, and will not affect local taxpayers, Merlo said.

CTC officials broke ground on the building in January 2009, and will open for student use Jan. 25. The college currently uses classrooms in the Soldier Development Center, and in a CTC administration building on post.

CTC offers eight-week lunchtime and evening courses at Fort Hood, while the college's main campuses focus on daytime classes, Merlo said. About 1,500 students are enrolled for classes at Fort Hood this coming semester, including soldiers, spouses and civilians.

Current CTC students can register for classes online or in person at either the Killeen or Fort Hood locations. The Fort Hood registration office is located in building 3201, adjacent to Casey Library off of 761st Tank Battalion.

For more information on the Fort Hood campus, go to or call student services at (254) 526-1917.

Contact Rebecca LaFlure at or (254) 501-7548.

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