To the Editor:
In a story in Sunday’s (June 23) KDH sports section, Harker Heights senior Nate Leota expressed relief at being offered a scholarship (football) by Oklahoma Panhandle State University. OPSU is not a powerhouse in college football, but it presents an excellent opportunity for the young man to develop and learn the dynamics of his chosen profession.
His comment regarding Central Texas College (“I was kind of worried, I didn’t want to end up at CTC”) made it sound as if the two-year college is the worst place a student can end up.
Throughout the years, many KISD students have left Killeen and CTC behind to try their luck at some major universities — OU, UT, LSU, etc. Many were back before the year was up and then CTC became a viable option.
Personally, I believe that CTC was and continues to be tremendously important to the city and the military, including those in overseas assignments.
I attended CTC while still on active duty and earned an associate degree, going to mostly night classes. My daughter also received one. My son completed the CTC/American Technology Career Aviation Program. He has been a captain with Delta Airlines for over 15 years.
The size of an educational facility does not guarantee nor translate into educational achievement.
Mr. Leota wants to make his family proud, so lack of effort will not be a deterrent.
retired Master Sgt.
Pedro C. Santiago