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CTC to offer online course orientation

Special to the HHES

Central Texas College (CTC) will host several free orientation sessions of its online learning management system, Blackboard, for anyone considering taking an online course. Those interested need only attend one of the orientation sessions. The first session will be held Wednesday, June 21 from 3-5 p.m. and a second session will be Thursday, June 22 from

5-7 p.m. Both orientations will be held in the computer lab located in the Killeen campus Student Center (Bldg. 106). In addition, CTC will host an orientation at its Fort Hood campus on Thursday, June 22 from 1-2 p.m. The Fort Hood campus (Bldg. 3200) is located at Battalion Avenue and 72nd Street.

Through Blackboard, CTC online students can access their materials 24 hours a day, seven days a week to do their coursework at a time convenient for them. The system connects students to reference materials, handouts, reading lists, web links and activities anytime, anywhere as long as they have internet access. “We offer around-the-clock-access to online course materials so online students can do classwork before or after work, after the kids have gone to bed or even if they are traveling,” said Sharon Davis, director of CTC’s Distance Education and Education Technology. “Tuition for online courses is the same as classroom courses, therefore students can save money and time by not having to commute or pay for childcare.”

Davis noted online courses are beneficial for students in the military. “Many of our students who serve in the military are able to complete their class assignments and even finish their degree or certificate program while deployed,” she said. “And since CTC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, our online classes are eligible for Tuition Assistance or other military education benefits and are transferable to four-year universities.”

During the orientation, potential online students will learn the tools and advantages of Blackboard including how to organize and publish course materials, collaborate discussion forums and shared group areas and communication with the instructor. Blackboard also provides online assessments with automatic marking facilities, course administration such as calendars and task lists, enables students to tracking online activities and facilitates completion and submission of assignments.

CTC offers more than 60 associate degree and certificate programs which can be completed solely online. Students can opt for class lengths ranging from eight to 16 weeks with monthly start dates. For more information on the Blackboard orientations or CTC’s online program, call 254-526-1221.

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