Educational Excellence

Killeen Independent Schools
The Killeen Independent School District (KISD) is a reflection of the growing and diverse community it serves. KISD has grown from an enrollment of 20,413 students in 1986-1987 to a peak enrollment of 33,408 in 2004-2005. The largest school district between Austin and Dallas, KISD employs over 5,600 teachers and support personnel to serve the district’s 50 campuses.

Killeen ISD was rated as Recognized by the Texas Education Agency based on the 2003-2004 accountability data. Additionally, 16 schools were rated as Recognized. There were 1,552 KISD graduates in 2003-2004. Of those graduates, 67 percent were college bound (they received $6,210,971 in scholarships), and there were nine students who received military academy appointments. A new International Baccalaureate Program at Killeen High School had six Diploma Candidates in 2003-2004.

KISD serves as the area’s second largest employer, second only to Fort Hood. Students from Killeen, Harker Heights, Fort Hood, Nolanville and rural West Bell County attend classes at 29 elementary schools (PK-5), 11 middle schools (6-8), four high schools (9-12) and six specialized campuses. Besides the 50 regular schools and several specialized campuses, the district utilizes 198 portable buildings.

Killeen High, Ellison High, Harker Heights High and Shoemaker High provide multi-level academic instruction and numerous extracurricular activities. The Career and Technology Education Center provides a pre-employment lab and trade and industrial courses. Co-operative, half-day training programs complete the career-oriented track.

Transportation is provided for secondary students who live two or more miles from their designated school, for elementary students who live one or more miles from their designated schools and for any students who live in an area that has been designated as hazardous by school officials. Students who are assigned to special education transportation are transported without regard for minimum distance from school.

KISD enjoys a close working relationship with neighboring Fort Hood. A Fort Hood unit adopts every campus in the district, and soldiers carry out volunteer duties at the schools every year.

The Killeen ISD website ( is an important source of information about the school district. Information on the district, campuses and current events are also available on KISD-TV (Time Warner cable station 17).

Central Texas College
Central Texas College (CTC) is a public, two-year community college located between Killeen and Copperas Cove (just off Highway 190) approximately 15 miles east of IH-35 and adjacent to Fort Hood. The campus is located on 515 acres of land donated to the school by Fort Hood nearly 40 years ago.

CTC offers nearly 100 associate degree and certificate programs in academic, professional and vocational/technical fields. With wide course offerings that range from agriculture to criminal justice, drama to nursing, and business administration to telecommunications, CTC continues to expand its influence on the educational profile of Central Texas and beyond. The college caters to the needs of both full-time and part-time students by offering daytime, evening and online courses. Many programs are short-term and designed to focus on and strengthen each student’s job skills so they may move directly into better-paying jobs.

Central Texas College goes to great lengths to accommodate the needs of its students. When an increasing demand for online programs became apparent, CTC faculty and staff rose to the challenge. Five years ago, only a handful of CTC courses were offered online. Today, the college offers over 175 courses over the Internet, and 10 associate degrees and five certificates of completion can be achieved entirely online. These programs allow students who otherwise would be unable to enroll to take courses at CTC, which is an increasing advantage for deployed military students.

Non-credit and continuing education courses are also offered on a regular basis. In addition, CTC is involved in workforce development, and responds to the needs of employers as well as to the employment/career preparatory needs of the current and future workforce.

Central Texas College is a member of the Service Members Opportunities Colleges. This guarantees that those in the military who complete at least 25 percent of their coursework in residence at CTC can continue to work on their degrees at other institutions of higher learning and receive a degree from CTC when all credit requirements have been satisfied.

A multitude of student support services are available to assist students on CTC Central Campus, and Career Planning and Placement offers comprehensive career counseling and assistance in preparing a resume and in job search techniques. It also conducts an annual job fair where students can meet with prospective employers. There are many opportunities for financial aid at CTC. The Central Campus Financial Aid and the Veterans Services offices assist students in securing scholarships, grants and loans.

CTC constantly seeks improvement by building new facilities and upgrading existing structures. A new $8.5 million, 64,000-square foot Planetarium & Technology Building opened in 2003. The largest building on CTC campus, the facility houses 18 classrooms, a faculty learning lab, a training center, a conference room, a distance learning administrative center and the 184-seat Mayborn Planetarium & Space Theater. Using innovative design and projection technologies, the planetarium presents public sky shows, laser shows and large format films. Over 40,000 patrons visited the planetarium in 2004.

Other examples of the institution’s commitment to growth and student services include the array of state-of-the-art facilities such as the Natatorium & Physical Education Center, the Fort Hood Campus building and expanded Oveta Culp Hobby Library.

CTC is a leader in worldwide education, and has aproximately 150 locations worldwide — including six campuses (Central Campus in Killeen, the Fort Hood/Service Area Campus, Continental Campus, Europe Campus, Pacific Far East Campus and Navy Campus). CTC offers classes on military installations, on ships at sea and in correctional facilities. Today, nearly 50,000 students around the world are taking courses at one of CTC’s locations.

For more information on Central Texas College, call (254) 526-7161 or (800) 792-3348 or visit

Tarleton State University — Central Texas
Tarleton State University-Central Texas in Killeen is a unique university, offering upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses toward bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The university currently serves nearly 2,000 students and provides a wide range of flexible course schedules, including on-line, night and weekend classes. Students include community college graduates and transfer students, working adults, active military service members, and returning students who are pursuing degrees, fulfilling career educational requirements, or attending classes for personal enrichment.

As a result of its diverse and growing student population, classes are offered at several convenient sites, including area community colleges, high schools and Fort Hood, in order to accommodate both full and part-time students and serve the entire Central Texas area. Full-time faculty, advisors and support staff is available to assist students with admission, financial aid, degree plans and career planning, both during the day and during extended evening hours.

In addition, to encourage a seamless transfer from community colleges to upper-level work at Tarleton-Central Texas, the university has developed agreements with Central Texas community colleges that enable smooth transfers without a loss of credits for students who begin their community college studies with Tarleton-Central Texas in mind.

Tarleton-Central Texas offers undergraduate degrees in Applied Science, Accounting, Aviation Science, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Education, History, Human Resources Management, Liberal Studies, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Nursing (RN to BSN), Political Science, Psychology, Social Work and Sociology.

Graduate degrees are available in Business Administration, Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Criminal Justice, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Administration, Educational Psychology, History, Human Resources Management, Information Systems, Liberal Studies, Management and Leadership and Mathematics.

New Tarleton-Central Texas students are required to complete applications for admission, then make an appointment with an academic advisor to review degree plans. Current students may register on-line throughout the year.

Tarleton-Central Texas, a member of the Texas A&M University System, is located just off of Highway 190 at 1901 S. Clear Creek Road in Killeen. For more information, log on to or call (254) 519-5720.


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