Catalog 2014-2015

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Public Service

North Central Texas College responds to the special needs and interests of the public, but it realizes that all these needs and interests cannot be served solely in a formal classroom setting through the traditional academic curricula. Members of the community at large are welcome on campus at any time and are given access to many college facilities and services, such as the library, free of charge. Other facilities and services, including space for meetings, workshops and similar activities, are made available at minimal charges. For information contact the office of the Dean of Administrative Services at (940)668-4201. Or you may visit the NCTC website, www.nctc.edu.

Specialized facilities allied with the college’s instructional programs also are made available to the community as a public service. Examples include the Beef Cattle Evaluation Center, the Equine Science Center and the Horticulture Greenhouse, all affiliated with the college’s Department of Agriculture. Public access to college athletic facilities, such as Lions Field House and the Robert Chaloupecky Tennis Center is also available.

NCTC provides several specialized educational resources to the community. Among these are the John Parker Planetarium on the Gainesville campus, offering a schedule of public programs, featuring state-of-the-art digital projection equipment. Audiences include the general public and public school classes. NCTC's First State Bank Center for the Performing Arts on the Gainesville Campus is the site for many UIL One-Act Play contests, and the colleges makes this facility available to other community groups for fundraising concerts and other events. The college regularly host a wide variety of UIL competitions. In cooperation with the Division of Lifelong Learning, this department and others regularly sponsor workshops, seminars and short courses aimed at disseminating information to individuals as well as to business, industry and private organizations within the community. All members of the college faculty, administration and staff welcome inquiries related to their particular areas of specialization from community organizations and individuals.

A widely varied program of artistic, social and cultural events – recitals, concerts, stage productions, lectures, exhibits and others – is sponsored by the college. The annual Creative Writing Awards and Community Art Exhibit are examples of such programs which involve direct community participation.

In adddition to making facilities available to the public and hosting a wide variety of community events, NCTC also provides services to various community organizations and agencies such as printing of brochures, fliers, posters, programs, tickets and other materials.