NCTC: An Economical Choice for Denton County Students

NCTC: An Economical Choice for Denton County Students

Dr. Brent Wallace of North Central Texas College spoke at the November Lake Cities Chamber of Commerce luncheon about the 90 year-old institution and its incredible growth. It has experienced a 33% increase in enrollment in the past 10 years, much of it from Denton County. Nearly one quarter of all Denton County High School graduates attended NCTC in the fall.

“Our values stem from the desire for affordable, quality education in a stimulating learning environment,” said Wallace. “We work diligently to make sure students don’t pay more than they have to.”

Despite having over 7,500 students at their Corinth and Flower Mound campuses, NCTC does not receive any tax money from Denton County. Their county tax base comes from Cooke County where the headquarters for NCTC is located. Notwithstanding this fact, NCTC continues to offer programs to benefit their growing student base in Denton County.

This year, NCTC and Midwestern State University entered into an agreement so that students at the NCTC Flower Mound Campus may be jointly admitted and enrolled in both institutions. This enables the students in Denton County to get a four year degree.
NCTC has opened a new office at Texas Women’s University where students may seek admission for a four-year degree in health sciences.

NCTC is partnering with UNT to offer an undergraduate degree starting in Spring 2017 with the focus on Hospitality Management.

NCTC also offers a dual credit degree at Lake Dallas High School in their Fire Science division. By entering into this program as a junior, graduates will be certified as a firefighter and EMT.

NCTC also offers dual credit classes at several high schools in Denton County

At one time community colleges had 75% of their budgets being provided by the state. Now they average roughly 19% and are required to carry half the cost of the benefits for the faculty and staff whereas the universities are 100% supported by the state.

Despite their limited revenue, NCTC is financially solid, maintaining the 12th lowest tuition in the state. NCTC remains a financially viable choice for the students in North Texas and especially Denton County. They continue to work efficiently to grow their programs while keeping their costs at a minimum, all while meeting the demands of accreditation, state standards, unfunded federal mandates and community demand.

“We will continue to work diligently in Denton County to expand services,” said Dr. Wallace. “At the same time, we will work toward a more permanent and sustainable funding mechanism.”

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