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CENTRAL TEXAS COLLEGE–AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL COMPLEX. Central Texas College, Killeen, was approved in a Bell County bond election and opened on September 1, 1967. The first president of the college was Luis M. Morton, Jr. The campus is situated five miles west of Killeen on the south side of U.S. Highway 190 and was formerly part of Fort Hood. As the role of the college expanded to serve both the local community and military personnel around the world, three other educational institutions, the Research Institute for Advanced Technology, the American Technical Institute, and the Central Texas Vocational Skills Training Center were added to what became in 1984 the American Educational Complex College District. In addition to its Bell County facilities the complex runs a variety of programs at military installations around the world. Today the college includes six administrative units: the Central Campus, the Fort Hood and Service Area Campus, the Continental Campus, the Europe Campus, the Navy Campus, and the Far East Campus. The first two of these operate in Texas. In the fall of 1998 on-campus enrollment at Central Texas College was 8,362, and in the fall of 1999 about 600 students were enrolled in the college's distance-learning courses.


Bell County Historical Commission, Story of Bell County, Texas (2 vols., Austin: Eakin Press, 1988). Judy Bicknell, "Education," Killeen Magazine, 1985.

L. M. Morton, Jr.


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

L. M. Morton, Jr., "CENTRAL TEXAS COLLEGE-AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL COMPLEX," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 30, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.