Changing the World... One Student At A Time


Established in 1924 under the leadership of Texas community college pioneer Randolph Lee Clark, North Central Texas College is the oldest continuously operating public two-year college in the state. From its roots as a small, rural "junior" college — an extension of the local public schools actually — NCTC has grown and matured into a comprehensive, full-service community college of truly regional scope, serving students from six major campuses located across its service area.




North Central Texas College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools to award Associate Degrees and Certificates of Completion. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of North Central Texas College.


History of NCTC


The North Central Texas College Community College District is one of 50 public community college districts statewide. Although the actual college district boundaries are coterminous with those of Cooke County, NCTC reaches far beyond its home campus in Gainesville to bring higher education programs and services to residents of a large service area which also includes Denton and Montague counties and Graham ISD. 


Mission & Purpose   ||   Ethics & Philosophy   ||   Public Service   ||   Service Area & Campuses

Statement of Mission & Purpose


North Central Texas College is dedicated to student success and institutional excellence.  The College District encourages student achievement by providing affordable, quality learning environments, comprehensive student support, and public services.


The College District fulfills its mission by offering programs leading to associate degrees and certificates and by providing:  University Transfer Education, General Education, Career and Technical Education, Developmental Education, Student Development, Continuing Education, and Community Education.



North Central Texas College will be a recognized leader in higher education
and a catalyst for economic, cultural, and community development.



North Central Texas College is accountable to its students, colleagues,
and the community and holds the following values to be fundamental:


Affordable, Quality Education

NCTC is passionate about providing access to higher education. Its
highly qualified faculty and staff and student-centered programs and
services reflect NCTC’s commitment to excellence.


Stimulating Learning Environments

NCTC fosters diverse, challenging, and engaging learning environments
to empower its students to impact a global society as creative problem
solvers, critical thinkers, and dynamic leaders.



NCTC faculty, staff, and students act in an ethical, honest and
responsible manner.



NCTC embraces creative ideas and challenging initiatives.


Cohesive Relationships

NCTC cultivates productive partnerships through teamwork,
personalized attention, and open communication.



NCTC supports students, faculty and staff by welcoming diversity
and promoting mutual respect.



Statement of Ethics & Philosophy


The College is dedicated to providing quality educational opportunities to all students and to all other persons and businesses wishing to avail themselves of its services. The College is aware of the complexity of challenges facing both individual and corporate members of a technologically demanding society. Therefore, it pledges the commitment of its Trustees, administration, faculty, and staff to an educational program of excellence and flexibility for a constituency of diverse needs and backgrounds. In order to provide its students with the opportunity to improve their quality of life, the College is dedicated to providing dynamic, responsive and quality services.


The College District seeks to treat each person of the College community as a unique individual and to provide a positive, encouraging, and success-oriented environment. College District policies and practices which protect the rights and development of each individual in the College community shall be enforced. Protection from unlawful discrimination, including conduct that constitutes sexual harassment, and freedom to develop as a student and/or College employee shall be promoted.


The College District accepts its responsibilities to its students, to its employees, and to the members of the community. Further, the College District is committed to meet these responsibilities with balance, fairness, accountability, and ethical integrity. It is the policy of the College District to apply the highest ethical standards to all members of the College community including the Board of Regents, administration, staff, and faculty in achieving its mission and in managing its resources efficiently and effectively to reach its goals and objectives. The College District shall include a code of ethics for Board members, administration, staff, and faculty in its PolicyManual.


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 more information contact the office of the Dean of Administrative Services at 940-668-4201 or by email.


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 and Soil & Forage Testing Laboratory, both affiliated with the college's Department of Agriculture, and the NCTC Equine Center. In cooperation with the Division of Continuing Education, 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. In addition, a Speaker's Bureau is maintained for the benefit of local civic clubs, social organizations and other groups.


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 NCTC Art Show and Creative Writing Awards competition are examples of such programs which involve direct community participation.