BRTC’s agriculture program provides students with educational experience in practical, theoretical, and technical applications of agriculture and promotes environmental, economic, and social sustainability. Courses include lecture and lab components, providing students with hands-on applications of classroom skills and knowledge. An education in agriculture prepares students with a general knowledge of potential food sources, life cycles and care of various animals, and technology in the field.
The Technical Certificate in Precision Agriculture will enable students to become precision agriculture technicians and immediately enter the job market. They will learn technical/practical aspects of agriculture in fields such as welding, hydraulics, and industrial electricity as well as traditional agriculture-related plant science. Finally, students will develop geospatial, drone technology, and other precision skills.
The Associate of Science in Agriculture is designed to equip students with a broad knowledge of the increasingly important area of agriculture. This degree emphasizes the application of business and scientific principles to the problems and issues of agriculture related to animals, plants, soils, and agriculture economics. Graduates seeking a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Business may transfer seamlessly as a junior to Arkansas State University. Courses may apply to other 4-year degrees, as well.
Arkansas State University and Black River Technical College have an articulation which will allow students seeking a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, emphasis in Agriculture Business, to transfer seamlessly. Students who earn the Associate of Science in Agriculture at BRTC will be admitted to the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, emphasis in Agriculture Business, at ASU as a junior if all admission requirements are met.
Courses may apply to other 4-year degrees as well.
Graduates of the program will find employment in many sectors of agriculture:
- agricultural finance,
- federal and local government,
- local co-ops,
- local businesses,
- farm consulting,
- chemical sales, and
- local farming operations.
Internship opportunities may exist for interested students who are enrolled in the agriculture program at Black River Technical College. Some possible internships may be provided by
- Financial Institutions,
- Landscaping Businesses,
- Poultry Industry, and
- Farm Implement Companies.
Information about internships will be made available through the Agriculture department coordinator.
If you are interested in joining BRTC’s Alumni FFA Chapter, contact Jenine Meyers at (870) 248-4068.