Black River Technical College provides comprehensive educational opportunities for more than 3,000 students annually in the four-county rural Northeast Arkansas region it serves. With its main campus in Pocahontas, and an additional site in Paragould about 40 miles from the main campus, the college is a valued economic development partner for the approximately 90,000 people who call this region home. A workforce of 63 fulltime faculty and 94 fulltime staff members make BRTC one of the larger employers in Randolph County, where Pocahontas is located.
Traditional and non-traditional students choose from a wide range of studies at BRTC, including college transfer tracks in General Studies and several technical degree programs with 2+2 Direct Transfer agreements to nearby universities. Students opt for Associate degrees, Technical Certificates, Certificates of Proficiency, Adult Education/GEDs and various work-ready certifications. BRTC students complete their degrees in traditional classes, online, or choose from hybrid course options to suit their needs.
The college offers 24 different technical programs of study, as well as extensive workforce training for local industries and agriculture. High school students throughout the region take advantage of value-added diplomas through concurrent enrollment, and the college’s Corporate and Community Education classes provide practical training as well as personal interest courses ranging from Droning to Drawing, from Small Engine Repair to Workplace Spanish.
Among the college’s programs recognized for their statewide excellence are its programs in Nursing and in Law Enforcement. BRTC’s Law Enforcement Training Academy (LETA) is the only basic police officer academy on a college campus in the state of Arkansas. BRTC was recently recognized as one of the state’s top six two-year colleges.
Transfer students have several nearby options, including Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, about 40 miles from Pocahontas and about 20 miles from Paragould, and Williams Baptist University about 12 miles from the Pocahontas campus.
BRTC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Further information on the institution’s Accreditation History is located on the BRTC website Homepage.