BRTC will add the Automotive Service Technology program to its CTC roster | News


POCAHONTAS — Interested high school and junior high students have yet another opportunity at Black River Technical College to complete a certificate as it has added automotive service technology to the current curriculum offered by the college’s Career and Technical Center (CTC).

Elizabeth Collins, a communications specialist at Black River Technical College, said Tuesday that several programs are currently offered and that automotive service technology will be added in the fall.

“The Automotive Service Technology program will be added to our career and technical center offerings,” Collins said. “The CTC is funded by the Arkansas Office of Skills Development (OSD).”

She added that high school juniors and seniors can earn technical certificates through their CTC program before graduating from high school.

“It’s totally free for them,” she said. “When they complete one or more of our CTC programs, they will be ready for the workforce.”

Director of Vocational, Technical and Concurrent Training Darenda Kersey said Thursday that BRTC received approval from Arkansas OSD to add the new curriculum.

“We are thrilled to add another highly qualified and in-demand curriculum to our Technical and Vocational Center for area high school students,” Kersey said. “We hope this will benefit the automotive service industry in northeast Arkansas as they have indicated that it is currently difficult to find qualified employees.”

Beginning in fall 2022, Automotive Service Technology students will have the option of earning a one-year Technical Certificate in Automotive Service Technology – Powertrain Systems or a one-year Technical Certification in Service Technology automotive – specialty electric motor.

BRTC’s CTC currently offers opportunities for high school and college students to complete certificates in the following programs for free in the following programs: Automotive Collision Repair, CNA, Phlebotomy, Welding, Machine Tool Technology, and Industrial Electrical/Electronics.

For more information about the free OSD-funded program, students can speak to their high school counselor or call Kersey at BRTC at 870-248-4184 or visit

Black River Technical College is a two-year community college in Pocahontas and Paragould. It offers associate degrees and certificates in general education and technical and vocational education and is home to one of the state’s law enforcement training academies and fire science academies.


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