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

PACACHONTAS – Interested junior and senior students have another opportunity at Black River Technical College to receive a certificate as they have added automotive service technology to the current curriculum offered by the College’s Career and Technical Center (CTC).

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

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

She added that junior and senior schools can receive technical certificates under their CTC program before graduating from high school.

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

Director of Career, Technical and Parallel Education Darenda Kersey said Thursday that BRTC has received approval from OSD Arkansas to add a new program.

“We are excited to add another highly qualified and in-demand training program to our Career and Technical Center for high school students in the area,” Kersey said. “We hope this will benefit the car service industry in Northeast Arkansas, as they have shown that it is currently difficult to find qualified staff.”

Starting in the fall of 2022, students of Automotive Service Technology will have the opportunity to receive an annual technical certificate of car service technology – Transmission Systems or one year of technical certification of car service technology – a specialty of electric motor.

CTC BRTC currently provides opportunities for junior and senior classes to obtain certificates in the following programs free of charge for them: car repair, CNA, phlebotomy, welding, machine tool technology and industrial electricity / electronics.

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

Black River Technical College is a two-year community college in Pacahontas and Paragulda. It offers diplomas and certificates in general education and technical and career education, and houses one of the law enforcement academies and fire science academies.


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