Black River Technical College

Black River Technical College

Black River Technical College is a public, community college located in Pocahontas, Arkansas. It is named after the Black River, which runs through the city. It was established in 1972 as the Black River Vocational Technical School. The college offers a wide variety of higher educational programs in diverse areas of study. The campus is spread across an area of more than 95 acres.

BRTC has an active student life. The campus hosts a wide variety of student clubs and organizations. Financial aid is also offered by the college.

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Black River Technical College
1410 Hwy 304 East
Pocahontas , AR 72455
General Phone: (870) 248-4000

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Black River Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Nursing and Emergency Medicine109EMT paramedic, registered nursing, licensed practical nurse, nursing assistant
Liberal Arts85liberal arts and sciences
Mechanics and Repair68industrial electronics tech, industrial mechanics, autobody repair, automobile mechanics, aircraft maintenance, aircraft powerplant tech
Medical Support and Technology39medical coding, medical lab assistant, respiratory care tech, phlebotomy
Office and Administration35administrative assistant
Production Trades28machinist, welding
Business and Management6accounting technology, management information systems
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy6dietitian, dietitian assistant
Medical Administration5medical transcription
Security and Law Enforcement5criminal justice and police
Education and Teaching3early childhood education

Number of programs and degrees for Black River in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree15810
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years13514
Award of less than 1 academic year964

Black River Student Body

In 2007-2008, Black River had a total enrollment of 1,933 students (1,591 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 96%
Black 2%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 0%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 5%
18-19 20%
20-21 14%
22-24 11%
25-29 13%
30-34 11%
35-39 9%
40-49 11%
50-64 5%
65+ 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Black River Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 55 %
Part-Time 40 %

Black River Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Pocahontas, Arkansas for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Arkansas Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Black River Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 1,752
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 4,440
Books and supplies $ 1,046

Financial Aid:
Black River participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 2052200)

Black River Faculty

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured and not on tenure track2142

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
No academic rankcalendar year2*3$45,400
All faculty totalcalendar year2*3$45,400

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
No academic rankacademic year19$40,75239$40,446
All faculty totalacademic year19$40,75239$40,446

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Black River Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Management Information Systems and Services, Other

Education And Teaching
Early Childhood Education and Teaching

Liberal Arts
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Mechanics And Repair
Aircraft Powerplant Technology/Technician
Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology

Medical Administration
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Assistant
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Nurse/Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Dietitian Assistant

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General

Production Trades
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist
Welding Technology/Welder

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Police Science

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What Sets Black River Apart:

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% of degrees in mechanics and repair
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% of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
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% of degrees in office and administration
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Top 18%Black River % of degrees in office and administration
% students 40 years or older
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Top 20%Black River % students 40 years or older

checked Open admission
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library

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