Black River Technical College

Black River Technical College
Black River Technical College

Beginning Monday, March 16, BRTC is closed to the public until Monday, March 30 at which time the coronavirus situation will be reassessed.  On-campus students, except Law Enforcement Training Academy cadets, are not to report to campus Monday, March 16. 

Online courses will continue as usual, but on-campus classes will be converted to online and reopen on Monday, March 30.  

Please check and the BRTC social media accounts for more detailed information and/or changes.

Black River Technical College
Black River Technical College

Black River Technical College officials are warning students and alumni of a student loan forgiveness ad on social media they are calling a scam.

Officials sent a photo to KASU News on Monday of the Facebook ad from Leaps and Bounds.  The ad reads "BLACK RIVER TECHNICAL COLLEGE has given APPROVAL to FORMER STUDENTS for COMPLETE FORGIVENESS."  The ad also has a picture of a "paid in full" notification letter. 

Talk Business and Politics

Black River Technical College President Eric Turner has resigned. Turner told Talk Business & Politics he has been offered the president’s job at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo. Turner’s last day will be Tuesday (July 31).

Arkansas Department of Education

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key is pleased to announce that Dr. Ivy Pfeffer has been named deputy commissioner. Pfeffer, the current assistant commissioner for Educator Effectiveness and Licensure, will assume her new role July 1. She replaces Dr. Mark Gotcher, who accepted the superintendent position at the Russellville School District effective July 1. 

POCAHONTAS, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas community college has been placed on probation after a regional accrediting agency said it didn't meet three criteria related mostly to assessing student learning and could fail another five.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ( reports Black River Technical College must provide evidence to the Chicago-based Higher Learning Commission that it's worked on the criteria by July 1, 2018. The Pocahontas community college must also host an on-site visit no later than September 2018.

Talk Business & Politics

Doniphan Vitality, a non-profit organization, has received a $100,000 grant from the Delta Regional Authority, DRA, to conduct an innovation hub feasibility study in four southern Missouri counties and Sharp and Randolph counties in Arkansas.

The University of Missouri Extension Office has also pledged a $20,000 match, DV Arkansas leadership point person Graycen Bigger told Talk Business & Politics.

UPDATE:  9:24 AM:  BRTC Pocahontas campus is all clear.  The lockdown has been lifted.

Brandon Tabor

African Americans have been involved in every session of the Arkansas Legislature since the beginning of the state.

A University of Arkansas Fayetteville doctoral candidate spoke Tuesday on some of the challenges they faced. 

The lecture “Spokesmen for Their Race:  African-American Political Involvement in Arkansas, 1868 to 1893” was presented by Rodney Harris at Black River Technical College in Pocahontas. 

Harris discussed how African Americans were involved in Arkansas politics  despite the challenges of slavery.