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Travis DeClerk, Automotive Service Technology Instructor.

Black River Technical College has received approval from the Arkansas Office of Skills Development (OSD) to add Automotive Service Technology to the programs offered in the college’s Career and Technical Center.

Black River Technical College’s Career and Technical Center currently offers interested high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to complete certificates in the following programs at no cost to them: Auto Collision Repair, CNA, Phlebotomy, Welding, Machine Tool Technology, and Industrial Electricity/Electronics. 

Beginning in the Fall of 2022, Automotive Service Technology will be added to the list of programs offered. Students will have the opportunity to earn a 1-year Technical Certificate of Auto Service Technology—Powertrain Systems or a 1-year Technical Certification of Auto Service Technology—Electrical Engine Specialty.

For more information about the free program funded by the OSD, students should contact their high school counselor or Darenda Kersey, Director of Career, Technical, and Concurrent Education, at 870-248-4184 or visit