Febraury 10, 2006 - Posted at 1:45 p.m. CST
Black River Technical College -- If a 4-year institute just doesn't seem right for you, don't give up on education, try a technical college.
Black River Technical College offers a variety of courses in programs like Aviation Mechanics, Respiratory Therapy, Nursing, Fire Science, and EMT and Paramedics. One of the best assets about these programs at a technical college, is the hands-on experience the students recieve.
Derek House, a second-year Fire Science student at BRTC, says they learn what to do in the classroom, but you experience outside.
"We have a training center here in Walnut Ridge. It includes a smoke house, that we burn stuff in. This way we can experience real life situations and put out fires. It builds teamwork and that's really important when you get into the workplace."
Steve Jones, the Fire Science Instructor Coordinator at BRTC, says that with the experience the students recieve here, they have a great chance of moving on to a career as soon as they graduate. Instead of hiring someone and then paying to send them to training, they save money by hiring the students who are already trained and experienced.
But they aren't just a technical college. They offer Associate Degrees in many fields along with Technical Certificates.