Founded as Black River Vocational Technical School in 1971, the school is a public, 2-year college with an open admissions policy and committed to meeting the technical, academic, professional, cultural, and personal enrichment needs of the citizens of Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri. The college was renamed Black River Technical College in 1991 and is governed by a board of trustees.
Black River Technical College annually enrolls approximately 2,500 students.
BRTC faculty share a devotion to their diverse disciplines and programs and a commitment to the intellectual, technical, and professional growth of their students. The typically small student-faculty ratio permits students to have a productive learning relationship with their instructors.