BRTC hosts Leadership Paragould Class XXV

Beth Davis, BRTC Phlebotomy Instructor, with Kelly Stipe, Leadership Paragould Class XXV.

Black River Technical College in Paragould hosted Leadership Paragould Class XXV recently.

Dana Bradford, Corporate and Community Education Coordinator and Leadership Paragould alumnus, spoke about the programs and training offered at Black River Technical College. After Bradford addressed the class, the group toured the phlebotomy and robotics labs and machine shop.

Stryker, BRTC’s mascot; Dr. Brad Baine, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Leadership Paragould alumnus; and Jason Smith, J.D., Vice President of Student Affairs and Class XXV member, led the campus tour.

Rick Barker, Machine Tool Technology Instructor, gave a Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) demonstration and made keepsakes for the guests. BRTC provided breakfast and lunch for the class as well.

For more information about Leadership Paragould, contact Allison Hestand, Paragould Chamber of Commerce Director of Economic Development and CEO, at (870) 236-7684. For more information about BRTC’s programs and degrees, contact Priscilla Stillwell at (870) 239-0969, ext. 5101 or visit

Black River Technical College is a two-year community college in Pocahontas and Paragould, which offers associates degrees and certificates in general education and technical and career education. The College houses one of the state’s law enforcement training academies and fire science academies.

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