Production/Operator Assembly Training 

POCAHONTAS, AR. Oct. 9—Black River Technical College is offering Future Fit Training, provided at no cost, for those who are unemployed, underemployed, or who want to learn new skills for a better job.

A recent study by the Manufacturing Institute showed that nationally 80% of manufacturers report a moderate or serious shortage of qualified applicants for skilled and highly skilled production positions.  To combat this growing problem, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) collaborated with ten companies in Arkansas to identify job roles and required skills that are needed to fill entry-level positions.

Future Fit Training is delivered and certified via partnerships with AEDC and Arkansas’ Two-Year Colleges.  Participants will need to make a commitment to complete the program and will be coached and mentored throughout.  Instruction is held in-person and consists of three delivery styles:  classroom, online, and hands-on.  Course Topics include:  Basic Computer and Technology Skills, Industrial Mathematics, Interpersonal and Social Skills, Leadership, Safety, Blueprint Reading and Measurement, and Fundamentals of Machine Operation.  Hands-on instruction will utilize the Amatrol Skill Boss Manufacturing simulator and Precision Gauging Learning System. 

The program is scheduled in a short-term format to begin on November 2nd and to complete before Christmas.  This is perfect timing for those who would like to learn new skills to put to work in the new year.

Future Fit will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  Registration will be taken through the deadline, Friday, October 23, or until the program is full.  Space is limited due to Arkansas Department of Health distancing guidelines.  If interested in evening hours or for additional information, please contact Patti Blaxton at or 870-248-4181 or visit the BRTC Corporate & Community website at

Black River Technical College is a 2-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 (LETA) and fire science academies.  BRTC has 2,500 full- and part-time students.