1403 Hospital Drive, Pocahontas, AR
Program Director: Rhonda Ahrent

Serving Clay, Lawrence, and Randolph Counties in Northeast Arkansas for 50 years, Black River Area Development Corporation is a Community Action Agency and the grantee for BRAD Child Development Programs which includes Head Start, Early Head Start, Arkansas Better Chance, State pre-k and after-school care programs. The Head Start program serves 137 preschool children, Early Head Start serves 96 infant/toddlers, State pre-k will potentially serve 180 children. Centers are located in Pocahontas in Randolph County, Corning, Piggott, and Rector in Clay County, and Walnut Ridge in Lawrence County.


2300 North Park Street, Pocahontas, AR
Superintendent: Jerry Martens
“Preparing Today for Tomorrow”

Pocahontas Public Schools are an integral piece of the Pocahontas community. Our schools work diligently to provide a safe, secure, and inviting atmosphere whereby our students are prepared today for tomorrow through both academic and extracurricular opportunities.

Academically, our students have historically performed in the top 30% of the state on the state’s criterion referenced exams per GPA rankings created by the University of Arkansas’s Office of Education Policy and Research department.

In regards to extracurricular opportunities, the district boasts excellent programs in athletics, vocal and instrumental music, Odyssey of the Mind, quiz bowl, chess, FFA, etc. During the 2016-2017 school year, the district saw state championships won by its Sr. Girls’ basketball, tennis, and track teams as well as its junior high quiz bowl team. In addition, the district had its first ever world champion Odyssey of the Mind team crowned during the world championships in Lansing, MI.

It is the goal of the district to ensure that each of its students is equipped with the skills and confidence needed to be successful in the next phase of their lives.


74 Campus Drive, Maynard, AR
Superintendent: Pat Rawlings

The mission of the Maynard School District is to go the extra mile in educating all students. We do this in a variety of ways– no matter their interests, goals or personal strengths. MHS offers a wide variety of rigorous Pre-AP, AP, concurrent credit courses and our new TOPSS program (A partnership with Black River Technical College where juniors and seniors can opt to attend college courses on their campus for half a day at no
cost to the student) are available. MHS offers four Career and Technical programs students can elect to complete–Ag Science and Technology, Family and Consumer Science, Computer Business, and Medical Professions. These programs and courses prepare our students for success whether they choose a career or college after graduation. As we strive to provide a well-rounded education that prepares our students we offer a variety of sports, clubs and other organizations. We are also a one to one school where students are given an iPad to use at home and in class assignments. Regardless of a student’s college or career choice, we are confident that the Maynard School District provides the assets needed for success in a global society.


311 Cedar Street, Pocahontas, AR
Principal: Maria Dickson

St. Paul offers a program for 3-year-olds and a Pre-Kindergarten program for 4-year-olds. We educate students in Kindergarten through sixth grade. St. Paul School was established in 1880 and seeks to create a challenging learning environment that encourages high expectations for success through developmentally appropriate instruction that allows for individual differences and learning styles. We aim to use the teachings of Jesus by instilling a solid Christian foundation built on values, attitudes and virtues which Christ holds up to each child.


1410 Highway 304 East, Pocahontas, AR

Founded as Black River Vocational Technical School in 1971, the school is now a public, two-year college with an open admissions policy that is 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 leads the community in learning and economic development.

Black River Technical College has two campuses, the main campus in Pocahontas and the second campus in Paragould. BRTC enrolls approximately 3,000 students annually from its service area.

BRTC offers a variety of associate degrees, technical certificates, and certificates of proficiency. The 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 low student-faculty ratio permits students to have a productive learning relationship with their instructors.

The Corporate and Community Education division provides non-credit courses for most age groups including programs, short courses, seminars, and a wide range of other activities which serve the communities needs beyond regular college programs. Through Corporate and Community Education, individuals may develop new employment skills, enrich personal and family life, and gain a deeper appreciation of other cultures and environments.

The mission of Black River Technical College is to transform lives through quality academic and career education to enhance the community we serve.

To learn more about the BRTC campuses and what we offer visit,, contact us at (870) 248-4000, or come by our campus for a visit.


Williams Baptist University
Walnut Ridge, AR – 11 miles

Crowley’s Ridge College
Paragould, AR – 35 miles

Arkansas State University
Jonesboro, AR – 42 miles