BRTC Presents Partnership Check to NEA Intermodal

As part of its Strengthening Institutions Grant activities, Black River Technical College (BRTC) presented NEA Regional Intermodal Authority a check for $12,000.  The funds are to defray expenses that NEA Regional Intermodal Authority will incur during its work in helping guide BRTC in conducting a needs assessment, identifying the Durable Skills workforce employers statewide seek, and assisting in curriculum development and employability assessments.

Accepting the check on behalf of NEA Regional Intermodal Authority were Executive Director Graycen Bigger and Board Chair Scott Trammel.

In 2023, BRTC was awarded roughly $1.8 million through the U. S. Department of Education under the Strengthening Institutions Grant program.  The grant spans five years and will fund a project entitled, “Building the Workforce: Implementing a Career Services Program and Durable Skills Curriculum.” Through this project, BRTC will establish a comprehensive Career Services program and establish a Durable Skills Advisory Committee composed of local, regional, and state workforce experts.  This Committee will assist in the identification of durable skills (AKA soft skills or employability skills) that are most needed in Arkansas’ workforce. BRTC’s faculty and staff will then focus on developing durable skills curricula that will be integrated into BRTC’s courses and programs.

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