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Arkansas Northeastern College's Technical Center, located on the ANC Burdette Campus, is a workforce education center that offers both high school and college credit in technical programs to high school students in Mississippi County, Arkansas.  Services are offered at NO COST to the students.  Books, tuition and fees are provided through the Center and funded by the local school districts and the Arkansas Department of Workforce Education.  The Center's curriculum serves as an extension of high school curricular offerings by providing students with hands-on training in the following technical fields:



To assist students in making informed career choices

Students select a career pathway based on their interests and aptitudes.  Their experiences in the program help them make informed career choices.


To prepare students to enter the workforce upon high school graduation

ANC Technical Center programs teach students marketable job skills and lead them to an industry certification, Certificate of Proficiency, Technical Certificate or an Associate's degree from Arkansas Northeastern College.


To encourage students to continue their education after high school

Students attending the ANC Technical Center are given the option to receive concurrent credit for their classes.  They can finish their program with as many as 22 hours toward a certificate or degree program.  The tuition and fee charges will be paid by the ANC Technical Center.




Today's Outstanding Professionals Skills (TOPS) Challenge

The ANC Technical Center hosts the TOPS competition annually.  Technical Center students are offered the opportunity to train for this competition, and then compete against other secondary centers and school districts in their technical education program area.  The first place winner in each category wins a one-year scholarship to Arkansas Northeastern College.



Students attending the Technical Center are eligible to join SkillsUSA, which is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.  SkillsUSA provides education programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education (CTE) in the nation's classrooms.  The ANC Technical Center sends students annually to compete in their area of study in the Arkansas SkillsUSA Competition, all expenses paid.  State winners go on to compete nationally; national winners go on to compete internationally.




Prospective students may be enrolled at Arkansas Northeastern College's Technical Center through their high school counselor or principal.  In order to be enrolled, students must demonstrate academics, school attendance, citizenship, motivation, ability, and aptitude.






The Advanced Manufacturing program is designed to prepare students for high paying manufacturing jobs.  Students gain basic skills necessary for employment with local and national manufacturers such as Nucor, Tenaris, DENSO, Kagome, and Big River Steel, as well as manufacturing facilities around the world.  Manufacturing jobs in Mississippi County typically pay from $30,000-$85,000 per year, but can top $100,000/year for those in management positions.  Students will learn robotics, 3D drawing/printing, electronics, pneumatics, and precision measurement in this class, and will be exposed to the high-tech equipment that manufacturers are becoming increasingly reliant on.  Join the Advanced Manufacturing program today to learn the skills necessary to begin a rewarding and high-paying career in manufacturing!


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The Aviation program is designed for students who intend to pursue careers in aviation maintenance or in other industries that require hi-tech maintenance support such as manufacturing.  The general education components prepare students to pursue baccalaureate studies if so desired, and advance to positions of leadership in the industry.  Students who successfully complete this program will be eligible to take the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification exams for Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanics, which qualifies students for a number of jobs in the aviation and manufacturing industries.  Avionics Technicians in Arkansas make an average of $52,620/year, and can get started by enrolling in the ANC Technical Center's Aviation Maintenance program!


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Online Course to meet Digital Learning Requirements of Act 1280

ANC's College & Career Readiness online course is designed to prepare students for what comes after high school, whether attending college, joining the military, or entering the workforce.  This course will develop skills in computer literacy, time management, and interpersonal communications.  Students activities will teach balancing a checkbook and managing a personal budget, teamwork, meeting employer expectations, and problem-solving.  The course also covers job search strategies, writing a resume, and interviewing skills.  Students can choose to take this course for college credit as an elective, and may earn a Career Readiness Certificate (CRC), which is a nationally recognized career credential certified through the ACT's WorkKeys Assessments.


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Criminal Justice classes at the Technical Center allow students the opportunity to explore career pathways that can lead to jobs as police officers, crime scene technicians, parole/probation officers, officers of the court, correctional officers, and other legal professions.  Criminal Justice students participate in hands-on exercises which include CSI crime scene processing, high risk felony traffic stops, building searches, searching for evidence, handcuffing suspects, advanced field sobriety testing, and officer safety.  Typical pay for these types of jobs is $32,000-$65,000 annually.  Local employers for these jobs are Osceola & Blytheville Police Department, Mississippi County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, Mississippi County Circuit Court, Arkansas Department of Corrections, Arkansas Department of Community Punishment, as well as federal agencies.


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The Education & Training program offers courses in Child Development, Parenting, and Teaching.  Students in this program learn how important early childhood education is, and are offered classroom training in local school districts.  Teachers are second only to parents in the effect they have on a child's life, and educational career opportunities are predicted to grow over the next 10 years.  Average pay in the state of Arkansas is $32,841-$50,604 annually with exceptional retirement and benefits programs, including three months of paid vacation!  This program offers valuable training to anyone who wants to work with children, especially future teachers, and offers CPR certification.  Enroll in the Technical Center's Education Program and find out if education is the right field for you.



This program is designed to introduce students to basic health care concepts and medical professions.  The healthcare industry offers a variety of fast-growing career opportunities, and makes up almost 10% of the jobs in Mississippi County.  Jobs in the medical field require various levels of training and education, and include Phlebotomist, Radiologist, X-Ray Technician, Medical Assistant, Registered Nurse, Pharmacist, and Doctor.  Local incomes range from $25,250/year for a Phlebotomist to $56,480/year for a Registered Nurse.  Senior students in this program have the opportunity to earn their Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification, and can go straight to work earning $10-12/hour at local employers such as the Great River Medical Center, South Mississippi County Regional Medical Center, and the Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services.  If you're interested in a career in the medical field, your journey can begin in the Medical Professions program!


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ANC's Welding program teaches students the skills that Mississippi County's biggest employers are demanding.  Our welding students work hands-on to learn Oxyfuel cutting, Shielded Metal Arc Stick Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), and Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding, just to name a few.  These skills are used in construction jobs, on the farm, and are in demand by such employers as Nucor Yamato Steel, Nucor Hickman, Tenaris, Big River Steel, Roll Coater, Friedman Enterprises, Blytheville Sheet Metal and Associate Natural Gas, and can earn anywhere from $13-25/hour, and up to $50/hour if you're willing to travel.




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Arkansas Northeastern College
2501 South Division Street
Blytheville, Arkansas 72351