POCAHONTAS — Black River Technical College will partner with ASU Mountain Home to offer two new courses during the 2021-22 academic year.

During the fall 2021 semester, James Joyce of ASU Mountain Home will teach Ethical Hacking, a course introducing students to core security techniques and concepts needed to monitor, detect, analyze and respond to security events.

In the spring of 2022, Joyce will offer Computer Forensics.

Both of the courses will be offered via blended learning. Students will be allowed to attend in the classroom or online via Zoom.

The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved a request by Arkansas Tech University in Russellville to offer degrees through Black River Technical College’s University Center.

ATU will offer a bachelor of science degree in emergency administration and management, and bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice and criminology through BRTC’s University Center located on the Pocahontas campus. Courses for these degrees will begin in the fall of 2021.