OSHA Classes to be Offered

If you have employees who could benefit from OSHA general industry training, you’ll want to take advantage of the 10-hour and 30-hour trainings that Mitchell Technical Institute will be offering in Yankton during the month of April 2014. Check out these flyers for complete details and be sure to contact RTEC at (605) 668-5700 to reserve spots for your employees, supervisors and safety & health managers.

Be Sure to Read This Article!

Manufacturers and students share their experiences working with RTEC. Check out this link: http://www.yankton.net/community/article_2f77e3a0-b62a-11e3-98bb-001a4bcf887a.html from the March 28, 2014, edition of the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan.

RTEC Offers Hobby Welding & Knitting Without Needles!

Learn a few basic welding techniques and then use your imagination to make unique welded creations for yourself or as a gift for someone’s special occasion. You can create anything from animals, to yard art to functional household items. Spring Hobby Welding meets three Saturday mornings – Mar. 29, Apr. 5 & Apr. 12 – from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Cost is $130 plus tax. Call (605) 668-5700 and sign up today! Only three spots left!

If welding isn’t your thing, but you’d still like to find an outlet for your creativity, you might want to check out the Knitting Without Needles class coming to RTEC on Saturday, Apr. 5, 2014. This “just for fun” class will run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. You’ll learn to knit with your arms as you create an infinity scarf that will be ready to take home when class is over. You’ll need to bring 2 skeins of yarn – either #5 chunky or #6 extra chunky – in the colors of your choice and a pair of scissors to the class. Cost of the class is $15.90 (includes tax). Call (605) 668-5700 and sign up today!

Information Requests Up and Working Again!

If you’ve sent in a request for additional information in the past and didn’t receive a response, we apologize. We have experienced a few technical difficulties, but believe they have been fixed and communication should flow smoothly. Please be sure to contact RTEC if you have questions on upcoming programs or would like to enroll. You can submit information from the respective RTEC website pages or you can send them directly via contactrtec@gmail.com. You’re also welcome to share comments or questions on our Facebook page. Either way, we’d love to hear from you!

RTEC Announces Workforce Development Fund Drive!

Board members and staff members at the Regional Technical Education Center (RTEC) are pleased to announce a three-year fundraising campaign. Read more about the effort in this Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan’s article “RTEC Unveils $200K Capital Campaign” which was published Feb. 20, 2014. You can find it at www.yankton.net. Keep watching this space and our Facebook page for additional updates and for details.

Workforce Development Fund Drive Clears $138,000 Mark!

The Regional Technical Education Center (RTEC) received six more pledges during the past week to send the Workforce Development Fund Drive above the $138,000 level. The fund drive, launched several weeks ago by RTEC, has also received more than $50,000 of in-kind pledges.

As of Mar. 26, the fund drive had received $138,461 in pledges. The goal is to raise at least $200,000 as a way to enable RTEC to sustain and enhance its efforts to support the Yankton community and businesses with education and skills training.

Businesses and individuals who have pledged their support to the fund drive as of Mar. 26, 2014, include: Riverfront Broadcasting, LLC KK93-KDAM-KYNT; Yankton Media Inc.; Classic Hits 106.3/ESPN Radio 1570; Applied Engineering, Inc.; Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc.; Lewis & Clark Hydraulic Co.; Avera Sacred Heart Hospital; Vishay Dale Electronics; First Dakota National Bank; Wohlenberg Ritzman & Co., LLC; Ron Kraft Consulting; John Hagemann; Fred & Janna Binder; Rick Duimstra; Echo Electric Supply; Rural Manufacturing; Halbur Katterhagen Family; Boston Shoe Shop; Tom Hausmann, S.M.A.R.T. Training; Scott Kooistra; Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C.; Gerstner Oil Co., Inc.; Robbie and Rosee Robinson; John A. Conkling Distributing; Greg Henderson; A-OX Welding Supply; Welfl Construction; Wayne & Marge Kindle; First National Bank SD; Jim Cope; Bon Homme Yankton Electric Association; and Planning and Development District III.

Individuals and business representatives who would like to take a closer look at the programs and activities offered inside the Technical Education Center – which houses RTEC, Southeast Job Link, Mitchell Technical Institute and Black Hills State University – are welcome to stop by 1200 W. 21st St. and tour the facility.

For additional program information, please visit RTEC’s website at www.rtecedu.org or call (605) 668-5700. 

We hope you celebrated Manufacturing Week!

It was a busy week in Yankton as manufacturers opened their doors to tours/open houses for the general public and also for special tours for students at Yankton High School. It was all part of Yankton’s celebration of South Dakota Manufacturing Week from Sept. 30 to Oct. 4, 2013.

Several articles appeared in the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan during the week. Below are the links:

Manufacturing’s impact is felt in Yankton.

Veteran welder and RTEC instructor Bob Olson is featured.

Learn about Vishay Dale Electronics  and what they manufacture.

Read about local manufacturer, Dakota Trailer Manufacturing.

Click here to learn more about the YHS student tours.

Lt. Gov. Matt Michels encourages manufacturers to tell their stories.

For a special treat, check out this video, produced to showcase local manufacturers.

And the Winners Are …

Congratulations to Marlys List, Sue Corkery, Natasha Burns, Loryn Lichty and Jane M. Olson! Their names were drawn from among several hundred entrants. They each received a $100 RTEC Certificate. The drawing was held as part of SD Manufacturing Week and individuals were granted an entry ticket after completing tours of local manufacturers. Thanks to everyone and all of the businesses who helped make the first SD Manufacturing Week a success!

Welcome to RTEC!

Welcome to the new web site for the Regional Technical Education Center (RTEC) in Yankton. We hope that you will find our new site easier to read and to navigate. We also hope you will visit this page often and use it as a resource to find the latest information on the classes and activities that we

With the new look, you can still find tabs leading you to information on RTEC’s history, community involvement, BAMAAR Student of the Month and a current list of the members of our board. Now, however, it should be easier to find details on current and future courses under the Programs tab. The Career Expo and Manufacturing Academy now have their own tabs. And we are planning to communicate happenings, opportunities and special events by utilizing our Facebook page. (Hint: Please
take a moment to “Like” us on Facebook and you won’t miss out!)

Although our web site has a new look, RTEC’s purpose remains the same – to provide high quality, affordable technical education and training opportunities which will enhance the abilities of individuals to obtain and retain employment. We also promote the notion of home growing our own workforce and remain dedicated to offering learning opportunities for youth.

Thanks for visiting our new site! We hope you will return often and that you will find a program or activity that fits your needs. If not, please keep in mind that we may be able to customize a course or training to suit your needs.

Please contact us today!

Regional Technical Education Center
1200 W. 21st St.
Yankton, SD 57078
Phone: (605) 668-5700
Fax: (605) 668-3482

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