Academy Deadlines Extended to May 31, 2016!

Students who are entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2016 are invited to submit an application to attend RTEC’s Manufacturing Academy, Automotive Academy – or both! Application deadlines for students who have not attended a previous academy have been extended to May 31, 2016.

Students from local and area schools are eligible to apply. Participants will spend two weeks learning about careers, touring related businesses and gaining valuable real-world skills. There is no cost to attend, lunch is provided and students can earn .5 Career and Technical Education (CTE) credit toward their high school graduation requirements (with school board approval).

Students interested in attending are encouraged to complete an application and return it to RTEC, 1200 W. 21st St. in Yankton by the May 31 deadline. Please contact RTEC at (605) 668-5700 with any questions!


Next Welding Classes to Begin in July 2016!

If you are interested in learning how to weld, building upon past welding experience or in earning certification through the American Welding Society (AWS), you’ll want to sign up for RTEC’s next welding training programs.

The next Welding Basics course is expected to begin in early July and will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Mondays & Wednesdays. Cost is $1,500 plus tax.

The next Advanced AWS Welding course will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesdays & Thursdays. It also is slated to begin in early July 2016. Cost is $1,500 plus tax.

Financial assistance for both welding courses may be available through the SD Department of Labor and Regulation. Please contact RTEC at (605) 668-5700 for more information or to learn how to apply. Complete and return an application today! Class sizes are limited.

You can download an application here. Once it is completed, you may drop it off or mail it to RTEC, 1200 W. 21st St., Yankton, SD 57078. You may also scan it and email it to RTEC at contactrtec@gmail.com. Please contact RTEC at (605) 668-5700 if you have questions.


More Than 900 Attend Career Expo!

Despite the cold and rainy weather, more than 900 students from 11 school districts attended RTEC’s 2016 Career Expo on Wednesday, Apr. 27. That makes the 2016 Career Expo the biggest and best one ever.

Participating South Dakota school districts included: Yankton, Gayville-Volin, Beresford, Irene-Wakonda, Andes Central. Students from the following Nebraska schools also attended: Wakefield, Pierce, Hartington Cedar Catholic, Santee, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge and Tilden Elkhorn Valley.

During the 2016 Expo, students had an opportunity to take part in hands-on activities and demonstrations and to ask questions of people directly involved in careers that interested them. Because many colleges, universities, technical institutes and other training providers also attended the expo, students had chances to visit directly with representatives so they could learn more about their programs, majors and related trainings.

For more information or to sign up for a booth, please contact RTEC at (605) 668-5700. Watch for additional information and pictures to be posted.

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.


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 Passes $189,000 Mark!

Thanks to the continuing generosity of businesses and individuals in the community, the Regional Technical Education Center (RTEC) has cleared the $189,000 level on the way to reaching its goal of raising $200,000 as part of the ongoing Workforce Development Fund Drive.

Pledges received during the past few weeks have pushed the money raised to $189,352 with another $56,538 of in-kind pledges.

RTEC hopes to raise at least $200,000 so it can sustain and enhance its efforts to support the Yankton community and businesses with education and workforce skills training. Funds raised over that amount will be used to establish a technical education scholarship fund.

Businesses and individuals who have pledged their support to the fund drive as of Sept. 3, 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 Shoes to Boots; 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; Planning and Development District III; Koletzky Implement; Wells Fargo Foundation; MT & RC Smith Insurance; FloorTec; Wal-Mart; Legacy Financial Group; Shur-Co, LLC; Hy-Vee; Wilson Trailer Company; South Dakota Magazine; Vision Real Estate Services; JJBenji’s Screen Printing & Embroidery; Brad & Nancy Wenande; Electair; Chesterman Company; Otto Ullrich Memorial Trust; Manitou Group; TransCanada Corporation; TOPS No. 45; Baldwin Filters/CLARCOR; and The Freeman Company.

The fund drive continues and individuals and business representatives who would like to make a pledge to the campaign are invited to stop by 1200 W. 21st St. in Yankton or to contact RTEC at (605) 668-5700. Investors may choose to have their pledges paid in 2014, 2015, 2016 or spread out between the three. Because RTEC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, donations are tax deductible. 

Welcome to the new web site!

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 offer.

With the new look, you can still find tabs leading you to information on RTEC’s history, community involvement, 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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