RTEC’s 2015 Career Expo Coming Apr. 15th!

Whether you are a school official thinking about sending students or you represent an entity that would like to host a free booth at the 2015 Career Expo, we’d love for you to participate. The one-day event runs from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 15, 2015. The expo is designed to give students an opportunity to explore career paths which they might be interested in pursuing.

During the expo, students have an opportunity to take part in hands-on activities and demonstrations and to ask questions of people directly involved in those careers of interest. Because many colleges, universities, technical institutes and other training providers also plan to attend the expo, students will have chances to visit directly with representatives so they can learn more about their programs, majors and related trainings.

There is no cost to attend. For more information or to sign up for a booth, please contact RTEC at (605) 668-5700. Additional information also can be found on the Career Expo page on this website.

Students Invited to Apply for MFG & Auto Academies!

All students enrolled in grades 9-12 at area school districts for the fall of 2015 are invited to apply for one of 30 spots in RTEC’s Manufacturing Academy or for one of 25 spots in RTEC’s Automotive Academy. There is no charge to attend either academy, lunch will be provided and students will receive one-half credit from their high school upon successful completion of the two-week events. Students completing the Manufacturing Academy also have an opportunity to earn 1 credit from Mitchell Technical Institute.

Because remaining funds from a 2014 Governor’s CTE Grant will be used to fund both academies, applications from Avon, Bon Homme, Gayville-Volin, Irene-Wakonda and Yankton high schools will receive first consideration.

Applications for the Manufacturing Academy are due Friday, May 8, 2015. Applications for the Automotive Academy are due Friday, May 15, 2015. Contact RTEC at (605) 668-5700 for more details.

Next Welding Classes Begin May 11 & 12, 2015!

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. Both classes are set to begin in early May!

The Welding Basics course will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Mondays & Wednesdays. Cost is $1,400 plus tax. Class begins May 11 and ends June 22, 2015. There will be no class on May 25, in observance of Memorial Day.

The AWS Certified Upgrade Welding class will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesdays & Thursdays. Cost is also $1,400 plus tax. It will begin May 12 and end on June 18, 2015.

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.

Class A CDL Truck Driving Returns in May 2015!

Though specific dates have not been announced, Mitchell Technical Institute will be returning to help SD residents obtain their Class A CDL. Classroom (CDL prep) portion of the class will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on two days in May 2015. Driving times for those completing the entire course (CDL prep + driving hours) will be scheduled with the instructor.

Note: The classroom portion of this training satisfies requirements for NE residents working to obtain their Nebraska Class A CDL. Contact RTEC at (605) 668-5700 for complete details and costs!

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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