Sparking our community's future, one student at a time. RTEC has a dedicated mission to home grow our workforce through cutting edge career & technical education.
Welcome to RTEC
We offer skills-training both for high school students and adult-learners seeking to advance in their careers.
Our in-house team of instructors is supplemented for some courses by instructors from Northeast Community College and Mitchell Technical Institute. We also offer customized workforce solutions for employers.
“I went to RTEC and got AWS certified. The reason I like welding is that it's like a puzzle. You take a bunch of small parts and get them all set together until you have a finished product.”
— Andrew Taggart, RTEC Welding Course Alumnus & Kolberg-Pioneer employee
To offer high-quality, accessible, and affordable technical education and training opportunities which can enhance the ability of individuals to obtain and retain employment while also finding creative learning experiences which will serve to "home grow our own workforce".
What began as a vision for a satellite campus of Southeast Technical Institute quickly developed into a unique community-led, customized-training center. RTEC formed as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 2004.
In 2005, RTEC received a $50,000 startup grant form South Dakota’s Future Fund. A further $60,000 grant from the Alcoa foundation in 2006 allowed RTEC to hire its first general manager and start a high school training program.
Over the years, RTEC has responded to local training needs by partnering with Northeast Community College, and other technical institutes, to bring their instructors into our community. RTEC has the distinction of operating one of South Dakota’s two American Welding Society (AWS) Accredited Test Facilities.
RTEC is looking to the future with our Skilled Trades Association. Industry partners are encouraged to join with us in home growing Yankton’s future workforce.