Applications Now Available for Summer Academy!

For the past decade, RTEC has offered a two-week, hands-on learning experience for local and area high school students during the early part of June known as the Manufacturing Academy. Though it has featured several different co-sponsors over the years, the academy’s purpose has remained the same – to offer students a glimpse into the real world or manufacturing that takes place right here in Yankton; to equip students with technical skills and to encourage them to explore all the different types of careers that are included under the manufacturing umbrella.

During the past few years, students participating in the academy have been taking manufacturing concepts one step further as they have worked in groups to promote teamwork, develop leadership and polish their presentation skills while brainstorming products, creating business plans and following the manufacturing process from beginning to end. That’s why RTEC has updated the academy’s name to reflect the entrepreneurial spirit that has already been inspiring and challenging participants. The two-week experience will now be recognized as RTEC’s Yankton Manufacturing and Entrepreneurial Academy or YMEA.

RTEC’s 2017 YMEA will be held from June 5 – 9 and from June 12 – 16, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Students from across the region who will be entering grades 9-12 in the fall are welcome to participate. Applications are currently being accepted to fill the 30 available spots. There is no cost to attend, lunch and snacks are included, and students who complete the entire two-week YMEA may be eligible to earn high school Career and Technical Education (CTE) credit as well as one possible elective credit from Mitchell Technical Institute.

For more information, please contact RTEC at (605) 668-5700.

Dates Slated for Word and Excel Classes in May!

If you have been waiting for an opportunity to advance your computer skills, you’ll want to take advantage of the Microsoft Excel 2013 and Microsoft Word 2013 courses which will be offered at RTEC in May 2017.

Whether you’d like to learn Excel or Word basics or you’re ready to tackle the more challenging tasks, you’ll find the instruction you need. For your convenience, each course features multiple levels that are scheduled approximately a week apart during daytime hours. That allows you time to apply the concepts you have learned and the chance to move up to the next level while the material is still fresh in your mind. It also gives you a chance to seek answers to questions or issues that you might have encountered.

Excel Level I will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, 2017. Excel Level II will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, 2017. The cost of each Level I and Level II Excel course is $95 plus tax.

A Level III Excel class can be scheduled upon request. Due to student and instructor input, this level class has been extended one hour and when offered will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It’s cost will be $105 plus tax.

For individuals interested in acquiring or enhancing their knowledge of Microsoft Word 2013, dates have recently been announced. Word Level I will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Word Level II, which has been extended an additional hour, will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 1, 2017. Cost for Word Level I is $95 plus tax. Cost for Word Level II is $105 plus tax.

Please contact RTEC at (605) 668-5700 and register today! A minimum of three students is needed to run each computer class, but classes are limited to 10 students.

Next CDL Class at RTEC Set for July  6 & 7, 2017!

Take advantage of Northeast Community College’s truck driving training program while it is offered in Yankton and earn your Class A CDL. The February course has filled up, but applications are available for the next course which is slated to begin in July 2017.

The classroom portion of the course will be held at RTEC in Yankton from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 6 & 7, 2017. The driving portion will be conducted in Norfolk, NE, during the week of July 31- Aug. 4, 2017. Cost is $1,045 plus tax and class size is limited to three students.

In case these dates don’t match your schedule, please contact RTEC and we can add your name to our interest/waiting list and notify you when the next class dates are announced.

A drug screen is required for students. That cost is included in the fees. Cost of a DOT physical, which will be required in certain instances, is not included in the class fees. Contact RTEC at (605) 668-5700 for more information or to register today. Students must be at least 21 years of age.

July Welding Class Dates Announced!

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 timing is perfect for recent high school graduates! The next Welding Basics course will begin July 24, 2017. It will feature special summer hours from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Mondays & Wednesdays through Aug. 30, 2017. Cost for the class is $1,600 plus tax.

The next Advanced AWS Welding course will be held with special summer hours from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays & Thursdays. It is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, and end on Aug. 31, 2017. Cost is $1,600 plus tax.

Financial assistance for both welding courses may be available through the SD Department of Labor and Regulation. In addition, veterans, reservists and eligible dependents with Federal Education Benefits may now use those benefits toward the basic and upgrade welding courses. Please contact RTEC at (605) 668-5700 for more information or to learn how to apply.

Contact RTEC for an application or download one here. Once 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 2016 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, 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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