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Class Features Historic Preservation Techniques!

Learn the basics of plastering, stucco and drywall repair during this special community education class sponsored by the Dakota Territorial Museum and RTEC. This class will be held from 9 a.m. to Noon on the first three Saturdays of October 2014 and will be instructed at the actual Historic Mead Building, 106 Mead St. on the former Human Services Campus.

It’s a great opportunity, whether you have a home improvement project you’d like to tackle or you’d like to learn these basic techniques so you’ll be ready to volunteer for future historic preservation opportunities at the Mead Building.

The class will be instructed by Roger Huntley, a local contractor with years of specialized experience. Cost of the class is $150 and includes the 9 hours of instruction, a beginner’s tool kit, and basic reference manual. Safety equipment will be provided. Because the location is an active construction site, participants will need to sign a liability waiver and should wear weather-appropriate clothing, including jeans and closed-toes shoes or boots.

Contact RTEC at (605) 668-5700 to register.

Act Now for Special SD/NE CDL Opportunity!

If you want to obtain your Class A CDL and need to complete the classroom portion of the training ASAP, there’s still time to sign up for this class that fulfills requirements for both SD and NE residents. The unique class will be instructed at RTEC, 1200 W. 21st St. in Yankton from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday & Tuesday, Sept. 15 & 16, 2014.

During these two days, you’ll receive instruction that is designed to help you test for and obtain your learner’s permit. With that in hand, you’ll be prepared to complete the driving portion of a Class A CDL course with either Mitchell Technical Institute in Mitchell, SD, or with Northeast Community College in Norfolk, NE.

If you are interested in attending, please contact RTEC right away at (605) 668-5700 for more registration details.

Let Your Creativity Flow in Hobby Welding! 

Get ready to have fun and unleash your creativity during RTEC’s Fall Hobby Welding Class! You’ll spend three Saturday mornings from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in RTEC’s welding lab learning the basics so you can create unique projects for yourself or for others. The class will be held on Oct. 18, 25 and Nov. 1, so you’ll finish your projects in time for the holidays.

No previous welding experience is required, making this class ideal for amateurs, artists and hobbyists who want to expand their knowledge and acquire new skills.

Cost of the class is $130 plus tax. You may register by contacting RTEC at (605) 668-5700 or by emailing contactrtec@gmail.com.

 

More RTEC “Just for Fun” Classes Announced!

If you would like to spend a few hours having fun and learning a new crafting technique, you’ll want to sign up for Burlap Embellishments and Knitting Without Needles, two of RTEC’s “just for fun” classes. Both of these classes have been offered before and are back by popular demand.

The Burlap Embellishments class will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. During the class, instructor MaryBeth Herrboldt will show you how to craft a doorhanger from this rough-textured, loosely woven fabric that is gaining popularity as a crafting and home decorating material.

The Knitting Without Needles class, also instructed by MaryBeth Herrboldt, will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. In this class, Herrboldt will show you how to knit without needles by using your arms to fashion a trendy infinity scarf.

Both classes will be held at RTEC, 1200 W. 21st St. and are designed so you can leave with your completed projects in hand. Contact RTEC at (605) 668-5700 to register for one or both of these “just for fun” classes. Encourage a friend or co-worker to sign up with you and you’ll have a few hours to chat while learning a new crafting technique together. See accompanying flyers for complete details.

First Friday CTE Academy Classes Are Under Way!

Sixteen students from the Avon, Bon Homme, Gayville-Volin or Irene-Wakonda school districts are taking part in the first semester of the Friday CTE (Career and Technical Education) Academy classes which are being instructed at RTEC, 1200 W. 21st St. in Yankton.

As the name suggests, classes are held on Fridays during the school year. Currently, eight students are enrolled in Welding and eight students are taking part in the CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) SolidWorks course. A third class, Machining Processes, was canceled due to low enrollment numbers.  

The goal of Friday CTE Academy is to increase the number of CTE course offerings available to students in surrounding communities. It also was designed to help students become more aware of the career opportunities that are possible, especially with CTE training.

The academy is a reality thanks to funding awarded earlier this year as part of a Governor’s Grant for Career and Technical Education and with the support of these partners:

  • Yankton School District
  • Yankton Area Progressive Growth
  • Regional Technical Education Center (RTEC)
  • Black Hills State University
  • Mitchell Technical Institute
  • Yankton Rural Area Health Education Center
  • Avon School District
  • Bon Homme School District
  • Gayville-Volin School District
  • Irene-Wakonda School District

There is no charge for students to enroll and there is no cost for the students to receive dual enrollment credit. That means high school students who successfully complete a Friday CTE class will not only receive CTE credit from their high school, but they (juniors or seniors) also can receive free college-level credit from either Mitchell Technical Institute or Black Hills State University, depending on the course.

Parents or students who have questions about these special Friday classes are encouraged to contact RTEC at (605) 668-5700. It is hoped that the three courses will be offered next semester.

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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