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Next Hobby Welding Class Begins Jan. 17, 2015!

Get ready to have fun and unleash your creativity during RTEC’s Winter Hobby Welding Class! You’ll spend three Saturday mornings – Jan. 17, 24 & 31 – 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.

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.

 

Needle Tatting Class Postponed to Jan. 16 & 17, 2015!

New dates have been announced for RTEC’s new crafting class, Needle Tatting for Beginners. During this two-part class, you’ll learn the basics of needle tatting from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 16. You’ll have a chance to practice a little bit at home that evening on your own. Then you’ll return to RTEC for the second half of the course from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015.

This needle tatting class will be instructed by Kay Reimnitz, a life-long crafter from Mitchell, SD. Reimnitz, who wants to share her knowledge with others to be sure the art of tatting lives on, says participants will discover that tatting is fun and actually easier than they might think. Though it requires a little bit of patience, once you’ve mastered the basics, she says students will be ready to tat lovely edgings, doilies and more.

Participants should bring a scissors and a small #6 crochet hook. The thread and a #10 tatting needle will be provided as part of the $40.00 course fee. Contact RTEC at (605) 668-5700 to reserve your spot!

This class, like other “just for fun” classes, is designed so you can leave with your completed projects in hand. Contact RTEC at (605) 668-5700 for updates or to suggest additional “just for fun” course ideas. 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.

Dates Announced for Basic & Upgrade Welding!

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 the week of Jan. 5, 2015, and will help you get the New Year off to a great start!

The Welding Basics course will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Mondays & Wednesdays from Jan. 5 through Feb. 18, 2015. No class will be held on Jan. 19 or Feb. 16, due to observed holidays. Cost is $1,400 plus tax.

The AWS Certified Upgrade Welding class will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesdays & Thursdays from Jan. 6 through Feb. 12, 2015. Cost is also $1,400 plus tax.

Financial assistance for both welding courses may be available through the SD Department of Labor and Regulation or in the form of a scholarship. 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.

Spring 2015 Friday CTE Academy Classes Set!

Applications are currently being accepted for the Spring 2015 Friday CTE (Career and Technical Education) Academy classes to be held at RTEC, 1200 W. 21st St. in Yankton. Students enrolled in grades 11 & 12 in the Avon, Bon Homme, Gayville-Volin and Irene-Wakonda school districts are eligible to enroll.

Available classes include CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) SolidWorks and Welding. As the name suggests, classes will be held on Fridays during the spring semester. Each class is limited to 10 students. 

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 or to consult with their school counselor. See attached flyer for additional details.

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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