RTEC’s Friday CTE Academy Returns!

Juniors and seniors enrolled at any area school district for the Spring 2017 semester are invited to submit an application to attend one of three available Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses that will be offered at RTEC in Yankton beginning Friday, Jan. 6, 2017.

Available courses include Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) SolidWorks from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) Machining from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; and Welding from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Students will have the opportunity to earn high school CTE credit as well as dual credit from Mitchell Technical Institute.

Applications are currently being accepted. Once they are completed and all required signatures are obtained, applications should be returned to RTEC, 1200 W. 21st St., Yankton, SD 57078. Please note that class sizes are limited and seats will be filled as applications are received. Please contact RTEC at (605) 668-5700 with questions.

RTEC Launches Word, Excel 2013 Classes!

If you have been waiting for an opportunity to advance your computer skills, you’ll want to take advantage of the Microsoft Word 2013 and Microsoft Excel 2013 courses which will be offered at RTEC one more time before the end of the year.

Whether you’d like to learn Word and Excel 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.

Two levels of Microsoft Word and three levels of Microsoft Excel will be available. The cost of each course level is $95 plus tax. Please contact RTEC at (605) 668-5700 and register today! Class sizes are limited to 10 students.

Class A CDL Training Returns Jan. 12, 2017!

Take advantage of Northeast Community College’s next truck driving training program while it is offered in Yankton and earn your Class A CDL. The classroom portion of the course will be held at RTEC in Yankton from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 12 & 13, 2017.

The driving portion will be conducted in Norfolk, NE, during the week of Feb. 6-10, 2017. Cost is $995 plus tax and class size is limited to three students.

Contact RTEC at (605) 668-5700 and reserve your seat today. In case of inclement weather during the scheduled driving week, that portion of the class could be postponed to the next week, Feb. 13-17, 2017.

Next 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 next Welding Basics course will begin Jan. 9, 2017. It will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Mondays & Wednesdays through Feb. 22, 2017. Cost is $1,500 plus tax. No classes are scheduled for Jan. 16 or Feb. 20.

The next Advanced AWS Welding course will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesdays & Thursdays. It is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, and end on Feb. 16, 2017. Cost is $1,500 plus tax.

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.

You can download an application here. Once it is 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 Career 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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