Classes Postponed on Nov. 30, 2015!

Due to the inclement weather, several of RTEC’s classes scheduled to be held tonight, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, will not be held as planned. The evening welding class will be cancelled. The class period will be made up at a later date. The “just for fun” Holiday Wreaths class has been postponed. The Black Hills State University (BHSU) TECH 141 course, which originates from RTEC via DDN, is also cancelled for tonight.

Fun Classes Coming Dec. 2 & Dec. 3, 2015!

If you need a chance to catch your breath after packing up the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers and putting away the final piece of good China, you’ll want to pencil in one of these two “Just for Fun” classes coming up this week after Thanksgiving.

The first class, a brand new one being instructed by Marybeth Herrboldt, was scheduled to be held from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. However, due to the winter weather, the class has been postponed to Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, at the same times.

During the class, you’ll learn how to turn an ordinary wire clothes hanger, some ribbon and a few ornaments into a charming holiday wreath. You bring the hanger and we’ll supply the rest of the materials. Cost is $26.50. We only have room for 10 students, so please reserve your spot soon! Just call RTEC at (605) 668-5700 or email us at contactrtec@gmail.com .

Knitting Without Needles, one of RTEC’s most popular “Just for Fun” classes will return on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. You’ll learn to create a beautiful infinity scarf perfect for your fall or winter wardrobe or for that someone special who’s hard to shop for. As the name implies, you won’t be using knitting needles. Instead you’ll be using your arms.

Class will be held from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. and costs $21.20. You just need to bring your scissors and two skeins of yarn – either #5 chunky or #6 extra chunky. Contact RTEC and reserve your spot by calling (605) 668-5700 or by emailing us at contactrtec@gmail.com .


Next Welding Classes to Begin Jan. 11 & 12, 2016!

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 Welding Basics course will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Mondays & Wednesdays from Jan. 11 through Feb. 24, 2016. Cost is $1,400 plus tax. There will be no class on Jan. 18 or Feb. 15, due to holiday observations.

The Advanced AWS Welding course will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesdays & Thursdays. It is slated to begin on Jan. 12 and end on Feb. 18, 2016.

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.



2015 Career Expo a Huge Success!

An estimated 900 students from at least 10 school districts visited the 2015 Career Expo making it RTEC’s biggest and best Career Expo ever. Participating school districts included: Yankton, Beresford, Crofton (NE), Laurel-Concorde-Coleridge (NE), Irene-Wakonda, Avon, Bon Homme, Tripp-Delmont, Santee (NE), and Elk Point-Jefferson.

During the Apr. 15 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.

There was no cost to attend. A date for the 2016 Career Expo will be announced this fall. For more information or to sign up for a booth, 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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