Applications Available for Area Students to Attend Friday CTE Academy! 

If you will be a student in grades 9-12 and are enrolled in one of the following school districts – Avon, Bon Homme, Gayville-Volin or Irene-Wakonda – this fall, you should sign up to attend the Friday Career and Technical Education (CTE) Academy that will be instructed here. Here’s the initial application form. More information will be coming, but please feel free to contact RTEC at (605) 668-5700 with questions.

It’s a great opportunity for area students to gain exposure to CTE courses and to receive dual enrollment – both high school and college credit for doing so – at no cost to the student.


Additional Friday CTE Academy Details Released!

Area students who would like to enroll in Welding, Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) or Machining Processes classes this fall as part of the new Friday Career and Technical Education (CTE) Academy are encouraged to complete an application and return it to the Regional Technical Education Center (RTEC) by July 15, 2014.

Students, enrolled in grades 9-12 in the Avon, Bon Homme, Gayville-Volin or Irene-Wakonda school districts this fall, are eligible to take the classes. As the name suggests, classes will be held on Fridays during the school year. Although specific times have yet to be determined for these three classes, they will be instructed at RTEC, 1200 W. 21st St. in Yankton.

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 students who successfully complete a Friday CTE class will not only receive CTE credit from their high school, but they also will receive free college-level credit from either Mitchell Technical Institute or Black Hills State University, depending on the course.

Application forms are available at RTEC, 1200 W. 21st St. in Yankton, from this web site or from our Facebook page. Completed applications should be returned to RTEC. The primary application deadline is Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Class sizes are limited, but a minimum number of students must be enrolled for these Friday CTE Academy classes to be held.

Parents or students who have questions about the Friday classes are encouraged to contact RTEC at (605) 668-5700.

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 $177,000 Mark!

Thanks to the continuing generosity of businesses and individuals in the community, the Regional Technical Education Center (RTEC) has cleared the $177,000 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 week have pushed the money raised to $177,002 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 June 23, 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; and Manitou Group.

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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