Manufacturing Academy

After Decade, Manufacturing Academy Sports New Name!

Since 2007, RTEC has hosted a two-week summer program designed to help high school students advance their welding and machining skills as well as to introduce them to career opportunities in the manufacturing field. The summer of 2017 was no exception as 20 students from three area school districts completed the two-week experience, now known as RTEC’s Yankton Manufacturing & Entrepreneurial Academy.

Students spent their time exploring careers and completing classroom and lab activities. They saw manufacturing at its best as they toured five local facilities in addition to spending time at The Sandbox. During the academy, students gained hands-on knowledge and applied what they had learned as they completed individual projects and prepared group presentations.

Partners who made the 2017 Yankton Manufacturing & Entrepreneurial Academy possible include: Onward Yankton (major sponsor), South Dakota National Guard, Yankton School District CMTEA facility, South Dakota Small Business Development Center, Greater Yankton Living, SD Manufacturing & Technology Solutions, Lewis & Clark Hydraulic Co., TruXedo, Applied Engineering, Inc., Vishay Dale Electronics, Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc., The Sandbox, First Dakota National Bank, Siouxland Chapter of the American Welding Society and Mitchell Technical Institute.

A Recognition Ceremony was held on Friday, June 16. Doug Ekeren, an appointee to the new South Dakota Board of Technical Education, served as the featured speaker.

A total of 226 students have successfully completed the academy from 2007-2017. They have represented the following area schools:

  • Yankton (150)
  • Wagner (46)
  • Bon Homme (7)
  • Vermillion (6)
  • Gayville-Volin (6)
  • Menno (3)
  • Crofton, NE (2)
  • Glory Christian (1)
    Hartington Cedar Catholic, NE (1)
  • Bonesteel/Fairfax (1)
  • Avon (1)
  • Wynot, NE (1)
  • Irene-Wakonda (1)

In addition to gaining new skills, students who successfully completed the two-week academy in 2017 had the opportunity to earn one-half CTE credit toward their high school graduation requirements. Completers also received one elective credit from Mitchell Technical Institute.

Applications for the 2018 RTEC academy, now known as the Yankton Manufacturing and Entrepreneurial Academy, will be available in the spring. For more information, please contact RTEC at (605) 668-5700 or stop in at 1200 W. 21st St. in Yankton. Forms will be available on RTEC’s homepage and on RTEC, Inc.’s Facebook page.

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