Manufacturing Academy

Applications Available for 2017 Academy!

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 2016 was no exception as 12 students from three area school districts completed the two-week experience.

Students spent their first week exploring careers and completing classroom and lab activities. They had an opportunity to see manufacturing at its best as they toured nine local manufacturing facilities. In the second week, students gained hands-on knowledge and applied what they had learned as they completed individual projects and prepared group presentations.

Partners who made the 2016 Manufacturing Academy possible include: Yankton Area Progressive Growth, South Dakota National Guard, Siouxland Section of the American Welding Society, Lewis & Clark Hydraulic Co., TruXedo, Wilson Trailer Co., Applied Engineering, Inc., Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc., Manitou, Vishay Dale Electronics, Baldwin Filters and The Freeman Company.

A Recognition Ceremony was held on Friday, June 17. Rita Nelson, Workforce Development Coordinator for Greater Yankton Living, served as the featured speaker. During the ceremony, Yankton High School student Erin Knight was honored with the Outstanding Student Award.

A total of 206 students have successfully completed the academy from 2007-2016. They have represented the following area schools:

  • Yankton (136)
  • Wagner (42)
  • Bon Homme (7)
  • Vermillion (6)
  • Gayville-Volin (6)
  • Glory Christian (1)
  • Menno (3)
  • 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 2016 had the opportunity to earn one-half CTE credit toward their high school graduation requirements. Completers also received one college credit from Mitchell Technical Institute.

Applications for the 2017 RTEC academy, now known as the Yankton Manufacturing and Entrepreneurial Academy, are now available. For more information, please contact RTEC at (605) 668-5700 or stop in at 1200 W. 21st St. in Yankton. Forms are also available on RTEC’s homepage and on RTEC, Inc.’s Facebook page.

“We are always searching for new activities and experiences that can expose area youth
to the many opportunities that exist right in our own backyard.”

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