Twenty Complete 2017 RTEC Summer Academy!

Twenty students, representing Yankton, Wagner and Crofton, NE, school districts, completed RTEC’s 2017 Yankton Manufacturing & Entrepreneurial Academy (YMEA) at the Yankton School District’s Career & Manufacturing Technical Education Academy building at 1200 W. 21st St.

This marked the 11th year that RTEC has offered a two-week, hands-on learning experience for local and area high school students. Though it was previously known as the Manufacturing Academy and has featured several different co-sponsors during that time, the academy’s purpose has remained the same – to offer students a glimpse into the real world or manufacturing that takes place right here in Yankton; to equip students with technical skills; and to encourage them to explore all the different types of careers that are included under the manufacturing umbrella.

During the past few years, however, students participating in the academy began taking manufacturing concepts one step further as they worked in groups to promote teamwork, develop leadership and polish their presentation skills while brainstorming products, creating business plans and following the manufacturing process from beginning to end. That’s why RTEC updated the academy’s name to reflect the entrepreneurial spirit that began inspiring and challenging participants.

Participating students who successfully completed the academy, are eligible to receive .5 high school credit (if their school district approves) and one elective credit from Mitchell Technical Institute.

Doug Ekeren, an appointee to the new South Dakota Board of Technical Education, served as the featured speaker for the Recognition Ceremony.

Dates for the 2018 Yankton Manufacturing & Entrepreneurial Academy have been finalized. Applications are now available. For more information, please contact RTEC at (605) 668-5700.

Watch for Word, Excel Class Dates!

If you have been waiting for an opportunity to advance your computer skills, you’ll want to take advantage of the Microsoft Excel 2013 and Microsoft Word 2013 courses which are offered periodically at RTEC.

Whether you’d like to learn Excel or Word 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.

Dates for the next round of classes will be announced soon. Please contact RTEC at (605) 668-5700 for more information!

CDL Training Dates Expected Soon!

Take advantage of Northeast Community College’s truck driving training program when it is again offered in Yankton and earn your Class A CDL.

New course dates have not been finalized, but the two-day classroom portion of the course will be held at RTEC in Yankton from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on two days. The five-day driving portion will be conducted in Norfolk, NE, several weeks later. Cost is $1,045 plus tax and class size is limited to three students.

A drug screen is required for students. That cost is included in the fees. Cost of a DOT physical, which will be required in certain instances, is not included in the class fees.

Contact RTEC at (605) 668-5700 for more information. Students must be at least 21 years of age.

RTEC’s May 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 May 21, 2018. It will run from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Mondays & Wednesdays through July 2, 2018. Cost for the class is $1,600 plus tax. The Advanced AWS Welding course is scheduled to begin on May 22, 2018, and conclude on June 28, 2018. Cost is also $1,600 plus tax. Applications are being accepted for both sessions.

Financial assistance for both welding courses may be available through the SD Department of Labor and Regulation. In addition, veterans, reservists and eligible dependents with Federal Education Benefits may now use those benefits toward the basic and upgrade welding courses.

Please contact RTEC at (605) 668-5700 for more information or to learn how to apply. Contact RTEC for an application or download one here. Once 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 2016 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.

RTEC’s 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 RTEC’s website!

Welcome to the website for the Regional Technical Education Center (RTEC) in Yankton. We hope that you will find our site easy 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.

You can find tabs leading you to information on RTEC’s history, community involvement, and a current list of the members of our board. You’ll find details on current and future courses under the Programs tab. The Career Expo and Manufacturing Academy have their own tabs. And we communicate happenings, opportunities and special events on our Facebook page. (Hint: Please take a moment to “Like” us on Facebook and you won’t miss out!)

Although our website content changes with area needs, 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 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
Email: contactrtec@gmail.com.

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