Black Hills State University is one of several sponsors to  with the Regional Technical Education Center (RTEC) to present the annual two-week Manufacturing Academy in Yankton designed to help high school students advance their welding and machining skills, as well as introduce them to career opportunities in the manufacturing field.

This year’s Manufacturing Academy will be held at Yankton’s RTEC  June 4-8 and June 11-15. Participants will spend their first week exploring careers and completing classroom and lab activities. They will also have the opportunity to see manufacturing at its best as they tour several local facilities. During the second week, students will gain hands-on knowledge and apply what they have learned as they complete internship experiences at RTEC or with participating manufacturers.

In addition to gaining new skills, students who successfully complete the two-week academy have the opportunity to earn one-half credit toward their high school graduation requirements, if their school board approves. New this year is the opportunity for students to earn one college credit from Black Hills State University.  That credit can also be articulated at Mitchell Technical Institute.

A total of 86 students have successfully completed RTEC’s academy since its creation in 2007. It is open to all high school students interested in manufacturing. There is no cost to attend, thanks to generous support from BHSU and other partners, which include Yankton area manufacturers, First Dakota National Bank, Mitchell Technical Institute and the South Dakota National Guard.

Applications are being accepted for the Manufacturing Academy through Friday, May 18.  For more information or to register for the academy, please contact RTEC at (605) 668-5700 or visit www.rtecedu.org. 

In addition to supporting the academy, BHSU offers an Associate of Science in Advanced Manufacturing degree in Yankton.  BHSU and RTEC have partnered to offer this degree to meet the needs of local industries. The program’s curriculum was specifically designed with collaborative input from the Yankton area high tech manufacturing leaders. This degree was specifically designed to develop the competency, skills and knowledge needed to fill high-tech industrial manufacturing jobs. Visit www.BHSU.edu/Yankton to learn more.