Gov. Mike Rounds presented the check to RTEC Oct. 26 in recognition of the community business partnership and the state's stance in wanting to create an environment that offers training and employment that will strengthen efforts to retain the youth of South Dakota as they seek employment opportunities within the state.
The grant will be used to expand a high school career exploration project in which high school students in the region are able to attend metals classes at RTEC. The classes count towards high school graduation and furthermore articulate credit at Mitchell Technical Institute (MTI).
The students will also be provided the opportunity to work an internship at local manufacturing plants. The program will enable students to gain skills in welding, machining (CNC), and other metals applications as well as prepare them for a possible career in the area while also providing employers with much need skilled-labor.
RTEC is a non-profit training organization located in Yankton. Established in 2004, RTEC operates a 25,000 square foot training facility catering to a wide variety of training and educational needs.
The Alcoa Founation is a global resource that actively invests in the quality of life in Alcoa communities worldwide. With nearly $411 million invested since inception in 1952, Alcoa Foundation has positioned itself as a source of positive community change and enhancement. Out of that legacy has emerged a set of strengths and competencies that reflect community aspirations and needs around the world.