After 12 years of service, Josh Svatos has resigned as president of the Regional Technical Education Center (RTEC) in Yankton.
"I’m going to be working as a production manager for a Yankton manufacturer," he told the Press & Dakotan, declining to name the employer at this time. "My last day at RTEC was July 31, and I start with my new job next week."
During his tenure, RTEC has emerged as a major career training and workforce development site. The campus is located in northwest Yankton, across from Yankton High School.
Svatos emphasized the job change was made for personal reasons and not as anything negative about RTEC and its operations.
"I needed to make some changes for our family," he said. "This was a created position (with his new employer), and I felt it was something that I needed to do. I looked at it both from a family viewpoint and also for moving ahead with my career."
Svatos emphasized one thing about his departure — RTEC will continue operations.
"When people heard I was leaving, they asked if RTEC was closing. It definitely is not," he said. "It’s going to remain a vibrant asset for Yankton and a vital key for our workforce development. It will continue to provide the tools we need to continue building the skills we need in our community and the surrounding region."
The RTEC board has started its search for a new president, Svatos said. He remains willing to offer assistance with the hiring of a replacement. RTEC is a 501c3 non-profit corporation.
Svatos started at RTEC in 2007 — just ahead of the major recession in 2008-09. The center provided career training in helping Yankton area employees who lost their job or were seeking other employment.
In recent years, RTEC has expanded its role in terms of training and outreach.
"I’m thankful to the RTEC board members who saw potential in me in 2007," he said. "I also want to thank the community for a great 12 years and for everything it has done for me."
Svatos looks for even better days ahead for RTEC and the Yankton region.
"We have done some great things in this community. We’ve laid the foundation, and it’s there for the next person who follows me," he said. "My goal was to leave things better than when I started, and I think we’ve been very visionary in that regard."
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