As RVs continue to skyrocket in popularity and 72 million Americans plan to go RVing this year, skilled RV technicians are in high demand to keep these RVers on the road.
To meet this growing need, the RV Technical Institute has embarked on a journey in 2022 to recruit and train at least 1,000 new RV technicians into the field from outside the RV industry. That means more expertly trained technicians diagnosing and repairing RVs, getting RVers back out on the road faster than ever, and vastly improving the RV consumer experience.
One of the ways the team at the RV Technical Institute has been working to accomplish this is through its efforts at Indiana Westville Correctional Center. The Institute is pleased to announce that the 12 incarcerated students who took the technician training course at Westville have all successfully passed the certification exam and are now certified technicians planning to enter the RV industry upon their release.
“The program looks to be gaining positive attention with the rest of the prison population,” said Shane Schwartzkopf, an RVTI instructor at the facility. “In the future I look to expand the program into other facilities in the area, if possible, and to generate a plethora of skilled technicians willing and able to begin their careers within the RV industry.”
“The RV industry is growing like we have never seen before. And that means there is a lot of opportunity for a career as an RV technician here in Indiana and across the country,” added RV Technical Institute Executive Director Curt Hemmeler. “We are thrilled to be partnering with the Indiana Department of Correction to provide this training to the students at the Westville Correctional Facility and look forward to seeing them join the industry upon their release.”
To register for RV technician training courses, you can sign up at RVTI’s website here.