RV Technical Institute Provides Second Chance And Training To Massachusetts Inmates

Sep 14, 2022

Inmates at the Worcester House of Correction in Massachusetts will leave jail with a marketable skill that is in high demand nationwide after completing training to become Level 1 RV Service Technicians. These inmates who are scheduled for release this fall or later next year, completed their Level 1 training last week as a result of a partnership between Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis and the RV Technical Institute (RVTI) to train inmates for a career after incarceration.

“Our goal is to recruit, train, and certify RV service technicians,” said RVTI Executive Director Curt Hemmeler. “The RV Technical Institute’s hands-on training and instruction, created by top RV industry experts, provides students with the experience and expertise needed by manufacturers, dealerships, and repair shops nationwide. Our curriculum is available through partnerships like this that allow local educators provide the hands-on training. When they’re ready for work, we will also help them find a job.”

The instructor for the program was RVTI Level 4 certified technician Chris Dougherty of Dougherty RV Consulting.  Chris will also be available to train the graduates after release on the RVTI Level 2 curriculum which covers basic diagnostics, troubleshooting, and repairs.

Bob Zagami, Executive Director of the New England RV Dealers Association (NERVDA), is working with New England area RV dealerships to place the graduates with jobs. 

The 40-hour course included work with propane, electrical, water, appliances, generator, and chassis systems including 4.5 hours of hands-on practical training with a travel trailer donated by Fuller RV Rentals and Sales in Boylston, MA.

“The RVTI program creates opportunities for participants to secure high paying. Nothing is more important than the dignity and self-respect of earning a paycheck,” adds Sheriff Evangelidis.

This partnership, along with others like the Windham School District, provides a second chance to people while also filling the need for trained and certified RV technicians.

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