There is not much that has played out this year in a way that most thought it would back in January. But despite the challenges and changes the RV Technical Institute has faced in its inaugural year, the organization is on track to train 1,000 students in 2020.
In the first few months of the year, the RV Technical Institute has trained 80 students at its Elkhart, Ind., campus. With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the Institute quickly pivoted to online webinar classes. These classes have been well attended with the first live online class boasting an attendance of over 70 students.
After listening to feedback from RV dealer partners and prospective students, the first evening class was offered last month. That class quickly sold out within days of being announced. To meet the demand, two additional classes are scheduled for later this month. Both an evening and a daytime class are now available for registration.
Through July of this year, the RV Technical Institute has trained 220 students between the in-person classes and the live online classes. All 220 students are now able to sit for the certification test—something many have already done.
But this is just the beginning of what this program will accomplish this year thanks to a new partnership with Bisk Education.
“We are just weeks away from the start of the RV industry’s fall training season,” said Executive Director of the RV Technical Institute Curt Hemmeler. “With the introduction of the all-new, self-paced, immersive, online level one training, we will be able to reach significantly more RV technicians from across the country and meet our goal of training 1,000 students in our first year.”
The RV Technical Institute team and their partners at Bisk Education are currently working on creating the new self-paced, immersive, online level one training on the only industry-recognized RV technician curriculum. Unlike the current live classes, this new program will be self-paced allowing technicians to complete the training at a pace and time that best fits their schedule.
The new self-paced program will be available this fall with more details to come.