Members from the RV Technical Institute, Newmar Corp. and Thor Industries Inc. met with Ind. Gov. Eric Holcomb to relate how the facility can contribute to the Indiana Workforce Development Program.

As reported by RVIA News & Insights, Thor Industries was in attendance to discuss the success of its own Learn Engage Achieve Perform (LEAP) program, aimed at local middle school and high school students in Indiana’s Elkhart County which is designed to bring awareness of careers in the RV industry and the trades.

In attendance were Gov. Holcomb; Rick Schutt and Ken Julian, Thor; Curt Hemmeler, RV Technical Institute; Matt Miller, Newmar president and RV Technical Institute chairman; Michael Ochs, RV Industry Association and Mark Weller, RV industry lobbyist.

Gov. Holcomb pledged his support to the RV industry and its commitment to use the institute as part of the governor’s overall efforts to close the skills gaps for Hoosiers and to improve the local economy through expanded workforce development programs. There are opportunities in the future to increase funding for the Institute as the workforce development program continues to expand.

“The governor and his staff seemed to understand the potential role that careers in the trades could play in the economic development of the area and how the mission of the RV Technical Institute can fit into that goal,” said Hemmeler. “We are keeping a dialogue open with the governor and his staff on how we can continue to work with them to improve the economic outlook for people across the state of Indiana.”

The RV Technical Institute is officially opening on Sept. 23 during the Elkhart RV Open House. Indiana Rep. Jackie Walorski will be attending the grand opening along with local business leaders in the community.