The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) Board has earmarked $250,000 to ensure that the 2-year-old service technicians satellite TV training program, coordinated by the RV Service Training Council (RVSTC), will continue beyond the current session, which ends in June.
However, the money may not need to be spent, because enrollment fees for classes, which start in September, are expected to be enough to finance the next installment of the program.
“Being self-sufficient had been the ambition going all the way back to the beginning,” said RVSTC Chairman Mel Adams, president and CEO of industry supplier Airxcel, Wichita, Kan.
The board allocated the money during the RVIA Annual Meeting March 6-10 at the Renaissance Wailea Beach Resort, Maui, Hawaii.
The council in 2001 extended the training program to cover the entire country after it was developed by the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) and Lake City (Fla.) Community College, with a Florida employment training grant.
The grant expires this year.
“Without this ($250,000) commitment the college would not go ahead with the program,” said RVIA President Dave Humphreys. “The school needed a commitment to the save the satellite time for us. Otherwise they would have sold it to somebody else. We don’t think that we will spend the whole $250,000 by a long shot.”
Adams expects more than 200 dealerships, manufacturers and repair centers to pay a $1,300-per-site fee to enroll technicians in the next series of classes. “It looks like there should be no difficulty registering enough sites to fund the entire program,” he added. “We also have a small reserve that we can carry forward.”
More than 200 dealers from around the country have signed up for the last series of 90-minute classes telecast for 40 weeks on Wednesday afternoons.
Under an agreement with the RVSTC, Florida dealers will continue to pay only for the cost of equipment to receive the satellite signal, which ranges up to $2,500.