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For the second year, RVIA agreed to a $250,000 guarantee to allow the University
of South Florida to reserve satellite time for distance learning classes being offered by the RV Service Training Council (RVSTC).
If enrollment in classes scheduled to begin in September fail to generate
enough money to pay the cost of booking satellite service, RVIA will underwrite the shortfall up to $250,000.
The board committed the money during its February meeting in Scottsdale,
Ariz., but it’s not likely to be spent.
With a similar guarantee in place for classes currently under way, enrollment
by 198 dealerships, manufacturers and suppliers who paid $1,300 per site to
train more than 1,500 people in basic and advanced service technician training
classes more than covered the cost. An additional 55 dealerships in Florida, where
the satellite program was developed by the Florida RV Trade Association, are
enrolled in the courses without charge.
RVSTC Chairman Mel Adams, president and CEO of Airxcel Inc., Wichita, Kan., predicted that 40 to 50 new dealerships will sign up this year, and that as many as 15 new classes will be offered.
The council provides 40 weeks of basic service training from 4 to 6 p.m. EST on Wednesdays with advanced training at the same time on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) Education Foundation also is using the USF satellite system to telecast classes for the newly created RV Learning Center.