During the Florida RV Trade Association’s (FRVTA) July 20 board meeting, members approved the Florida RV/Educator Partnership Program, according to the organization’s newsletter.
The goal is to allow RV dealerships to partner with local school districts and colleges to access students in their career and technical (vocational) education programs.
“The program is motivated by the constant calls FRVTA receives asking for help in locating new employees, said FRVTA Training Director Jim Carr. “We will try to access this school-based population one more time and hopefully with good results.”
Carr said there are two major benefits to the program: giving RV dealers the opportunity to form relationships with local schools so they can attract entry-level employees with previous training; and providing local schools a business partner to assist with their career and technical initiatives.
Carr reported that he will be attending in early August the annual conference for the Florida Association of Career and Technical Educators to get the process started.
Other highlights from FRVTA’s board meeting included:
• FRVTA Executive Director Lance Wilson brought the board up to date on preparations for the 2013 Convention to be held at the Sandpearl Resort on Clearwater Beach.
Marketing Director Dave Kelly gave a report on the 2014 SuperShow. Booths are over 80% sold at this time and the manufacturers’ draw will be held at the state office Aug. 6-8. Contracts for space are running well ahead of last year.
Other highlights included:
• Carr reported that the Distance Learning Network continues to grow. New Mentor Information Notebooks have been sent out that will serve as an excellent guide. The program will also offer LP Gas classes in Tampa and Lake City in the near future.
• FRVTA General Counsel Marc Dunbar reported on scheduled meetings with DMV to discuss consistency of enforcement of offsite premise permits. During the session, he will also discuss consumer complaints regarding misleading advertising of shows.
• The Scholarship Committee awarded 10 full and one part-time scholarships for the upcoming academic year.