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Learning Center Promoting ‘Certification Week’

February 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Mike Molino RV Learning Center has designated March 17-23 as RV Professional Certification Week, hoping to spur dealer personnel to expand their skills and professionalism in the workplace.

According to a press release, dealers can access an array of products and programs through the RV Learning Center to help prepare dealership staff for certification whether they work in fixed operations or as technicians.

The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) said RV Professional Certification Week is the ideal time for dealers to put training on the agenda for their entire team. In addition, certification candidates who take a certification test during RV Professional Certification Week will receive a free, one-year subscription to RV Technician magazine.

Learn more about professional certification available for dealership staff on the Learning Center’s YouTube Channel and on its website. Certification can lead to a higher level of professionalism, increased employee retention and greater dealership profitability. Certification can also lead to improved customer satisfaction since today’s consumers recognize certification as an indication of professionalism.

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Learning Center Opens Scholarship Registration

February 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Applications are now available for the Mike Molino RV Learning Center’s Scholarship Program. According to a press release, deserving college undergraduates majoring in business, finance, economics, accounting or other RV industry-related subjects are eligible to apply for the $2,500 award.

A factor for awarding the scholarship may be an applicant’s background of RV industry employment or a desire to work in the RV business after completing postsecondary education.

Dealers are able to offer this opportunity to their team specifically because of their employment in the RV industry. Posters publicizing the scholarship are available through the RV Learning Center so dealers can display them in the workplace to alert employees to the opportunity.  Dealer principals, their family and dependents, are not eligible.

Applicants must:

• Have a 2.8 or better cumulative grade point average, and a 1050 minimum SAT score (1575 minimum on the 2400 point scale). A minimum ACT composite score of 22 is also acceptable.

• Be a rising sophomore, junior or senior college undergraduate student.

• Complete a 500 word essay on their goals and objectives for attending college.

• Submit a copy of their Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) form which is available from guidance counselors or for download at no charge from the U.S. Department of Education at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

• Demonstrate the ability and willingness to fund a portion of their educational expenses on their own.

• Attend an accredited four-year college or university as a condition of receiving the scholarship.

The deadline for application is June 2, 2014. To obtain an application, poster, or for more information, click here.

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Byerly RV Center Giving $5K to Learning Center

January 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Byerly RV Center in Eureka, Mo., contributed $5,000 to the Mike Molino RV Learning Center this month, bringing the dealership’s total giving to $52,000. According to a press release, the donation fuels this year’s campaign to continue funding the critical education and training resources the Learning Center provides for dealers and its staff.

“Russ Patton of Byerly RV Center is a strong proponent of education for our industry; not only making significant contributions to the Learning Center, but giving also of his valuable time to serve as a member of the RV Learning Center board of directors,” said Learning Center Chairman Jeff Pastore of Hartville RV Center in Hartville, Ohio. “His sustained giving over time and his willingness to serve help our industry to provide affordable education that meets our unique needs. We all benefit from his vision and generosity.”

The RV Learning Center is dedicated to providing dealers and their employees with innovative ways to operate RV dealerships through an array of education resources including publications, distance learning, live workshops, online products, training, and certification programs for RV dealership personnel.

For more information on the foundation’s RV Learning Center, visit www.rvlearningcenter.com, send an e-mail to info@rvda.org, or send a fax to (703) 359-0152.  The RV Learning Center is a tax exempt organization as described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions may be tax deductible as charitable donations.

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Dealer Webinar to Cover Vehicle Lifts and Safety

January 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Dealerships operating vehicle lifts in their service bays can get compliance guidance straight from the Automotive Lift Institute during a free dealer webinar on Jan. 28 at noon EST.

According to a press release, the webinar is provided to dealers by the Mike Molino RV Learning Center through a partnership with online marketing firm KPA. RV dealers’ participation in the live event helps support the Learning Center’s development of new programs. To register click here.

OSHA has a new emphasis on lift enforcement. In this webinar, Bob O’Gorman, president of the Automotive Lift Institute, and Eric Schmitz, vice president of KPA’s Environment & Safety Product, will cover the importance of using a qualified lift inspector and highlight lift compliance issues KPA commonly finds while assisting with safety inspections. In addition, dealers will get information about the Automotive Lift Institute’s new online training program for dealership employees.

If unable to attend, register and receive links to the materials for later viewing. Dealers interested in prior webinar topics will find them on the RV Learning Center’s webinar page.  If you have any questions or feedback,contact Becky Ross at bross@kpaonline.com(866) 356-1735 or Karin Van Duyse at the RV Learning Center at kvanduyse@rvda.org(703) 591-7130.

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Safety First is Topic of Learning Center Webinar

January 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Ensuring employee safety and  a review of regulatory compliance for the year will be the focus of a dealer webinar Jan. 16 at noon EST hosted by the Mike Molino RV Learning Center in conjunction with online marketing firm KPA.

According to a press release, RV dealers’ participation in the free, live event helps support the Learning Center’s development of new programs. To register click here.

Dealers will get expert advice from KPA District Manager Jennifer Blake, who specializes in loss control and risk management for KPA, in addition to working with dealers on OSHA and EPA mitigation efforts. She will discuss the importance of new and existing regulations including:

• OSHA posters.

• OSHA 300 logs.

• Medical evaluations.

• Weekly waste tank inspections.

• Tier 2/California environmental reporting.

• New automotive lift training requirements.

• New AC Section 609 training requirements.

If unable to attend register to receive links to the materials for later viewing. Dealers interested in prior webinar topics will find them on the RV Learning Center’s webinar page.  If you have any questions or feedback, contact Becky Ross at bross@kpaonline.com(866) 356-1735, or Karin Van Duyse at the RV Learning Center at kvanduyse@rvda.org(703) 591-7130.

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RV Dealer Webinar Will Detail Health Care Law

January 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The first dealer webinar for 2014 will focus on “Major Components of the Health Care Reform Act,” slated for January 9, at noon EST.

According to a press release, the free webinar is provided to dealers by the Mike Molino RV Learning Center through a partnership with online marketing firm KPA. RV dealers’ participation in the free, live event helps support the Learning Center’s development of new programs.

Dealers interested in ensuring compliance with Affordable Care Act regulations or looking for guidance about the law’s major components can register at the KPA site.

The webinar will be presented by KPA’s Kathryn Carlson, vice president for HR Management products. Carlson was a presenter at the 2013 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, has written on the topic of health care compliance for RV Executive Today, and provided RV dealers with previous webinars on issues related to human resources, including the Affordable Care Act. She is a certified HR professional with extensive experience developing HR software and programs to businesses of all sizes that seek to improve efficiency, reduce risk, and ensure compliance.

If unable to attend, register and receive links to the materials for later viewing. Dealers interested in prior webinar topics will find them on the RV Learning Center’s webinar page.  If you have any questions or feedback, contact Becky Ross atbross@kpaonline.com, (866) 356-1735, or Karin Van Duyse at the RV Learning Center at kvanduys@rvda.org,or (703) 591-7130.

 

 

 

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RV Learning Center LinkedIn Site Passes 1,000

January 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The LinkedIn group for the Mike Molino RV Learning Center/RV Dealers International Convention/Expo has surpassed the 1,000 member mark. According to a press release, the group includes professionals from RV dealerships, manufacturers, campgrounds, media outlets, suppliers, finance and insurance institutions, and other segments of the industry.

Group members have access to a network of industry professionals for sharing information and finding news about educational opportunities, jobs, and industry outlook. Management and moderation for the group is provided by the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) and RVDA of Canada staff. To join the group, click here.

“Online communities like our LinkedIn group are an important dimension for professionals interested in staying current in their field, maintaining professional relationships, learning about topics that impact their careers,” said RVDA President Phil Ingrassia. “As our membership in this group continues to grow, it provides a richer networking experience and greater opportunities for the participants.”

Eleonore Hamm, RVDA of Canada president, added, “It is wonderful to see the LinkedIn group reach this milestone.  This online tool enables RV industry professionals to receive valuable information regarding the programs and services offered to them, as well as strengthening partnerships with like-minded professionals.”

Recent group discussion topics have included the announcement of the revamped RV Technician Certification Prep Course, best practices in social media and online sales, damage estimation, and the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo. Members can post discussion topics comment on other posts.

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network, with more than 250 million registered users. It allows members to build their professional presence online, connect with colleagues and learn and share information with others in their fields of interest.

The RV Learning Center is supported by dealers, manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, and other RV industry members who are committed to dealership education and the high levels of customer service that is provided by educated employees. For more information go towww.rvlearningcenter.com

 

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RVDA of Canada Gives $25K to Learning Center

December 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada has donated $25,000 to the Mike Molino RV Learning Center, according to a press release.

The contribution, combined with prior donations totaling $150,000 in Canadian dollars puts RVDA of Canada in the Major Donor category, which is the highest level. For a list of current donors, go to the contributor list.

“We truly value the partnership we have with RVDA and the Mike Molino RV Learning Center,” stated Eleonore Hamm, president of RVDA of Canada. “Our board unanimously approved this additional contribution as the quality education and training programs offered through the Center are of great importance to our membership.”

“The RV Learning Center is a tremendous asset to all dealers in North America,” said Learning Center Chairman Jeff Pastore of Hartville RV Center in Hartville, Ohio. “This significant donation by RVDA of Canada shows how much Canadian dealers value education for our industry. I commend them for their strong show of support. We can do so much more working together.”

The RV Dealers International Convention/Expo is considered one of the most important education and networking event for RV dealers in North America. The Learning Center’s two most popular publications among Canadian dealers are the “Service Management Guide” (often referred to the “flat rate manual”) and the “Damage Repair Estimator.” These publications and more are available through the RV Learning Center.

Convenient online donations as well as a printable form that accommodates customized pledges and donations have simplified giving.

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Webinar Examines California Employment Laws

December 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Mike Molino RV Learning Center, in collaboration with online marketing firm KPA, will host a timely webinar for California dealers on Thursday (Dec. 19) at noon EST focusing on the latest employment laws going into effect for 2014.

According to a press release, the webinar is targeted for dealer principals, general managers, HR managers and all compliance staff.  It begins at 9 a.m. Pacific Time. To register click here.

Employment law counsel John Boggs will lead the webinar entitled, “California does it again: 2014 Attack on Dealers.” He will discuss all the pertinent regulatory changes dealers can look forward to in the year ahead. Boggs is the managing partner of Fine, Boggs and Perkins LLP and has extensive experience focusing on employment law representing dealerships. A significant portion of his practice involves dealer-related issues.

If unable to attend, register and receive a link to a recording of the webinar along with the presentation slides. If you have any questions or feedback, contact Becky Ross at bross@kpaonline.com (866) 356-1735 or Karin Van Duyse at the RV Learning Center at kvanduyse@rvda.org (703) 591-7130.
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RVAC Donates $7,000 to Molino Learning Center

December 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV Assistance Corporation (RVAC) has donated an additional $7,000 to the Mike Molino RV Learning Center, bringing its total contribution to $38,000. According to a press release, RVAC is the for-profit subsidiary of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association RVDA that develops member benefits for the association.

“When our members use RVDA-endorsed business products and services, they enable RVAC to support the important educational resources of the RV Learning Center,” said RVAC Chairman Tom Stinnett of Derby City RV in Clarksville, Ind. “This is an important way that RVAC programs help dealers, by reinvesting in high quality continuing education that keeps pace with changes in the industry.”

“RVAC’s support helps the Learning Center continue to give dealers the educational resources they need to continue to prosper,” said RV Learning Center Chairman Jeff Pastore of Hartville RV Center in Hartville, Ojio. “As we near the end of the year, it is an ideal time to think about giving back to an industry that has been very good to many of us. A tax-deductible contribution to the RV Learning Center is a great way for us to invest in our business and in the industry.”

The RV Learning Center is dedicated to providing dealers and their employees with innovative ways to operate RV dealerships through an array of education resources including publications, distance learning, live workshops, online products, training, and certification programs for RV dealership personnel.

Convenient online donations as well as a printable form that accommodates customized pledges and donations have simplified giving. For more information go to www.rvlearningcenter.com.

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