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May '19

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78 • RV PRO • May 2019 rv-pro.com mindset that the answer to success and the definition of success has to include a tra- ditional bachelor's degree in public school. And the reality is that's not the case now. I'm a very positive person by nature, so I do believe that at one time the whole trades apprenticeships and vocational training was the driving force behind America evolving. And then it was when all these folks that were in that started having kids they're like, 'Oh, I don't want you to work as hard as I did. You know you need to go to college.' You're beginning to see a little bit of reversal of that trend. I've worked very closely with the National School Coun- selors Association, and it really starts with educating our K through 12 educators about these alternative paths or other options that can lead to really successful opportunities for folks. But more importantly, it feeds that individual's true likes and abilities and attributes without being forced and being somewhat brainwashed that this is the only way you can describe yourself as successful. On a large scope, I am driven by the opportunity to really help solve, or at least be a contributor to solving, the national skills gap that exists and using the vehicle of choice would be the RV industry. ... That's extremely interesting to me. RV PRO: With that in mind, how do you go about getting dealers to buy into this future, because they're obvi- ously the main ones affected by the technician shortage? Hemmeler: As I come in as a new person, I was actually probably the most surprised of the communication lacking between OEMs and suppliers and ven- dors and all that. So, what I believe ... is that it's important that we communicate better with them and that we get their buy-in and their partnership. Meaning, that we're not making decisions in a vacuum here in Elkhart or any place, but truly going out and being on the street and hearing from them. B U S I N E S S Dr. Katherine Manley with NOCTI Business Solutions (standing at front) updates members of RVIA's curriculum group about the latest updates. Hopkins and Anderson look over an electric testing board in RVIA's Elkhart offices. Hemmeler is hoping that by successfully partnering with OEMs, suppliers, dealers and others, the RVTI can increase the number of certified techs and retain existing techs.

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