Although college enrollment has been declining since 2012, it’s clear that the pandemic has intensified the trend. Undergraduate enrollment has decreased by 6.6% since the start of the pandemic, equating to more than one million students skipping out on undergrad, according to data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. This downward trend has been continuing for a decade, one that’s driven in part by changing demographic patterns.

As more young adults consider alternative paths to higher education, some may be interested in having a career in the skilled trades, a field with increasing demand. To meet this potential interest, the RV Technical Institute has established a solid curriculum for those interested in becoming certified RV technicians.

RVTI is the gold standard when it comes to RV technician training, providing the only industry-backed training curriculum and RV technician certification and career path. Its mission is to provide world-class training for RV maintenance and repair that will reduce the RV industry’s shortfall of trained RV technicians. The Institute seeks to improve the RV consumer experience, reduce repair event cycle times, and aggressively reduce the RV industry’s shortage of trained technicians.

The training program has several advantages when compared to a four-year college degree, including shorter lengths of study, an ongoing demand for skilled workers, and cheaper costs than college tuition. Additionally, the program is accessible online and allows the student to go at their own pace. If the student prefers, they can take the courses in person at the RV Technical Institute’s facility in Elkhart, IN. Their course catalog can be viewed here.

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Article by RV Association Staff