The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.
Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .
Wed Jan 25, 2017
A partnership between Hill College and Cleburne, Texas-based Fun Town RV is working to meet the demand of several aspiring RV technicians in the area.
At the end of January, the college will launch an RV Technician program, a series of non-credit classes designed to supply entry-level technicians for the industry.
The program was requested by Fun Town, which also helped develop the curriculum and will be allowing the college to use its facilities for part of the training. Fun Town, the largest towable RV dealership in the nation, approached the college due to a shortage of trained workers to meet its demand for repair technicians.
"They (the college) researched it, created it, and now are ready to launch it,” Fun Town RV Director of Marketing Matt Lee says. "I think it is going to be the start of something really monumental. And since the No. 1 towable RV dealer and No. 1 motor home dealer (Motorhome Specialist in Alvarado) in the whole U.S. are located here in Johnson County, it's definitely an impact that should be felt locally in a great way."
The need is due, in part, to today’s changing lifestyles, Fun Town RV CEO Jarrod McGhee says.
"The RV industry is experiencing phenomenal growth as the Baby Boomers retire and more people are discovering the RV lifestyle,” McGhee says. "But there is still a lack of technicians across the state. I would hire 20 qualified technicians today if they were available and this is a position that pays far above the average wage in this area.”
Hill is one of very few colleges across the nation, and the only one in north Texas, to offer face-to-face RV technician training. Current technicians, as well as individuals interested in entering the field, are encouraged to enroll.
“Since TSTC in Waco stopped offering an RV Technician program, there hasn't been anything like this offered at any level in the Southwestern United States,” Lee says.
Hill College Career and Technical Education Dean Dr. Floretta Bush says that with the number of RV dealerships in the area, the college hopes to meet the needs of employers and emerging workers alike.
“We appreciate Fun Town’s interest and support in implementing the program and encourage other dealers to become partners in this initiative,” she says.
The evening program, which begins Jan. 30, consists of four classes: Introduction to RV Service; Electric and Gas Systems for RV Service; Brakes, Towing and Suspension Systems for RV Service; and RV Pre-Delivery Inspection. Students completing all four classes will receive an RV Technician program certificate.
The classes meet Mondays and Wednesdays, from 6-10 p.m. The cost for each class is $216.
Because the program is being offered through the college’s Community and Workforce Education Department, students do not have to apply for admission to the college. A completed registration form, along with payment, should be submitted prior to Jan. 30 for those wanting to start with the first class. Although students can take the classes individually, it is recommended that they take all four in order to be highly marketable, CWE Executive Director Tammy Logan says.
For more information about Hill College’s RV Tech program, contact Logan at 817-760-5826 or firstname.lastname@example.org.