NERVDA Completes RV Career Day

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Lincoln Technical Institute in E. Windsor, Conn., in conjunction with The New England RV Dealers Association, presented an RV Career Day on Wednesday, Dec. 16, at its Connecticut campus.

Fran Roberts, founder of Long View RV, had introduced NERVDA’s Executive Director Bob Zagami to the school staff earlier this year. Through a series of meetings to better understand the needs of RV dealers throughout New England, and the training and capabilities of the students and graduates of Lincoln Tech, they came up with plan for the RV Career Day.

“We were very excited for the chance to support NERVDA’s efforts to build the workforce of RV technicians around the region,” said Mary Jo Greco, president of the E. Windsor campus. “We believe this is a great opportunity both for the dealerships and the Lincoln Tech graduates who will have the chance to begin careers in this exciting, challenging industry.”

The highlight of the day for the students was the opportunity to see two motorhomes up close and personal right inside the building. Frank Roberts, president, and Joe Nero, service manager, brought over a Thor A.C.E. gas motorhome and a Forest River 40-foot Berkshire diesel pusher.

Joe Riexinger, from the RV Industry Association, spoke to the students about the career ladder and certifications and Joe Nero told of his experiences when he was a student at the school and how he built a career in the RV industry once he got exposed to the opportunities that were available to him. Starting as a technician trainee, Nero has continuously taken on more responsibility and is now one of the most respected service managers in New England. He has been with Long View RV for more than 20 years.

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