RV/MH Hall of Fame Seeking Class of ’21 Nominations

By: RVBusiness|Published on: Apr 21, 2020|Categories: Today’s Industry News|

With much of the country locked down during the COVID-19 pandemic, RV/MH Hall of Fame President Darryl Searer is urging members of the RV and manufactured housing (MH) industries to consider using this time to nominate someone for induction into the RV/MH Hall of Fame Class of 2021.

“Most members of the two industries know someone who deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, and this downtime would be an excellent opportunity to nominate that person. When the industries get back to work, you may be too busy to think about it so I’m hoping those considering nominating someone that they should start working on their nomination,” Searer said. “Even though the deadline for nomination is still months away (Oct. 31), it’s really not too early to start the process of nominating a deserving individual, so I urge those who are considering a nominee to download the guidelines and forms, so their nominee can be considered for the Class of 2021.”

The nomination guidelines and forms available online at www.rvmhhalloffame.org/pages/nominations.cfm.

According to the guidelines, anyone can nominate a person to the Hall of Fame that meets the eligibility requirements. To be eligible, the nominee must be, or have been, an active participant in any segment of the RV, MH or campground industries for a minimum of 25 years. Canadians can also be nominated. The only people who may not be considered are those who currently serve on the Hall’s Selection Committee.

Also, the nomination form must be filled out in its entirety and must be accompanied by three supporting letters (no more, no less) that meet the Hall’s guidelines for these letters. Incomplete nominations cannot be considered. When evaluating a potential nominee, the selection committee will consider the nominee’s overall contributions to the good of the industry, to include both his or her positions, accomplishments, and innovations on the job as well as volunteer work both inside and outside the industry, with special emphasis on volunteer work done on behalf of state and national associations and owner groups, the Hall of Fame itself and other industry-related organizations and causes.

If a completed nomination form and three properly-prepared seconding letters are received by Oct. 31 of any year, the nominee will be in the pool of candidates considered for the following year’s class and for four years beyond that if not selected that year. If the nominee is not selected within five years, he or she remains eligible only if the nomination is resubmitted and refreshed with additional information.

The Hall’s Selection Committee will announce its selections in January 2022 and those chosen will be inducted at the Hall’s annual Induction dinner in August. The Hall’s bylaws allow for up to 10 inductees per year.

“The Hall welcomes nominations from all RV and manufactured housing sectors – manufacturers, dealers, campgrounds, housing communities, suppliers, user groups, trade media, associations, etc. – for the class of 2021 and beyond,” Searer said,.

The nominating committee is especially interested in receiving nominations for deserving early pioneers who may have been forgotten, passed over or overlooked in the past.

“The Selection Committee is made up of an equal number of members of the RV and manufactured housing industries, and members will only vote on nominees from their respective industries,” Searer said.

Once the nomination form and supporting letters have been completed, the nominations may be submitted by mail, in person at the Hall, or by fax at 574-293-3466.

Nominating Committee
RV/MH Hall of Fame
21565 Executive Parkway
Elkhart Indiana 46514
800-378-8694
574-293-2344
574-293-3466 (Fax)
e-mail: rvmhhall@aol.com
www.rvmhhalloffame.org/pages/nominations.cfm

Source: https://rvbusiness.com/rv-mh-hall-of-fame-seeking-class-of-21-nominations/

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Ivy Tech’s Amber Ruszkowski Wins National Award

Amber Ruszkowski, department chair and associate professor for the School of Business, Logistics & Supply Chain at Ivy Tech Community College South Bend-Elkhart, has been selected as the 2020 Associate Degree Award Recipient by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), according to a release. One individual in each region is chosen by the ACBSP for this award among all associate degree schools in the country.

Ruszkowski began her career with Ivy Tech in 2010 and has held a variety of roles including project manager/corporate trainer, academic advisor, and faculty member. She has achieved many accomplishments over the past few years, including earning a coveted position in Ivy Tech’s statewide teaching excellence training program and was named one of Michiana’s 40 Under 40 recipients by the South Bend Regional Chamber in 2019. Ruszkowski is described by her peers as caring, patient, supportive and inspiring.

Source: https://rvbusiness.com/ivy-techs-amber-ruszkowski-wins-national-award/

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RV Tech Institute Launches Website, Online Classes

By: RVBusiness|Published on: Apr 13, 2020|Categories: Today’s Industry News|

The RV Technical Institute (RVTI) launched a new website today, a key component of which is the opportunity for prospective students to register for online classes as part of the program’s Learning Management System (LMS).

RVTI announced April 8 it would begin offering the Level 1 training course online later this month. The online, interactive classes will be virtually taught by RV Technical Institute trainers through Zoom. The rollout of this new curriculum delivery system will allow RV technicians to continue to be trained and receive the only industry-wide certification while following appropriate social distancing guidelines.

The first online Level 1 class starts on April 20 and will be delivered in four-hour increments on a daily basis from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday. As RVTI moves to this virtual setting, hands-on training remains a cornerstone of the brand-new curriculum. The hands-on labs will be demonstrated during the online instruction class and students will then perform these labs on their own.

Textbook support materials will be distributed electronically through the Institute’s LMS.

Class participants will be given two weeks to complete their certification testing (included in the $275 course fee) via an on-line system using Proctor U. Those who pass the test will then become RV Technical Institute Level 1 certified.

Additionally, the online test will be available to experienced RV technicians who choose to test after reviewing the Level 1 curriculum without participating in additional training. This will allow experienced RV technicians to use their existing knowledge and skills to obtain the Level 1 certification.

For questions, please visit www.RVTI.org or email RVTI-info@rvti.org.

Source: https://rvbusiness.com/rv-tech-institute-launches-new-website-online-classes/

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NextLevel Jobs: Employer Training Grant Update 3.19.2020

Effective March 19, 2020, the Department of Workforce Development is delaying the NextLevel Jobs: Employer Training grant until July.  They will continue to process reimbursements to employers completing training and will extend “Active” funding obligation agreements from nine to twelve months when applicable. 

On a case-by-case basis they will process current employer applicants in “Pending” status but will no longer accept new employer applicants.  DWD remains excited to move into NLJ 4.0 this summer and hope to do so in advance of July 1st

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IDEA Week Elkhart

An Innovation Festival
Here in Elkhart
April 4-10

Come. Dive in.

This April, join a celebration of innovation in the South Bend-Elkhart region that lets you LEARN, PLAY, MEET and COMPETE.

Geared toward EVERYONE. Whether you’re already a successful entrepreneur, a new student, or simply live for local events—discover YOUR way of experiencing innovation HERE.

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Wage & Benefit Survey 2018

Information in the following 2018 Wage & Benefit Summary is extracted from the 2018 Wage and Benefit Report for Elkhart County.

The full Report is available in PDF version to purchase for $99. To purchase, please contact Jacqueline Letherman by calling 574-293-5627 or emailing jacqueline@elkhartcountybiz.com.

The Report is detailed with 110 positions including management, production, technology, health and transportation. Benefits information covers health insurance plans, costs, time off, retirement plans, financial incentives, training opportunities and child care assistance.

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2018 Wage & Benefit Survey

Welcome to Elkhart County’s 2018 Survey of Wages and Benefits.  Your participation enables us to publish and distribute this valuable resource each year.

 

The collection of information from area businesses serves an important purpose.  Local employers are provided with benchmark data on average wages and benefits for over 100 different occupations, resulting in a report that is one of their key resources when setting or negotiating wages and benefits.  As with any survey, the quality of the report depends on the quality of the data submitted.  Please help by answering all of the questions completely and accurately.

 

Take Survey Now

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Employer Needs Assessment survey scheduled for Elkhart County

As a part of a larger economic study of Elkhart County, the county-wide 15-20 minute electronic 2018 Employer Needs Assessment is scheduled to begin in February targeting approximately 200 employers across different industries within the county. The survey link will be disseminated to select employers who will be asked to complete the assessment. The data provided by local employers will reveal drivers behind common employer problems and will be used to design strategies that enable the county’s workforce and businesses to be more efficient and effective.

Leading the economic study is consulting firm enFocus, working in close partnership with the Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County. As part of the larger study, the 2018 Employer Needs Assessment will survey organizations throughout Elkhart County to identify the needs of employers of varying sizes and industries. This county-wide assessment will help address current workforce realities and future employer needs, and track the needs of employers over time to align workforce development programs. For a deeper understanding of employer needs, the survey will ask questions from the following areas: general hiring practices, trending hiring difficulty, employee recruitment and retention, and attainment of skill needs. Responses from Elkhart County employers will provide insight into several research questions in these areas.

“The primary objective of our work is to use insight obtained from the assessment to design strategies that will assist in addressing imbalances that exist between labor demand, hiring, and retention to support organizations establishing, relocating, or expanding their operations in Elkhart County,” states Connor Ratycz, an enFocus Fellow working on the project.“ We are eager to see what the data analysis yields and, more importantly, gain a more comprehensive understanding of the extent to which Elkhart County businesses are experiencing hiring and retention difficulties, and the top reasons for such difficulties across industries.”

Points to Highlight

  • 15-20 minute online survey with survey link emailed to select businesses via email
  • The survey will remain open for 1 month
  • Approximately 200 employers from the county will take the survey
  • Urge employers to please take the time to gather the necessary data and report accurately
  • Findings and insight from the employers will be analyzed to provide direction for future recommendation
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ElkhartCountyWorks.com Launches

The Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County announces the launch of Elkhartcountyworks.com 

This website and accompanying media campaign was created as a tool to help recruit workforce for our rapidly growing economy.  It is but one response to our community’s labor shortage.

The website aggregates existing information on Jobs, Housing, Schools, and other community amenities to help a job seeker learn more about our great community. We are marketing Elkhart County to the job seeker and family.  The site does not require additional input from your company.  It aggregates existing databases such as Indeed.com, Monster.com, & CareerBuilder.com in such a way that bring focus to the opportunities available in Elkhart County.

Elkhartcountyworks.com is the foundation of the effort to bring workforce to Elkhart County.  It is supported by an extensive Social and Traditional Media campaign strategically targeted to areas of high unemployment, which have recent job loss announcements, and/or have experienced natural disasters.  A local concierge is available to answer questions about the community and potential employers.  A soft launch of the website occurred this past weekend.  A video outlining five reasons to move to Elkhart County was posted on one person’s Facebook page. It was shared by two other Facebook users.  By Monday morning over 600 substantive visits occurred to the website.

Our project partner is TaigMarks, Inc..  TaigMarks initiated a nationwide press release today.  Please reach out to me if you have questions.

Thank you,

Mark A. Dobson, IOM, AE
President & CEO

The Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart Count
300 NIBCO Parkway | Suite 201 | Elkhart, IN  46516
P:  574.293.5627 | F:  574.343.2951 | C:  574.536.9083
E:  mark@elkhartcountybiz.com | W:  www.elkhartcountybiz.com

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