Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page April 2017 - 25 now accredited by a third-party profes- sional accreditor, a group called IACET (International Association of Continu- ing Education and Training). Itwasaveryrigorousprocesstoearn this accreditation. I’m not kidding you, the application journal was at least 8- to 10-inches thick. The biggest thing that comes out of this is through accreditation, you’re very similar to a university where you have to manage and administer transcripts, and the units of education that document what the student has definitively learned are called CEUs (Continuing Education Units). So here’s the scenario: Under our program now, let’s say you have an as- piring middle manager at a camp- ground, somebody on the rise, who maybe fills the shoes of the manager or becomes the heir apparent for the owner at some point. You want to be able to mark that person’s educational progress. Through CEUs you can do that. Maybe the subject matter that they’reweakestonisriskmanagement, which is a big deal to a park owner be- cause insurance premiums ride on whether your park is risk averse or not. So we have content that is built around that subject matter, and an aspiring manager can learn how to be more risk averse. And they will earn a CEU for that. WCM: And this education program is online? Bambei: It can be, and that’s a very important component of our educa- tion program. Last October we intro- duced for the first time online education. But it also could be at the two schools run by our foundation: one at the National Training Center at Oglebay Resort inWestVirginia, which is always held in February, and for the past two years we’ve opened up a new school at Metropolitan State University in Denver in July for all those people who couldn’t get toWestVirginia. WCM: And their curriculum, which is now accredited, is all designed around campground management, right? Bambei: Well, Outdoor Hospitality Education Program is the umbrella name, but it’s pretty far-reaching. We try to look at the content through the eyes of that park manager, or even the entry-levelpersonworkingatthatpark, and step them into more sophisticated concepts. WCM: This sounds like quite an un- dertaking. Bambei: It is. We’re dedicated to this, though, because education and training is a great benefit of ARVC. It’s a reason why people should belong to a national association. So we’re taking it very seriously. This is why we feel it’s so important to have truly committed partnering states because — again, I’m telling you things that are pretty novel for ARVC — this winter we brought all of the part- nering state leaders in, those state executives who are largely responsible for their own conferences.We brought them in on our dime.That’s part of the novel approach right there — in my tenure we’ve never paid to put them on a plane, come out and spend two days at a hotel that we host and send them back without them paying a dime of it. By all accounts it was a huge suc- cess. It was a great learning environ- ment on how to be an event planner, which was the core of what we taught them. You have to be a certified event planner to administer CEUs, so we needed people who were educated on how to do that. We trained them our- selves. So, 22 state execs from these partnering states went home with the knowledgeofbeingeventplannersand they can now deliver CEUs at their state level, whether it’s at their confer- ence or a fall retreat or something similar. And the other cool thing about this is we are building a stable of speakers who are pre-approved to be CEU-cer- tified speakers. Basically we’re creating our own internal industry speakers bu- reau. This will make it easy for, say, a state executive out in Virginia, who everyyearwhentheyhavetheirconfer- ence — and each state executive will tell you this is true — a large amount of their time and energy goes into ‘Oh, gosh. I’ve got to go back and build my speakerlineupformyownconference.’ Notthattheyhavetogotoourspeakers bureau, but if they’re really wanting to be efficient they will have anywhere from 10 to 20 speakers who will be availabletothemthatcandeliverCEU- certified class curriculum at any time. WCM: And do you see this develop- ing over the next two to three years? Bambei: I think the rhythm will be dependent on the acceptance factor. There’s an “education within educa- tion,” if you will, where all of our mem- bers who, in our view, are in need of education will have to buy into it.They have to really see the value of this, and that is why we are taking it to the streets. We want to expand into the nonpartnering states. The goal is you could earn CEUs while you’re at our two-day event, whether it’s in the northwest, north- east. It’ll be a regional conference where we try to draw from the sur- rounding five to six states. Bambei with Carlene Morris and Brian McGuinn of Southeast Publications.