The Rheem & Ruud Learning Center, Ft. Smith, AR recently expanded its educational offerings with a lineup of courses dedicated to helping HVAC contractors achieve better operation and financial performance.

The Learning Center’s Top Contractor Training program offers courses that bring practical, real-world solutions to complex business issues. The courses are offered in partnership with Vital Learning Experiences (VLE) instructors John and Vicki LaPlant. VLE has provided educational courses exclusively for Rheem and Ruud since 1996.

In addition to technical training, VLE offers business training that leverages the best practices of successful HVAC and plumbing contractors/distributors throughout North America. These seminars cover business management, accounting, sales, marketing, and customer service. Each seminar provides in-depth instruction, tools, templates, methodologies and hands-on instruction.

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