TechForce still operating at 100% as student needs spike


TechForce still operating at 100%.
Student needs expected to spike.

Dear students, TechForce partners and supporters,

We know coronavirus (COVID-19) is top of mind for everyone, as it is for all of us at TechForce Foundation. At this critical time, it is even more important for TechForce to remain dedicated and focused on our mission to support students training for transportation careers. For everyone’s continued safety, our staff has transitioned to work from home with no disruption to operations. We will continue to support students with scholarships and grants, and strengthen our infrastructure dedicated to driving the future workforce. We have canceled our hands-on mobile STEM Career Center outreach events until further notice.

Student needs are already spiking, especially as schools close and/or move to online learning, and job reductions are occurring. We anticipate increased demand for our emergency support. Annually we support hundreds of students with grants that help with food, rent, transportation and other critical needs. We expect demand to more than double in light of current events.

If you are fortunate to be in a position to help support these students, please consider a donation to TechForce. Click here to learn more>>

In these trying times, we feel it is still important to keep some positive news flowing. Because our Future Techs Rock campaign is 100% virtual, we plan to continue celebrating student techs with this campaign. We can all use a little positivity right now, and these awards are more important to students than ever before.

The transportation industry is extremely critical now as our hard-working friends work overtime to keep the equipment up and running to deliver food and medical supplies that keep us healthy and safe. The government has now recognized technicians as Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers. hey don’t have the luxury of working from home, so please join us in thanking them and supporting them wherever we can.

We will get through this together. Though things may be different when this crisis passes, students will eventually be able to return to school and America will continue rolling forward. With the support of our generous corporate and individual supporters TechForce will continue to be here for students, educators and employers in the transportation profession.

Stay safe, be kind, and wash your hands.



TechForce Foundation Announces 2020 FutureTechs Rock Awards

TechForce Foundation Announces 2020 FutureTechs Rock Awards


March 10, 2020 – SCOTTSDALE, AZ — TechForce Foundation’s annual FutureTechs Rock Awards season has begun, and now’s the chance to nominate an up-and-coming student tech! As a nonprofit dedicated to helping student techs achieve their professional dreams, TechForce created this prestigious award to honor our student community and recognize those who have a promising future and will shape the transportation industry. Nominate a FutureTech at: Nominations are open through 4PM PDT, March 24, 2020.

There will be a finalist for each of the ten transportation categories (including automotive, diesel, collision, etc.), and one of those category finalists will become the People’s Choice Grand Prize winner.

This year’s prizes include:

– Each category finalist, selected by a panel of industry experts, will receive an AutoZone gift card, Duralast tool set, online subscription to Haynes Manuals, Ford Professional tools and ASE study guides from Cengage Learning.

– The grand prize winner, chosen by popular vote, will have the option to choose between a $1,000 TechForce Foundation Scholarship and other great prizes, including an iPad Air from Ford Motor Company!

April 6-10, 2020 is the People’s Choice voting period, when the public will cast their votes (more than 25,000 votes last year) among ten national finalists. Meet last year’s winners here.

Upon learning he won the 2019 People’s Choice Grand Prize, Jonathon Miranda exclaimed, “This is awesome! Just being nominated means so much to me. This experience encourages me to do my best. It’s a great feeling to know that other people recognize my hard work.”

The FutureTechs Rock Awards are part of TechForce Foundation’s workforce development initiative to help inspire and support tomorrow’s workforce of technicians. The initiative is sponsored by industry partners, including Advance Auto Parts, AutoZone, CarMax, FedEx Freight, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz USA, Nissan North America, Penske Truck Leasing, Shell Pennzoil, Snap-on, Toyota USA Foundation, Universal Technical Institute and WD-40.

About TechForce Foundation
TechForce Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) with the mission to champion students to and through their technical education and into careers as professional transportation technicians. The Foundation distributes more than $1.5 million in scholarships and grants annually, thanks to its generous corporate sponsors and donors, and spearheads an industry-wide initiative to help encourage and support more young people to pursue the vehicle technician profession. For more information, visit Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Linkedin.


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"By connecting students, instructors, industry pros and working techs, the TechForce Foundation provides unilateral support to the transportation industry’s technician recruiting needs… The administration of our Scholarships by the TechForce team has been instrumental in delivering us with a successful method to gain interest from qualified candidates as well as provide our students with additional assistance to complete their education."
Tony Farr
Ford Technical Programs Manager