Spark News | January 2021

Topics in Spark News for January 2021:

Available Scholarships | Be A Pathfinder Learning Style Quiz | SkillsUSA Outstanding CTE Educator Award | Scholarship Recipient Chasity overcomes obstacles. | Tire Business Live Stream webinar with Jen Maher | UTI consolidates Avondale & Phoenix campuses | ASE has a new website

TechForce Foundation scholarships

2021-01_Scholarship highlight_TF_Primary_Registered_FullColor@2xTechForce Foundation continues to support students in a wide range of transportation technician programs, with over $1 Million in scholarships and grants awarded each year. Learn more, hear student stories and apply here>>

Scholarship opportunities:

DEADLINE 3/31: Automotive Aftermarket Scholarships Central

2021-01_Scholarship highlight_aasc_logoApply to Automotive Aftermarket Scholarships Central today. All it takes is one application to be considered for hundreds of scholarships from more than 40 donors. Students planning to pursue a transportation technician career are encouraged to apply before the March 31, 2021 deadline. Apply today>>

DEADLINE 3/31: Opportunity for Minnesota Students

2021-01_Scholarship highlight_AASP MN logoThe Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota is awarding scholarships to students enrolled in post-secondary automotive programs. Eligible students must be entering their first or second year of an ASE-accredited program in the fall of 2021. Applications are due 3/31/2021. Learn more & apply>>

Resource Spotlight

#BeAPathfinder Learning Style Quiz

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Discover your learning style! Take the quiz to find out how you learn best, and receive a free report with tailor-made tips for
your career and education success!

Find out if you are
a good fit for a
high-tech transportation industry career.

Take the Learning Style Quiz>>

Nominate your instructor! SkillsUSA Outstanding CTE Educator Award

2021-01_SkillsUSA Outstanding Educator Award_SkillsUSA-2c-Slogo-®-72dpiTechForce association partner SkillsUSA has opened nominations for its Outstanding Career and Technical Educator Award. The annual Award honors individual educators for their service and dedication to career and technical education and to SkillsUSA. Nominate an advisor/educator for Outstanding Career and Technical Educator, before the Feb. 15, 2021 deadline here>>

Scholarship recipient Chasity Gleason overcomes objectors to study welding

2021-01_Student Highlight_Chasity Gleason 1Meet Chasity Gleason, a TechForce Foundation scholarship recipient and welding student at Universal Technical Institute. Chasity is using the skills she learned as a MAC certified makeup artist to overcome partial blindness, defy those who told her she couldn’t and to rise to the top of her class. She is proof #WomenTechsRock.

Chasity’s advice to women going into the field? “Do it… Just do it, even if you’re scared!” Read Chasity’s inspiring story here>>

WEBINAR: Don’t miss CEO Jennifer Maher on Tire Business Live Stream

2021-01_Tire Business Webinar_TB_bubble_1-1Join TechForce Foundation CEO Jennifer Maher on Tire Business Live Tuesday, February 2nd at 2 PM EST/ 11 AM PST for a conversation on “Tackling the Technician Shortage: What can dealerships do to find and retain technicians?” Learn about the initiatives and opportunities available to young people interested in pursuing an automotive service. Reserve your spot today>>

Universal Technical Institute to consolidate Avondale and Phoenix, AZ campuses

2021-01_Partner highlight_UTI logo_ACT_UTI_LOGO_200831Longtime TechForce supporter and collaborator Universal Technical Institute (UTI) is combining its Avondale UTI and Phoenix MMI campuses. The resulting Avondale campus will become their largest in terms of size, number of students and breadth of programs. UTI also announced plans to merge its UTI and MMI Orlando campuses. To learn more read the full announcement here>>

TechForce association partner ASE launches new website

2021-01_Association partner highlight_ASE logoThe National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) recently launched its new website. From certification and testing resources to car tips, the updated site includes streamlined information and resources for professionals, students and more. Check out these resources on the new>>

Thank you to all TechForce Foundation partners!

2021-01_Thank you Partners_TFF ALL Partners Logo Lockup 210122Associations: Automotive Communications Council, Automotive Maintenance & Repair Association (AMRA), American Rental Association (ARA), Automotive Service Association (ASA), Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), ASE Education Foundation, ASE Training Managers Council (ATMC), Auto Care Association/Women in Auto Care, Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF), Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR), Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA), Minnesota State Transportation Center of Excellence, National Association of Automobile Clubs of Canada (NAACC), National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF), National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3), National Center for Autonomous Technology (NCAT), SkillsUSA and American Trucking Association’s Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC)

Celebrities: Lyn St. James (IndyCar), Bogi Lateiner (Girl Gang Garage), Steve Johnson (Steve Johnson Racing – NHRA) and Julia Landauer (Julia Landauer Racing – NASCAR)

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How Hands-On Learners Thrive as Transportation Techs


How Hands-On Learners Thrive as Transportation Techs

TechForce Foundation’s “Be A Pathfinder” campaign illuminates learning styles


A mother and son standing side by side in a garage. Both are wearing safety googles and the mother has her hair pulled back. The two are standing over a disassembled single cylinder engine, each is holding a spark plug. Body language suggests the mother is teaching the son about the spark plugs and the engine. SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — January 19, 2021 — The arrival of the new year means new decisions for students planning their futures. Although the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has thrown many students’ career plans for a loop, the increased time at home allows students and parents to reflect and explore opportunities they might not have considered. One place to start is by discovering a student’s learning style.

Everyone has a learning style, some people are visual learners, some learn best by listening, and some are hands-on — they learn by doing. For these hands-on learners, a career in a hands-on field, such as the high-tech transportation industry not only suits their strengths, but also brings them satisfaction and security.

As many parents spend more time observing their children’s learning in a virtual school environment, they are developing an appreciation for different learning styles. Many hands-on learners struggle in traditional learning environments. However, these children and teens thrive when they engage in educational opportunities that support their strengths, and can put them on the road to successful careers.

TechForce Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes the potential of professional technician careers, provides resources and encourages parents, teachers, and other influential figures to recognize and support technical careers that may be a good fit for hands-on learners.

“For too long, we’ve accepted as truth that a college degree is the only way to get ahead and we’ve overlooked the gifts, talents and significant contributions of students who don’t fit the four-year mold,” says Jennifer Maher, CEO & Executive Director of the Tech-Force Foundation.

“For students who are mechanically minded, and learn best when they’re in action, a quality technical or vocational education can be the path to success.”

As part of its ongoing “Be a Pathfinder” campaign, the Tech-Force Foundation offers a free online assessment to help students (and adults) identify their learning styles, and participants can receive a detailed report with educational and career advice based on their style — visual, auditory, or kinetic.

The campaign encourages students to be “pathfinders” by helping them discover and understand their unique strengths and use that knowledge to choose educational and career paths.

Visit for the learning styles assessment, as well as more resources for education and career planning.


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. TechForce distributes more than $1.5 million in scholarships and grants annually, thanks to its generous corporate sponsors and donors. It also spearheads a workforce development initiative to help encourage and support more young people to pursue the vehicle technician profession. Learn more at 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