Under The Hood Newsletter | April 2022


The official newsletter of TECHFORCE FOUNDATION®

April 12, 2022

TechForce engagement opportunities this month

The TechForce Champion BadgeTechForce’s FutureTechs Rock Awards are open now. Nominations close on Tuesday, April 19. Tips to activate the Awards with your workforce or customers can be found here>> Certainly you know a tech student who rocks. Build respect and loyalty by nominating them!

Please continue to promote the TechForce Career Network and our Women Techs Rock DEI interview series. We need your help spreading the word!


Join TechForce’s free Social Network for tickets to upcoming events! Get started>>

CLOSING SOON: FutureTechs Rock Awards – $17k in student prizes

Logo of the 2022 FutureTechs Rock AwardsThe FutureTechs Rock Awards™ nominations are open now through 4PM PT on April 19, 2022. You could win your share of more than $17,000 in prizes! Nominators also have a chance to win prizes worth $225 each. Learn more and nominate a technician student before the April 19 deadline at TechForce.org/FutureTechsRock

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TechForce students at INDYCAR with Jimmie Johnson and Carvana

TechForce partnered with Carvana and Jimmie Johnson for an amazing INDYCAR weekend in Long Beach! 25 students from 10 schools across the country attended the event with tickets from the TechForce Network.

A photo Jimmie Johnson's TechForce branded INDYCARThe students met Jimmie Johnson and the #48 crew, and saw Jimmie’s TechForce Foundation branded car in action! Don’t miss your chance to attend future events. Create your free profile in TechForce’s Social Network to access future experiences like these in your area.

Watch it again: Online Q&A with real INDYCAR technicians

Promotional image for the Q& with Mike Le Gallic and Anna Chatten of INDYCAR Team 48Watch last week’s Q&A with Mike Le Gallic and Anna Chatten of INDYCAR’s Team 48! Le Gallic and Chatten answer questions from TechForce Network members and offer expert insight on how to get your start as a professional racecar technician. The event is brought to you by Carvana and TechForce Foundation. Watch it for free here>>


Are you a student, or do you know one? TechForce awards $1.5 million in scholarships and grants each year to help students pay for their technical education. See scholarship opportunities below from TechForce and our partners:

TechForce Foundation badge/iconOpportunity: TechForce Accelerate Tuition Scholarship
Deadline: April 30, 2022 | Award range: $1,000 – $2,000
Learn more and apply>>

Logo of the Mike Rowe Works FoundationOpportunity: Work Ethic Scholarship Program
Awarded by: mikeroweWORKS Foundation
Deadline: April 14, 2022 |
Award range: Varies; $1M to be awarded
Learn more and apply>>

Logo of the Women in Trucking FoundationOpportunity: The Women In Trucking Foundation Spring Scholarship
Awarded by: Women in Trucking Foundation
Deadline: April 15, 2022 | Award range: $1,000
Learn more and apply>>

Logo of Automotive Service Councils Educational FoundationOpportunity: ASCEF Annual Scholarship
Awarded by: Automotive Service Councils Educational Foundation
Deadline: May 31, 2022 | Award range: $500 – $1,000
Learn more and apply>>


Stay up to date with news and other updates from TechForce Foundation below.

Flyer for Kim McCulloughs episode of Women Shifting Gears-1TODAY: TechForce Board Member Kim McCullough on Women Shifting Gears

Join TechForce Board Member Kim McCullough for a live episode of the Women Shifting Gears podcast today at 7 PM EDT/ 4 PM PDT. Learn from Kim’s experience as an automotive marketing executive and lifelong lover of cars. RSVP to reserve your seat and receive a link to the live virtual event>>

#WomenTechsRock Meet diesel technician Makayla Andrews

An image of Makayla Andrews with her quote, "I'm the sunlight of the shop." superimposed over top.Professional diesel technician Makayla Andrews knows it can be nerve-wracking to start any job, let alone one where you might feel like the odd person out. Her advice? Approach your work with enthusiasm and a positive attitude, and the rest will follow. Watch Makayla’s interview for her tips for success>>

Help us inspire more technicians like Makayla. Tell TechForce about a woman technician who rocks>>

CarMax tech honored at STX 2022 for Techs Rock Grand Prize

Donald Ranquist on stage at the 2022 Worldpac STX ConferenceCarMax technician and 2021 Techs Rock Awards Grand Prize Winner Donald Ranquist joined TechForce staff and was honored on stage at WorldPac’s Supplier and Training Expo (STX 2022)! Donald won a trip to the Expo in Orlando as part of his Grand Prize, thanks to our partner Advance Auto Parts. Learn more about the 2021 Techs Rock Awards>>. Nominate a student for the 2022 FutureTechs Rock Awards today>>

Have you joined the TechForce Network?

Image of a hand holding a tablet with TechForce's Social Network loaded on the screen. The image is on a yellow background.Take advantage of everything the TechForce Social Network has to offer. Log in to your free account to access training, job postings, contests, events, scholarships, and more! If you haven’t joined TechForce, what are you waiting for? Create your profile for free today>>

Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence

Advertisement for Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching ExcellenceDon’t let an outstanding teacher miss their chance at the 2022 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence! Our friends at Harbor Freight Tools for Schools are awarding $1.25 Million to 20 skilled trades teachers and programs in U.S. public high schools. The deadline is May 20. Apply today>>

On the move: TechForce’s STEM Career Center at EVIT

Students participating in STEM activities outdoors in front of TechForce's STEM Career Center mobile exhibit.TechForce’s STEM Career Center was at the East Valley Institute of Technology’s (EVIT) Automotive Skills Challenge and Career Fair. Students from 12 local high schools stopped by the exhibit to learn about the TechForce Network, win giveaways, and meet with recruiters from our corporate partners. Find upcoming events near you at JoinTechForce.org>>

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TechForce Foundation welcomes Lisa Evans as its Chief Development Officer

TechForce Foundation welcomes Lisa Evans, CFRE, as our Chief Development Officer. Evans brings over 20 years’ experience in non-profit development, and TechForce is thrilled to welcome her to the team! Read the official announcement here>>

Lyft joins TechForce workforce development campaign

Lyft_Logo_Pink-1-1TechForce Foundation welcomes Lyft as a donor to our Life Happens Emergency grant program, contributing rider credits to students needing emergency transport to get to school or work, as they build their professional technician careers. TechForce looks forward to the partnership with Lyft to fuel the pipeline of future technicians. See the full list of TechForce supporters here>>

Join the great organizations below in supporting TechForce. Donate now>>

Thank you to TechForce Foundation’s top-tier corporate partners and celebrity ambassadors!

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TechForce Foundations names Lisa Evans, CFRE, as Chief Development Officer

TechForce launches 2022 FutureTechs Rock Awards

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TechForce Foundation Now Accepting Nominations
for its 4th Annual FutureTechs Rock AwardsTM

Ten transportation technician students to be recognized for outstanding
contributions as role models at school and in their communities

April 4, 2022 – SCOTTSDALE, AZ – TechForce Foundation’s® annual FutureTechs Rock Awards season has begun. TechForce created this prestigious award to honor aspiring technicians and recognize those students with a promising future in the transportation industry. The FutureTechs Rock Awards are accepting nominations through 4 PM PDT, April 19, 2022. Nominate a technician student today at TechForce.org/FutureTechsRock.

Over $17,000 in scholarships and prizes will be awarded:

Each category winner, selected by a panel of industry experts, will receive prizes valued at $1,300 including tools, training materials and products from TechForce partners AutoZone, CRC Industries, Advance Auto Parts, Ford, Cengage, WD-40 Company and Snap-on Industrial.

The Grand Prize Winner, as chosen by popular vote, will receive a $1,000 TechForce Foundation scholarship and additional prizes valued over $2,800 from AutoZone, CRC Industries, Advance Auto Parts, Ford, Cengage, WD-40 Company and Snap-on Industrial.

Students will be considered for one of ten categories depending on their academic program’s focus, including Automotive, Diesel On-Road and Off-Road, Motorcycle/ATV, Marine/Watercraft, Aviation, Restoration, Motorsports, Collision Repair and Welding/CNC.

A panel of industry experts will select one finalist from each of the ten categories. The Grand Prize Winner will be selected from the slate of finalists via a People’s Choice Public Vote, to be held May 2-6, 2022.

2021 Grand Prize Winner Zander Worm remarked on the FutureTechs Rock Awards, “It’s amazing to know that other people have faith in me, that I [have something] to offer to the industry… [The Awards] are helping me start my career… debt free.” Hear Zander’s message and meet last year’s winners.

Nominators and voters also have a chance to win. Every person who nominates a student or votes for the Grand Prize Winner will be entered into drawings to win one of 11 prizes valued between $125 and $225 each, courtesy of TechForce partners AutoZone and CRC Industries.

The FutureTechs Rock Awards are part of TechForce Foundation’s workforce development initiative to help inspire and support tomorrow’s workforce of technicians. TechForce has also created the first and only social network designed and gamified for professional technicians and tech students to connect with each other, employers and schools (JoinTechForce.org). The transportation community is supporting it with content and using it to learn, connect, find events, and explore job opportunities while competing for prizes and leaderboard status.

About TechForce Foundation

TechForce Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) with the mission to champion all students to and through their technical education and into careers as professional transportation technicians. The Foundation distributes more than $1.2 million in scholarships and grants annually, thanks to its generous corporate sponsors and donors, and spearheads an industry-wide workforce development initiative to help encourage and support more young people to pursue the vehicle technician profession. This includes a network of students, working technicians, instructors, employers, industry professionals and enthusiasts committed to championing the technician workforce. For more information, visit www.techforce.org. Follow us on Facebook, InstagramTwitter 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