Under The Hood Newsletter | July 2022

Under the Hood: New shortage report + Ambassador applications open!
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July 28, 2022

TechForce engagement opportunities this month

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Read and share TechForce’s new special report Women Techs: Solving the Tech Shortage. Please also continue to help promote the career resources available on TechForce, as well as our Women Techs Rock video series. If you know a woman technician we should interview in the series let us know!

Now is the time to gather technicians’ stories to share during TechForce’s annual Because I’m a Tech campaign (8/22–9/10/22). Record technicians finishing the phrase “Because I’m a tech…” telling us something they achieved thanks to their career in transportation, and send the video to sgordon@techforce.org. Together we can inspire Gen Z to consider a rewarding hands-on career by showcasing what is possible! We also invite you to explore the Because I’m a Tech campaign resources available here>>


Don’t miss TechForce’s free summer events! Join our social network for tickets to behind-the-scenes VIP experiences, races, car shows and more. Get started>>

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Free tickets to 8/4 Autobahn racing experience

Join us August 4th for hot laps, shop tours, and a chance to meet real racecar drivers and technicians at the Autobahn Country Club race track in Joliet, IL. Tickets are free but they’re going fast! Don’t miss our exclusive student experience, co-hosted with John Weinberger Driven to Care. Log in to get your free tickets>>

TechForce free VIP summer events so far… with more to come!

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Students have gone to VIP events for free all summer thanks to TechForce. From Formula DRIFT, IndyCar and NASCAR races to our most recent Student Experience at Road America TechForce members are having the time of their lives at unforgettable events. Don’t miss out! Join for free and find your tickets>>


Students can pay for technician training expenses with help from TechForce! Our scholarships & grants pay for more than just tuition. Need help covering the cost of tools, books, transportation or even emergencies? See opportunities below:

TechForce Foundation small logo. A green letter 'T' bordered by a blue letter 'F' on each side.Opportunity: TechForce Accelerate Tuition Scholarships
Deadline: July 31, 2022 | Award range: $1,000–$2,000
Learn more and apply>>

TechForce Foundation small logo. A green letter 'T' bordered by a blue letter 'F' on each side.Opportunity: Life Happens Emergency Grants
Deadline: August 29, 2022 | Award range: $400–$1,200
Learn more and apply>>

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation logoOpportunity: Career & Technical Education Scholarship
Awarded by: Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
Deadline: Rolling, Processed monthly | Award range: $1,500–$10,000
Learn more and apply>>


New TechForce report – Women Techs: Solving the Tech Shortage

WhitepaperNetwork_1600x900Businesses in all sectors of the transportation industry urgently need more technicians, yet women — who comprise 52% of the population — only account for less than 3% of employed technicians. With the tech shortage crisis worsening each year, one solution seems obvious: Hire more women techs. But how? Download the report for answers>>

Informed by a year of interviews with women technicians, Women Techs: Solving the Tech Shortage lets their voices be heard. Learn from their insight and tips to recruit, retain and advance women techs in the workforce>>

Ford student Alejandro finds his path to success with TechForce

Scholarship Student Spotlight_Alejandro-1Alejandro received a Ford ASSET Accelerate Tuition Scholarship from TechForce, and is excited about becoming a technician! “Ever since I was a toddler I’ve always loved being around and working on cars… Being a well-trained automotive technician would allow me… to follow my dreams.” Read Alejandro’s full story>>

TechForce scholarships and grants help students pay for technician training expenses. Learn how TechForce Foundation can help cover the cost of tuition, tools, transportation and even emergencies at TechForce.org/Scholarships

Volunteer with us – Become a TechForce Ambassador!

Ambassador program_Attendee at event-1Our TechForce Ambassador Program is now accepting applications. Join us in supporting future techs all across the US and Canada! We are currently seeking volunteers in Maryland and the Texas Gulf Coast. To volunteer with TechForce email Laylah Copertino, Volunteer Engagement Manager, at lcopertino@techforce.org>>

Women Techs are Inspiring a Generation – Share Your Story!

WTR_Call-To-Action_1600x900_220718Calling all women techs! We need you to share your stories and inspire girls across the country to pursue their passions. Help TechForce show a new generation that there is a place for them in this industry. Share your story or the story of a woman tech you know at TechForce.org/WomenTechStories

Hemmings and Vice Grip Garage team up to support TechForce

Ultimate Road Trip_C20 on Route 66-1Vice Grip Garage and Hemmings recently unveiled The Ultimate Road Trip in support of TechForce. Vice Grip Garage brought a 1978 Chevrolet C20 Camper Special back to life and drove it across the US on Historic Route 66. Now the truck is up for auction through August 4th on Hemmings, with proceeds to go to TechForce! Learn more and join in on the fun>>

Donate to help students like the younger you

Younger-You-thumbnail_220510Can you relate to the ‘younger you’, a student who is wired for success in a technical career but challenged by the lack of resources and support? Help TechForce be there for the younger you when they need it, to get to and through their technical training and into rewarding careers. Donate to support tech students>>

TechForce students attend VIP experience at Road America

Road America Recap_Event Attendees Group Shot-2Students in TechForce’s social network were treated to a VIP experience at the Road America racing track including hot laps, behind-the-scenes tours and Q&As with racing professionals. A big thank you to co-host John Weinberger Driven to Care and all of the guest speakers who volunteered to make the event a success! Hear from the students who attended and find your own event tickets in TechForce>>

TechForce continues to grow – Join our team!

Michelle-Abril-Development-Manager-TechForceAmanda_Garcia_National_Partnership_Coordinator_TechForceTechForce welcomed two new staff members to our team this month! We are excited to introduce Amanda Garcia (left) and Michelle Abril (right) as TechForce’s National Partnership Coordinator and Development Manager, respectively. Meet our entire team on the new TechForce.org.

If you would like to work with TechForce, check our open positions>>

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


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Student Spotlight: Alejandro pursues dream with Ford ASSET Accelerate Tuition Scholarship

Alejando Finds his Path to Success with a TechForce Scholarship

About TechForce scholarships

Alejandro received a Ford ASSET Accelerate Tuition Scholarship from TechForce Foundation. TechForce scholarships and grants help students pay for their technician training expenses. Learn how TechForce Foundation can help you cover the cost of tuition, tools, books, transportation and even emergencies at TechForce.org/Scholarships

A bright future as a technician

A photo of TechForce scholarships recipient Alejandro. Alejandro is wearing a blue technician work shirt, and is sitting on the hood of a red Mazda coupe.Alejandro is excited about becoming an automotive tech!

“I would like to tell you why the right path to success for me is being an automotive technician. Ever since I was a toddler I’ve always loved being around and working on cars. Throughout the years my passion for automobiles has grown even more profoundly. Before enrolling into a technical college and joining the Ford ASSET program, my skills, knowledge, and understanding of how a vehicle works were dismal.”

Trial and error

Although I haven’t had much experience with cars, that didn’t stop me from attempting to do my own oil change, and I quickly learned why choosing the right tool for the job is important. That’s why I decided to join the Ford ASSET program. To me, a technician is somebody who follows the specifications in shop manuals such as torquing the bolts to the right specification and not just ‘good and tight’. I want to learn the proper way to not only diagnose, but to be able to perform repairs that are up to the standards of a major automotive manufacturer.

After just two quarters in school I have greatly improved my confidence in working on a vehicle but also my knowledge and hand skills. I am dedicated to graduating from technical school and becoming a technician. I have seen what a well-trained technician can do on a race track, when it comes to safety and making sure that a car can consistently perform. There are no cutting corners!”

Driven by passion and purpose

Alejandro’s passion for automotive fills his free time. If he is not in school, he’s at work trying to get as many hours and experience as he can. Alejandro says, “My parents aren’t able to financially support me in my pursuit of a better career. I’ve paid out of my own pocket for tuition. I have been able to stay on top of my grades and maintain focus on my education.”

Alejandro's goals are closer with TechForce scholarships

Alejandro’s dream is to one day open up his own shop. He says, “I want to be able to run a business but also not just be a manager/owner that doesn’t know how to repair or diagnose a vehicle. Being a well-trained automotive technician would allow me to have the necessary skill set to work and to follow my dreams.”

Alejandro is paying for his own education and is only able to work 20 hours a week due to his school schedule. A Ford ASSET Accelerate Tuition Scholarship provides financial assistance so that Alejandro can continue his education and pursue his dream career in automotive.


Please share your contact details and a TechForce team member will contact you.

"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