Inside TechForce | September 2023

TechForce has a new Leaderboard Challenge, brought to you by New Ford Tech! 

In first place is Gibson Baker from Portland Arts & Technology High School. Baker has been the dominant force in the race so far, and he's looking to keep his lead and take home the top prize. In second place is David Daignault from Portland Arts & Technology High School. Daignault has been steadily gaining ground on Baker, and he's not going to give up without a fight. In third place is Samuel Rotar from Portland Arts & Technology High School,  Rotar is the dark horse in this race, but he's definitely capable of pulling off an upset. 

With so much time still in this challenge, anything is possible. Portland Arts & Technology High School is the school to look out for - who else thinks they got it? So stay tuned for the rest of the TechForce Leaderboard Challenge, and see who comes out on top!

Prizes for Top 3 Students: 
 $500* for First Place, $250* for Second Place, $200* for Third. *Gift Certificate to Ford Rotunda Tools & Equipment.
If you haven't already, check out TechForce's new scholarship portal with over $2.3 Million dollars to give away this year! We are making it easier for you to access and apply. So, what are you waiting for?!  

Beneficiary of The John & Bernadette Heenan Veterans at Work Fund & Spotlight User

“Since I was a little girl, I’ve always really enjoyed working with my hands and I knew I wanted to be a technician. I look forward to learning everything I can and being able to move up the ranks of master technician. My ultimate goal is to one day own my own shop and getting certified is going to help tremendously with those plans.”
For two consecutive months, our "Name That Sound" contest has stumped even the best auditory detectives among us. Despite the enthusiastic guesses and a network buzzing with ideas, the mysterious sounds remain unidentified! Are you up for the challenge? This month, we urge you to bring your A-game and be the first to crack the sound! 

Secret Clue: In the craftsman's realm, where tasks conclude, there's a muted finale not loud or rude.

This month's prize: $100 Harbor Freight gift card! 
Sign up for a series of VIP student events brought to you by TechForce.

Texas, we have a VIP Backstage experience at Mecum Dallas on September 21st. You will experience a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse into auctions! RSVP deadline ends soon, so sign up fast!

Experience the adrenaline rush as elite drivers showcase their precision and skill at Formula Drift in Irwindale on October 13th. 

We will be in Vegas at AAPEX & SEMA November 2nd with another VIP experience! Experience tours, lunch with industry leaders, and access to trainings. These tickets are going quickly, so sign up fast!


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Bill Neale Automotive Fine Art Award for High School Students Call for Entries to Launch at Mecum Dallas 2023

Bill Neale Automotive Fine Art Award for High School Students Call for Entries to Launch at Mecum Dallas 2023

– Award Honors World-Renowned Dallas-based artist who passed away in 2021

– Open to U.S. high school students grades 9-12

– Benefits youth pursuing technical transportation careers by supporting TechForce Foundation

Dallas, TX – (September 19, 2023) – The Carroll Shelby Foundation, Mecum Auctions, Terlingua Racing Team and Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) are pleased to announce the upcoming launch of the Bill Neale Automotive Fine Art Award for High School Students. The award honors world-renowned automotive artist Bill Neale by recognizing and encouraging excellence in automotive fine art among high school students. The Dallas-based artist passed away in 2021 at the age of 95.


  • WHAT: Bill Neale Automotive Fine Art Award for High School Students Call For Entries
  • WHEN: September 21, 2023, at 10 AM. Media is encouraged to arrive by 9:45 AM as the announcement will take place promptly at 10 AM at the end of the Road Art auction and prior to the vehicle auction.
  • WHERE: Mecum Dallas 2023, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas


    • Teia Collier – TAWA President (Award Host and Sponsor)
    • Dave Magers – Mecum Auctions CEO (Award Sponsor)
    • Jennifer Maher – TechForce Foundation CEO (Award Beneficiary)
    • Leslie Neale – Bill Neale’s daughter/Terlingua Racing Team (Award Sponsor)
    • Aaron Shelby – Carroll Shelby Foundation (Award Sponsor)
    • Award and Call for Entries Announcement on the Mecum auction block
    • Bill Neale artwork on Display
    • TechForce Foundation Students in attendance from Dallas-area high schools

The Bill Neale Automotive Fine Art Automotive Art Award for High School Students would not be possible without the generous support of the following sponsors: The Carroll Shelby Foundation, Mecum Auctions, Terlingua Racing Team and the Texas Auto Writers Association.

About the Texas Auto Writers Association
Founded in 1987, the Texas Auto Writers Association has grown to become one of the most recognized and reputable automotive press organizations in the industry. TAWA’s mission is to promote quality and accuracy in automotive journalism and to disseminate information about the automotive industry through news-related print, online and broadcast media. In addition to promoting journalism opportunities and professionalism internally, TAWA funds scholarships to journalism students.

About TechForce Foundation
TechForce Foundation is a national nonprofit, 501(c)(3) with the mission to champion all students to and through their education and into careers as professional technicians. TechForce powers the technician workforce by awarding more than $2.3 million in scholarships and grants annually to financially disadvantaged students; changes perceptions towards this evolving, ‘new collar’ STEM career; and provides local career exploration and workforce development programming. TechForce’s online network of students, working technicians, instructors, employers, industry professionals and enthusiasts committed to championing the technician workforce is the conduit through which the charity delivers its free resources, programs and career hub for the benefit of aspiring technicians. For more information, visit Follow us on TikTokFacebook, Instagram, TwitterLinkedin and YouTube.


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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