Inside TechForce | January 2024

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Exciting news!! 🚀 We have $4M in scholarships for 2024 to help you kickstart your career.
Accelerate Tuition Scholarships: Need a hand with tuition? We’ve got your back. These scholarships are all about making technical education affordable. 
Phoebe Omlie Awards: Ever heard of Phoebe Omlie? She rocked the aviation world as the first female with an FAA aircraft mechanic’s license. We’re honoring her legacy with awards for aviation tech students ranging from $500 to $5,000. Use the cash for tools or school fees. Hurry, the deadline is February 15th! 
Our scholarships aren’t just about money; they’re about empowering YOU!
Leaaderboard Challenge
New year, new challenge! The student with the most points in January will win a $200 AMEX Gift Card. Looks like Edgar DeSantis of BOCES has a strong lead but former winner, Adin Papendick, of Lincoln Tech Mahwah is close behind!!!
Name that Sound
Are you an expert at deciphering mysterious sounds? NEW: “Name That Sound” Contest is up for a $100 Gift Card to Harbor Freight! Last month we did not have any winners, so step up and see if you win TechForce’s hardest contest!
VIP Event:
Central Texas, we have a super exclusive event just for you! Get hands-  at the Ferrari of Austin Event on February 17, 2024 at 10am.
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Techs Rock Awards Nominations Close in 10 Days

Deadline: Nominations for Techs Rock Awards Close in 10 Days

The Awards will recognize five professional technicians and five technical students nationally with more than $35,000 in total prizes.

January 3, 2024 — PHOENIX — Nominations for the Techs Rock Awards close Sunday, January 14 at 11:59 pm PT. TechForce Foundation’s Techs Rock Awards is the premier awards program recognizing both professional technicians’ and technical students’ contributions to the industry. These individuals serve as true role models, inspiring the next generation of tech enthusiasts.

WHO: Anyone can submit a nomination. Eligible nominees include professional technicians and technical students employed in or studying the following disciplines: automotive, aviation, collision repair, diesel, emerging technologies, marine, motorcycle, motorsports, restoration, and/or welding.

WHEN: The deadline to submit nominations is January 14, 2024, at 11:59 pm PT.

WHERE: Nominations are open nationwide online at

WHAT: The pressing national demand for top-tier technicians–nearly three job openings for every tech school graduate–drives TechForce Foundation’s Techs Rock Awards. More than $35,000 in total prize value will be awarded to five professional technicians and five technical students. By recognizing these role models who inspire the next generation, the Techs Rock Awards is fueling the pipeline of future technicians.

One technician and one student Grand Prize Winner will each receive a trip to Glendale, Arizona to enjoy Mecum Glendale 2024 and meet and be honored by industry leaders at TechForce’s National Partner Summit. The Grand Prize Winners will also receive a NAPA Carlyle toolbox stocked with Carlyle tools valued at $8K each. Thanks to TechForce partner Hertz, Grand Prize Winners will also receive a week-long rental of a cutting-edge Electric Vehicle (EV) and experience the thrill of eco-friendly, high-performance driving in style! Each of the eight Runners Up will also receive a $500 AutoZone gift card and a GEARWRENCH Modular Tool Set valued up to $1,000.

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 is the conduit through which the charity delivers its free resources for the benefit of aspiring technicians. For more information, visit Follow us on TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Linkedin 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