About Us

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Our Mission

Powering the
Technician Workforce

We are TechForce:  students, working techs, instructors and industry professionals committed to powering the technician workforce (Hence the name “Tech-Force”).

TechForce is the only nonprofit 501(c)(3) committed exclusively to career exploration and workforce development for technician professionals across all industry sectors including auto, aviation, collision, diesel, marine, motorcycle, motorsports, restoration, welding and emerging technologies.

TechForce inspires people to explore the technician profession; supports students obtaining the technical education needed to be workforce-ready; and connects techs to resources, mentors and employers to thrive in their careers. Our mission is to champion all students to and through their technical education and into careers as professional technicians.

As a public charity, TechForce is funded by donations from corporations, foundations and individuals.

Our Impact

$17M

Scholarships and grants awarded since 2007

40,000

Students awarded and impacted since 2007

16.5%

Of scholarships & grants awarded to Veterans

181

Partner schools in the TechForce Network

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Supporting ALL Technicians

  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Collision Repair
  • Diesel
  • Marine
  • Motorcycle
  • Motorsports
  • Restoration
  • Welding
  • Emerging Technologies
OUR FINANCIALS

Committed To Transparency

IRS Form 990

Download TechForce's IRS Form 990.

Financial Stats

TechForce's financial one sheet.

Annual Report

Download our recent annual report.

TechForce Advisory Councils

Instructors Advisory
Council

The voice of instructors from high schools and post-secondary technical schools across the country.

National Leadership Cabinet

Top tier strategic alliance partners and early adopters have a front row seat to solving the technician shortage.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council

Leading our commitment to diversify the technician workforce, including our Women Techs Rock initiative.

TechForce Board of Directors

Angie Babin | TechForce Foundation Board Chair President
Angie Babin
Chair / President
Vice President
Supply Chain, Caliber Collision
Chris Blanchette | TechForce Foundation Immediate Past President
Chris Blanchette
Immediate Past President
Vice President,
Strategic Store Operations,
Advance Auto Parts
Jennifer Maher | CEO TechForce Foundation
Jennifer Maher
Secretary
CEO/Executive Director
TechForce Foundation
John Heenan | TechForce Foundation Vice Chair
John Heenan
Vice Chair
Owner/Founder
Ten November Management
Kim McCullough
Kim McCullough
Vice Chair
Formerly
Jaguar/Land Rover
David W. Ellis
Treasurer
Owner,
Ellis Automotive LLC
Barrett Crane - Snap-on | TechForce Foundation Director
Barrett Crane
Director
National Education Manager,
Snap-on Industrial
Mark Ferner - Bridgestone | TechForce Foundation Director
Mark Ferner
Director
Technical Support Manager,
Bridgestone Retail Operations
Michael Hoffman - FedEx | TechForce Foundation Director
Michael Hoffman
Director
Vice President, Facilities,
Equipment & Maintenance,
FedEx Freight

Michelle Johnson
Director
Senior Manager,
Aftersales Training,
Nissan North America

Denise Kingstrom
Director
Supply Chain Director,
Coatings Solutions,
BASF

Cody Metcalf
Director
Automotive Instructor,
East Valley Institute of
Technology

TechForce Team

Jennifer Maher | CEO TechForce Foundation
Jennifer Maher
CEO
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Lisa Mattke
CHIEF OPERATIONS
& FINANCE OFFICER
Mike Pressendo | TechForce Foundation CHIEF MARKETING & STRATEGY OFFICER
Mike Pressendo
CHIEF MARKETING
& STRATEGY OFFICER
Lisa Evans | Chief Development Officer | TechForce
Lisa Evans
Chief
Development Officer
Ivy Pressendo
MANAGER, SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS & SCHOLARSHIPS

Ben Peoples | Marketing Coordinator | TechForce Foundation
Ben Peoples
MARKETING
MANAGER

Spencer Gordon
CONTENT
MANAGER

Dana Rapoport | TechForce Foundation | CHIEF OF DIVERSITY & INCLUSION EXECUTIVE CONSULTANT
Dana Rapoport
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
EXECUTIVE CONSULTANT

Laylah Copertino | Volunteer Engagement Manager | TechForce Foundation
Laylah Copertino
VOLUNTEER ENGAGEMENT
MANAGER

Amanda Garcia | National Partnership Coordinator | TechForce
Amanda Garcia
NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP COORDINATOR

Michelle Abril - Development Manager | TechForce
Michelle Abril
DEVELOPMENT
MANAGER

Donor Spotlight: Ford Motor Company

Ford - FACT Program | TechForce Foundation Resource

New Ford Tech and TechForce

Ford Motor Company selected TechForce to administer all its technician Ford FACT and Ford ASSET scholarships across the U.S. and enthusiastically activates TechForce’s promotions with a Ford tech recently being named the national winner of the Techs Rock Awards.

Strategic Alliance Partners

Early Adopters

When TechForce expanded its mission in 2016 to not only include scholarships and grants, but also career exploration and workforce development solutions, these companies donated the seed money to jump start our efforts. We thank them for maintaining their level of support ever since.

Early Adopters | TechForce Foundation

$250,000+ annually

$100,000+ annually

$50,000+ annually

$20,000+ annually

Media Partners

Media Collaborators

Association & Nonprofit Partners

Celebrity Ambassadors

Bogi Lateiner | Celebrity Ambassador | TechForce
Charles Sanville | The Humble Mechanic | TechForce Celebrity Ambassador
Julia Landauer | NACAR Race Car Driver | TechForce
Steve Johnson Motorcycle Racer | TechForce

Principal & Major Gift Donors

  • Axalta Coating Systems
  • Bridgestone Retail Operations
  • The Brzoznowski Family Fund
  • Judge Joe Cassini & Caroline Cassini
  • Christian Brothers Automotive Foundation
  • Steve DeMarzio
  • David W. Ellis
  • Enterprise Holdings Foundation
  • Footprints Foundation
  • Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation
  • John & Bernadette Hennan
  • Kim & Chris McWaters
  • NGK Spark Plugs 
  • University of the Aftermarket
  • Roger Penske Foundation

Join "The Tech FORCE"

Our community of donors giving via our annual campaign or monthly, recurring pledges.

  • Darryl Abercrombie
  • Lance Ahrens,
  • Tammy Jo Akans
  • Jeff Albridge
  • Shawn Alexander
  • Mark Anderson
  • Troy Anderson
  • Jason Antone
  • Angie Babin
  • William Bachmann
  • James Baird
  • Jamie Bales
  • Steve Barnett
  • Hailee Bates
  • Michael Benfer
  • Jen Bergeron
  • Eric Bessette
  • Debra Biffar
  • Chris Blanchette
  • Mike Blankenship
  • Jason Bochner
  • Cheryl Bravo
  • Mark Brenner
  • Michel Brown
  • Darrin Brust
  • Nick Byall
  • Audra Cardenas
  • Keri Cariaga
  • Ruth Cayler
  • Teresa Chakos
  • Nikaulus Chartier
  • China Auto Group
  • Pam Collier
  • Kara Corbin
  • Victoria Cotton
  • Jeffrey Covington
  • Barrett Crane
  • CT’s Automotive
  • Jessica Cuellar
  • Miquel Day
  • Theresa DeSantiago
  • Kandice Debnar
  • Alexandra DeJesus
  • Rosangela Dempster
  • Abbey Dingus
  • Lauren Dorgan
  • Patrick Dozier
  • Brenda Ellington
  • Jerry Ellner
  • Theresa Emehiser
  • Matthew Falanga
  • Mark Ferner
  • Jeff Fitzgerald
  • Betsy Flores
  • Barry Fodor
  • Taryn Fortner
  • Pedro Franco
  • John French
  • FullBay
  • Christina Garcia
  • Mark Garcia
  • Deborah Garrett
  • Anais Gauna
  • Karen Gehre
  • Sebina Gljiva
  • Carol Green
  • Mark Hall
  • William Hanks
  • Ian Hardie
  • Nikole Harper
  • Paul Hathaway
  • Adam Heller
  • Brenda Hicks
  • Mike Hoffman
  • Jennifer Howard
  • Rachel Hughes
  • Humble Mechanic/Charles Sanville
  • Katherine Hunter
  • Anna Hyde
  • David Isidori
  • Brendon Jenkins
  • Jimmy Jenkins
  • Tracy Johns
  • Arsenia Johnson
  • Cynthia Johnson
  • Michelle Johnson
  • Steven Johnson
  • Tiffany Johnson
  • Terra Jones
  • Linda Jones
  • Bambi Jorgensen
  • Kelly Keating
  • David Keil
  • Kristina Kenworthey
  • Anna Kerrigan
  • Robert Kessler
  • Denise Kingstrom
  • Thomas Koehler
  • Duane Kramer
  • Kim Laney
  • Nicole Larsen
  • Michelle Lawler
  • Kevin Lythgoe
  • Esmeralda Macias
  • Jennifer & Greg Maher
  • Stacie Mallen
  • Alice Martin
  • Leao-Martin Family
  • Anne Mason
  • Sonia Mason
  • Scott Matthiesen
  • Carrie McClarin
  • Cheryl McClure
  • Kim McCullough
  • Sandra Mendez
  • Mark Merrill
  • Cody Metcalf
  • Don Miller
  • Daniel Monroe
  • Rich Monsalve
  • Douglas Moore
  • Jeff Muecke
  • Julie Mueller
  • Andreea Mulholland
  • Melissa Nelson
  • Russell Nichols
  • Eric Nielsen
  • Jennifer Njuguna
  • Madi Nottingham
  • Cindy Olson
  • Nicole Osborn
  • Leigh Ann Palone
  • Andrew Parrott
  • Savanna Pena
  • Maris Phillips
  • Keith Pittman
  • Hank Powell
  • Darrell Proffitt
  • Marisela Puente
  • Morgan Pyle
  • Cheryl Radke
  • Chuck Rathmann
  • David Brian & Kevin Reid Fund @ Schwab Charitable
  • Kevin Renner
  • Tracy Rhoades
  • Brenda Richards
  • Karla Rodriguez
  • Marissa Rodriguez
  • Stephanie Rogers
  • John Rojas
  • Michael Romano
  • Brian Ross
  • Ed Rowe
  • Patricia Rubino
  • Brendan Ruvolo
  • Laura Sands
  • Melanie Scheet
  • Tony Schimka
  • Garret Schweitzer
  • Tony Sciarra
  • Greg Settle
  • Sills Family Foundation/The Boston Foundation
  • Chris Sjosteen
  • Jamie Smith
  • Kristin Smith
  • Richard Smith
  • Sherrell smith
  • Radesh Sookram
  • David Stuckey
  • Antonio Tagal
  • Jason Tagal
  • Hazel Tarbox
  • Sharon Taylor-Ellis
  • Julie TenBarge
  • Allen Teters
  • Claude Toland
  • Dana Travis
  • Richard Vargas
  • Tom Varrone
  • Miguel Velarde
  • Alanna Vitucci
  • William Vogt
  • Michael Wade
  • Trish Wadya
  • Joseph Walker
  • Sandra Walker
  • June Webster
  • Jade West
  • Lori Westergard
  • Mary Wheeler
  • Lynne Whitman
  • Debra Wilson
  • Carrie Woods
  • Amanda Yanez
  • Flor Zarate
  • Kimberly Zener

Legacy Donors & In Memoriam Gifts

  • Mrs. Dolores Bertoti
  • Andrew Carl Sliwinski
  • William “Willy” Bertoti
  • Terry Emig
  • John F. Weinberger
  • Andrew VanGorder
  • Justin E. Beutel
  • John E. Leao II
  • Bobby Bove
  • Daniel W. Gruber
  • John & Helga Garofalo
  • Jerry W. Reynolds Sr.
  • Matthew W. Madole
  • Brienne Davis
  • Richard “Pup” Conklin

Special Collaborators

  • AutoBio LLC
  • AutoShop Solutions
  • Automotive Software Advisors
  • Harbor Freight
  • Hunter Engineering Company
  • Greg Maher
  • RoushYates
  • Greg Settle
  • SVRA
  • Quorum I.T., LLC

FAQs -
ABOUT US​​

Our mission is to champion all students to and through their education and into careers as professional technicians.

We harness the collective resources of the transportation industry to develop tomorrow’s diverse workforce of qualified technicians by:

  • Increasing awareness and enthusiasm for the profession;
  • Providing resources to help access quality education for those with financial need;
  • Connecting future techs and industry through mentorship and career development opportunities.

TechForce is an Arizona nonprofit corporation designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Contributions are tax deductible. TechForce works nationwide to power the technician workforce. TechForce’s staff, consultants and volunteers work remote across the U.S.  We are directed by a 15-member, volunteer board of directors comprised of industry employers, technicians and professionals,  instructors and philanthropists. 

TechForce was founded in 2005 and began operations in 2007 as the Universal Technical Institute Foundation. For the first eight years, it existed as a scholarship and grant organization, supporting financially-disadvantaged students who chose to attend a UTI campus. In 2014, the charity’s board of directors elected to expand its mission to do more to solve the technician shortage and support students everywhere. In 2016, the organization changed its name to TechForce Foundation, expanded its scholarships to support students attending more than 70 additional, post-secondary technical institutions, launched new programs and entered into strategic alliances to fuel career exploration and workforce development of the technician profession. Today, TechForce is leading industry-wide collaboration to solve the technician shortage and working the fill the pipeline by inspiring, supporting and connecting students everywhere.

TechForce serves as the convener of students, working techs, instructors, employers and enthusiasts via its social network. TechForce is the hub for career exploration, workforce development and job placement of professional technicians. TechForce leads storytelling about the opportunities the career offers; provides hands-on workforce development opportunities for young people, and is the largest nonprofit scholarship provider exclusively for students pursuing the technician profession.

TechForce 1) promotes the professional by sharing information, resources and marketing that reframes the technician profession and dispels myths and stigmas; 2) provides hands-on experiences to engage students with auto/diesel technology, explore the career and get workforce ready; and 3) awards more than $1.5 million annually in scholarships and grants to support technical education (students, schools and fellow nonprofits). Additionally, TechForce collaborates with businesses, schools, associations and nonprofits offering additional workforce development solutions and provides links to these valuable resources through its TechForce network.

Techforce Foundation

TechForce Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to champion all students to and through their education and into careers as professional technicians. 

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