Under The Hood Newsletter | June 2022

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June 14, 2022

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TODAY: Jennifer Maher live on Women Shifting Gears Podcast

Catch TechForce CEO Jennifer Maher on the Women Shifting Gears podcast today June 14th at 7 PM ET/ 4 PM PT. Don’t miss out on this free event! Register now to save your seat>>

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TechForce students met the pros at Formula Drift

Students from TechForce’s social network got free tickets and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Formula DRIFT race in New Jersey this weekend, thanks to Ford and Throdle. Don’t miss another event – find your tickets today>>

TechForce scholarship helps student pursue his dream career

Scholarship recipient_Steven G_portrait-1Steven has always loved cars. His dream is “to become the best automotive technician I can be,” and he is one step closer to achieving it thanks to a “Pedal to the Metal MSAT” Relocation Award from TechForce. These awards help cover necessary moving costs when students continue on to Manufacturer-Specific Advanced Training.

Steven looks forward to expanding his knowledge about transportation technology and launching his tech career. Learn how TechForce scholarships and grants can help you>>

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All of TechForce together in one place

We have made it even easier to access everything TechForce has to offer. You can now find all things TechForce – our social network, scholarships, industry resources and more – in one place at TechForce.org. Turbocharge your technician career with TechForce>>

Lyft and TechForce join forces to help students get to class

Lyft_Logo_Pink-1-1TechForce and Lyft have partnered to provide free rides to students in need who otherwise don’t have a way to get to school due to unforeseen circumstances. TechForce is also exploring a pilot program with Lyft to offer free car repairs to students with a demonstrated need. The repair program is expected to launch in the coming months. See our full list of partners here>>

CTE Instructors on why educators like using TechForce

Screen Shot 2022-06-14 at 11-35-26 AMHear from instructors Fanny Perez Michaud and Sal Cappiello on why they like using TechForce’s Career Network in their classrooms, and why you should, too! There is no cost to join TechForce or to access the free training materials, trivia, scholarships, industry events and other resources offered. Join TechForce now>>

#WomenTechsRock Hear aviation technician Angel Green’s advice

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Whether an airplane carries people or packages technicians like Angel Green keep them moving. Angel worked her way up from student to aviation technician and is now a Quality Control Supervisor at UPS Airlines. Hear her advice for setting boundaries and succeeding as a woman in a male-dominated space in our most recent #WomenTechsRock interview>>

Help us inspire the next generation of women technicians. Tell us who we should interview at TechForce.org/WomenTechStories

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TechForce is growing – Join our team!

TechForce is growing. We recently welcomed Laylah Copertino as TechForce’s Volunteer Engagement Manager and our newest team member. Meet the entire TechForce team on our website.

If you would like to join our team, check here for open positions with TechForce>>

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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EVENTS

Looking for summer plans? We’ve got you covered. Attend races, car shows, school tours and more! Join TechForce’s free Social Network for tickets to upcoming events. Get started here>>


TECHFORCE NEWS

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Announcing the 2022 FutureTechs Rock Awards Grand Prize Winner

Congratulations to Jacob Gunther of Naperville, IL, the 2022 FutureTechs Rock Awards Grand Prize Winner! Jacob will receive an additional $1,000 TechForce scholarship and $3,000 in prizes from our partners to support his technical education. Thank you to everyone who voted! Meet the full slate of student winners and learn more about the Awards at TechForce.org/Winners

#WomenTechsRock TechForce’s Dana Rapoport joins Femcanic Garage Podcast for a special episode

WTR_Dana_Rapoport_1600x900_100T_220412Listen to a special episode of the Femcanic Garage Podcast featuring TechForce’s Dana Rapoport. Dana discusses what she has learned so far in interviews with dozens of women technicians, including that, “The biggest decider for a woman’s success as a transportation technician is their employer’s commitment to a supportive workplace.”

Help us inspire more technicians. If you know a woman tech Dana should interview, tell us at TechForce.org/WomenTechStories

Student Awarded $10,000 Terry Emig Hero Spirit Award

Terry Emig winner Jeramie-1Congratulations to Jeramie, recipient of TechForce Foundation’s Terry Emig Hero Spirit Award! The Award includes tuition and direct assistance totaling $10,000. As a single parent, Jeramie is grateful for the generous financial support will help him pursue his dream career as a transportation technician. Apply for a scholarship of your own through TechForce’s Social Network>>

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Sunstate Equipment hosted Jennifer Maher and Lisa Evans of TechForce Foundation for a tour of its training facility. During the tour Sunstate VP Larry Cox presented TechForce with a $25,000 donation. Thank you, Sunstate Equipment, for being a long-time TechForce Champion! Pictured are Maher, Evans, Cox and students in Sunstate’s Apprenticeship Program.

SVRA, AUVSI join TechForce workforce development campaign

SVRA LogoTechForce Foundation welcomes Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) and Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) as the newest partners in our industry-wide workforce development campaign. SVRA‘s insight will help TechForce further support technicians in the restoration space.

AUVSI LogoAUVSI will introduce the exciting world of automated vehicles to the campaign. TechForce staff recently spoke at AUVSI’s national conference. We look forward to working with both organizations to support the workforce of future technicians. See our full list of partners here>>

Resources for early career technicians from MotorAge

YoungTechAwards_logo_2022Are you new to the industry? Here are some tips to help you propel your career>> and reach that “A” tech level from TechForce partner MotorAge. Motor Age Magazine and Professional Tool & Equipment News Magazine have also launched the second annual Best Young Tech Award program to recognize the younger generation of working technicians making a difference in the industry. Are you that tech, or do you know one? Nominate them 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>>

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Donate your car, RV or boat to TechForce (It’s tax-deductible and easy!)

Donate your car, RV or boat to TechForce. Our partner, CarDonationWizard, handles all steps, makes it easy for you, and turns your tax-deductible donation into dollars that support our mission. Learn more and donate your vehicle today>>

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

 

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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!


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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>>

 


SCHOLARSHIPS – Apply now!

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>>

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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>>


TECHFORCE NEWS

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 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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Rising Technicians, a Tip for Success: Keep Learning

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the United States needs at least
120,000 new transportation technicians each year just to meet demand.

The automotive aftermarket is a $277B industry, growing since 2010 and predicted to continue. It’s fueled by consumers keeping their vehicles longer, putting more miles on them and needing more help when it comes to servicing them.

According to a recent IMR CCAMS study, only 53 percent of consumers answered that they had a repair done by a service professional within the last 12 months in 2008. In 2017, that number was up to 62 percent. This decrease in “Do It Yourself” behavior along with consumers generally keeping their vehicles longer than in years past, is keeping repair bays busy.

But aside from the usual demand for their services, there are some barriers to technicians’ ability to give their best service.

“Think about how you change a battery, something that used to be considered a simple job. Many that run in newer models aren’t even located under the hood. The list of what we at Interstate classify as “difficult to install” batteries grows each year as manufacturers move them to harder-to-reach spots to make room for performance-boosting gear.”

The first barrier to success: the entire automotive aftermarket industry is experiencing a shortage of technicians. At the same time, the number of cars per auto repair bay has grown from 167 to 228 since the year 2000, and that trend is projected to increase. So, the growing demand for service – combined with retiring technicians and people choosing to leave the industry – has created a “perfect storm” for a shortage.

With a deficit of qualified technicians, those currently working in the industry are crunched for time to handle the volume. In our 2017 World of Automotive Repair study, technicians listed time pressure as their No. 1 frustration. They feel rushed in their work, naturally leading to less attention to detail, poor communication and a less-than-satisfying customer experience.

“Technicians listed time
pressure as their No. 1 frustration”

The second barrier to success has a chance to become an opportunity to solve both problems. Technology plays an ever-growing role in how vehicles operate today, and requires more training from technicians than ever before. The technological, electrical, digital and problem-solving skills now required of technicians can appear to be obstacles to building manpower.

But that can be overcome: with training, development and continuing education to keep up with the industry’s exponential rate of change. Those investments can bring in new technician candidates and keep current technicians around longer, with the entire staff more qualified and satisfied in their jobs.

“The number of cars per auto repair bay has
grown from 167 to 228 since the year 2000”

Think about how you change a battery, something that used to be considered a simple job. Many that run in newer models aren’t even located under the hood. The list of what we at Interstate classify as “difficult to install” batteries grows each year as manufacturers move them to harder-to-reach spots to make room for performance-boosting gear.

Lucky for us, the “Do It For Me” mentality is not going away. As vehicles continue to grow more complex, the stronger the demand will be for quality technicians. With that said, it’ll be important as an industry that we share our knowledge — OEMs sharing important repair procedures, codes, etc., with aftermarket shops, and aftermarket shops sharing what works and doesn’t work with the manufacturers. This free flow of information will allow the industry to find the most efficient way to serve our customers and ease the time pressure technicians feel.

If I could give some advice to the current and future generation of technicians, I’d tell them:

1) Keep learning: Technologies are changing at an exponential speed. There’s no time to fall behind.

2) Stay current: Subscribe to blogs and publications to keep a pulse on the industry.

3) Market your shop: To stay competitive, shops have to promote themselves to the industry and consumers. If you don’t know how, partner with somebody who does, so you can compete with the national chains who have a lot of marketing power.

4) Use the shortage to your advantage: Be selective where you choose to work. Look for shops and dealers who promote learning, provide training and are great marketers. That’s where I’d want to work!

5) Put yourself in your customers’ shoes: The last thing anyone in our industry wants to do is make customers feel uncomfortable or think they’re being sold something they don’t need. It’s the little things that reinforce your customers’ trust.

Every industry has highs and lows. We can look at the technician shortage as a low, or see it as a chance to grow our skills to serve our customers better and welcome new and eager talent.

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March 14, 2022

Help TechForce earn $$ with IndyCar’s Jimmie Johnson & Carvana

2022-03_Carvana Livery Preview_TechForceIntro_60sec_v8-2When you sign-up at carvana.com/driven Carvana will donate $1 to TechForce Foundation, and you will get an exclusive preview of Jimmie Johnson’s TechForce livery (IndyCar paint job) ahead of its debut at IndyCar’s Acura Grand Prix in Long Beach, CA. It’s a win-win! Show your support for TechForce now>>

 

#WomenTechsRock Meet marine technician Briana Roche

WTR_TFN_Briana_Roche_1600x900_100T_220228Meet MMI marine technician student Briana Roche. After struggling with college, Brianna realized that a hands-on career was the right fit for her, and she made the jump to a career she loves. Find out how she went from fixing VCRs and other household appliances to working on boat engines. Hear Briana’s story>>

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

 

Next Month: 2022 FutureTechs Rock Awards celebrating students

FutureTechsRock_Awards_Full Logo_Blue_220208Mark your calendar! Nominations for TechForce Foundation’s annual FutureTechs Rock Awards are open April 4-19, 2022. The Awards celebrate the student technicians who are driving the future of the transportation industry. For the first time, nominators can also win cool rewards from AutoZone and CRC Industries. Learn more about the 2022 Awards>>

Scholarship Recipient: Penske Outstanding Student Kyle Eaton

2022-03_Scholarship Winner_Kyle Eaton_Penske Outstanding Student-1Congratulations to Kyle Eaton on winning the $8,000 Roger Penske Outstanding Student Award! Kyle began his training at UTI during the height of the pandemic in August 2020. He has maintained a 4.0 GPA and even started working at a local dealership as an entry-level tech while in school. TechForce is proud to help Kyle with the cost of his technical education. Learn more about TechForce scholarships>>

Technician students need your help – Donate to TechForce today

2022_03_Student photo_Technician students need your help-2-1The cost of attending school is higher than ever, and technician students need your help. Your tax-deductible donation will fund our work to build the pipeline of future technicians. A donation of $50, $25 or even $10 can help keep a student in school and on the road to becoming a professional technician. Donate today>>

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Know a student? Have them apply for TechForce Foundation scholarships & grants

TechForce Foundation awards $1.5 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students across the country get their technical education. Help a student you know pursue their education and achieve their technician career goals. Learn more and apply at TechForce.org/Scholarships>>

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Have you joined the TechForce Network yet?

From companies and schools to industry professionals, working technicians and students, the TechForce Network has something for everyone. With TechForce you can earn scholarships, improve your skills, build your network and accelerate your career. Create your profile for free today at JoinTechForce.org>>

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Trivia Takeover with CRC Industries 

CRC Industries brings you this week’s special trivia in the TechForce Network. Log in to challenge your colleagues, earn points and climb the leaderboard. You just might learn something, too! Play trivia at JoinTechForce.org>>

CONTEST: What is your strangest customer experience?

2022-03_Customer request contestCalling all technicians! We want to hear about the strangest experience you have had with a customer. It could be the time someone brought in a car without a muffler, or maybe they drove around with a detonated suspension. You tell us! Enter your story in the contest at JoinTechForce.org>>

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New TechForce Mobile STEM Career Center brings hands-on transportation tech activities to Gen Z students nationwide

Penske Truck Leasing Donates Truck to get STEM Center on the road

(January 22, 2022 – SCOTTSDALE, AZ) – Penske Truck Leasing has donated a specially equipped 26-foot Freightliner M2 box truck to house and transport the TechForce Foundation Mobile STEM Career Center. The truck was introduced at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction with a news conference on Saturday, January 22 at 9:30 AM MST.

The TechForce Mobile STEM Career Center is a traveling hands-on exhibit designed to engage Gen Z and help them discover the rewarding career path as professional technicians in the transportation field. Part of TechForce’s national workforce development initiative, the Center can be deployed for indoor or outdoor activities and can scale from several hands-on activities to more than a dozen. It features a built-in exterior video wall as well as retractable awnings and two large free-standing shade covers. It also serves as a mobile billboard and its eye-catching design was a collaboration between artist Kevin Paige and Roush Industries which donated the integrated design and wrap.

“This generous donation from Penske Truck Leasing is helping amplify TechForce’s ability to directly engage with many more young people who may not realize they might have a knack for this career path,” according to TechForce CEO, Jennifer Maher. “Although we developed the STEM career activities over the past few years, we’ve been limited by our ability to deploy them – these are big and heavy activities. This Penske truck makes us highly mobile, and we are looking forward to hitting the road in 2022. The real reward for us is when we get to see these young people light up as they discover their skills and how much they enjoy these activities which can lead to considering a rewarding career as a transportation tech.” 

“Technicians are a key component of keeping the supply chain in motion by servicing existing diesel engines and the emerging EV technologies. Investing in the next generation of technicians is vital to our business and industry,” said Art Vallely, president of Penske Truck Leasing. “Our ability to configure this vehicle to fit the Mobile STEM Center’s needs was the perfect opportunity for us to align with our continued pledge to support TechForce and its efforts to engage with future technicians.”

The Mobile STEM Career Center activities include:

– Pit Stop Challenge – Race against the clock to see who can change the tires fastest on the front clip of a real NASCAR. Get to use the real power tools from the racing pits.

– Go Nutz – See how good you are at matching the fasteners (nuts) to the Snap-on wrenches.

– The Virtual V8 – Discover the inner workings of the virtual V-8 engine projected into your real world.

– Off the Line – Test your reflexes on a real light tree from a drag strip starting line.

– Slot Car Racing – Discover how shape and weight can determine the winning car as you take on challengers.

– High-tech circuits – Build your own functioning circuitry with real circuit boards, wires, motors and lights.

– How’s It Work – Discovery station manned by instructors who demonstrate some of the common auto systems and maybe even some catastrophic failures.

– Model of Power – Try your hand at building a functioning scaled-down model of a V-8 engine.

– Cutaway V-10 – Check out the inner workings of a real high-performance V-10 engine.

– Code-A-Car – Write code to power miniature auto functions like lights and fans.

– Ford GT – Check out and maybe even get your picture at the wheel of the Nicolas Cage Ford GT.

– TechForce Network – Explore the free competitions, events, training and other resources designed especially for the next generation of techs.

All of TechForce’s partners have helped bring this Mobile STEM Career Center to fruition. In addition to Penske and Roush, several others have been integral, in particular Shell Lubricants for helping fund its deployment to events like Barrett-Jackson, and to Ford Motor Company, Sunstate Equipment and Snap-on for helping to equip the Center.

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 FacebookInstagramTwitter and Linkedin.

About Penske Truck Leasing

Penske Truck Leasing is a Penske Transportation Solutions company headquartered in Reading, Pennsylvania. A leading global transportation services provider, Penske Truck Leasing operates more than 360,000 vehicles and serves customers from more than 1,300 locations in North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Product lines include full-service truck leasing, contract maintenance, commercial and consumer truck rentals, used truck sales, transportation and warehousing management and supply chain management solutions. Visit www.pensketruckleasing.com to learn more.

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Under the Hood newsletter | February 2022




The official newsletter of TECHFORCE FOUNDATION®

February 15, 2022

STEM Career Center’s new truck brings activities to Gen Z nationwide

2022-01_TechForce Foundation STEM Center Penske Truck Unveil-102-1TechForce unveiled its new 26’ specially equipped box truck donated by Penske Truck Leasing to support our mobile STEM Career Center! The truck features a custom wrap done by Roush, awnings, TVs and the storage to move our 2,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits specifically designed to engage Gen Z and help them discover rewarding careers as professional technicians. Thank you to Penske Truck Leasing and all other donors, including Shell Lubricants, Ford Motor Company, Snap-on and Sunstate Equipment who support the STEM Career Center>>

 

Last chance – Join the RevUp Campaign before it ends

Screen Shot 2022-02-02 at 11.29.09 PMThere is only one day left to claim your discount with TechForce’s first-ever cause marketing campaign! Join WD-40® Brand, Advance Auto Parts and The Humble Mechanic to support a new generation of trade professionals. Act now – the RevUp Campaign ends Wednesday, Feb. 16! Learn more at TechForce.org/RevUp>>

 

#WomenTechsRock Meet aviation technician Elena Gonzalez

2022-01_WTR Elena GonzalezMeet Elena Gonzalez, an aviation technician and founder of the FixFlyTravel Project. Elena began her technician training when she was 14 years old. She believed she could succeed as a technician thanks to the example set by her teacher, a woman tech who also served as Elena’s mentor. Hear Elena’s story>>

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

 

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TechForce elects its 2022 Board Officers

Angie Babin, VP of Supply Chain with Caliber Collision, has been elected President/Chair of TechForce’s 2022 Board of Directors. Additionally, Kim McCullough and John Heenan have been named Vice Chairs, David Ellis named Treasurer, and Chris Blanchette the Immediate Past President. Read the full announcement along with the complete list of board members here>>

 

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Donate your car, RV or boat to TechForce (It’s tax-deductible and easy!)

Donate your car, RV or boat to TechForce. Our partner, CarDonationWizard, handles all steps, makes it easy for you, and turns your tax-deductible donation into dollars that support our mission. Learn more and donate your vehicle today>>

 

TechForce gives students unique experiences during Arizona Auto Week

2022-01_TechForce Foundation 2022 STEM Career Center Penske Truck Unveil-139-1-1TechForce and its partner Shell Oil Company provided more than 100 students with tickets to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, and a behind the scenes tour which included lunch, the ability to stand on the auction stage, get up close with some of the 1800+ auction cars, and learn about a technician’s role in making the auction happen.

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Additionally, TechForce teamed up with the John F. Weinberger Driven to Care program to offer select students an intimate VIP tour of British Automotive Repair, Vintage Iron and Restoration, and RM Sotheby’s Auction at the Arizona Biltmore. To attend upcoming free events, join TechForce’s social network>>

 

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

 

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TechForce elects first female Board Chair, announces 2022 Board of Directors

Angie Babin of Caliber Collision elected Chair
of TechForce Foundation Board of Directors

New Officers & Board Members named

February 8, 2022 – SCOTTSDALE, AZ – TechForce Foundation announces Angie Babin, VP of Supply Chain with Caliber Collision has been elected President/Chair of its Board of Directors. TechForce also announces its 2022 officers and board members, including high-level executives, experts and educators from throughout the transportation industry.

“Since joining the Board in 2018, Angie Babin has made significant contributions to the organization’s success, including her leadership as Vice Chair and her work on TechForce’s Resource Development Committee,” said Chris Blanchette of Advance Auto Parts, Immediate Past President/Chair of the TechForce Board. “Angie is the first woman to serve as Chair of TechForce Foundation’s Board. We look forward to her continued leadership and great things to come.”

TechForce also welcomes Michelle Johnson, Senior Manager, Aftersales Training for Nissan North America, Inc. as the newest Director to join the Board. She brings expertise earned over more than 20 years in the industry, working with brands including Nissan North America, Infiniti Motor Company and Ford Motor Company.

“We are proud to welcome Michelle Johnson to the Board,” says Jennifer Maher, TechForce Foundation CEO. “Serving on the TechForce Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Council since 2021, Michelle is well acquainted with TechForce Foundation’s mission. We look forward to her continued contributions in her new role on our Board of Directors.”

The composition of TechForce Foundation’s 12-member Board of Directors includes:

Officers:

   – Angie Babin, Chair/President, Vice President of Supply Chain, Caliber Collision (Texas)
   – Chris Blanchette, Immediate Past President, VP Strategic Store Operations, Advance Auto Parts (North Carolina)
   – Kim McCullough, Vice Chair, Formerly Jaguar/Land Rover (New Jersey)
   – John Heenan, Vice Chair, Owner/CEO, Ten November Management (Pennsylvania)
   – David Ellis, Treasurer, Owner, Ellis Automotive (Illinois)
   – Jennifer Maher, Secretary, CEO, TechForce Foundation (Arizona)

Directors:

   – Barrett Crane, National Sales Manager – Education Sales, Snap-on Industrial (Wisconsin)
   – Mark Ferner, Senior Manager, Technical Operations, Bridgestone Retail Operations (Tennessee)
   – Mike Hoffman, Vice President, Facilities, Equipment & Maintenance, FedEx Freight (Tennessee)
   – Michelle Johnson, Senior Manager, Aftersales Training, Nissan North America, Inc. (Tennessee)
   – Denise Kingstrom, Supply Chain Director, Coatings Solutions, BASF Corporation (Texas)
   – Cody Metcalf, Instructor, EVIT – East Valley Institute of Technology (Arizona)

TechForce Foundation board member biographies, roles and photographs can be found on the organization’s website at www.techforce.org/about/#bod

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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