Under the Hood Newsletter | January 2023

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The official newsletter of TechForce Foundation®, made possible by donors like you who believe everyone should have a chance to succeed.

TechForce Foundation,

We at TechForce hope your 2023 is off to a great start… our’s certainly is! Read our January newsletter below for scholarship opportunities, a FutureTechs Rock Awards update, contest results and more. We hope to see you at one of this spring’s events!

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2023 FutureTechs Rock AwardsTM now open

2023 FutureTechsRock Awards LogoTechForce is seeking the best transportation technician students to award over $12,500 in prizes and scholarships from partners including Nissan, Advance Auto Parts, AutoZone, Cengage Learning, CRC Industries, New Ford Tech, Mighty Auto Parts, Snap-on Industrial, Volvo and WD-40 Company! Are you a student, or do you know one? Enter a nomination today at TechForce.org/FutureTechsRock. The deadline to nominate is Friday, Feb. 10 at 5PM PT/ 8PM ET.

TechForce grant helped Navy vet Conor become a tech

Portrait of Navy Veteran and TechForce grant recipient ConorSunstate Equipment technician Conor jumpstarted his civilian career thanks to TechForce’s donor-supported Veterans At Work: Military Transition Fund. He says, “TechForce is an unbelievable free resource and it has been a big help throughout my entire process from school to career.” Read Conor’s technician journey here.

#WomenTechsRock: This tech’s career led to Antarctica

Golden Muller's photo with her quote "I'm a badass because I'm good at my job." superimposed over the left side of the image.Meet heavy diesel technician Golden Muller, Lead Power Plant Mechanic at the National Science Foundation’s Palmer Station in Antarctica! Hear how her technician career allowed Golden to become one of only 256 women to ever winter at the South Pole in her #WomenTechsRock interview, a part of TechForce’s ongoing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) initiatives.

TechForce hosts students at Arizona Concours d’Elegance

Students at AZ Concours d'EleganceThis past weekend TechForce hosted technician students and instructors at the Arizona Concours d’Elegance. Guests had the opportunity to network with classic car collectors and learn about technicians’ role in the restoration and collector car industries. Thank you to our donors who made this experience possible! To find future events like this, create your free TechForce account today>>


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Scholarships & Grants

Below are just a few of the scholarships currently open in TechForce. Visit TechForce.org/Scholarships to learn how TechForce can help you cover the cost of your technical education.

TechForce Foundation logoTechForce Accelerate Tuition Scholarships
Deadline: Jan 31, 2023 | Amount: $1,000–$2,000
Learn more and apply>>

TechForce Foundation logoTechForce Life Happens Emergency Grants
Deadline: Jan 30, 2023 | Amount: $400–$1,200
Learn more and apply>>

omlie-1The Pheobe Omlie Scholarship
Deadline: Mar 1, 2023 | Amount: $500–$2,500
Learn more and apply>>

Professional Aviation Maintenance Association Logo SquareProfessional Aviation Maintenance Association Scholarships
Deadline: Mar 1, 2023 | Amount: $1,000–$2,000
Learn more and apply>>

Brown Hudner Scholarship Logo-1The Brown Hudner Navy Scholarship
Deadline: Mar 1, 2023 | Amount: Varies
Learn more and apply>>

CREF Square Logo-1Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) Scholarships
Deadline: Mar 9, 2023 | Amount: $500-$5,000
Learn more and apply>>

Upcoming Events

Join us for an upcoming event! Find industry events like these and more in TechForce. Get started with your own free account here>>

Jan. 28: TechForce STEM Career Center @ EVIT Expo

A photo of TechForce staff and 4 college-aged students (3 young men and one young woman) participating in TechForce's Light Tree Reaction Time Test at our Mobile STEM Career Center.Don’t miss the TechForce Mobile STEM Career Center at the EVIT Expo 2023 this Saturday, Jan. 28 from 9AM – 1PM in Mesa, AZ. Stop by our exhibit at the free family-friendly event for games and to learn more about high-tech in-demand technician careers. View event details.

Feb. 4: TechForce STEM Center @ Concours in the Hills

2022 STEM Career Center Penske Truck-144-1-1Join us for another fun & free Arizona event! TechForce’s Mobile STEM Center will be at Concours in the Hills on Feb. 4 from 10AM – 3PM in Fountain Hills, AZ. Be sure to stop by for games, career resources, and to say hi! View event details.

Other Stories

TF UTI Owned 200618-06-1-1Nissan & INFINITI students, we have scholarships for you!

Students in Nissan and INFINITI training programs across the US are encouraged to apply for TechForce scholarships. Thanks to these companies’ support, TechForce has scholarships set aside just for students in their programs. Indicate that you are a Nissan or INFINITI student when applying for a TechForce Accelerate Tuition scholarship to get started. Apply for TechForce scholarships here>>

Enterprise & Ford partner on Collision Engineering Program, TechForce to administer Ford Fund scholarships

CEP_FORD-Partnership_ImageTechForce partners Ford Motor Company Fund and Enterprise Holdings Foundation have announced a strategic partnership to support the growth of the Collision Engineering Program (CEP). The CEP is also partnering with TechForce to administer the Ford Fund scholarships for students enrolled in the Program. Read the full announcement here.

TechForce's 'Champion' badge, featuring the words "TechForce Foundation Champion" and the TechForce logo.TechForce celebrates new & renewed donors and association partners

TechForce is proud to welcome Tire Business, Navistar, Aviation Maintenance Council (AMC), and Women in Motorsports North America as supporters of our mission to build the next generation of technicians.

TechForce is also proud to recognize the renewed partnerships of Advance Auto Parts, CarMax, Cengage Learning, CRC Industries, Endeavor Business Media, Footprints Foundation, Penske Truck Leasing, Volvo and WD-40 Company. View our list of partners here.

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TechForce Leaderboard Challenge Update

Congratulations to the winners of TechForce’s Winter Leaderboard Challenge. One student, instructor and school each received AutoZone gift cards up to $1,000 for having the highest engagement in Network activities during the winter 2022-2023 season. The next Leaderboard Challenge starts February 6. Don’t miss out. Log in or join TechForce to participate and get active in building technical careers!

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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