Our Work

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Our Philosophy

TechForce Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) committed exclusively to the career exploration, technical education and workforce development of transportation technicians.

We’re all wired differently and not every student needs to go to a 4-year college. There’s more than one road to success. It’s time our nation brings back respect for technical education, skilled trades and “new collar careers”.  Technicians are essential workers who keep America moving.  Our nation needs skilled technicians across all sectors of the auto, aviation, diesel, collision, motorcycle, marine, motorsports, restoration, welding and emerging technologies (electric and autonomous vehicles).

TechForce starts in middle- and high-school to spur career exploration and stays with future techs through their technical education, workforce development and job placement journey (from pipeline to placement).  

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How We Power

Our work is to serve as  the “connector,” linking students and working techs to resources that fuel their success, from scholarships, mentors and schools to apprenticeships, employers and jobs. The TechForce Network, a gamified, online career hub, is the conduit through which TechForce delivers its mission and programs. The TechForce Network connects with GenZ the way they want to engage, research and learn. 

In addition to being the connector, TechForce offers 3 key programs to support future techs:

1. Championing the Profession

Reframing outdated stigmas and educating students and parents on the benefits of this career path.

2. Hands-On Student Experiences

Getting students hands-on with technology and physically meeting mentors and employers.

3. Scholarships &
Grants

Awarding $1.5M annually to support financially-disadvantaged students so they can obtain their technical education.
Promote the benefits of the career and dispel oudated stigmas

1. Championing the Profession

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Tech Shortage is Real

Industry needs 258,000 new entrant techs a year but schools are only graduating 48,000. That’s 5 jobs for every 1 tech. The technician  shortage is real.

 

Career

Career Ladder & Lattice

Being a trained technician instills the fundamentals that can lead to a myriad of other jobs across the industry, including owning your own business.

 

Benefits

Benefits of Being a Tech

Technicians enjoy solid, middle-class pay, options to live & work anywhere, career advancement, job security, ability to help people and freedom to  do something you love.

Parents

Parents' Perspective

Parents dissuade kids from being techs due to outdated stigmas. It’s important for young people to find an education and career that fits them!

National Initiatives

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Women Techs Rock

Less than 3% of techs are women. The workforce needs to welcome women and people of color to the technician profession more readily!

Veterans at Work: Military Transition


TechForce supports Veterans in transitioning their skills from deployment to professional technician jobs here at home.

Annual Campaigns

Join the Tech FORCE

This annual giving campaign encourages donations to support our mission, career & technical education, the skilled trades and workforce development. Donors select a nominal monthly giving amount or a single, annual gift. All donations are 100% tax-deductible.

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Because I'm a Tech...

…fill in the blank. “Because I’m a Tech, I bought my first house at 24.” Discover the benefits the technician profession offers, from compensation to job security, ability to help people and live & work anywhere.

Be a Pathfinder

Parents and counselors tap resources to help young people discover an education and career that fits. Not everyone needs to go to a 4-year college. Technical education offers a viable pathway to rewarding careers.


Recognition Awards

Techs Rock Awards

Each year, TechForce honors working technicians across all sectors who are full of passion, overcame incredible barriers to pursue the profession of their dreams and who pay it forward in helping the next generation of technicians to thrive. Nominate, vote and celebrate these amazing transportation technician professionals!

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FutureTechs Rock Awards

TechForce celebrates the student community of aspiring, next generation technicians. Nominate, vote and celebrate high school and post-secondary students enrolled in auto, aviation, collision, diesel, marine, motorcycle, motorsport, restoration, welding and EV training programs across the country who evoke passion, grit and commitment.

Students get hands-on while building a network of mentors and employers

2. Hands-On Student Experiences

Mobile STEM Career Center

TechForce hits the road delivering its message that becoming a transportation technician is a great career choice for those who are curious, love problem-solving, technology, and working with their hands. This new collar, STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) career is in high demand and ever-changing, and our 2,000 square foot, pop-up exhibit provides a hands-on experience for people to consider these technician careers and meet employers.

Student Experiences

Young people don’t know what they don't know. They need hands-on, physical experiences with engines and technology to get interested and build their passion. They need to meet industry mentors, brands and employers in order to have insight as to what the career offers. TechForce coordinates free, local, hands-on experiences for students to meet mentors & employers. Building their network and exploring the transportation technician profession.

3. Scholarships & Grants

TechForce Foundation has been awarding scholarships and grants for financially-disadvantaged students to obtain their technical education since 2007. From tuition scholarships to relocation and emergency grants, TechForce helps students to stay in school, get trained, and be workforce-ready.

$1.5 Million

scholarships & grants awarded annually

4,000

applications received annually

1,000

students receive awards annually

100%

are financially-disadvanaged students

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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