TechForce Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) committed exclusively to the career exploration, technical education and workforce development of 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 urge career exploration and stays with future techs through their technical education, workforce development, and job placement journey (from pipeline to placement).
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, apprenticeships, employers, and jobs. The TechForce Network, a gamified, online career hub, is the channel 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
2. Hands-On Student Experiences
3. Scholarships &
1. Championing the Profession
5 to 1
Tech Shortage is Real
The industry needs 258,000 new techs a year, but schools only graduate 48,000. That’s 5 jobs for every 1 tech. The technician shortage is real!
Career Ladder & Lattice
Being a trained technician instills the fundamentals that can lead to a multitude of other jobs across the industry, including owning your own business.
Benefits of Being a Tech
Technicians enjoy generous wages, options to live & work anywhere, career advancement, job security, ability to help people & the freedom to do something you love.
Parents dissuade kids from being techs due to outdated stigmas.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!
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Women Techs Rock
Join the Tech FORCE
This annual giving campaign encourages donations to support our mission, career & technical education, skilled trades, and workforce development. Donors select a nominal monthly giving amount or a single, annual gift. All donations are 100% tax-deductible.
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, the 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 fit them. Not everyone needs to go to a 4-year college. Technical education offers a viable pathway to rewarding careers.
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 pay it forward in helping the next generation of technicians to thrive. Nominate, vote, and celebrate these amazing transportation technician professionals!
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.