Spark News | December 2020


Topics in Spark News for December 2020:

Ford ASSET program, CarQuest WorldPAC virtual training, Penske Outstanding Student Award, Skills USA Virtual Conference, Gen Zers Like Classic Cars, Transitioning Veterans Into Technicians

Ford ASSET scholarships now available through TechForce

2020-11_01_Ford scholarship_Asset logo_201130We teamed up with our partner Ford Motor Company to make it easier for you to find the funding you need for your technical education! Students in Ford ASSET programs around the country can now access scholarships through TechForce Foundation’s “Accelerate Tuition” opportunity. Start your scholarship application today at>>


TechForce Awards Penske Outstanding Student Award

2020-11_01_Penske Scholarship_Joel McCallister HeadshotCongratulations to Joel McCallister, winner of the Roger Penske Outstanding Student Award! A recent graduate of Universal Technical Institute, Joel earned 19 Student of the Course awards throughout his education and has been described by his instructors as demonstrating “a true passion and commitment to advancing his career.” Learn more about Joel and apply for TechForce scholarships here>>



SkillsUSA announces virtual conference & competition

2020-11_01_SkillsUSA National Competition_SkillsUSA logo_201119TechForce association partner SkillsUSA will be holding its National Leadership and Skills Conference and SkillsUSA Championships virtually in 2021, with localized hands-on elements for select competitions. For more information check out the official announcement here>>
Resource Spotlight
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CarQuest Technical Institute (CTI) and WorldPAC Training Institute (WTI) have opened their virtual training libraries to technician students!

Virtual Classroom provides training for all skill levels, while World Professional Automotive Community offers management and technical content for more experienced or specialized techs.

Simply click the logos above to begin!

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New research: Majority of Gen Z interested in classic cars

Did you hear? According to a recent study Millennials and GenZers are more — not less — interested in owning classic or collector cars than their parents and grandparents. In fact, of the five generations polled, Gen Z and Millenials were the only generations with a majority of drivers interested in owning a classic car. Learn more with’s coverage of Hagerty’s report here>>


Department of Labor pilots apprenticeships for transitioning service members

2020-11_01_DOL Apprenticeship pilot_Photo from blog-1The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) has launched a new Apprenticeship Pilot to prepare transitioning service members for civilian careers in the skilled trades. Apprenticeship Placement Counselors are assisting service members at eight military installations as they select, locate and apply for apprenticeships. Learn more about the pilot program here>>

Thank you to all TechForce Foundation partners!

2020-11_01_Thank you TechForce partners_Logo Lockup_201130Associations: Automotive Communications Council, Automotive Maintenance & Repair Association (AMRA), American Rental Association (ARA), Automotive Service Association (ASA), Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), ASE Education Foundation, ASE Training Managers Council (ATMC), Auto Care Association/Women in Auto Care, Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF), Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR), Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA), Minnesota State Transportation Center of Excellence, National Association of Automobile Clubs of Canada (NAACC), National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF), National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3), National Center for Autonomous Technology (NCAT), SkillsUSA, and American Trucking Association’s Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC)

Celebrities: Lyn St. James (IndyCar), Bogi Lateiner (Girl Gang Garage), Steve Johnson (Steve Johnson Racing – NHRA), and Julia Landauer (Julia Landauer
Racing – NASCAR)

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Written by TechForce Foundation