Spark News | March 2021


TechForce Peer Network Launch | FutureTechs Rock Awards 2021 | Vaughan Gittin Jr. Give Shout-Out To TechForce | TechForce Scholarship | TMC Diesel Scholarship | Reviews About The New TechForce Peer Network | Garage Gurus Scholarship | Submit Events To TechForce Peer Network | Jessi Combs Women’s History Month | FREE Training & e-Learning Via TechForce Peer Network

Join the first ever peer network exclusively for future and working technicians

Screen Shot 2021-03-23 at 1-56-39 PMTechForce Foundation has launched the world’s first and only peer network 100% dedicated to future and working transportation technicians. Learn more about TechForce’s peer network here>>

Coming soon: FutureTechsTM Rock Awards


Our annual competition recognizing outstanding transportation technician students kicks off next week! Nominations for the 2021 FutureTechs Rock Awards open April 6. Learn more>>



Get excited about TechForce with this shout-out from Vaughn Gittin, Jr.

Video thumbnail for Vaughn Gittin, Jr.'s shout-out for TechForce's peer network. Vaughn is standing in a well-lit, white autoshop with racecars behind him. The words "TechForce" and "Vaughn Gittin, Jr." appear in green letters over white boxes on screen.

A big thank you to Shell Pennzoil for helping line up this great introduction to TechForce’s peer network from professional fun-haver Vaughn Gittin, Jr! Watch and share the shoutout here>>

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TechForce’s peer network is the place to jumpstart your technician career!

Connect with other students, educators and working techs, compete in daily trivia and other fun challenges, and find events, trainings, scholarships and more!

Create your profile by visiting

Another path to easily apply for TechForce scholarships

2021-03_Scholarships new home_Whiteboard videoYou can now apply for TechForce scholarships through our peer network! We’ve updated our system, and if you have previously applied you may need to reset your password and supply some additional info. To get started simply log in or create your profile at and select “Scholarships.” Start your application>>



Scholarship closing 4/15 – Diesel scholarships from ATA

2021-03_TMC Scholarship_TMC LogoATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) and the Professional Technician Development Committee (PTDC) are proud to offer many scholarships to support future fleet maintenance technicians and supervisors. Click here to learn more and apply>>


Hear what people are saying about TechForce’s peer network

2021-03_What users are saying_TFC-Dig_FB-TW-LI-offsetStudents, instructors and working technicians love TechForce’s online peer network.

Here’s what some had to say: “It’s a great way to connect students with the industry…” “Engaging, interactive and a great learning resource all in one…” “Really like the gamification…” “Gave you information you didn’t know you needed…”

Find out what the buzz is about! Join TechForce>>

Scholarship closing 4/30 – Garage Gurus’ annual scholarship

2021-03_Garage Guru scholarships_Garage Guru logoGarage Gurus’ annual scholarship is accepting applications now through April 30, 2021. The scholarship is open to high school and post-secondary students pursuing an automotive technician education. Twelve students will be awarded up to $2,500 each to help support their educational expenses! Learn more and apply here>>

Find and submit events through TechForce’s peer network

2021-03_Julia Landauer _ TechForce Wrapped NASCAR On Race Track-1Join TechForce’s peer network to discover upcoming webinars, races, conferences and more. You can even help other members discover great events by submitting them to the TechForce! Log in or create your profile at and select “Events” from the main menu to get started>>

How Jessi Combs’s legacy continues to inspire women to take up automotive trades

2021-03_Jessi Combs Story_Welding class-3Jessi Combs made a career of breaking barriers in automotive trades and empowering other women to do the same. Although the world lost Jessi Combs in 2019, the women she inspired are carrying her legacy forward. Join us in celebrating Women’s History Month by learning more about the women technicians breaking the garage’s glass ceiling>>

Discover free training, e-learning and more to jump start your technician career

2021-03_Discover training_Motovisual thumbnail 2-1-1Level up your skills with training from transportation industry leaders. Join TechForce’s peer network to access simulations and short, easy to digest tutorials to help you stay on top of advancing vehicle technology. Log in or create your profile and select “Training” to discover ways to learn>>



Thank you to all TechForce Foundation partners!

2021-03_Thank you partners_Logo lockupAssociations: Automotive Communications Council, Automotive Maintenance & Repair Association (AMRA), American Rental Association (ARA), Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), Automotive Service Association (ASA), Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), ASE Education Foundation, ASE Training Managers Council (ATMC), Auto Care Association/Women in Auto Care, Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT), Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement (CADIA), 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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