Under the Hood Newsletter | August 2022

Under The Hood | Newsletter | TechForce
The official newsletter of TECHFORCE FOUNDATION®

August 2022

Because I'm a Tech - Turbocharge your future!

TechForce's Because I'm a Tech campaign is happening now! Hear technicians' stories and the personal and professional accomplishments they've achieved thanks to being a tech. We also invite anyone interested in a technician career to turbocharge their future with TechForce by visiting TechForce.org/Tech



Don't miss out on free events in TechForce! Join our social network for tickets to behind-the-scenes VIP experiences, races, car shows and more. Get started>>

AAPEX Student Sponsorship Program

Attend AAPEX in Las Vegas for free this fall

Students can attend AAPEX 2022 in Las Vegas, NV through the event's Student Sponsorship Program. The program covers the cost of attendance and travel to one of the aftermarket industry's biggest events of the year. The application deadline is August 31. Apply for a chance to attend AAPEX for free.


I'Rule wins first Humble Mechanic scholarship

TechForce worked with The Humble Mechanic to establish two scholarships in his name. This past weekend The Humble Mechanic met I'Rule, the first recipient of the scholarship. As it turns out, not only are they from the same area, but I'Rule works at the same dealership that The Humble Mechanic used to! Keep an eye out for our interviews with these guys, and learn more about TechForce scholarships>>

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From self-doubt to jet engines: Maria Vianco rocks!

We interviewed Maria for our #WomenTechsRock series, part of TechForce's commitment to help diversify the workforce. We can relate to Maria's struggles with self-doubt, and were inspired by how she overcame it to pursue her passion! If you know another inspiring woman tech we should interview, let us know at TechForce.org/WomenTechStories

Ford scholarships are now open to more students than ever

Students in Ford training programs across the US are encouraged to apply for TechForce scholarships. New guidelines mean more Ford students are eligible to receive an award than ever before. Even if you have been turned down in the past, it is worth the few minutes it takes to apply. Just take it from Ford tech and TechForce scholarship recipient Tandon Brown!


Scholarships awarded to two women with a passion for NASCAR

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TechForce has awarded the Brienne Davis Memorial Scholarship to Kiree (left) and Savannah (right), two students studying to pursue careers as NASCAR technicians. The scholarship is awarded annually in memory of NASCAR official Brienne Davis.

Read Kiree's and Savannah's full stories then find a scholarship of your own on TechForce.org

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Climb the TechForce leaderboard to win big with Harbor Freight

Harbor Freight and TechForce have teamed up to bring you a new Leaderboard Challenge in the TechForce network. From September 1 to November 1 the top student, instructor, and school that earn the most points in the TechForce network will receive Harbor Freight gift cards! Can you make it to the top of the leaderboard? Join TechForce now to start earning points on September 1. 

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Donate to help students start the school year strong

As students head back to school some are on less stable footing than others. TechForce scholarships and grants help students overcome unexpected expenses that might otherwise derail their education. Donate to help a tech student stay in school today.

TechForce students attend Formula Drift event

Students in TechForce's social network were treated to a student experience at the Formula Drift event in Monroe, WA. Students attended the race, got behind-the-scenes tours and even had Q&As with racing professionals. A big thank you to our partner Throdle and Acceler8 Automotive Program for making the event possible! Find your own event tickets in TechForce>>

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Thank you to TechForce Foundation's top-tier corporate partners and celebrity ambassadors!

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Spark News | January 2021

Topics in Spark News for January 2021:

Available Scholarships | Be A Pathfinder Learning Style Quiz | SkillsUSA Outstanding CTE Educator Award | Scholarship Recipient Chasity overcomes obstacles. | Tire Business Live Stream webinar with Jen Maher | UTI consolidates Avondale & Phoenix campuses | ASE has a new website

TechForce Foundation scholarships

2021-01_Scholarship highlight_TF_Primary_Registered_FullColor@2xTechForce Foundation continues to support students in a wide range of transportation technician programs, with over $1 Million in scholarships and grants awarded each year. Learn more, hear student stories and apply here>>

Scholarship opportunities:

DEADLINE 3/31: Automotive Aftermarket Scholarships Central

2021-01_Scholarship highlight_aasc_logoApply to Automotive Aftermarket Scholarships Central today. All it takes is one application to be considered for hundreds of scholarships from more than 40 donors. Students planning to pursue a transportation technician career are encouraged to apply before the March 31, 2021 deadline. Apply today>>

DEADLINE 3/31: Opportunity for Minnesota Students

2021-01_Scholarship highlight_AASP MN logoThe Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of Minnesota is awarding scholarships to students enrolled in post-secondary automotive programs. Eligible students must be entering their first or second year of an ASE-accredited program in the fall of 2021. Applications are due 3/31/2021. Learn more & apply>>

Resource Spotlight

#BeAPathfinder Learning Style Quiz

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Discover your learning style! Take the quiz to find out how you learn best, and receive a free report with tailor-made tips for
your career and education success!

Find out if you are
a good fit for a
high-tech transportation industry career.

Take the Learning Style Quiz>>

Nominate your instructor! SkillsUSA Outstanding CTE Educator Award

2021-01_SkillsUSA Outstanding Educator Award_SkillsUSA-2c-Slogo-®-72dpiTechForce association partner SkillsUSA has opened nominations for its Outstanding Career and Technical Educator Award. The annual Award honors individual educators for their service and dedication to career and technical education and to SkillsUSA. Nominate an advisor/educator for Outstanding Career and Technical Educator, before the Feb. 15, 2021 deadline here>>

Scholarship recipient Chasity Gleason overcomes objectors to study welding

2021-01_Student Highlight_Chasity Gleason 1Meet Chasity Gleason, a TechForce Foundation scholarship recipient and welding student at Universal Technical Institute. Chasity is using the skills she learned as a MAC certified makeup artist to overcome partial blindness, defy those who told her she couldn’t and to rise to the top of her class. She is proof #WomenTechsRock.

Chasity’s advice to women going into the field? “Do it… Just do it, even if you’re scared!” Read Chasity’s inspiring story here>>

WEBINAR: Don’t miss CEO Jennifer Maher on Tire Business Live Stream

2021-01_Tire Business Webinar_TB_bubble_1-1Join TechForce Foundation CEO Jennifer Maher on Tire Business Live Tuesday, February 2nd at 2 PM EST/ 11 AM PST for a conversation on “Tackling the Technician Shortage: What can dealerships do to find and retain technicians?” Learn about the initiatives and opportunities available to young people interested in pursuing an automotive service. Reserve your spot today>>

Universal Technical Institute to consolidate Avondale and Phoenix, AZ campuses

2021-01_Partner highlight_UTI logo_ACT_UTI_LOGO_200831Longtime TechForce supporter and collaborator Universal Technical Institute (UTI) is combining its Avondale UTI and Phoenix MMI campuses. The resulting Avondale campus will become their largest in terms of size, number of students and breadth of programs. UTI also announced plans to merge its UTI and MMI Orlando campuses. To learn more read the full announcement here>>

TechForce association partner ASE launches new website

2021-01_Association partner highlight_ASE logoThe National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) recently launched its new website. From certification and testing resources to car tips, the updated site includes streamlined information and resources for professionals, students and more. Check out these resources on the new ase.com>>

Thank you to all TechForce Foundation partners!

2021-01_Thank you Partners_TFF ALL Partners Logo Lockup 210122Associations: 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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"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