Under The Hood Newsletter | May 2022

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Announcing the 2022 FutureTechs Rock Awards Grand Prize Winner

Congratulations to Jacob Gunther of Naperville, IL, the 2022 FutureTechs Rock Awards Grand Prize Winner! Jacob will receive an additional $1,000 TechForce scholarship and $3,000 in prizes from our partners to support his technical education. Thank you to everyone who voted! Meet the full slate of student winners and learn more about the Awards at TechForce.org/Winners

#WomenTechsRock TechForce’s Dana Rapoport joins Femcanic Garage Podcast for a special episode

WTR_Dana_Rapoport_1600x900_100T_220412Listen to a special episode of the Femcanic Garage Podcast featuring TechForce’s Dana Rapoport. Dana discusses what she has learned so far in interviews with dozens of women technicians, including that, “The biggest decider for a woman’s success as a transportation technician is their employer’s commitment to a supportive workplace.”

Help us inspire more technicians. If you know a woman tech Dana should interview, tell us at TechForce.org/WomenTechStories

Student Awarded $10,000 Terry Emig Hero Spirit Award

Terry Emig winner Jeramie-1Congratulations to Jeramie, recipient of TechForce Foundation’s Terry Emig Hero Spirit Award! The Award includes tuition and direct assistance totaling $10,000. As a single parent, Jeramie is grateful for the generous financial support will help him pursue his dream career as a transportation technician. Apply for a scholarship of your own through TechForce’s Social Network>>

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Sunstate Equipment hosted Jennifer Maher and Lisa Evans of TechForce Foundation for a tour of its training facility. During the tour Sunstate VP Larry Cox presented TechForce with a $25,000 donation. Thank you, Sunstate Equipment, for being a long-time TechForce Champion! Pictured are Maher, Evans, Cox and students in Sunstate’s Apprenticeship Program.

SVRA, AUVSI join TechForce workforce development campaign

SVRA LogoTechForce Foundation welcomes Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) and Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) as the newest partners in our industry-wide workforce development campaign. SVRA‘s insight will help TechForce further support technicians in the restoration space.

AUVSI LogoAUVSI will introduce the exciting world of automated vehicles to the campaign. TechForce staff recently spoke at AUVSI’s national conference. We look forward to working with both organizations to support the workforce of future technicians. See our full list of partners here>>

Resources for early career technicians from MotorAge

YoungTechAwards_logo_2022Are you new to the industry? Here are some tips to help you propel your career>> and reach that “A” tech level from TechForce partner MotorAge. Motor Age Magazine and Professional Tool & Equipment News Magazine have also launched the second annual Best Young Tech Award program to recognize the younger generation of working technicians making a difference in the industry. Are you that tech, or do you know one? Nominate them today>>

Have you joined the TechForce Network?

Image of a hand holding a tablet with TechForce's Social Network loaded on the screen. The image is on a yellow background.Take advantage of everything the TechForce Social Network has to offer. Log in to your free account to access training, job postings, contests, events, scholarships, and more! If you haven’t joined TechForce, what are you waiting for? Create your profile for free today>>

Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence

Advertisement for Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching ExcellenceDon’t let an outstanding teacher miss their chance at the 2022 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence! Our friends at Harbor Freight Tools for Schools are awarding $1.25 Million to 20 skilled trades teachers and programs in U.S. public high schools. The deadline is May 20. Apply today>>

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Donate your car, RV or boat to TechForce (It’s tax-deductible and easy!)

Donate your car, RV or boat to TechForce. Our partner, CarDonationWizard, handles all steps, makes it easy for you, and turns your tax-deductible donation into dollars that support our mission. Learn more and donate your vehicle today>>

Join the great organizations below in supporting TechForce. Donate now>>


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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."
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