Under The Hood Newsletter | November 2022

November Newsletter: VOTE NOW for Techs Rock Grand Prize Winner!
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Hi TechForce Foundation,

We’re heading into December in style! The Techs Rock Awards Grand Prize Vote is open through Friday, our new Technician Supply & Demand Report is out, and new events, scholarships and opportunities to support future technicians are here. You’ll find this and more below in TechForce’s November newsletter.

Ways to engage with TechForce this month

TechForce Champion logoAs a friend of TechForce, we rely on you to help make our efforts a success. Here are some easy ways you can help:

  • Vote for the Techs Rock Awards Grand Prize Winner and encourage your friends, customers, and employees to do the same by 11:59 PM PT Friday

  • Donate. Support technical education and careers by making a year-end, charitable donation to TechForce 

  • Read & share our 2022 Technician Supply & Demand Report

  • Download the TechForce app for iOS and Android

  • Recommend a technician for our Women Techs Rock interview series

TOP STORIES – November 2022

Vote NOW for the 2022 Techs Rock Awards Grand Prize Winner!

Vote Now_12-2-22 11-59 PM Deadline_16x9-1Congratulations to the five technicians named as Category Winners in TechForce’s 2022 Techs Rock Awards! Each Category Winner will receive over $1,700 in prizes from TechForce partners. Now it’s up to YOU to decide which of the five will win the 2022 Grand Prize! Meet the winners and vote for your favorite by Friday at TechForce.org/Vote

Cover_2022 Supply and Demand ReportGet the 2022 Technician Supply & Demand Report

TechForce’s updated Technician Supply & Demand Report makes it clear that the technician shortage is still a serious industry-wide challenge. In fact, nearly 1,000,000 new automotive, diesel, collision, and aviation technicians are needed by 2026! Get the full picture, including the number of technicians projected to enter the industry in the 2022 report. Download now!

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Reminder that November scholarships close today. If you miss the deadline don’t worry. TechForce scholarships and grants are open throughout the year and cover educational expenses like tuition, tools, books, transportation, and even emergencies. Visit TechForce.org/Scholarships to find scholarships from around the industry, including the opportunities below:

TechForce Foundation logoOpportunity: TechForce Accelerate Tuition Scholarships
Deadline: Nov 30, 2022 | Amount: $1,000–$2,000
Learn more and apply>>

TechForce Foundation logoOpportunity: Driven to Care: Tom & Kevin Caulfield Scholarship Fund
Deadline: Nov 30, 2022 | Amount: $1,000
Learn more and apply>>

Scholarships_Boom & Bucket logo-1Opportunity: Boom & Bucket’s Student Scholarship Program
Deadline: June 15, 2023 | Amount: $1,000
Learn more and apply>>


Meet up with TechForce at these December events. Be the first to know about free tickets to events & experiences; get the TechForce app at TechForce.org.

Last Collision Careers Pit Stop of 2022 is next week in Texas

Students are shown what a car engine looks like during a collision shop tour at a recent Collision Career Pit Stop event.Join TechForce, Learning Undefeated and Caliber Collision Dec. 10th as we partner to host the final Collision Careers Pit Stop event of the year! Recent attendees have had a blast at these events, and it’s easy to see why. From exclusive collision shop tours and hands-on paint & technician demos to a high-speed RC car derby and giveaway, these events are built for you. Get your free tickets today>>

Hey Florida Instructors: Bring your class to RM Sotheby’s for free

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Would you like to bring your students to the RM Sotheby’s Auction in Miami Saturday, Dec. 10th? Simply request tickets in TechForce and we’ll reach out to you to handle the rest. Only Instructors can sign up, so students make sure your teacher sees this! Log in or create your TechForce profile and then head to our events section to register today. See you there!

Don’t miss the TechForce STEM Career Center at X-STEM Phoenix

An African American man in a shirt, tie and demin jacket speaks on stage during an X-STEM event.TechForce is bringing our mobile STEM Career Center to X-STEM Phoenix on Dec. 8th. X-STEM is an all-day conference-style event for middle and high school students. Parents and educators can still register to bring your students. We hope you can join us to explore STEM opportunities in technician careers!


Read on for some of the other exciting happenings at TechForce this month.

TechForce hosted students and made waves at the 2022 AAPEX Show with help from our partners

Other News_Students at AAPEX Booth-2-1-1TechForce brought our STEM Career Center and hosted more than 50 students for an exclusive tour, lunch, and conversations with industry leaders at the 2022 AAPEX Show in Las Vegas November 1-3. A huge thank you AAPEX for hosting us, Autolite for underwriting our event expenses, and Penske Truck Leasing for hosting lunch with our students! We could not have done this event without you. We also thank WD-40 Company, Endeavor Business Media and CRC Industries for speaking with our students during their exclusive tour of the Show! Check out TechForce’s social media for more event photos.

Support students now with your year-end charitable giving!

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‘Tis the season of giving! Your tax-exempt charitable gift of any size, combined with others can help us raise $750,000 by December 31st so that in the first quarter of 2023 we can:

  • Promote the pursuit of skilled trades to students at 400 schools
  • Award 250 scholarships and grants to financially disadvantaged students seeking technical training
  • Take 500 students to VIP experiences at premier industry events, introduce them to industry pros, and show them what’s available in a technical career
  • Grant 1000 students access to the TechForce career network, built exclusively for aspiring & working techs to connect with training, jobs, mentors and peers

Our supporters make the events, resources and opportunities in this newsletter possible. Become a TechForce supporter. Make your tax-deductible donation!

TechForce’s Women Techs Rock resources are now in one place

A smiling African American woman in a technician uniform holds a digital scan tool while standing next to a partially disassembled jet engine.Women technicians are filling a critical workforce need and working hard to keep America moving forward. That’s why we made it easy for our community of women techs to connect with TechForce on our new Women Techs Rock page! We invite you to explore our interviews and research, answer our monthly poll question, and even share your own story to encourage other women techs like you.

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Your holiday shopping supports TechForce at no cost to you with AmazonSmile

Support TechForce with your Amazon shopping by following these simple steps: 1) Go to Smile.Amazon.com, 2) Sign in, 3) Select TechForce Foundation as your charity, and 4) Start shopping! A percentage of your Amazon purchases will support TechForce at no cost to you. Just be sure to use Smile.Amazon.com instead of plain old Amazon.com!

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Meet Brennen: Army Veteran and TechForce Scholarship Recipient

Brennen is an Army veteran who knows how to overcome obstacles while giving back. The John & Bernadette Heenan Veterans at Work Fund helps make it possible for Brennen to pay for her technical education and living expenses. Read Brennen’s full story and get inspired to find a TechForce scholarship of your own.

TechForce Winter Season Leaderboard Challenge happening now

An image of a technician smiling while talking on the phone at a shop computer. The AutoZone logo and words "Leaderboard Challenge November 14th to January 16th" are overlayed on top. The image also lists prize values as "AutoZone gift cards. Student $750. School $1000. Instructor $700."Enter the TechForce Winter Season Leaderboard Challenge. The instructor, student and school with the most points at the end of the season will receive AutoZone gift certificates worth $700, $750 and $1,000, respectively!!! A big thank you to AutoZone for sponsoring this season’s prizes. The season ends January 14, 2023, so log in or join TechForce to start earning points today!

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

TFF-DIGITAL-ALL-Partners-Logo-Lockup-221114-1The logos of all of TechForce Foundation's Celebrity Amabassadors, Bogi's Garage, The Humble Mechanic, Julia Landauer Racing, and Steve Johnson Racing.


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