Under The Hood Newsletter | September 2022

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September 2022

TechForce engagement opportunities this month

TF_Champion Badge_185x185Nominations for the 2022 Techs Rock Awards open Monday, October 24. Learn how you can recognize your technicians and help make the Awards a success in our campaign overview. Note some dates have changed. Support the Techs Rock Awards by sharing the nomination link with your audience – customers and employees alike – on social media, your website, in email and more. Don’t miss this opportunity to show off your techs and earn bragging rights for your business!

Read and share TechForce’s new special report Women Techs: Solving the Tech Shortage. Please continue to help promote the career resources available on TechForce, as well as our Women Techs Rock video series. If you know a woman technician we should interview in the series let us know! If you don’t already, follow TechForce on social media


Back to school doesn’t have to mean back in debt. TechForce scholarships and grants cover educational expenses including tuition, tools, books, transportation and even emergencies! Visit TechForce.org/Scholarships to discover scholarships from around the industry, on top of the opportunities below:

TF_Badge_Registered_FullColor_75x75Opportunity: TechForce Accelerate Tuition Scholarships
Deadline: Sep 30, 2022 | Award range: $1,000–$2,000
Learn more and apply>>

TF_Badge_Registered_FullColor_75x75Opportunity: Life Happens Emergency Grants
Deadline: Sep 26, 2022 | Award range: $400–$1,200
Learn more and apply>>

TF_Badge_Registered_FullColor_75x75Opportunity: Ford Training Scholarships
Deadline: Sep 30, 2022 | Award range: Varies by Award
Learn more and apply>>


Download the new TechForce app today

TechForce App logoTechForce career network is now available in our brand new mobile app! Turbocharge your technician career with scholarships, trivia and jobs. Be one of the first to download the TechForce app in the Google Play and App Store today.


Techs Rock Awards nominations open 10/24!

Nominations for TechForce’s 2022 Techs Rock Awards open October 24! The Techs Rock awards are a truly unique and amazing opportunity to publicly recognize the hardworking transportation techs who keep your business – and many of your customers – running smoothly. Learn more about TechForce’s Awards and get ready to nominate technicians who rock next month.

Happening Now: Win up to $750 in our Leaderboard Challenge!

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Earn points in TechForce through October 31st to climb the Leaderboard. The school, instructor and student who earn the most points by 10/31 will each win $250 to Harbor Freight. The first and second place students will also get a bonus $500 and $250 Visa gift card courtesy of TechForce superfan Steve DeMarzio! Join TechForce to start earning points

TechForce scholarship recipient & future aviation tech Abraham 

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TechForce scholarship recipient Abraham is studying to become an aviation technician. “From the moment I was exposed to aviation, I knew it was my calling in this life.” Abraham is already working alongside aviation technicians in a non-technical job with United Airlines, and can’t wait until he can join the technician team. Read Abraham’s story and learn more about TechForce scholarships.

Ways to help: Support scholarships with your old clunker

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Put your unwanted vehicle to good use! Your vehicle donation will fund the technical education and jump-start the careers of young, future technicians like Abraham. We accept cars, trucks, motorcycles, RVs, boats and more. Learn how to make your tax-deductible vehicle donation today. From donations to volunteering, find all the ways you can support tech students with TechForce.

Fiat training specialist Katie French is proof Women Techs Rock!

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TechForce interviewed Katie French in our #WomenTechsRock series, part of TechForce’s commitment to help diversify the workforce. At just 29 Katie is already a nationally recognized automotive expert and instructor. If you know another inspiring woman tech we should interview, tell us at TechForce.org/WomenTechStories

Mecum Auctions & TechForce host students in Dallas for VIP event

Mecum Dallas_Students on auction floor-2TechForce and Mecum Auctions hosted 125 students in Dallas for a behind-the-scenes look at technician careers in classic cars. TechForce CEO Jennifer Maher spoke to MotorTrend TV live from the event about the impact the free VIP experience has on students’ lives. Join TechForce for free to get your tickets to upcoming student experiences, events and more at TechForce.org

#ICYMI TechForce and Shop Owner talk technician shortage

Talking Shop with Shop Owner Podcast promo imageAre you struggling to place technicians in your shop? TechForce has resources that you can use to do something about the technician shortage. Learn how we’ve worked with the industry to help shops like yours in the most recent episode of the Talking Shop with Shop Owner podcast.

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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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