Under The Hood Newsletter | October 2022

The Techs Rock Awards are open, our new Technician Supply & Demand Report is on the way, new scholarships and free events are available, and the TechForce app is live. TechForce Foundation’s October newsletter is all treats, no tricks!

TOP STORIES – October 2022

Techs Rock Awards are now open – Nominate a technician

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Nominations for TechForce’s 2022 Techs Rock Awards are open through Friday, November 4th. More than $17,500 in prizes along with industry-wide recognition will be awarded to five transportation technicians. Nominate a tech now at TechForce.org/TechsRock!

2021 Supply Demand Report cover2022 Technician Supply & Demand Report to be released next week

TechForce Foundation’s Supply & Demand Report is relied upon by executives, recruiters, and educators throughout the industry as the authority on the ongoing technician shortage. The highly anticipated 2022 update will be released next week from AAPEX in Las Vegas! Keep an eye on your inbox for the announcement. In the meantime, catch up on the 2021 Report for an idea of what’s to come.

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Don’t let the cost of school scare you this Halloween. 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:

TechForce Foundation logoOpportunity: TechForce Accelerate Tuition Scholarships
Deadline: Oct 31, 2022 | Amount: $1,000–$2,000
Learn more and apply>>

TechForce Foundation logoOpportunity: Life Happens Emergency Grants
Deadline: Oct 31, 2022 | Amount: $400–$1,200
Learn more and apply>>

TechForce Foundation logoOpportunity: Ford Training Scholarships
Deadline: Oct 31, 2022 | Amount: Varies by Award
Learn more and apply>>

TechForce Foundation logoOpportunity: Driven to Care: Dale Schneider Memorial Fund
Deadline: Oct 31, 2022 | Amount: $1,000
Learn more and apply>>

TechForce Foundation logoOpportunity: Pedal to the Metal Advanced Training Tuition and Relocation Awards
Deadline: Oct 31, 2022 | Amount: $450–$1,000
Learn more and apply>>

Federal Student Aid logoOpportunity: Federal Student Loan Debt Relief
Deadline: Apr 30, 2023
Amount: Up to $10,000 or $20,000; See application for details
Learn more and apply>>


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

Visit the TechForce STEM Career Center at AAPEX 11/1-11/3

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If you’re in Las Vegas next week be sure to stop by our mobile STEM Career Center, sponsored by Autolite and Penske Truck Leasing, at AAPEX 2022. Our interactive exhibit is open 9 am – 5 pm Nov. 1st to 3rd in the Tool & Equipment Section on the 1st floor of the Venetian Expo, Booth R-8438. See you there!

Your free ticket to Collision Careers Pit Stop on 11/19 & 12/10

Screen Shot 2022-10-25 at 2.06.10 PMCollision Careers Pit Stop is coming to Texas for events on Nov. 19th and Dec. 10th. Attendees will get exclusive collision shop tours, hands-on paint and technician demos, and the chance to modify, race and even win a high-speed RC car! The event is hosted by TechForce, Learning Undefeated and Caliber Collision. Registration is free but limited, so get your tickets today>>


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Grant recipient Jinelee found her passion during the pandemic

Women Techs Rock grant recipient Jinelee discovered her passion for a tech career during the pandemic, and is already well on her way to achieving her new dream of owning an all-women’s garage! Let Jinelee’s story inspire you to find a TechForce scholarship of your own.

Support TechForce at no cost to you with AmazonSmile

Screen Shot 2022-10-25 at 2.10.15 PMYour Amazon shopping can support TechForce 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. Be sure to shop at Smile.Amazon.com instead of plain old Amazon.com this holiday season!

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#WomenTechsRock: Caliber VP Jamie’s career took her from tech to exec

TechForce recently featured a conversation with Caliber Collision Regional VP Jamie in our #WomenTechsRock interview series. Jamie started with Caliber Collision even before she was a tech, and worked her way up to where she is now. Watch the interview to hear Jamie’s advice.

Know a tech we should interview? Tell us at TechForce.org/WomenTechStories

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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