Guest Blog Series

Keep Learning… #Because I’m a Tech

Rising Technicians, a Tip for Success: Keep Learning by Scott Miller, President & CEO, Interstate Batteries   The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the United States needs at least 120,000 new transportation technicians each year just to meet demand.   The automotive aftermarket is a $277B industry, growing since 2010 and predicted to continue. It’s

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How Trucking is Addressing the Diesel Technician Shortage

This article originally appeared on on May 7, 2018; written by Ronnie Garrett. Ed Chipalowsky is a diesel technology instructor for Monroe Career and Technical Institute in Bartonsville, Pennsylvania. Though at first blush, the words technical institute imply the school solely caters to post high school graduates, Chipalowsky teaches in its high school program

Repairing the Tech Career Pipeline

This article originally appeared on April 13, 2018 in Fixed Ops Business; written by Kelly Beaton. The auto industry is on the verge of major changes, considering the possible disruption that innovations like autonomous vehicles pose. And, Jennifer Maher fears the industry might be ill-equipped to take on such challenges. The cold, hard stats seem

Manheim Partners with TechForce Foundation

Manheim Partners with TechForce Foundation to Support Development of Future Auto Technician Workforce Alliance Aims to Address Shortage of Technicians, Invest in Future Talent   ATLANTA and SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA – April 10, 2018 – With a growing industry shortage of qualified auto technicians, Manheim is partnering with the TechForce Foundation on its FutureTech Success® campaign.

Your Guide to Apprenticeships

This article originally appeared on April 3, 2018 in Ratchet+Wrench; written by Travis Bean.   As Sarah Price and Cindy Weinberg take their turns at the podium, they address the store managers, the mentors, the company’s CEO in attendance. Oh, and we can’t forget the most important guests: the employees who have just graduated from Virginia Tire

TechForce and State Farm Donate Car to High School Auto Shop Program

  State Farm and TechForce Foundation partnered to supply a local Phoenix high school with a 2016 Nissan Sentra, to use as a training aid in its auto shop program. The donation is part of the Foundation’s FutureTech Success campaign and presents the first opportunity for Trevor Brown High School students to work on a

ARA Partners with TechForce Foundation to Raise the Profile of Trade and Technical Careers

  TechForce Foundation and the American Rental Association are collaborating to address the technician workforce demand. The American Rental Association (ARA) and TechForce Foundation, Scottsdale, Ariz., are collaborating in an effort to raise the profile of trade and technical careers necessary to support future growth in the equipment rental industry. TechForce Foundation is a leading, educational,

AMN Executive Interview With TechForce CEO And Executive Director Jennifer Maher

As the CEO and executive director of TechForce Foundation, Jennifer Maher has a bold vision. “For decades, technicians have been unfairly identified as ‘grease monkeys.’ It’s a label that was never true but, today, is just ridiculous when you consider the complexity of vehicles. Frankly, we’re out to kill that negative image once and for

Sourcing Tomorrow’s Technicians

Recently, our industry has stepped-up with a number of initiatives to inform the general public about the value and connection between STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and future automotive career opportunities. The efforts have featured a multi-level approach, from educating students and parents about future workforce needs and benefits, to informing the STEM

TechForce Summit emphasizes collective action

30 industry leaders meet to support and implement the FutureTech Success® Campaign. Phoenix, Ariz. — February 6, 2018 — In an effort to continue to build momentum for TechForce Foundation’s FutureTech Success® campaign, 30 industry leaders gathered here January 30 and 31 for the inaugural annual summit of the FutureTech Success National Leadership Cabinet. Participants

TechForce and Ariz. Science Center challenges and inspires next generation of techs

Students demonstrate STEM skills in after-school program that emphasizes automotive-related interests. Scottsdale, Ariz. — January 18, 2018 — A key to helping solve the qualified technician shortage in the automotive and diesel vehicle industry was demonstrated recently at a TechForce Foundation and Arizona Science Center event (For background: Watch This Video). Held at CREATE in