Nominate Now! TechForce Foundation announces 2020 FutureTechs Rock Awards

10 transportation technician students to be recognized for outstanding contributions as role models at school and in their communities.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — March 10, 2020 — TechForce Foundation’s annual FutureTechs Rock Awards season has begun, and now’s the chance to nominate an up-and-coming student tech!

As a nonprofit dedicated to helping student techs achieve their professional dreams, TechForce created this prestigious award to honor our student community and recognize those who have a promising future and will shape the transportation industry.

Nominate a FutureTech at: Nominations are open through 4 p.m. PDT, March 24, 2020.

There will be a finalist for each of the 10 transportation categories (including automotive, diesel, collision, etc.), and one of those category finalists will become the People’s Choice Grand Prize winner.

This year’s prizes include:

  • Each category finalist, selected by a panel of industry experts, will receive an AutoZone gift card, Duralast tool set, online subscription to Haynes Manuals, Ford Professional tools and ASE study guides from Cengage Learning.
  • The grand prize winner, chosen by popular vote, will have the option to choose between a $1,000 TechForce Foundation Scholarship and other great prizes, including an iPad Air from Ford Motor Company!

April 6-10, 2020 is the People’s Choice voting period, when the public will cast their votes (more than 25,000 votes last year) among ten national finalists. Meet last year’s winners here.

ASA recently did a Podcast on one of the Techs Rock Award winners!

“Rookie of the Year” Category Winner: Melina Algier – Farnsworth Chevrolet in Canandaigua, New York

Why Melina was nominated: “Melina joined the shop a year and a half ago and is the first female technician in the dealership. She quickly graduated from maintenance work to a line technician. In 12 months she has completed over 70 GM certified courses and is now ready to start testing for ASE certifications. Melina has broken a lot of stereotypes around the industry being only for men. She is a wonderful example of dedication and pursuing the career that you want, not the one others think you should have…”


Upon learning he won the 2019 People’s Choice Grand Prize, Jonathon Miranda exclaimed, “This is awesome! Just being nominated means so much to me. This experience encourages me to do my best. It’s a great feeling to know that other people recognize my hard work.”

The FutureTechs Rock Awards are part of TechForce Foundation’s workforce development initiative to help inspire and support tomorrow’s workforce of technicians. The initiative is sponsored by industry partners, including Advance Auto Parts, AutoZone, CarMax, FedEx Freight, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz USA, Nissan North America, Penske Truck Leasing, Shell Pennzoil, Snap-on, Toyota USA Foundation, Universal Technical Institute and WD-40.

About TechForce Foundation

TechForce Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) with the mission to champion students to and through their technical education and into careers as professional transportation technicians. The Foundation distributes more than $1.5 million in scholarships and grants annually, thanks to its generous corporate sponsors and donors, and spearheads an industry-wide initiative to help encourage and support more young people to pursue the vehicle technician profession. For more information, visit