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Thursday, 26 March 2020 23:03

TechForce Operating at 100% as Student Need Spikes

The TechForce Foundation is asking for donations to meet the anticipated increased need for its emergency support for students training for transportation careers.

An email from CEO Jennifer Maher said coronavirus (COVID-19) is top of mind for everyone.

 

Student needs are already spiking, especially as schools close and/or move to online learning, and job reductions are occurring.

 

"We anticipate increased demand for our emergency support," the email said. "Annually we support hundreds of students with grants that help with food, rent, transportation and other critical needs. We expect demand to more than double in light of current events.

 

"If you are fortunate to be in a position to help support these students, please consider a donation to TechForce," the email said.

 

Click here to learn more.

 

The foundation's staff has transitioned to working from home with no disruption to operations, and will continue to support students with scholarships and grants and strengthen its infrastructure dedicated to driving the future workforce. Hands-on mobile STEM Career Center outreach events have been canceled until further notice.

 

"In these trying times, we feel it is still important to keep some positive news flowing," the email said. "Because our Future Techs Rock campaign is 100% virtual, we plan to continue celebrating student techs with this campaign. We can all use a little positivity right now, and these awards are more important to students than ever before.

 

"The transportation industry is extremely critical now as our hard-working friends work overtime to keep the equipment up and running to deliver food and medical supplies that keep us healthy and safe," the email said. "The government has now recognized technicians as Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers. They don’t have the luxury of working from home, so please join us in thanking them and supporting them wherever we can.

 

"We will get through this together. Though things may be different when this crisis passes, students will eventually be able to return to school and America will continue rolling forward," the email said. "With the support of our generous corporate and individual supporters TechForce will continue to be here for students, educators and employers in the transportation profession."

 

Source: TechForce Foundation 

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