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September 23, 2020
ATA Office of Public Affairs
TMC, TechForce Foundation Recognize Hall with 2020 FutureTechs Rock Award
Arlington, Virginia – Today, American Trucking Associations and ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council, in conjunction with the TechForce Foundation announced they were recognizing Christian Hall, a student at the University of Northwest Ohio, for his selection earlier this year as the 2020 FutureTechs Rock Awards Winner for Diesel On-Road Student Technicians, as part of the inaugural National Technician Appreciation Week.
“TMC and TechForce are dedicated to bringing more young people into this fast-paced and innovative industry,” said TMC Executive Director Robert Braswell. “As our need for technicians grows, reaching younger people is an increasingly critical issue – and developing technicians like Christian is a big step toward ensuring we have quality technicians well into the future.”
The FutureTechs Rock Awards are part of TechForce Foundation’s workforce development initiative to help inspire and support tomorrow’s workforce of technicians. 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.
Christian recently earned a Class A CDL license, at the age of 19, for both automatic and manual vehicles. He has used his CDL at the shop where he works to pick up customer equipment, test his work and even deliver loads to get a better idea of what truck drivers experience. Now he is working with the rest of his shop’s technicians, a handful of them older than he is, to help them obtain CDL licenses of their own.
Christian shadows his shop’s lead technician, and in time will be an extremely solid technician and leader within the industry. Christian volunteers on his church’s tech team. His responsibilities include providing music mixing for the worship team, audio capabilities for speakers / presenters, video recording, and occasionally directing slides. He is currently in a leadership study that meets every other week.
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 www.techforce.org.
By providing leadership support and opportunities to collaborate, TMC helps members develop the industry’s best practices that address the critical truck technology and maintenance issues that have the greatest impact on truck fleets. For more than 60 years, TMC’s member-driven Recommended Maintenance and Engineering Practices have been setting the standards that help trucking companies specify and maintain their fleets more effectively. Follow TMC on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.
American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation’s freight. Follow ATA on Twitter or Facebook. Trucking Moves America Forward
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