Salem High School grad named ‘Rookie of the Year’ for work as auto technician

Roanoke Valley News

SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — Skilled trade jobs are booming during the pandemic. In fact, according to Business Insider, vehicle technicians will see an increase in demand by more than 17 percent over the next decade.

Drew Harless joined “Good Day Virginia” on Thursday, Dec. 2 because he has not only been named “Rookie of the Year” by the Techforce Foundation, but he is also one of five candidates across the country who is up for the grand prize in the foundation’s 2021 “Techs Rock Awards.”

Harless is a recent Salem High School grad who excelled in the automotive courses available to him.

In fact, he was even hired as an apprentice tech while he was still in high school and then went right to work full-time with Berglund Ford after graduating.

If you want to vote for Harless to win the grand prize in the Techs Rock Awards — which includes an all-expenses-paid trip to Orlando and a prize package valued at more than $5,000 — you have until 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3 to click this link.

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