History

Automotive Training Center's Exton Campus circa 1970's

Automotive Training Center’s Exton Campus circa 1970’s

For nearly a century, Automotive Training Center, also known as ATC, has turned hard working students into industry leaders. From our beginnings in Philadelphia to our current standing as one of the area’s most well respected technical schools, ATC has always been dedicated to providing our students the best learning experience possible.

1917

circle-springCollegeAutomotive Training Center is established as a division of Spring Garden College in Philadelphia, PA.

1946

Spring Garden College purchases separate facilities for Automotive Training Center (ATC) on North 17th Street in Philadelphia to accommodate the post World War II growth of the automotive program.

1971

circle-extonATC relocates and constructs a new 25,000 square-foot facility with 10 specialized automotive shops and classrooms on a five acre campus in Exton, PA, a suburban community 30 miles west of Philadelphia.

1991

Steve HiscoxThe Hiscox family (Steve and Tammy, President and Executive Vice President) purchases ATC.

1994 – 1995

Natef_Accreditation_LogoATC’s Exton Automotive and Collision Reconditioning Technology program earns Master Certification through ASE and NATEF (the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence and National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation).

1998

BMW begins recruiting at ATC for its specialized STEP graduate training program. Mercedes Benz, Jaguar, Audi and Volkswagen follow shortly afterward by accepting ATC’s top graduates into their own manufacturer-specific training programs.

1999

circle-trophyATC is named the National Winner of the Award for Excellence in Automotive Training by the Automotive Industry Planning Council (AIPC) and ASE.

2001

circle-fordFord Motor Company partners with ATC to provide maintenance and light repair (MLR) training for ATC students.

2002

hondamarine_logoATC is selected as one of three national qualifying sites for the Engine Masters Challenge sponsored by Popular Hot Rodding Magazine. ATC partners with Honda Marine to provide technical training on Honda Outboard marine engines to their authorized dealership technicians in the northeast region.

2003

circle-ADAATC is sanctioned by the Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia (ADAGP), becoming an official training school of the association supporting their 250 franchised dealers throughout the five county region.

2005

WarmcampusnewATC constructs a new 71,150 square foot training facility on 10.5 acres of land in Warminster, Bucks County, PA. ATC is chosen as the Pennsylvania State Winner and the National Runner-Up of the AIPC/ASE Award for Excellence in Automotive Training.

2006

Mercury_MercATC’s Warminster, PA campus is approved to begin training in Marine Service Technology. ATC is the Pennsylvania State Winner and the National Winner of the AIPC/ASE Award for Excellence In Automotive Training. Mercury Marine partners with ATC offering Mercury University dealer service training at the Warminster campus.

2008

circle-schoolOfMeritATC’s Exton and Warminster campuses receive the 2007-2008 School of Merit and School of Distinction awards respectively from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT).

ATC Warminster hosts the Greater Philadelphia Automotive Technician Competition sponsored by the Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia (ADAGP) and the Auto Dealers Caring for Kids Foundation.

2009

ATC’s Warminster Campus becomes the new training location for Chrysler Academy Technical Training Services. American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) designates ATC, Warminster as a training and test site for their marine certification classes. ATC is named Chicago Pneumatic & Tomorrow’s Technician School of the Year Award- Top 20 Finalist.

2012

ATC’s Warminster campus is selected to host the Ford AAA Student Auto Skills, Pennsylvania State Competition.

2013 – 2014

schoolOfExcellence ATC Exton is recognized as a School of Excellence for 2013 – 2014.

We Support I-CAR Training LogoATC is sanctioned by I-CAR to incorporate the Professional Development Program Education Edition Curriculum into the school’s collision curriculum.