Welcome to the Automotive Trades Foundation

The ATF is a nonprofit organization established cooperatively by the Montgomery County business and professional community and Montgomery County Public Schools to provide a unique method of training high school students for skilled positions in the automotive field: the Mini Dealership, a licensed used car dealership. Students receive valuable on-the-job training that will prepare them for higher educational opportunities or direct entry into the automotive industry.

Learn More

Check out the Automotive Trades Foundation video describing the automotive programs.



News & Announcements

ATF Refurbished Cars Currently Available for Sale

Find a list of refurbished cars currently available for sale  HERE   Please contact Michael Snyder at Michael_C_Snyder@mcpsmd.org for more information or to schedule a test drive. 

Aviation Students Featured on GMA

Congratulations to two of our Aviation students who were featured on Good Morning America. Click here to see the video . 

ATF Student Recognition 2019-2020

ATF Student Recognition 2019-2020   The ATF and its teachers would like to recognize the following outstanding students from the 2019-2020 school year.  Below, our ATF teachers shared about their exemplary students.    

May 9, 2020- Refurbished Car and Computer Sale CANCELLED

The Used Vehicle and Computer Sale originally scheduled for May 9 at Thomas Edison High School has been cancelled because of mandated school closures .  This is a sad occurrence for our students who excel at these events by showcasing their skills and products to the community. The Automotive Trades and

ATF Scholarship Window- Closes February 28, 2020

The ATF Scholarship window is open to currently enrolled, ATF seniors only . A copy of the form can be downloaded here . Any questions, please contact Kelly Johnson  (kelly_r_johnson@mcpsmd.org) or 240.740.2051 Forms and recommendations are due by February 28, 2020 to Kelly Johnson. 

2019-2020 Refurbished Car Sale Dates

Join us for our refurbished car sales. ATF students refurbish cars and then sell them to the public. All sales run from 9 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 

Damascus Car Sale Receives Media Coverage!

2019 Media Coverage at Damascus High School:WTOP 2017 Media Coverage at Damascus High School: High School Mechanics Learn in Class NBC4WHAG Damascus ATF 2017 

Women in Automotive At Fitzgerald Auto Malls

Women in Automotive- A video from Fitzgerald Auto Mall showcasing opportunities for women in the automotive field.