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.

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



News & Annoucements

Automotive Students at DHS Donates 2020 Kia Soul

On Thursday, June 6, 2024 at 9 a.m., Damascus High School students, the Automotive Trades Foundation (ATF), Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) staff, and community members gathered together to support a family in need with the donation of a 2020 Kia Soul.

Refurbished Car Sale Inventory

Car sale inventory.

May 2024 Sale Media Coverage

ATF Vice President Farzad Makarehchi Received 2024 DSA Award from BOE

DC News Now and MCPS Provided Coverage for the December Refurbished Car Sale

Press coverage for the MCPS Automotive programs.

ATF Donates Times and Expertise to Refurbish Accessibility Van

On Thursday, February 16, 2022 at Damascus High School, the Automotive Trades Foundation’s business partners and Damascus HS automotive students gifted vehicle parts and their technical skills to refurbish a Chrysler Town and Country Accessibility Van for an MCPS graduate and current MC student Sa’niya Lipford.

DarCars Training 2022

ATF Shop Videos

Here are some in-house videos created to support our students in the ATF program.    Oil Changes

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.