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FAQs - Automotive Program

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How do I qualify for the program?

You will need a high school diploma or GED. A Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) may also be required.

How do I apply?

​First, students must apply to BC which may be done in-person at any campus location, or online by following these instructions to apply at BC.

Second, interested students should contact Nadia Vassell at or Gilberto Alvarado at for program-specific information.
Are my technical classes and my academic classes taken at the same location?

Your technical classes are all taken at the Broward College's AutoNation Automotive Training Center on South Campus in building 98. Your academic course can be taken at any of eight Broward College campuses throughout the county or online if available.

How long has BC been involved in automotive training?

​Broward College started its program back in 2006.  However, BC has been in partnership with the automotive programs at the Broward County Technical Colleges for the past 30+ years and still continues to support the technical colleges by offering their students degree programs assosciated with their program of study.

How many credits will I need to graduate?

​68 credit hours for the General Automotive program:

  • 44 Auto and Technical Service credits
  • 18 General Education credits
  • 6 to 12 Internship credits

How much does the program cost?

For the 2016-2017 school year, the in-state tuition is $115.90 per credit hour. That’s $7,881 for the General Automotive program. Fees and books are additional. All students are encouraged to apply for federal financial aid and scholarships. Many students qualify for scholarships, grants or federal loans.​

What kind of work experience will I receive while in school?

Every BC Automotive Technology Program student is required to serve an internship at a local dealership or automotive service center. You’ll receive hands-on experience under the supervision of a master technician and pick up dealer-specific certifications. As part of the program, you will be required to earn at least two (2) ASE certifications.

What kind of employment will be available to me once I graduate?

Acquiring your ASE Certification prepares you for more than 35,000 jobs in need of qualified candidates. Many of our graduates start out as entry level technicians at dealerships, independent and specialty shops, and trucking companies. Others pursue careers in related areas such as the parts industry.

Is financial aid available?

Federal student loans, grants, scholarships and subsidized or unsubsidized funding may be available if you are eligible. See the Financial Aid section of this site for more information.

Can I test drive the facility?

​Sure!  Tours and information sessions are held on Tuesdays at 3 pm and Thursday at 10 am. For more information, email Mr. Gilberto Alvarado at

Is student housing available?

Out of area students in search of a roommate(s) or student housing have several options.

First, there is a company that specializes in assisting students find and/or furnish college housing. The company’s name is CORT. You can use their free online service to find a new apartment, condo or townhouse at Once you have found the perfect place, CORT has special furniture packages and pricing just for students to make it feel like home instantly. Go to for information and pricing on their rental furniture packages.
Second, you can visit the Aviation Institute’s Facebook page at to search for a roommate(s). Many aviation students are from outside the local area and post their interests in finding a roommate(s) on this Facebook page.
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