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A unique

Jump start your career with a curriculum rooted in learning career, life, and academic skills. Join our family and discover what it means to be #YATC.

What you’ll learn

Automotive skills

Female student works on wheel

Through YATC’s intensive hands-on curriculum and individual instruction, students gain the skills needed to begin a successful career in the automotive industry or use the knowledge they’ve gained to build a career that interests them most.

Students receive intensive instruction in automotive theory, as well as practical skills. Technical skills are taught in the classroom in both large and small group formats. The focus of YATC’s approach is to meet the individual needs of each student to help them strengthen their toolbox for the future, preparing them for professional success.

Life skills

Students are given personalized attention as they develop vital interpersonal, professional and life management techniques to last a lifetime.

Life Skills classes are taught twice a week and are designed to help students understand how to handle real-life situations, become familiar with current events and better comprehend issues in society and politics. Class topics include subjects such as job interview skills, resume writing, setting and achieving goals and health and personal wellness. Field trips, guest speakers and team-building activities enrich the student experience.

Academic Skills

Professional instructors and caring tutors give students the individualized guidance they need to grow their academic skills to the next level. Test preparation and tailored support are offered to help students achieve their high school diplomas or specialized mechanical certifications.

This individualized element of the YATC curriculum helps students improve academic knowledge based on each student’s needs. Curriculums are designed by YATC’s two academic instructors to specifically target each student’s areas for improvement based on their performance on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE).  

“A home away from home”

Interested in becoming a part of our family? Listen to some of our student testimonials to discover if joining the YATC is the right choice for you.

Success stories

“YATC has given me the skills I will need not only to fix a car, but skills and knowledge I can apply to all aspects of my life.”

Amari, Class of 2018

The YATC Experience

Frequently asked questions

Who can attend YATC?

YATC supports a culturally diverse population, welcoming students ages 16-21 of any race, gender identity, nationality, ethnic origin or sexual orientation. Students are referred to the school in a variety of ways, including through the Departments of Juvenile Justice and Children and Families, YATC graduates, local clergy and community recommendations. All students who attend YATC are, and must remain, drug free throughout the program.

How and when can I apply to YATC?

The student application can be submitted online or by contacting YATC. Applications are accepted year-round, with a new class selected each summer to participate in the September – May program.

What does the YATC program include?

The YATC curriculum includes intensive, hands-on automotive training, academic instruction, life management skills and career preparation. Classes are held Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. As part of the program, additional educational and enrichment activities are offered which include guest speakers and instructors, team building exercises, field trips, tutoring and mentoring, certification programs, college scholarships and community volunteer projects. Students also receive uniforms, a daily lunch and a professional tool set they can take with them after completing the program. YATC is unique in that its support does not end at graduation, but continues providing resources and opportunities for alumni and their families, including counseling and job placement assistance, to keep them on the right track.

Who administers the YATC program?

YATC students are trained and assisted by experienced, professional instructors, advisors and administrative staff. In addition, a Board of Directors and an Advisory Board composed of community-minded citizens encourage and mentor students and graduates on their road to a successful future.

How much does the YATC program cost?

Thanks to YATC’s generous donors and volunteers, the program’s tuition, activities and materials are free for students.

How long is the YATC program?

The YATC program is approx. nine (9) months.  The program starts in September and ends in May.

How are students selected?

The YATC student selection process involves 4 steps.
Step 1.  Interested candidates should complete an application.
Step 2.  YATC’s student service advisor schedules pre-screening interviews.
Step 3.  Select candidates are invited to join a panel interview and initial student selection with YATC instructors and staff.
Step 4.  YATC Board of Directors provides final approval of staff-recommended candidates.

How do students get hands-on-training?

Students receive hands-on-training in our state-of-the-art automotive shop. Students can work on their own vehicles or vehicles that have been donated to YATC.  YATC does not allow students to work on vehicles from outside individuals, friends or family.

A typical day at YATC

A student working on a car brake system.

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Group automotive theory or group Life Skills class

10-10:15 a.m.

10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Small group academic class

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch provided by YATC

12:30 – 1:10 p.m.
Small group automotive theory class

1:10 – 1:20 p.m.

1:20 – 2:30 p.m.
Small group theory, shop or academic class

2:30 p.m.

YATC Location

Wanda and Jim Moran, Jr.

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make it possible.

All contributions large and small make a huge impact on our program.