CFADA Professional Automotive Training Center

CFADA       Professional Automotive Training Center Classroom

From sleek sports cars to hard-working pickups and family minivans, automobiles are what move America. As automotive technology evolves, the demand for highly trained technicians to keep America rolling escalates. In response to this need, Seminole State College and the Central Florida Auto Dealers Association (CFADA) partnered to plan and build the 55,000-square-foot CFADA Professional Automotive Training Center (PATC).

This $10.1 million center is a one-of-a-kind facility in Florida, and one of only a handful of similar facilities in the nation. Designed and built to meet the unique training needs of Seminole State's automotive programs, The CFADA Professional Automotive Training Center includes:

  • A 19,200-square-foot shop with 40 bays;
  • Four alignment lifts;
  • Four above-ground lifts and 29 in-ground lifts;
  • A corporate training suite housing eight bays with four in-ground lifts and one heavy-duty in-ground lift;
  • Five high-tech classrooms with plasma screens and HD projectors to enhance learning;
  • Corporate offices for CFADA, which represents 92 dealerships in six Central Florida counties
  • A 2,000-square-foot show room.

These features make the center an ideal setting for students to receive specialized training for branded vehicles and emerging technologies such as alternative-fuel vehicles and hybrid vehicles. In addition to housing Seminole State’s Automotive Programs, The PATC is the site for the annual Florida finals of the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Hands-On Competition and is a National Training Center for the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC).

The facility, which opened Jan. 19, 2007, is located on Seminole State's Sanford/Lake Mary Campus and allows students to receive on-the-car experience and on-the-job training.

PATC Mission and Vision


Seminole State College's CFADA Professional Automotive Training Center will be the premier facility for technical and professional automotive education providing graduates the skills to succeed and advance in the automotive industry.


To provide nationally recognized automotive education and training through innovative delivery of state-of-the-art programs and courses

PATC History

CFADA Professional Automotive Training Center at Seminole State


Ronda Thacker
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