Student Spotlight: Tyler Harkins, AUT, Earns Full Scholarship to ATC

Tyler Harkings graduation photograph.Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) is proud to announce that Automotive Technology/Abington High School senior, Tyler Harkins, placed second on the Automotive Training Center (ATC) scholarship test. He will receive a full scholarship to the Warminster ATC worth approximately $45,000. Automotive Training Center is a private post-secondary career school that trains adult student for careers in the Automotive, Diesel and Hi-Performance, Collision Repair and Marine Service industries.

Tyler Harkins standing outside of EASTERN.Tyler has always loved cars. From the age of two he was playing with Hot Wheels and building model cars. As a teenager, he was constantly taking bicycles and skateboards apart and reassembling to make them to run better. Tyler’s grandfather worked over 40 years for Chapman Ford and would talk to Tyler about his experiences, different cars, engines, and what made them function. When he was in 10th grade Tyler and his family took a tour of EASTERN and found that Automotive Technology was the right fit for him.

Tyler Harkins at the Automotive Training Center.“Tyler is an outstanding student with great skills and motivation,” said George Stahl, EASTERN’s Automotive Technology Instructor. “I am extremely proud of him for earning this scholarship and look forward to seeing what the future holds. There is no doubt that his drive and determination will take him far in the automotive industry.”

Tyler is looking forward to attending ATC and working on high performance vehicles. Ultimately, Tyler would like to be part of a successful drag racing team pit crew, and he would like to work for Ford.

Automotive is a complex and technology-driven industry that is constantly changing. EASTERN’s two-year career program is designed for the student who is serious about working in the automotive industry. Learn more about EASTERN’s Automotive Technology program at

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