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Atlantic Technical Center (ATC) is a combined secondary and post-secondary school located in the Florida community of Coconut Creek, on a picturesque and spacious campus of some 30 acres. The school is overseen by the Broward County School Board as well as the Florida Department of Education. The center was originally established in 1973, and since the original days of scarcely 450 enrolled students the school has expanded to welcome some 5,000+ today, with an enormous growth and expansion in its facilities during those years.


The college offers various technical programs most of which are open to participation from the high school as well as the post-secondary students at the same time. There are many fields of study, with a heavy focus on the automotive/transportation fields, on the health sciences, business management and administration, manufacturing and computer systems, information technology, and the culinary arts.

At the post-secondary level, programs culminate in either one year or two year technical certificates that can serve as a valuable tool in jumping straight into a career field. Many programs include the possibility of garnering college credits which can then be applied to a degree program at a two- or four-year institution within Florida or even beyond.

The accreditation of the school as a whole is provided by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education as well as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Furthermore, several programs are given accreditation by corresponding professional trade bodies, with recognition forthcoming for certain programs from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, the American Culinary Federation, the American Welding Society, and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, among many others.

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Unique Programs

The Green Ready Program is a very unique program that will give students who complete it the opportunity to acquire a solid foundation in green design principles. It is a preparatory program for people looking to sit for the Green Associate exam, which is auspiced by the Green Building Certification Institute and the US Green Building Council.


The academic requirements for admission merely require that applicants demonstrate minimal competency in the areas of math, reading and writing as mandated by Florida law for entry into a post-secondary program (hence, this does not apply for people looking to enroll in the high school programs). The admissions process consists of the following steps:

First, applicants must participate in the school’s orientation process, which can be done both in person or online. Then, applicants must complete a basic skills test for the reasons mentioned above. Following, an interview is held with an advisors/counselors to go over test results and see where the applicant would most likely fit into the school as far as specific programs are concerned and go over issues such as financial aid, special needs, and so forth. Finally, when necessary arrangements are made to raise the basic competencies of admitted students who performed poorly on the basic skills test, and ultimately the process ends with students signing up for classes. Registration is conducted five times annually for post-secondary students.

A final consideration: in order to qualify for in-state tuition, it is necessary for a student to provide proof of more than 12 months’ residency in Florida; otherwise, out of state tuition rates will apply.

Financial Aid

Various financial aid options are available, including Federal Pell Grants and loans thanks to the school’s Program Participation Agreement through the US Department of Education. The recommended form for applying for financial aid is by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible, as aid is disbursed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Local Community

Atlantic Technical Center, within Broward County, is situated in a prime area of Florida. With Miami not very far off by car, Coconut Creek happens to be one of the most carefully planned and environmentally conscious communities in the state, with plenty of green spaces, trees and parks, and is one of few Florida communities to receive the distinction of being officially titled a Community Wildlife Habitat.

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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1 0.10
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 56 0.10
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 13 0.02
Robbery 42 0.08
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 294 0.55
Larceny 1,089 2.03
Vehicle theft 102 0.19

Student Enrollment Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Coconut Creek, FL 33063-3902
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population50,993 (50,993 urban / N/A rural)
Households22,715 (2.23 people per house)
Median Household Income$38,860
Families13,740 (2.84 people per family)

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAt least 2, but less than 4 academic yrs
Calendar SystemContinuous
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1221

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

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Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Number of FT Faculty N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Number of PT Faculty 69
FT Faculty Ratio N/A
Total Benefits $1,377,049

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4700 Coconut Creek Parkway
Coconut Creek, FL 33063-3902
p. 754-321-5100
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