To be the center of excellence for students serious about automotive restoration.
About the Program
Throughout our liberal arts approach students are encouraged to explore their ideas, to learn through doing and to make a difference in the world.
The Automotive Restoration Technology Program at McPherson College was established in 1976 through the generosity and foresight of local entrepreneur Gaines H. “Smokey” Billue. His gift of over 125 classic and antique cars provided initial funds for the program. Mr. Billue, the Templeton family and others contributed toward the construction of Templeton Hall, which continues to serve as the home to the world-renowned program.
In 1997 this unique automotive restoration program attracted the attention of classic car enthusiast Jay Leno who established the Fred S. Duesenberg Scholarship and the Jay Leno Popular Mechanics scholarship. Both scholarships continue to provide financial assistance to students interested in studying classic automotive restoration. His involvement raised awareness of the program in the car collector community.
Today, with industry connections spanning the country and internship opportunities in a broad range of automotive settings, McPherson College stands alone as the only school to provide a bachelor’s degree in Restoration Technology.
Our Vision: By 2023 MC will compete to win at Pebble Beach.
About the Program
Whether you’re a student, business owner or an individual with an interest in the car world, McPherson has a way for you to plug into our nationally recognized auto restoration program and benefit from the program’s events and initiatives.
Our graduates manage collections, working for auction companies or concours venues, are general restoration technicians, and own restoration shops.
The program is supported by business leaders and collector car enthusiasts from around the country who lend their expertise and insight to the program.
Learn auto restoration skills in convenient workshops at the Automotive Restoration Institute.