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AYES active but dealer help needed

November 22, 2010
Through visits to schools, dealerships, manufacturer roundtables and more, Jim Butcher is heralding the benefits of Automotive Youth Educational Systems. Butcher, the Illinois field manager for AYES, lately has attended several career awareness activities at area high schools and colleges, where he represented dealers and manufacturers. Upon speaking at a luncheon for school counselors, he said, "Many counselors were surprised at the high skills needed for our industry." Butcher meets with school administrators to review with their curriculum development staff where the industry is headed and what will be needed of students in the future. "We employ so many people in this industry," he said "that it is to our advantage to be proactive in the area of education." Dealers are needed to participatein the career awarenessactivities, Butcher stressed. He can be reached at the CATA at 630-424- 6020. "We need dealers to host student field trips for 3rd graders. We have a coloring book that students can return with to the classroom, after a visit. The coloring book depicts scenes that reinforce what the students see at a dealership and allows the teacher to spend some time talking about student aspirations. They can be anything they want to be. "Growing up, every young person wants to be a firefighter or police officer  because school tours visit firehouses and police stations. Why not have them tour your dealership?" At the high school level, Butcher last week oversaw an AAA-Ford Competition in Naperville. The competition involved 10 high school automotive programs from Illinois and focused on skills in new-car prep, driveability and diagnostics. Ford bugged 10 vehicles with such problems. Students competed on the time to repair and accuracy. The winning school will compete nationally in Washington, D.C., and the students earn scholarship money. Ford also is sponsoring a "Pro Competition" with four area Ford technicians. Winners will get certificates for tools and prizes awarded by sponsors.