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AYES high school honors CATA

November 22, 2010

Technology Center of DuPage, one of six area high school partners in the state’s Automotive Youth Educational Systems program, on May 4 honored the CATA as 2005 Business Partner of the Year. The CATA is a leading proponent of AYES.


AYES is a national program sponsored by 13 vehicle manufacturers and state and metropolitan dealer associations. The magnet high school in Addison offers to seniors and juniors about 20 career acceleration programs, including automotive technology. 

Jim Butcher, the Illinois AYES manager, works at the CATA in Oakbrook Terrace. He said the high school awarded the CATA for presenting networking opportunities for students to see the range of career paths possible in the automotive technology field.


"The school recognized the CATA for being a great partner with education," Butcher said. 

In honoring the CATA, Technology Center of DuPage officials said: "With Mr. Butcher’s leadership, more than 50 TCD students have been placed in dealerships in the last five years. Jim also attends all the TCD Open Houses, Career Fairs, Job Fairs and Mentor Training sessions representing AYES.


"Jim sets up partnerships with dealerships all over the state and is a regular volunteer for extra curricular activities at TCD. Mr. Butcher also is responsible for the AYES booth at the auto show every year.


"In short, we cannot give enough praise for Jim, the CATA or AYES."


The AYES program can provide a vital pipeline of future technicians, and area dealers who participate in AYES rate the program highly. But more dealership involvement is critical. Butcher is busy trying to match qualified students with dealerships for year-long internships. Journeymen technicians act as mentors for the students.


To learn more about AYES, call Butcher at 630-424-6020.