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AYES in the news

November 22, 2010

Qualified high school seniors and juniors await placement at area dealerships for full-time and part-time technician internships. AYES-certified high schools use stringent criteria to qualify the students; out of 1,000 students in the AYES program, only 55 are qualified to intern at dealerships. To inquire about any students, or for other AYES details, call Jim Butcher, the AYES Illinois state manager, at the CATA office at 630-424-6020.


Jacob Nodarse, an AYES student technician at Laurel BMW in Westmont, won a $5,000 scholarship from BMW. He will attend Universal Technical Institute in Glendale Heights and, later, the BMW STEP program. 

Fourteen scholarships are awarded each year, one for each of the 14 manufacturers that participate in Automotive Youth Educational Systems. Nordarse’sscholarship is the JFS Scholarship Award, named for Jack F. Smith, the former General Motors chairman and the driving force behind the AYES initiative in 1995.


Nodarse graduates June 10 from Technology Center of DuPage in Addison, one of five AYES high schools in Illinois. 

Technology Center of DuPage entered two teams in the Ford/AAA troubleshooting contest, and earned third-place and sixth-place positions in the May 13 state final. The school’s contestants also scored highest on the state written exam.


A cache of Snap-on tools, focused on Ford products, is available for sale as a set or in pieces, from the widow of a former AYES high school instructor. Many of the tools have never been used; all are in new shape. Inquiries to Jim Butcher, 630-424-6020.