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AYES program update

November 22, 2010
By Jim Butcher, Illinois AYES manager

Mentor/Intern training for Automotive Youth Educational Systems was completed June 25 for 23 student interns from four schools and the students’ 15 mentoring technicians. The internships are part of the AYES initiative to improve your service department. 

The AYES program seeks to train your entry-level technicians.  As part of that goal, we train the student interns how to be successful in your service department. We also train your technicians how to work efficiently with young people.


Mentor/Intern training typically is held on a Friday for the student interns and on Saturday for the mentor technicians. The Chicago Automobile Trade Association pays the technicians to participate in the mentor training program. Therefore, this training costs the dealership nothing and helps improve the working relationships within the service department. 

Schools that have completed mentor intern training include Lake County High Schools Technology Campus, Grayslake; Technology Center of DuPage, Addison; Parkland College, Champaign; and Hammond Area Career Center, Hammond, Ind.


To date, we have placed 23 interns in area dealerships. We currently have 20 to 25 additional student interns available for employment. Students are available from the following schools:


  • Curie Metropolitan High School, Chicago:  5 students available
  • Hammond Area Career Center, Hammond, Ind:  3 students available
  • Porter County Career Center, Valparaiso, Ind:  5 students available
  • Parkland College, Champaign:  4 students available
  • Technology Center of DuPageAddison: 10 students available

These students are available and eager to work on either a full-time or part-time basis.  For more information on the AYES program, please call me at 630-424-6020.